Thanks to a recently created endowment, the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research will be able to bring a speaker of national significance to Cranbrook’s campus each year. The Center for Collections and Research will select speakers whose work intersects with the history of Cranbrook and its legacy for future generations, beginning with David Sax and the “The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter” on Sunday, April 9, at 3pm.
The endowment was created by longtime supporters of the Cranbrook Educational Community, Cranbrook President Emeritus Lillian Bauder, and her husband, Donald Bauder. Dr. Bauder served as Cranbrook’s President and Chief Executive Officer from 1983 to 1996, a period during which she not only developed Cranbrook’s first community-wide strategic plans, but also created a master plan that ultimately led to the building of the Vlasic Early Childhood Center, the Williams Natatorium, the Cranbrook Academy of Art’s New Studios Building, and the expansion of the Cranbrook Institute of Science.
In 1996, Dr. Bauder became Vice President of Masco Corporation, a position she held until she retired in 2007. Seven years later, Dr. Bauder was named a recipient of Cranbrook’s prestigious Founders Award. Dr. Bauder and her husband now reside in Columbia, Maryland, but continue their personal dedication to Cranbrook as demonstrated by several endowments that they have established. One supports the President’s Award for Excellence, a program that Dr. Bauder started while President, while a second supports the operations of Cranbrook’s life-transforming Horizons-Upward Bound program. Most recently, the Bauders designated $100,000 of their gifts to Cranbrook to support a third endowment — the Center for Collections and Research’s new annual Bauder Lecture. “During my presidency at Cranbrook,” Dr. Bauder recently recounted, “I repeatedly found inspiration in the words of Cranbrook’s founder George Booth, whose extraordinary vision for an educational community set the standards for my own work at Cranbrook. Through the establishment of this annual endowed lecture, I hope that a new generation will find meaning and purpose in Cranbrook’s history and legacy and the way that it intersects with contemporary life.”
In the inaugural Bauder Lecture, David Sax — award winning author of “The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter” — will explain how the return of tangible products and processes are proving best for business by giving us exactly what digital cannot: tactility, authenticity, and soul. Among other topics, Sax shines a spotlight on the recent revival of printed books and independent bookstores, the revitalized vinyl record industry and the reintroduction of turntables, the concept of using notebooks and journals to formulate ideas, and the interest in analog watches as exemplified by Shinola in Detroit. The lecture, offered free of charge to the public, will take place at Cranbrook Schools Performing Arts Center, located at 550 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304. Copies of David Sax’s book will be available for purchase at the lecture and in advance through the Center for Collections and Research. Following the lecture, guests will enjoy a book signing and reception in historic Page Hall.