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Established with a generous gift of endowment from Eric and Jane Nord, the Baker-Nord Center is dedicated to:

• highlighting and celebrating the arts and humanities at CWRU (Art History and Art, Classics, English, History, Modern Languages and Literatures, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Theater) through public lectures, panels, performances, and special programs;

• supporting research and creative work in the arts and humanities through fellowships, grants, and symposia, as well as encouraging new and innovative directions in research and creativity, including the digital humanities;

• facilitating cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary collaborations among CWRU faculty and members of other cultural and educational institutions that address questions and problems of broad human interest, in and out of the academy.



The 2018 Cleveland Humanities Festival explores the roles of health, health care, and medicine in culture and society from a variety of perspectives in history, literature, and the arts.

The Cleveland Humanities Festival is a collaborative event celebrating the great cultural institutions of the city of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio dedicated to humanistic inquiry. The Festival engages the public in addressing some of society’s most challenging issues and pressing concerns. Coordinated by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities of Case Western Reserve University, the Festival is partnering with our region’s major museums, educational institutions, and arts organizations. The 2018 Cleveland Humanities Festival will offer public programming which illuminates the role of the humanities in deepening our understanding of the complex ethical and personal questions that arise when the subject is health.

The 2018 Cleveland Humanities Festival is presented with the generous support of:




Art History Professor Receives Grant from the French-American Cultural Exchange Foundation

Date posted: July 10th, 2018

Professor Elina Gertsman (Department of Art History, Case Western Reserve University) and Vincent Debiais (Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, École des hautes études en sciences sociales) received a $20,000 grant from the French-American Cultural Exchange Foundation for their collaborative project “Abstraction Before the Age of Abstract Art.” The grant is administered in partnership with the French Embassy in the United States, with the additional support provided by the Paccar Foundation, the Florence Gould Foundation, the Franco-American Fulbright Commission, and the French Ministries of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and of National Education, Higher Education and Research.  …Read more.

Director Peter Knox Reflects on the Value of the Liberal Arts

Date posted: February 26th, 2018

In The Conversation, Director Peter Knox reflects on the broader meaning of the recent $75 Million gift made to the Department of Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University: “As investor Bill Miller has said with his big gift, the humanities are just as as important for the fabric of our society and our economy as science, technology, engineering and math.” CLICK HERE to read the entire article. …Read more.

Art History Professor Awarded 2018 Karen Gould Prize in Art History

Date posted: January 22nd, 2018

Elina Gertsman, a Professor in the Department of Art History and Art, has been awarded the Medieval Academy’s inaugural Karen Gould Prize in Art History for Worlds Within: Opening the Medieval Shrine Madonna (University Park: Penn State Press, 2015).  …Read more.

Art History Professor Awarded 2018 Medieval Academy Digital Humanities and Multimedia Studies Prize

Date posted: January 18th, 2018

The 2018 Medieval Academy Digital Humanities and Multimedia Studies Prize has been awarded to Professor Elizabeth Bolman for her project “The Digital Red Monastery Church: Open Access for Scholars and the Public, for Research and Teaching”.   …Read more.

Free Arts and Culture Tickets Available for Undergraduate Students

Date posted: October 20th, 2017

The Baker-Nord Center is administering a free arts and culture ticket program generously funded by The Kulas Foundation. 
Free passes are available for any regular film showing at Cinematheque (some special events excluded). …Read more.


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