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Poetry Reading with Dan Beachy-Quick Fri. November 20th, 2015
3:00 pm-4:00 pm

dan-beachy-quickDan Beachy-Quick, a Monfort Professor teaching in the MFA Creative Writing Program at Colorado State University, joins the English Department’s colloquium for a poetry reading. He is the author of several books of poetry including North True South Bright (2003), Spell (2004), Mulberry (2006), This Nest, Swift Passerine (2009), Circle’s Apprentice (2011, Winner of the Colorado Book Award in Poetry) and gentlessness (2015). He is also the author of a book of interlinked meditations on Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, titled A Whaler’s Dictionary (2008) and a collection of essays, meditations, and fairy tales, Wonderful Investigations (2012). Beachy-Quick is the recipient of a Lannan Foundation Residency and has been a finalist for the Colorado Book Award,

Faculty-Work-in-Progress: Trash, Place, and Chinese Ecocinema: On Wang Jiuliang’s Eco-Documentaries Thu. November 19th, 2015
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Gong ImageWhat does ecocinema mean for Chinese cinema? In his talk, Haomin Gong, Assistant Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, takes two documentaries, Beijing Besieged by Waste and Plastic China, made by the Chinese filmmaker Wang Jiuliang as examples, and investigates the issues of place and displacement in the forming of the discourse of trash in contemporary China.  

An informal lunch will be served.

This event is free and open to the public.  Registration recommended. Registration Button

A Talk in the Vineyard with Mansfield Frazier Wed. November 18th, 2015
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Frazier ImageCommunity activist and entrepreneur Mansfield Frazier leads The Vineyards and BioCellar of Château Hough, an urban vineyard located in Cleveland at the intersection of East 66th and Hough where grapes are grown for award-winning wines. They also operate the world’s first experimental underground greenhouse.  He will discuss how these projects utilize innovative educational and entrepreneurial strategies in the growing field of urban agriculture to encourage, prepare and assist at-risk youth, veterans, and those who are returning — or who have already returned — to their home neighborhoods after a period of incarceration in creating safer, greener, healthier and wealthier places to live,

Cuban Literature Today: Tendencies and Perspectives Mon. November 16th, 2015
5:00 pm-6:00 pm


Poetry Reading by Jorie Graham Fri. November 13th, 2015
3:00 pm-4:00 pm

Due to family illness, this event has been CANCELLED.  A reading with poet Dan Beachy-Quick has been scheduled for Friday, November 20 at 3 pm.  Click HERE for more information and to register for that event.


Graduate Student Work-in-Progress: Black Entertainment in the Heart of Cleveland’s “Colored District,” 1922-30 Tue. November 10th, 2015
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Globe InteriorPeter Graff, a graduate student in the Department of Music, will discuss how Cleveland’s Globe Theater (Woodland avenue and E. 55th street), once a venue for live Yiddish entertainment, rebranded itself in 1922 to capitalize on the city’s burgeoning black population. Audiences packed the house nightly to see and hear the latest blues queens, black musical revues, and the occasional race picture. As a site for these converging artistic traditions by and for African Americans, the Globe played a significant role in shaping the identity of Cleveland’s black community in the 1920s.

Pre-lecture reception begins at 4:15 pm.

Humanities@Work: CEOs Mon. November 9th, 2015
6:00 pm-7:00 pm

BoardroomDuring this event planned for undergraduate students, Cleveland area CEOs discuss how studying the humanities influenced their careers.  Panelists include:

Marc S. Byrnes (Williams College ‘76) majored in history. He is former CEO and current chairman of Oswald Companies, one of the nation’s largest independent insurance brokerage and risk management firms.

Ronald B. Richard (Washington University ‘78) majored in history. He is president and CEO of the Cleveland Foundation, established in 1914 as the world’s first community foundation.

Frank Sullivan (University of North Carolina ‘83) majored in English.

Baker-Nord Faculty Lecture: Where Do Characters Come From? Wed. November 4th, 2015
5:00 pm-6:00 pm

Umrigar ImageReaders come to books in search of characters they can love, hate, empathize with or relate to. But how do writers create characters that are realistic and who remain with the reader after he or she is done with a novel? In this talk, Thrity Umrigar, Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University and bestselling author of the novels The Space Between Us, If Today Be Sweet, Bombay Time, The Weight of Heaven and The World We Found, explains her own writing process.

This event is free and open to the public.  

Faculty-Work-in-Progress: UPA and Modernist Cartoon Music Tue. October 27th, 2015
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Goldmark ImageThe United Productions of America (UPA) animation studio, which came to prominence on the big and small screen in the years following World War II, profoundly changed animation from the dominance of Disney’s naturalistic approach to a more modern, even avant-garde style, with cartoons like Gerald McBoing-Boing and the Mister Magoo series. In his talk Daniel Goldmark, Associate Professor in the Department of Music, will discuss the atypical approach UPA took to music in the animation soundscape, which included music taken from a variety of genres and styles, composers coming from widely different backgrounds, and a general disavowal of the Hollywood approach to cartoon scoring.

“Lost” Between Memory and History: Writing the Holocaust for the Next Generation Thu. October 22nd, 2015
6:00 pm-7:00 pm

Mendelsohn ImageDaniel Mendelsohn, Charles Ranlett Flint Professor of Humanities at Bard College, draws upon his experience researching, writing, and then touring The Lost around the world. He explores the meaning of the Holocaust as both a historical and a literary event as time passes and the event belongs to a new generation of writers, and readers, who no longer have direct contact with the event itself. A bit provocatively, he suggests that the “never forget” injunction is, essentially, anti-literary: that literature–because it forges a large, manageable narrative out of historical events for cultures to use–has to “forget”

Inamori Ethics Prize Academic Symposium Fri. October 16th, 2015
12:30 pm-2:00 pm

As part of the 2015 Inamori Ethics Prize events, prize recipient Professor Martha Nussbaum will participate in a lively, moderated discussion with international experts and audience Q&A on her groundbreaking Capabilities Approach to global ethics that gives practical direction for seeking justice and positive change for those who cannot access opportunities or enjoy the basic freedoms they need to flourish and unlock their potential. 

This event is free and open to the public.  Registration recommended. 

Please register HERE.

The 2015 Inamori Ethics Prize Ceremony and Lecture: Human Development and the Capabilities Approach in Global Ethics  Thu. October 15th, 2015
6:00 pm-7:30 pm

Nussbaum ImageThe 2015 Inamori Ethics Prize will be awarded to celebrated philosopher and scholar Martha Nussbaum, the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago. As part of the prize ceremony, Professor Nussbaum will present a lecture on her signature work that has been at the forefront of the principal contemporary ethical issues. Along with economist Amartya Sen, Nussbaum has reoriented conversations of international welfare efforts away from exclusive focus on GDP and toward the capabilities of a nation’s individuals.

This event is free and open to the public.  Registration Required.  

Graduate Student Work-in-Progress: Illustrating Little Manhood & Erasing Black Boyhood in African American Picture Books  Thu. October 8th, 2015
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

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Cara Byrne, a graduate student in the Department of English, will examine the complexities of visualizing black male identity, especially for and about young black boys. There is a long legacy of picture books that teach young African American boys to become “little men,” leaving behind childish ways to demonstrate rigid maturity and asexual masculinity. This project ultimately contends that many African American picture books not only respond to generations of hate crimes and discrimination but also that black authors and illustrators use the genre as a way to protect the youngest generation and seek social justice.

Book Publishing in the Humanities Mon. October 5th, 2015
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Knox & McKeown_Ox Anthology of Roman LitThe publishing process for scholars in the humanities is often a confusing one, especially for first-time authors. Today’s shifting landscape of scholarly publishing, with new formats and media for disseminating and promoting scholarship, confronts a would-be author with numerous choices.  This lecture is meant to serve an introduction to academic book publishing, with an emphasis on the humanities.  Stefan Vranka, Executive Editor for scholarly and trade publications in Classics, Ancient History, and Archaeology, will help to demystify the path from first inquiry and proposal to printed books and beyond.

This event is free and open to the public.  

The Rita Hayworth of this Generation: A Solo Play Starring Tina D’Elia Sat. October 3rd, 2015
7:00 pm-9:00 pm

RitaPlayThe Rita Hayworth of this Generation is the story of Carmelita Cristina Rivera, a queer Latina performer, who is ready to premier her show, an homage to Rita Hayworth, in a seedy Las Vegas nightclub.  She feels this will make her a star, but enter the Transgender Playboy, Jesus Antonio Gitano.  Camelita falls for Jesus and enters a world of magical realism where dead Hollywood Movie Stars collide with the living.

Admission is free thanks to the generous support of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, the LGBT Center, the Office of Multicultural Affairs,

Graduate Student Work-in-Progress: From the Street to the Stage: Popular Song and the Construction of Parisian Spectacle, 1648-1713 Tue. September 29th, 2015
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

RomeyAs a Fulbright scholar in Paris for the 2014-2015 academic year, John Romey,a graduate student in the Department of Music, undertook an enormous archival project that catalogued and analyzed manuscript chansonniers and print sources documenting song texts that circulated in street culture. This talk will aim to use broad strokes to present the types of songs that were performed in the streets and on the Pont Neuf in Paris, and to outline how these song practices functioned within early modern communication networks. It will offer better insight into the nexus connecting the streets and the stage by revealing that in seventeenth-century Paris the Comédie-Italienne and the Comédie-Française adapted the repertoire and cultural practices that constituted the quotidian soundscape of seventeenth-century Parisian public spaces.

The Soul of Cleveland Mon. September 21st, 2015
5:30 pm-7:00 pm


Hear about the street named for a poet, an Idea Garage, our forgotten entrepreneurs passionate about our waterways and from the audience. The Soul of Cleveland project derives from a celebration in discussion form. From January to June, a book store owner, naturalist, award-winning Cleveland writer, art historian and owner of a bakery, educators and architects met to determine how we “feel” about this city? What lifts our spirits, gives us hope, moves us to community action? The undertow.  This event will capture stories coming from these discussions and community surveys.  Dan Moulthrop,

Humanities@Work: Medicine Mon. September 21st, 2015
6:00 pm-7:00 pm

StehoscopeDuring this event planned for undergraduate students, panelists discuss how studying the humanities influenced their careers.  Panelists Include:

Mark Warren (Wesleyan ’75) put together his own major in American Studies. He is a psychiatrist and Chief Medical Office of the Emily Program, which provides a full spectrum of treatment for eating disorders. 

Ashley Faulx (Swarthmore ’88) majored in art history. She is a gastroenterologist at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and the director of Endoscopy at the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center.

Jeremy Lipman (Boston College ‘99) majored in English.

Unrepentant Traveler, Accidental Diplomat: Gabriela Mistral, Latin America’s First Nobel Laureate and Feminist Icon Fri. September 18th, 2015
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Mistral ImageHow did a mixed-race woman, born into poverty in the remote Andes, whose formal education ended with primary school become a literary celebrity? Biographer Elizabeth Horan will point to the challenges and rewards of researching a figure whose vast network, achieved through travel, correspondence and published writings, made her the most powerful woman in the Spanish-speaking world. She became the confidante of Senators and Presidents. This lecture will reveal the surprising range and secrets of her influence as a symbol of the Americas.

This event is co-sponsored by the CWRU Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

Navigating Pathways of Support: A Panel for Graduate Students on Research Resources at Case Western Reserve University Thu. September 17th, 2015
12:00 pm-1:00 pm


Digital humanities initiatives around campus are up and running, meaning that we are ready to help you build, develop, collaborate on and fund digital scholarship! Have an idea for a project? Bring it along and our panelists will help you find the support you need! Want more training? We will discuss our ongoing workshops.

The panel will include representatives from ITS Academic Technology, ITS Research Computing, Kelvin Smith Library, and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities.


Registration is requested as Lunch will be provided. Registration Button


9/11 Chronomania: Terror and the Temporal Imagination Fri. September 11th, 2015
3:00 pm-4:00 pm

9/11 ImageFor billions around the world, the events of 9/11 were experienced as a rupture, a periodizing event that cast the world into a new period of danger and uncertainty. Whether it signaled the end of a brief era of optimistic globalism or a bold retaliation against an ungodly global hegemon, understood as a deeply historical event or an apocalypse outside ordinary time, one of 9/11’s most salient effects has proved to be temporal in nature. The experience of temporal disorientation and unsettlement has been of paramount importance to the narratives that address the attacks and contend with their unfolding legacy in the subsequent decade.

A Tale of Two Plantations: a Comparative Approach to Caribbean and U.S. Slavery Wed. September 9th, 2015
5:00 pm-6:00 pm

DunnBookImageRichard Dunn, Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor Emeritus of American History at the University of Pennsylvania and winner of a 2015 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, has reconstructed the individual lives and collective experiences of two thousand slaves who lived on Mesopotamia sugar estate in western Jamaica and Mount Airy plantation in Tidewater Virginia.  He compares slave life on the two plantations in order to demonstrate the huge demographic difference between the British Caribbean and the U.S. slave systems–drastic population loss at Mesopotamia and vigorous population growth at Mount Airy–and shows how the black people on both plantations suffered horribly,

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