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2017 Walter A. Strauss Lecture: The Importance of the Sciences – and the Arts Fri. December 1st, 2017
5:00 pm-6:00 pm

KitcherCelebrated philosopher Philip Kitcher of Columbia University is known for his studies of the role of scientific inquiry in democratic societies from the perspective the philosophy of pragmatism associated with William James and John Dewey.  In a series of three lectures on “Education and Democracy,” Kitcher broadens this inquiry to investigate the aims of education with emphasis on the importance of the humanities and the arts. This lecture series, in memory of Walter A. Strauss (1923-2008), who was the Elizabeth and William C. Treuhaft Professor of Humanities, is generously supported by funds provided by the Paul Wurzburger Endowment.

2017 Walter A. Strauss Lecture Series: Shaping the Citizen Wed. November 29th, 2017
5:00 pm-6:00 pm

KitcherCelebrated philosopher Philip Kitcher of Columbia University is known for his studies of the role of scientific inquiry in democratic societies from the perspective the philosophy of pragmatism associated with William James and John Dewey.  In a series of three lectures on “Education and Democracy,” Kitcher broadens this inquiry to investigate the aims of education with emphasis on the importance of the humanities and the arts. This lecture series, in memory of Walter A. Strauss (1923-2008), who was the Elizabeth and William C. Treuhaft Professor of Humanities, is generously supported by funds provided by the Paul Wurzburger Endowment.

2017 Walter A. Strauss Lecture Series: Too Many Aims? Mon. November 27th, 2017
5:00 pm-6:00 pm

KitcherCelebrated philosopher Philip Kitcher of Columbia University is known for his studies of the role of scientific inquiry in democratic societies from the perspective the philosophy of pragmatism associated with William James and John Dewey.  In a series of three lectures on “Education and Democracy,” Kitcher broadens this inquiry to investigate the aims of education with emphasis on the importance of the humanities and the arts. This lecture series, in memory of Walter A. Strauss (1923-2008), who was the Elizabeth and William C. Treuhaft Professor of Humanities, is generously supported by funds provided by the Paul Wurzburger Endowment.

Why Bob Dylan Matters Thu. November 16th, 2017
7:00 pm-8:00 pm

Dylan CoverClick HERE to watch video of event.

Harvard Classics Professor, teacher since 2004 of the freshman seminar, “Bob Dylan”, and celebrated ‘Dylanologist’ Richard F. Thomas makes a compelling case for why the music and lyrics of Bob Dylan endure and inspire us.  Thomas discusses his new book Why Bob Dylan Matters with MacArthur Fellow and fellow Dylanologist Thomas Palaima and Professor Daniel Goldmark, Director of CWRU’s Center for Popular Music Studies. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives and the CWRU Center for Popular Music Studies.

Faculty Work-in-Progress – Object Memory: Souvenirs and Memorabilia in the Roman Empire Thu. November 2nd, 2017
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Popkin EventThe Roman Empire produced a rich range of souvenirs and memorabilia commemorating cities, monuments, sporting and theatrical events, and religious rituals. At a time when literacy was limited and visual communication was essential, these objects were a critical means for generating and mediating memory and knowledge of their represented subjects. This talk examines various examples of Roman souvenirs and memorabilia, including glass flasks engraved with scenes of tourist destinations, miniature replicas of famous cult statues, and drinking cups with pictures of famous gladiators and charioteers. Maggie Popkin, Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History and Art,

Girih Tiles: Decagonal Geometry in Medieval Islamic Architectural Tilings and Beyond Wed. October 25th, 2017
5:00 pm-6:00 pm

The conventional view holds that geometric star-and-polygon patterns in medieval Islamic architecture were designed using a straightedge and a compass. Peter Lu, a research associate at Harvard University, will present his findings that, instead, a wide variety of patterns with five- and ten-fold symmetry were conceived as tessellations of specific decorated puzzles pieces, called girih tiles, that appear in medieval Islamic architectural scrolls. Beginning in the 12th century, patterns designed with these girih tiles appeared throughout the Islamic world, from North Africa to the Middle East and Central Asia, for more than half a millennium—and in some cases exhibit mathematical principles that we in the West did not understand until the past few decades.

Faculty Work-in-Progress – Iraq and Syria, 1941: Working Around Lies, Exaggerations, Distortions, and Deletions to Tell a Little-known Story of WWII Tue. October 10th, 2017
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Arab LegionIn spring 1941, the Iraqis and the Vichy French in Syria made agreements with the Axis powers that might have had disastrous consequences for the Allied war effort if the Allies hadn’t improvised a jerrybuilt force to respond. In his talk, Professor Broich, Associate Professor in the Department of History, argues that this fight in Iraq and the Levant had outsized geopolitical importance in part because it was relatively small in scale compared to the titanic battles in North Africa and Russia in the same year. This magnified the importance of the choices made by relatively few people,

Graduate Student Work-in-Progress: Opera, Shakespeare, and the Creation of Romanticism Thu. October 5th, 2017
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Abdullah ImageShakespeare’s current position atop the global literary pantheon belies a complex history of reception, especially in continental Europe. By examining the collision of early nineteenth-century Shakespeare reception and nascent romantic opera, Musicology PhD candidate Paul Abdullah highlights the entanglements of literary and musical histories for the romantic generation.

Pre-lecture reception begins at 4:15 pm.

Free and open to the public.  Registration recommended. Registration Button

Rose Wohlegemuth Weisman Women’s Voices Lecture: The New Exploitation Economy Tue. October 3rd, 2017
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Katherine BooIn her lecture, Katherine Boo, staff writer at The New Yorker and a former reporter and editor for The Washington Post, will provide field notes from global reporting on families who lack privilege and power.   Boo’s reporting has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize, a MacArthur “Genius” grant, and a National Magazine Award for Feature Writing.

Free and open to the public.  Registration recommended.  Registration Button

 

 

 


About the Speaker:

Katherine Boo is a staff writer at The New Yorker and a former reporter and editor for The Washington Post.

A Humanities@Work Workshop for Undergraduate Humanities Majors: Preparing for the Career Fair Fri. September 29th, 2017
12:30 pm-1:30 pm

Tom Matthews, Executive Director of the CWRU Career Center, will present a general overview for creating effective resumes and will offer practical advice for a successful Career Fair experience. As well, Dr. Matthews will have a directory of the companies represented at the October 5th Career Fair and will provide guidance as to which companies would have the best employment opportunities for humanities students.

Please bring a copy of your current resume to the workshop.

Lunch will be provided.  Registration requested. Registration Button

Faculty Work-in-Progress — The Air War in the Museum: The Bombing of Dresden as History and Spectacle Tue. September 26th, 2017
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Vees-Gulani ImageSusanne Vees-Gulani, Associate Professor of German in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, explores the representations of the 1945 destruction of the famous German baroque city in two new exhibition spaces – the Military History Museum of the German Armed Forces, redesigned by Daniel Libeskind, and the large-scale panorama installations by the architect Yadegar Asisi. Despite vastly different methodologies, both places favor an emotional experience over a factual analysis and in turn create opportunities for developing a new, possibly troubling, German nationalism.

Pre-lecture reception begins at 4:15 pm.

Free and open to the public.  

KeyBank “Lunch and Learn”: Internship Opportunities for Humanities Majors Fri. September 22nd, 2017
12:30 pm-1:30 pm

Are you a Humanities student looking for a Summer Internship or Job? Come learn about the opportunities at Key Bank during this special H@W event with Aqeel Brown, Senior Campus Recruiter. Aqeel will talk about the internship and development programs at Key Bank, explain their applications and hiring process, and answer any questions you might have. One of Cleveland’s largest employers,

Key Bank has openings not just in finance and technology but also:

Human Resources
Marketing Strategy
Operations and many more Humanities-friendly positions!

Lunch will be provided.

Registration requested.  

A Conversation with Peter Ho Davies Wed. September 6th, 2017
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

The FortunesThis event features Peter Ho Davies, recipient of the 2017 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction, in conversation with CWRU faculty members Thrity Umrigar and Lisa Nielson. Peter Ho Davies’ innovative novel, The Fortunes, examines the burdens, limitations and absurdities of Asian stereotypes.  In four linked sections, The Fortunes explores the California Gold Rush, actress Anna May Wong, the 1982 murder of Vincent Chin by a disgruntled Detroit autoworker, and the contemporary adoption of a Chinese daughter by American parents. Davies, is a Professor in the Helen Zell MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Michigan.


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