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The Lives of Others: The Novel as a Looking Glass Sat. May 31st, 2014
8:45 am-10:00 am

A Baker-Nord Cosponsored Event Thrity Umrigar is an award-winning journalist and author of five novels and a memoir. Her newest

The Protean Virgil: Book History and the Reception of Aeneid 1 in the Renaissance Fri. April 25th, 2014
1:00 pm-1:00 pm

VERGIL WEEK – A Baker-Nord Cosponsored Event This talk will focus on how the beginning of the Aeneid was read

Unworkable Hermeneutics Thu. April 24th, 2014
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

A Baker-Nord Digital Humanities Event Digital Humanities scholarship, among other things, is focused on the question of interpretation. Most notable

Rockwell Kent and Greenland Thu. April 17th, 2014
1:00 am-1:00 am

A Humanities Related Event Painter, author, illustrator, adventurer, social activist, ROCKWELL KENT (1882-1971) was one of America’s most influential and

Mapping Ibuse Masuji’s “Kuroe Ame” Wed. April 16th, 2014
1:00 pm-1:00 pm

A Freedman Fellows Presentation Since the atomic bombing on August 6, 1945, the name “Hiroshima” has come to signify less

Biotechnical Ecologies: Lively Participation in the Contemporary City Tue. April 15th, 2014
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

A Baker-Nord Faculty Works-in-Progress City space is fast becoming the central playground for the experiential, political and ideological forces shaping

What’s on TV? Mon. April 7th, 2014
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

What are we watching when we watch television? What are the conditions of possibility — economic, technical, and aesthetic —

Poetry in the Museum: The Nature of Nature Sun. April 6th, 2014
1:30 pm-3:00 pm

A Baker-Nord Cosponsored Event In a thought-provoking afternoon at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, a panel of nationally recognized

“Interpreting Capitalism” Film Series: INSIDE JOB Thu. April 3rd, 2014
1:00 pm-1:00 pm

2010 Oscar Winner for Best Documentary, “Inside Job” provides a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which

Return to the River: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Rivers in World Literature Wed. April 2nd, 2014
4:15 pm-5:15 pm

A Baker-Nord Cosponsored Event This meeting of the Interdisciplinary World Literature Colloquium will reprise and expand the topic of Charles

Rose Wohlgemuth Weisman Women’s Voices Lecture: A Conversation with Jane Smiley Mon. March 31st, 2014
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

This event features a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and essayist Jane Smiley. Her novels include “A Thousand Acres”, “Moo”,”The

Public Libraries in the Digital Age Thu. March 27th, 2014
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Sari Feldman — for the past ten years the Executive Director of Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL) — will discuss

Creating a Digital Database on High-altitude Human Biology Wed. March 19th, 2014
1:00 pm-1:00 pm

A Freedman Fellows Presentation Kelvin Smith Library will host a presentation by 2013 Freedman Fellow, Dr. Cynthia Beall (Distinguished University

Speech, Gesture, Bodily Stance, Graphics, Music, and Media: Studying Multimodal Communication in a Massive Dataset Tue. March 18th, 2014
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

A Baker-Nord Faculty Work-in-Progress Human communication is multimodal, involving language, co-speech gesture, interpersonal interaction, audiovisual components, media, and technology. Our

“An End to the Neglect of the Problems of the Negro Woman!”: Black Women Communists of the Old Left and Critical Perspectives on Global Capitalism Thu. March 6th, 2014
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Dr. McDuffie, Associate Professor in the Departments of African American Studies and History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,

What Happiness Is Wed. March 5th, 2014
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

H. Friedl is an acclaimed film director whose documentaries are regularly shown on Austrian public tv. He was granted permission

Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story: A Book Discussion Mon. March 3rd, 2014
1:00 pm-1:00 pm

Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story by Jim Holt (Liveright 2012) takes up the history and contemporary

Morally Arbitrary Economic Advantage Thu. February 27th, 2014
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

In this lecture, Frank Thompson, Lecturer and Research Investigator at the University of Michigan, will offer an introductory analysis of

Monty Python and Philosophy Wed. February 26th, 2014
1:00 pm-1:00 pm

Thompson disagrees that “Philosophy [is] on the whole no laughing matter.” — W.V.O. Quine, Quiddities. To formally register his disagreement,

Cold Case?: Postcolonial Philosophy in France Wed. February 26th, 2014
5:30 pm-6:30 pm

A Humanities Related Event When postcolonial studies arose in the English-speaking world, India was the paradigm case. But what does

Neither Here Nor There: A translation workshop on French philosophy from the Caribbean Tue. February 25th, 2014
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

A Humanities Related Event Faculty and students are invited to join Dr. Seloua Luste Boublina in discussing texts that straddle

Slave Flight, Slave Torture, and the State: Nineteenth-Century French Guiana Mon. February 24th, 2014
1:00 pm-1:00 pm

A Humanities Related Event Miranda Spieler is an historian of France and the French overseas empire whose work explores the

Immigration, Inc. Thu. February 20th, 2014
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Journalist & author Jeffrey Kaye discusses the economic forces that promote and encourage immigration. The public in the U.S. and

A Deeper, Older O: The Oral (Sex) Tradition (in Poetry) Thu. February 20th, 2014
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

A Baker-Nord Cosponsored Event A part of the Baker Nord Poetics Working-Group’s Spring 2014 programming, poet Jennifer Moxley will lead

From the Tigris to the Tiber: A Case of Babylonian ‘Astro-Medicine’ in Pliny the Elder Wed. February 19th, 2014
1:00 pm-1:00 pm

A Baker-Nord Cosponsored Event This talk will present and compare two texts — a puzzling late Babylonian Kalendertext written on

Mountain Visions: Modernism and Dystopia in the Alps Wed. February 19th, 2014
4:30 pm-1:00 pm

A Baker-Nord Cosponsored Event Talk 1: “Modernist Motion on the Mountainside: Alpine Skiing and Central European Culture, 1900-39 Andrew Denning,

“Interpreting Capitalism” Film Series: THE LAST TRAIN HOME Thu. February 13th, 2014
1:00 pm-1:00 pm

Every spring, China’s cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the

The Making of Albert Camus’ “The Stranger” Mon. February 10th, 2014
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

The Stranger was published in 1942, in the depths of the Nazi Occupation, by a young unemployed journalist from Algeria

Alterity Revisited: Recent Projects Thu. February 6th, 2014
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

A Baker-Nord Digital Humanities Event Jose Carlos Teixeira — the Champney Family Professor of Art, CWRU & Cleveland Institute of

The Crisis of Journalism and the Conversion of the United States from a Democracy to a Dollarocracy Mon. January 27th, 2014
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

The United States is no longer a “functional democracy,” according to Jimmy Carter. The wealthy dominate politics and the rest

The Speaking River: Voices In and From the Urban Landscape Thu. January 23rd, 2014
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

A Baker-Nord Cosponsor Event Rivers are often background, especially within city limits. In modern cities, formerly obstreperous rivers have been

Issues in 20th and 21st Century Art: Lize Mogel Wed. January 22nd, 2014
5:00 pm-6:00 pm

A Humanities Related Event Lize Mogel is an interdisciplinary artist who works with the interstices between art and cultural geography. She

Lee Daniels’ The Butler: Film Screening and Discussion Tue. January 21st, 2014
1:00 pm-1:00 pm

A Baker-Nord Cosponsored Event A 2013 American historical fiction drama film directed by Lee Daniels is loosely inspired by the

Euripides’s Hecuba: A Political Interpretation Fri. January 17th, 2014
1:00 pm-1:00 pm

A Baker-Nord Cosponsored Event Much of the criticism on Euripides’s Hecuba is focused on the character of Hecuba as victimized


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