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Faculty-Work-in-Progress – Why Black not Blue? Revising & Reimagining Children’s Picture Books in the Age of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks Movement Tue. October 30th, 2018
4:30 pm-5:30 pm
at Clark Hall Room 206, 11130 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106
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Is the cat in Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat Black? Is presenting images of enslaved people smiling ever

2018 Richard N. Campen Lecture in Architecture and Sculpture – Material Performance and Ecological Priorities Mon. November 5th, 2018
4:30 pm-5:30 pm
at Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom A, 11038 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106
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As society contends with rising concerns over the viability of our ecosystems, the convergence of human and ecological priorities is

Faculty-Work-in-Progress – Tears of Compassion in Classical Athens    Tue. November 13th, 2018
4:30 pm-5:30 pm
at Clark Hall Room 206, 11130 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106
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In her talk, Rachel Sternberg, Associate Professor in the Department of Classics, argues that Plato’s criticism of tragedy reflected a
Faculty-Work-in-Progress – Kafka’s Monkey and Other Phantoms of Africa Wed. November 28th, 2018
4:30 pm-5:30 pm
at Clark Hall Room 206, 11130 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106
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French-Algerian philosopher Seloua Luste Boulbina explores the ways in which psychological, linguistic, and historical knowledge produced during the colonial era

Past Events

Event Date Summary
2018 Issa Lecture – The Quest for Environmental and Climate Justice: Why Race and Place Still Matter Tue. October 16th, 2018
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Climate change is the defining global environmental justice, human rights and public health issue of the twenty-first century. The most

Faculty-Work-in-Progress – Ex nihilo / In nihilum: Contending with Medieval Void Wed. October 3rd, 2018
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Nature, medieval philosophers exclaimed in an unsteady chorus, abhors a vacuum. Medieval art, exclaims a much more assured collective scholarly

2018 Keithley Symposium – Life an Object: The Thinker as Prism Fri. September 28th, 2018
9:00 am-4:30 pm

Inspired by Rodin’s The Thinker, the Keithley Symposium offers an exploration of the birth, lives and afterlives of objects. The

2018 Keithley Symposium – Life an An Object: The Thinker as Prism – Keynote Address: Troubling Thoughts Thu. September 27th, 2018
5:00 pm-6:00 pm

Contemporary American sculptor and installation artist Jim Hodges will present the keynote address for the inaugural Keithley Symposium.  In his

A Conversation with A. Van Jordan Wed. September 26th, 2018
5:00 pm-6:00 pm

Poet and previous Anisfield-Wolf Book Award winner A. Van Jordan will be in conversation with Dave Lucas, Ohio’s Poet Laureate

2018 Walter A. Strauss Lecture Series – The Self Divided: The Partition of 1947 Fri. September 21st, 2018
5:00 pm-6:00 pm

In this series of lectures, Priya Satia, Professor of Modern English History at Stanford University, will examine how people with

2018 Walter A. Strauss Lecture Series – The Defense of Inhumanity: Interwar Air Control and the British Idea of Arabia Wed. September 19th, 2018
5:00 pm-6:00 pm

In this series of lectures, Priya Satia, Professor of Modern English History at Stanford University, will examine how people with

2018 Walter A. Strauss Lecture Series – Pacifists Making Guns: The Galton Family and Britain’s Industrial Revolution Mon. September 17th, 2018
5:00 pm-6:00 pm

In this series of lectures, Priya Satia, Professor of Modern English History at Stanford University, will examine how people with

2018 Joseph and Violet Magyar Lecture in Hungarian Studies – A Specter Haunting Europe: The Myth of Judeo-Bolshevism in Hungary and Eastern Europe Tue. April 24th, 2018
5:00 pm-6:00 pm

For much of the twentieth century, Europe was haunted by a threat of its own imagining: Judeo-Bolshevism. This myth—that Communism

Graduate Student Work-in-Progress – Rereading the Technomasculine Narrative: Performing Identity Through Video Games in Underground Hip Hop Thu. April 19th, 2018
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Video games are ubiquitous in American culture today, and their sounds have worked their way into the popular soundscape over

Film Screening and Discussion – They Shall Not Perish: The Story of Near East Relief Fri. April 13th, 2018
6:30 pm-8:30 pm

2018 CLEVELAND HUMANITIES FESTIVAL: HEALTH This documentary details the unprecedented humanitarian efforts of thousands of Americans who saved a generation

Honoring the Story of Care Mon. April 2nd, 2018
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

2018 CLEVELAND HUMANITIES FESTIVAL: HEALTH In his talk, Craig Irvine, Ph.D., Director of the Master’s Program in Narrative Medicine and

Quacks, Charlatans, and Geniuses: Medicine in Ancient Greece Tue. March 27th, 2018
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

2018 CLEVELAND HUMANITIES FESTIVAL: HEALTH The Greeks laid the foundation for Western medicine, but much of what we know about

Therapeutic Process Using Narrative: A Vulnerable Reading of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” Mon. March 26th, 2018
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

2018 CLEVELAND HUMANITIES FESTIVAL: HEALTH Life’s problems are often best approached in companionship with a story that offers guidance, and

Symposium – Beyond Empathy: Critical Perspectives on Medicine, Society and Culture Sat. March 24th, 2018
8:30 am-4:00 pm

2018 CLEVELAND HUMANITIES FESTIVAL: HEALTH This day-long symposium will feature presentations on the vibrant field of medical humanities, addressing a

Food Politics in 2018: A Humanities Perspective Fri. March 23rd, 2018
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

2018 CLEVELAND HUMANITIES FESTIVAL : HEALTH In this lecture Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor, of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public

No Más Bebés: Film and Conversation with Producer/Researcher Virginia Espino Wed. March 21st, 2018
6:00 pm-8:00 pm

2018 CLEVELAND HUMANITIES FESTIVAL: HEALTH They came to have their babies. They went home sterilized. So begins the incredibly moving

Grant Writing for Humanities Majors Mon. March 19th, 2018
12:00 pm-1:30 pm

This workshop is part of a series designed to offer Humanities majors the opportunity to improve their professional writing skills.

Faculty-Work-in-Progress – Designing Power: The Women of The Fashion Group and the Promotion of Feminist Style During the 1930s and 1940s Tue. March 6th, 2018
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

During the interwar period, the fashion industry offered women more possibilities to gain positions of power and influence within the

Undergraduate Student Event – Humanities@Work: Non-Profits Mon. February 26th, 2018
6:00 pm-7:00 pm

At this event for undergraduate students, panelists working in the non-profit sector will discuss how studying the humanities influenced their

Graduate Student Work-in-Progress – Thinking Like a Virus: Rhetoric, Aesthetics, and AIDS Literature Thu. February 22nd, 2018
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

What does it mean to call a text “AIDS Literature”? What is the effect of applying this label to a

Job Correspondence Writing for Humanities Majors Mon. February 19th, 2018
9:00 am-10:30 am

This workshop is part of a series designed to offer Humanities majors the opportunity to improve their professional writing skills.

2018 Baker-Nord Distinguished Faculty Lecture – Thomas Hart Benton, Jackson Pollock, and the Secrets of El Greco Wed. February 7th, 2018
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Click HERE to view this event. Many of those who have been skeptical about Jackson Pollock’s work have done a

Faculty-Work-in-Progress – Sacred Protests: Politics and Faith after Sexual Abuse Thu. February 1st, 2018
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

In the wake of Boston, 2002, survivors of Catholic clergy sexual abuse have been empowered to come forward with their

Resume Writing for Humanities Majors Mon. January 29th, 2018
9:00 am-10:30 am

This workshop is part of a series designed to offer Humanities majors the opportunity to improve their professional writing skills.

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

Celebrated philosopher Philip Kitcher of Columbia University is known for his studies of the role of scientific inquiry in democratic

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

Celebrated philosopher Philip Kitcher of Columbia University is known for his studies of the role of scientific inquiry in democratic

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

Celebrated philosopher Philip Kitcher of Columbia University is known for his studies of the role of scientific inquiry in democratic

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

Click HERE to watch video of event. Harvard Classics Professor, teacher since 2004 of the freshman seminar, “Bob Dylan”, and

The Arch of Titus: From Jerusalem to Rome and Back Tue. November 14th, 2017
6:00 pm-7:00 pm

The Department of Art History and Art, College of Arts and Sciences, CWRU, is pleased to present a lecture by

Humanities@Work: Medicine Mon. November 13th, 2017
6:00 pm-7:00 pm

Panelists discuss how studying the humanities influenced their careers. Panelists include: Susan Wentz (Michigan ’75) majored in English. She attended

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

The Roman Empire produced a rich range of souvenirs and memorabilia commemorating cities, monuments, sporting and theatrical events, and religious

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.

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

In spring 1941, the Iraqis and the Vichy French in Syria made agreements with the Axis powers that might have

Between Académie and Arsenal: Ships, Servitude and the Sun King Fri. October 6th, 2017
5:00 pm-6:00 pm

In their presentation, Meredith Martin, Associate Professor of Art History at New York University, and Gillian Weiss, Associate Professor of

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

Shakespeare’s current position atop the global literary pantheon belies a complex history of reception, especially in continental Europe. By examining

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

In her lecture, Katherine Boo, staff writer at The New Yorker and a former reporter and editor for The Washington

Humanities@Work: Young Alumni Mon. October 2nd, 2017
6:00 pm-7:00 pm

Panelists discuss how studying the humanities influenced their careers and answer questions from the audience. Panelists include: Gilad Salomon (CWRU

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

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

Susanne Vees-Gulani, Associate Professor of German in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, explores the representations of the 1945

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

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

This event features Peter Ho Davies, recipient of the 2017 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction, in conversation with CWRU faculty

God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony between Science and Spirituality Fri. April 28th, 2017
11:45 am-1:45 pm

Mysticism and science: What do they have in common? How can one enlighten the other? By drawing on modern cosmology

Faculty Work-in-Progress: The Modernization of Knowledge Tue. April 25th, 2017
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

In his talk, Chris Haufe, Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy, compares the individual and community-level practices that have contributed

2017 Joseph and Violet Magyar Lecture in Hungarian Studies: Television and the Politics of Nostalgia in Hungary and Eastern Europe Thu. April 20th, 2017
5:00 pm-6:00 pm

In her lecture, Aniko Imre, Professor and Chair of the Division of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of

A Community Conversation About Libraries: Moving From Present to Future Wed. April 19th, 2017
4:00 pm-5:00 pm

This event is a “Soul of Cleveland” dialog. As demographics, technology, and forms of information dissemination constantly change, libraries of

The Color of Creation and the Creation of Color: Making Art in Ancient Egypt Wed. April 12th, 2017
5:30 pm-6:30 pm

For the ancient Egyptians nothing existed before creation except a dark expanse of endless water. With the creation of the

Jews and Jazz: Improvising Ethnicity – A Talk with Charles Hersch Thu. April 6th, 2017
5:00 pm-6:00 pm

Music has been an important vehicle for ethnic groups to assert and explore their identities. In his new book Jews

Building Bridges: Fixing the Immigration Issue and Strengthening U.S.-Mexico Relations Mon. April 3rd, 2017
5:00 pm-6:00 pm

2017 CLEVELAND HUMANITIES FESTIVAL: IMMIGRATION SEATING CAPACITY FOR THE VENUE HAS BEEN FILLED. REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED.

When Away Becomes Home: The Refugee Crisis and Opportunities for Welcome in Northeast Ohio Fri. March 31st, 2017
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

2017 CLEVELAND HUMANITIES FESTIVAL: IMMIGRATION The world is in the midst of the worst refugee crisis since World War II.

Lady Mary’s Legacy: Vaccine Advocacy from The Turkish Embassy Letters to Video Games Thu. March 30th, 2017
6:00 pm-7:00 pm

2017 CLEVELAND HUMANITIES FESTIVAL: IMMIGRATION On April 1, 1717, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu wrote her famous “Letter to a Friend”

Film Screening and Discussion – I Learn America: One High School, One School Year, Five New Americans Wed. March 29th, 2017
4:30 pm-7:00 pm

2017 CLEVELAND HUMANITIES FESTIVAL: IMMIGRATION In America, nearly one student in four is a child of immigration. How America fares

Who Should Enter the Golden Door: American Immigration Policy in Historical Perspective Wed. March 29th, 2017
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

2017 CLEVELAND HUMANITIES FESTIVAL: IMMIGRATION Click HERE to view the recording of this lecture. The current debate about immigration often

Internal Immigration and Return: Jewish Renaissance in Sicily and Sardinia Tue. March 28th, 2017
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

2017 CLEVELAND HUMANITIES FESTIVAL: IMMIGRATION The infamous 1492 Edict of Expulsion of the Jews forced close to 500,000 people into

Muslim in America: A Conversation with Ayad Akhtar Mon. March 27th, 2017
5:00 pm-6:00 pm

2017 CLEVELAND HUMANITIES FESTIVAL: IMMIGRATION Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Ayad Akhtar discusses the Muslim experience in America with Justine Howe,

A Polish Doctor in the Nazi Camps: My Mother’s Memories of Imprisonment, Immigration, and a Life Remade Fri. March 24th, 2017
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

2017 CLEVELAND HUMANITIES FESTIVAL: IMMIGRATION REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS CLOSED. Please email: bakernord@case.edu to be placed on the waiting

Imagination and Diaspora in Peter Balakian’s Poetry and Prose Fri. March 24th, 2017
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

2017 CLEVELAND HUMANITIES FESTIVAL: IMMIGRATION Peter Balakian, Pulitzer-prize winning Armenian American poet and writer and the Donald M. and Constance

Ancestry Thu. March 23rd, 2017
6:00 pm-7:00 pm

2017 CLEVELAND HUMANITIES FESTIVAL: IMMIGRATION Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s presents the F. Joseph Callahan Distinguished Lecture, which is also the

Graduate Student Work-in-Progress – Bioaffect, Medical Memoir, and the Making of a Physician Tue. March 7th, 2017
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Medical students and physicians in the US are routinely rhetorically positioned as subjects who lack empathy. By examining memoirs that medical

Platonic Properties Thu. March 2nd, 2017
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Plato’s Theory of Forms has mostly been conceived by his later readers as a theory of universals or properties: that is,

Humanities@Work: Practical Advice from Human Resources Directors Fri. February 24th, 2017
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Panelists will discuss how they consider applicants with humanities degrees, how applicants can best explain their skills, and will give

Faculty Work-in-Progress – The Big Sale: Elk Hills, the Energy Crisis, and the Invention of the Neoliberal Market, 1969-1998 Tue. February 21st, 2017
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

In his talk, Peter Shulman, Associate Professor in the Department of History, will discuss the Elk Hills Naval Petroleum Reserve.

Humanities@Work: Politics – A Conversation with Senator Sherrod Brown Mon. February 20th, 2017
5:00 pm-6:00 pm

Please join Ohio’s senior United States Senator Sherrod Brown for a conversation about how studying the humanities prepared him for

Graduate Student Work-in-Progress – Expanding the Closed Loop: Industrial Conservation, Recycling, and Environmentalism in the United States Tue. February 14th, 2017
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Contemporary solid waste recycling did not simply arise from the countercultural environmentalism of the late 1960s and 1970s. In this

Film Screening and Discussion – Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask Thu. February 9th, 2017
5:00 pm-8:00 pm

This documentary looks at the life and legacy of Paul Laurence Dunbar, the first African American to achieve national fame

Career Opportunities and Resume Writing for Humanities Majors Fri. February 3rd, 2017
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Click HERE for the PowerPoint presented at this event. The recently expanded Humanities@Work program connects CWRU humanities students with corporate,

2017 Baker-Nord Distinguished Faculty Lecture : The Sauroktonos (Lizard-Slayer) from Praxiteles to Charles Ray Wed. February 1st, 2017
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Click HERE to view this event. In 2004 the Cleveland Museum of Art acquired a rare ancient bronze statue of the

Humanities@Work: Media Mon. January 30th, 2017
6:00 pm-7:00 pm

Panelists discuss how studying the humanities influenced their careers and answer questions from the audience. Panelists include: Carlo Wolff (Boston

Graduate Student Work-in-Progress: American Femmes fatales Thu. December 1st, 2016
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

  In two recent operas, Anna Nicole (2011) and American Lulu (2013), artists have updated and adapted the genre’s old

A Place at the Table: An Evening with Chef and Culinary Activist Michael Twitty Thu. December 1st, 2016
7:00 pm-8:00 pm

Renowned chef, food writer and scholar, culinary historian and Judaic studies teacher Michael Twitty examines the emerging topic of culinary

Faculty-Work-in-Progress: Jordan’s Long War Tue. November 15th, 2016
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Since its inception as a monarchy and a state during World War One, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has participated

Humanities@Work: Food Mon. November 14th, 2016
6:00 pm-7:00 pm

Panelists discuss how studying the humanities influenced their careers and answer questions from the audience. Panelists include: Patrick Conway (Loyola

Richard N. Campen Lecture in Architecture and Sculpture: Now I Sit Me Down Thu. November 10th, 2016
5:00 pm-6:00 pm

Have you ever wondered where the rocking chair came from, or why cheap plastic chairs are everywhere? The way we

2016 Ubbelohde Lecture: What Ails Democracy? Thu. November 3rd, 2016
7:30 pm-8:30 pm

James T. Kloppenberg, Charles Warren Professor of American History at Harvard University is one of the leading intellectual historians in

Faculty-Work-in-Progress – Walking Stories: Digital literature and a Poetics of Drift Tue. November 1st, 2016
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

In her talk Kristine Kelly, lecturer in the Department of English, reflects on wandering as it figures in the works

Faculty-Work-in-Progress – Italy by Way of India: Routes of Devotional Knowledge in the Early Modern Period Tue. October 18th, 2016
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

  Travel between the vying reliquary sites of St. Thomas Apostle in Chennai, India and Ortona, Italy ruptured narrative continuity

Graduate Student Work-in-Progress – : “Take Polaroid”: Showcasing the American Way of Life in the Soviet Union Thu. October 13th, 2016
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

The American humorist Irene Kampen chronicled her eight-week sojourn to the Soviet Union in the summer of 1969 in her

A Sorting Hat for the Digital Humanities:  Content and Design Considerations for Longevity, Access, and Stability Wed. October 12th, 2016
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

A humanities scholar embarking on a digital project often has little guidance in choices he or she must make at

Boondoggle! The Struggle to Build the Eisenhower Memorial Fri. October 7th, 2016
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Authorized by Congress seventeen years ago, the Eisenhower Memorial is still on the drawing board. Its design by starchitect Frank

2016 Issa Lecture: Beyond Words; What Animals Think and Feel Tue. October 4th, 2016
5:00 pm-6:00 pm

  Does your dog really love you or does she just want a treat? Long thought to be beyond reach

New Light on Old Papal Rome: Recent Finds from the Archive of the Boncompagni Ludovisi Fri. September 30th, 2016
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

The focus of this talk is the 2010 discovery of archival material that sheds unexpected light on centuries of Boncompagni

2016 Walter A. Strauss Lecture – Censors at Work: How States Shaped Literature Tue. September 27th, 2016
5:00 pm-6:00 pm

The difficulty with the history of censorship is that it looks so simple: it pits oppression against freedom of expression.

Wonder Woman Symposium Fri. September 23rd, 2016
3:00 pm-5:00 pm

Babes in Arms During World War ll, when the young men left their jobs to fight overseas, women took their

Humanities@Work: Sports Mon. September 19th, 2016
6:30 pm-7:30 pm

Panelists discuss how studying the humanities influenced their careers. Panelists include: Amy Backus (Central Michigan University ‘79) majored in education

What Have We Learned About Culture, Disadvantage and Black Youth? Wed. September 14th, 2016
4:30 pm-6:00 pm

Click HERE for the video of this event. Click HERE an article of the 2016 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards Ceremony. A

High Performance Computing (HPC) Bootcamp Tue. September 13th, 2016
9:00 am-5:00 pm

Big data can be considered any data set outside the scope of a person to adequately process and interpret. Many

Big Data in Humanities, Arts, and Social Science Wed. May 11th, 2016
11:00 am-12:00 pm

Data abounds that is of interest to scholars in the humanities, arts, and social science.  High performance computing offers the

Cyberinfrastructure for the study of multimodal communication—language, gesture, art Wed. May 11th, 2016
10:30 am-11:30 am

This talk will review the big data and machine learning methods and instruments developed in the Red Hen Lab for

Cleveland in the Political Crosshairs: A Panel Discussion Tue. May 10th, 2016
5:00 pm-6:00 pm

With the date of the Republican National Convention fast approaching, Cleveland the focus of the nation and the world is

Symposium – Legacies of Nazi Perpetrators: Looking at Hitler and Himmler Today Thu. April 21st, 2016
4:30 pm-6:30 pm

Brad Prager (University of Missouri, Columbia): “Pinpointing the Evil in Nazi Family Photographs.” Michael Richardson (Ithaca College): “The Führer’s Face:

Surprising Interactions: Unlocking Content through Personal Experience Wed. April 20th, 2016
6:00 pm-7:00 pm

This is event is co-sponsored with Books@Work, which conducts seminars in community and company settings. Students bring to their reading

Humanities@Work: Entrepreneurs Mon. April 18th, 2016
6:00 pm-6:45 pm

In this panel, designed for undergraduate Students, Cleveland area entrepreneurs will discuss how studying the humanities influenced their careers. Panelists

Food Justice, Food Sovereignty: Transforming our Food System Thu. April 14th, 2016
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

In his lecture, Eric Holt-Giménez, executive director of Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy, will address the structural inequity

Warrior Chorus Sun. April 10th, 2016
3:00 pm-5:00 pm

2016  CLEVELAND HUMANITIES FESTIVAL: REMEMBERING WAR Warrior Chorus is a major new national humanities program by New York’s Aquila Theatre Company,

The Wades in Wartime – 1830-1945 Sat. April 9th, 2016
2:00 pm-3:00 pm

2016 CLEVELAND HUMANITIES FESTIVAL: REMEMBERING WAR The name Wade is familiar to many in northeast Ohio who enjoy Wade Park,

The Baker-Nord Distinguished Faculty Lecture – Thirty Four Miles from Kent State: CWRU and the Vietnam War Fri. April 8th, 2016
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

2016 CLEVELAND HUMANITIES FESTIVAL: REMEMBERING WAR While not Berkeley or Columbia, Case Western Reserve University became a visible part of

Feeding War: Gender, Health, and the Mobilized Kitchen in WWI Germany Thu. April 7th, 2016
6:00 pm-7:00 pm

2016 CLEVELAND HUMANITIES FESTIVAL: REMEMBERING WAR Heather R. Perry, Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte,

Rose Wohlgemuth Weisman Women’s Voices Lecture – Mourning for Lost Art Tue. April 5th, 2016
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

2016 CLEVELAND HUMANITIES FESTIVAL: REMEMBERING WAR In times of war, why do armies destroy cultural artefacts? And what does it

Under Cover of War: The Armenian Genocide and Its Continuing Ramifications Mon. April 4th, 2016
6:00 pm-7:00 pm

2016 CLEVELAND HUMANITIES FESTIVAL: REMEMBERING WAR World War I provided the cover for the ultranationalist “Young Turk” dictatorship of the

Film Screening and Panel Discussion – May 4th Voices: Kent State, 1970 Sun. April 3rd, 2016
2:00 pm-4:00 pm

2016 CLEVELAND HUMANITIES FESTIVAL: REMEMBERING WAR Screening of the award-winning documentary film May 4th Voices: Kent State, 1970. The film is

Remembering War – Keynote Address: Moral Injury and War Fri. April 1st, 2016
4:30 pm-6:00 pm

2016 CLEVELAND HUMANITIES FESTIVAL: REMEMBERING WAR What is it about the experience of war that can ruin the lives of

Graduate Student Work-in-Progress – Global Fictions, Religious Violence, and Secularism’s Antinomies of Value Tue. March 29th, 2016
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

For several contemporary novelists, secularism and globalization collide in a way that recasts sociopolitical debates as questions of aesthetic value.

Faculty-Work-in-Progress – Attempt at a Mythology Tue. March 22nd, 2016
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

What place do our oldest stories have in twenty-first century poetry? How can contemporary lyric make and unmake myths of

Graduate Student Work-in-Progress – The Amateur Instrument: Teenagers, the Electric Bass, and Garage Bands 1958-1964 Thu. March 17th, 2016
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

  This lecture examines how the electric bass transitioned in the late 1950s and early 1960s to its current position

Faculty-Work-in-Progress –  From Translation and its Aftermath: The Soviet Legacy in a Post–Socialist Cuba Thu. March 3rd, 2016
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

In her lecture, Damaris Punales-Alpizar, Assistant Professor of Spanish, proposes an approach to the socialist literature in Spanish that was

The Joseph and Violet Magyar Lecture in Hungarian Studies: Hungarian Foreign Policy – Renewed and Adjusted to Today’s Challenges Tue. March 1st, 2016
5:00 pm-6:00 pm

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE AMBASSADOR’S REQUIRED TRAVEL TO THE HOME OFFICE.  WE HOPE TO RESCHEDULE SOON.

Graduate Student Work-in-Progress – A Comedy in Five Acts: A Gamified Pedagogical Approach to Shakespeare Thu. February 25th, 2016
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Michelle Lyons-McFarland, a PhD candidate in the Department of English, will explore what it means to take plot, trope, and narrative

Humanities@Work:Law Mon. February 22nd, 2016
6:00 pm-7:00 pm

Panelists discuss how studying the humanities influenced their careers. Panelists include: Joel Levin (University of Chicago ’82) majored in history

Faculty-Work-in-Progress – Invisible Women: Gabon’s ‘Empty Canon’ Thu. February 4th, 2016
4:30 pm-5:15 pm

Gabon is unique in that its women writers have historically been predominate in creating its national literature. Despite its many

Exceptional Measures: The Human Sciences in STEM Worlds Thu. January 28th, 2016
5:00 pm-6:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE NEW LECTURE TOPIC In this lecture, Jerome McGann, John Stewart Bryan Professor at the University of Virginia, discusses

Humanities@Case Fri. January 22nd, 2016
12:30 pm-1:30 pm

Panelists will discuss the resources available specifically to undergraduate humanities students at Case Western Reserve University and answer questions from the

Edge of Disaster–Vaccines and Epidemics Thu. January 21st, 2016
6:30 pm-7:30 pm

The recent outbreak of Ebola in parts of Africa–and the frightened posts and live-tweets that accompanied two infected health workers

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

Dan Beachy-Quick, a Monfort Professor teaching in the MFA Creative Writing Program at Colorado State University, joins the English Department’s

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

What does ecocinema mean for Chinese cinema? In his talk, Haomin Gong, Assistant Professor in the Department of Modern Languages

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

Community activist and entrepreneur Mansfield Frazier leads The Vineyards and BioCellar of Château Hough, an urban vineyard located in Cleveland

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

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.   

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,

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

Peter Graff, a graduate student in the Department of Music, will discuss how Cleveland’s Globe Theater (Woodland avenue and E.

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

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

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

Readers come to books in search of characters they can love, hate, empathize with or relate to. But how do

CWRU English Colloquium Series: What Was Historicism? Fri. October 30th, 2015
3:00 pm-4:00 pm

A generation ago, a “new historicism” blew like a fresh breeze through the stuffy institution of literary criticism; now, after

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

The United Productions of America (UPA) animation studio, which came to prominence on the big and small screen in the years following

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

Daniel Mendelsohn, Charles Ranlett Flint Professor of Humanities at Bard College, draws upon his experience researching, writing, and then touring

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

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

The 2015 Inamori Ethics Prize will be awarded to celebrated philosopher and scholar Martha Nussbaum, the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service

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

Cara Byrne, a graduate student in the Department of English, will examine the complexities of visualizing black male identity, especially

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

The publishing process for scholars in the humanities is often a confusing one, especially for first-time authors. Today’s shifting landscape

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

The Rita Hayworth of this Generation is the story of Carmelita Cristina Rivera, a queer Latina performer, who is ready

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

As a Fulbright scholar in Paris for the 2014-2015 academic year, John Romey,a graduate student in the Department of Music,

“Secrets of old Philisoffres”: The Secretum Secretorum and Premodern Gerontology Thu. September 24th, 2015
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

This event has been cancelled.

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

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

During this event planned for undergraduate students, panelists discuss how studying the humanities influenced their careers.  Panelists Include: Mark Warren (Wesleyan

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

How did a mixed-race woman, born into poverty in the remote Andes, whose formal education ended with primary school become

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

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

For billions around the world, the events of 9/11 were experienced as a rupture, a periodizing event that cast the

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

Richard Dunn, Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor Emeritus of American History at the University of Pennsylvania and winner of

Religion and Secularism across the Humanities: An Interdisciplinary Forum Wed. May 6th, 2015
2:00 pm-4:00 pm

A Baker-Nord Working Group Event   Over the past decade, numerous disciplines in the humanities and social sciences have spoken

Literature, Sexuality, and the Postsecular: Intersections and Possibilities – A Workshop Wed. April 29th, 2015
11:00 am-12:00 pm

What is “the postsecular,” and why should it matter to the study of literature and sexuality? Exploring various possible answers,

Humanities@Work: MEDICINE Mon. April 27th, 2015
6:00 pm-7:30 pm

Four doctors and a medical student will discuss how studying the humanities influenced their careers. Participants include: Mark Scher (Rochester ‘72) majored in

The Body in the Book: the Fabrica and the Epitome (1543) Thu. April 16th, 2015
6:00 pm-7:00 pm

  December 2014 marked the 500th anniversary of the birth of Andreas Vesalius and medical history institutions across American and

Who Started World War I? Centenary Debates about War Guilt and Meaning Wed. April 15th, 2015
4:30 pm-6:00 pm

A Niagara of new histories has greeted the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, and none more impressive

2015 F. Joseph Callahan Distinguished Lecture: “The Flight From Conversation” Mon. April 13th, 2015
6:00 pm-7:00 pm

2015 Callahan Distinguished Lecture presents professor, author, clinical psychologist Sherry Turkle on how technology is shaping our relationships With personal

Reading Interfaces: Inquiries at the Intersection of Literature and Technology Fri. April 10th, 2015
11:00 am-5:00 pm

A Baker-Nord Digital Humanities Event Curated by Kristine Kelly and Allison Schifani Free and open to the public, registration recommended. 

The 2015 Edward S. and Melinda Melton Sadar Lecture in Writing in the Disciplines – Form, Subject, and Genre: Toward a History of Copyright for Newspaper and Magazine Writings Fri. April 10th, 2015
3:00 pm-4:00 pm

With respect to copyright law, periodicals have followed a different trajectory than books, and much of that difference has to

Reading Interfaces: Inquiries at the Intersection of Literature and Technology Thu. April 9th, 2015
12:00 pm-7:00 pm

A Baker-Nord Digital Humanities Event Curated by Kristine Kelly and Allison Schifani Free and open to the public, registration recommended. 

The Joseph and Violet Magyar Lecture in Hungarian Studies: Counter-Constitutions: How a 21st Century Constitutional Revolution in Hungary Claimed Medieval Roots Thu. April 9th, 2015
4:30 pm-6:00 pm

Since independence in 1989, nationalist Hungarians have argued that the Holy Crown of St. Stephen and associated doctrines should be

Reading Interfaces: Inquiries at the Intersection of Literature and Technology Wed. April 8th, 2015
4:00 pm-7:30 pm

A Baker-Nord Digital Humanities Event Curated by Kristine Kelly and Allison Schifani Free and open to the public, registration recommended. 

The 2015 biennial Beamer-Schneider Lecture in Ethics & Civics: “There is a crack in everything; that’s how the light gets through” Tue. April 7th, 2015
6:00 pm-7:00 pm

This lecture is presented by Michael Rakowitz who will discuss his social experiments categorized as “social practice art.” He will

Cultural Waves: The Ancient Greek Contribution to Human Rights Thu. April 2nd, 2015
4:00 pm-5:00 pm

The U.S. government’s use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” since 9/11 has made the topic of basic human rights newly urgent.

Talking Back to the Book: Critical Digital Literacies in African American Rhetorical Traditions Wed. April 1st, 2015
4:30 pm-6:00 pm

In this talk, Adam Banks, Professor of Writing Rhetoric and Digital Studies at the University of Kentucky, will consider Stevie Wonder’s exploration

An Afternoon with Patricia Harman Fri. March 27th, 2015
12:00 pm-1:30 pm

Best-selling author Patricia Harman will read from and discuss her latest book, The Reluctant Midwife, the story of a young

How to Retract an Article in the Humanities Wed. March 25th, 2015
12:00 pm-1:30 pm

A Baker-Nord Digital Humanities Event   There are significant differences between the kind of support that humanists typically provide for

Making, Mining, Marking and Mashing: The Digital Humanities Curriculum in 2025 Wed. March 25th, 2015
4:30 pm-6:00 pm

A Baker-Nord Digital Humanities Event Mills Kelly, Professor of History at George Mason University, will challenge the audience to think

Collectors, Collections and Museums: Chinese Ceramics in Britain, 1560-­‐1960 Wed. March 25th, 2015
6:30 pm-7:30 pm

During the 16th and 17th centuries, Chinese ceramics were acquired as objects of exoEca and vessels for the consumpEon of

Identity, Authority, and Authenticity in Language Policy: Reflections from the Peruvian Andes Mon. March 23rd, 2015
4:30 pm-6:00 pm

The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, the Speakers Committee of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, and the Program

The Julius Fund Lecture in Medieval Art: Real Monsters: Medieval Belief, Wonder, and the “Wonders of the East” Wed. March 18th, 2015
5:30 pm-7:00 pm

Professor Asa Simon Mittman from California State University, Chico, will present the Julius Fund Lecture in Medieval Art, sponsored by

Faculty Work-in-Progress: Eteocles in the Hermeneutic Circle Mon. March 16th, 2015
4:30 pm-6:00 pm

Sophocles’ tragedy Oedipus the King is well-known. Few, however, know that Aeschylus wrote a dramatic trilogy about the family of

On Not Reading David Foster Wallace Fri. March 6th, 2015
3:00 pm-4:00 pm

There are over fifty thousand novels published in the United States every year. Readers, reviewers, and scholars talk a lot

The Long Now of Digital Humanities Thu. March 5th, 2015
4:30 pm-6:00 pm

A Baker-Nord Digital Humanities Event     Digital Humanities has been called “the culture of the perpetual prototype.” The fast

Introduction to Text Encoding with TEI Wed. March 4th, 2015
9:00 am-5:00 pm

A Baker-Nord Digital Humanities Event   The Workshop will run 4-6 March 2015. Participants should plan to attend all three

Performance and Discussion of “Asking for It” Tue. March 3rd, 2015
7:00 pm-9:00 pm

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, in collaboration with the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center presents Asking For It, which follows

Neoliberal Practices and Cultural Production in Latin America in the Past 40 Years Fri. February 27th, 2015
5:00 pm-6:30 pm

PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION! Idelber Avelar – a professor specializing in contemporary Latin American fiction, literary theory, and Cultural Studies

Lecture by Deborah Willis and Screening of “Through the Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People” Fri. February 27th, 2015
4:00 pm-7:00 pm

Deborah Willis, PhD is University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at New York University/Tisch and

NEH Grant Writing Workshop Wed. February 25th, 2015
9:00 am-12:30 pm

Stefanie Walker, Senior Program Officer for Research Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities, will be on campus to provide

Freedman Fellows: Tornado Destruction & Financial Damage to Homeowners Wed. February 25th, 2015
12:00 pm-1:30 pm

A Digital Humanities Event   Dr. Gallagher will discuss his research, as well as the challenges it has presented and

The Issa Lecture: Interspecies Ethics Tue. February 24th, 2015
4:30 pm-6:00 pm

Cynthia Willett, a Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Emory University, draws upon animal studies and relational ethics to

Faculty Work-in-Progress: Honoring the Prophet, Performing American Islam Wed. February 18th, 2015
12:00 pm-1:30 pm

For centuries, Muslims have performed mawlids, or festivals and celebrations in honor of the Prophet Muhammad. These rituals came under

The Story of the Cleveland Play House Mon. February 16th, 2015
5:30 pm-8:00 pm

Founded in 1915, the Cleveland Play House remains the longest-running professional theatre in the country, but its history has never

Chemistry in Art, Art in Chemistry, and the Spiritual Ground They Share Thu. February 12th, 2015
4:30 pm-6:00 pm

After looking at the evolution of pigments for the color blue, Roald Hoffmann – Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor of

Issues on 20th and 21st Century Art Wed. February 11th, 2015
5:00 pm-6:00 pm

Anuradha Vikram is a curator, critic, and educator, currently Director of Residency Programs at 18th Street Arts Center, in Santa

Freedman Fellows Presentation: Tibet Oral History and Archive Project Wed. February 11th, 2015
12:00 pm-1:30 pm

A Digital Humanities Event   Dr. Goldstein will discuss his research, as well as the challenges it has presented and

“Rockwell Kent” Screening and Discussion Mon. February 9th, 2015
5:00 pm-8:30 pm

Artist and social activist Rockwell Kent produced haunting landscapes inspired by his adventures in Alaska, Tierra del Fuego, and Greenland.

Animating the War: The First World War and the History of Animation Thu. February 5th, 2015
4:30 pm-6:00 pm

The history of animation dates back to the 1890s, yet the medium as we know it was deeply shaped by

Second Look Film Series: My Architect Mon. January 26th, 2015
6:00 pm-8:00 pm

This Oscar-nominated documentary features director Nathaniel Kahn searching to understand his father, noted architect Louis Kahn, who died bankrupt and

Humanities Graduate Student Happy Hour Thu. January 22nd, 2015
5:00 pm-7:00 pm

All Case Western Reserve University Graduate Students are invited to attend the first Baker-Nord Center Humanities Graduate Student Happy Hour.

Blackboard as a Digital Pedagogical Tool Thu. January 8th, 2015
9:00 am-12:00 pm

Free and open to the public, registration recommended.    This essential workshop will explore tactics to effectively use Blackboard for

An Introduction to DH Theory Tue. December 2nd, 2014
1:30 pm-1:00 pm

A Baker-Nord Digital Humanities Event This talk will offer a general introduction to the theoretical debates in the field of

Screening of “The Unknown Known” Mon. December 1st, 2014
1:00 pm-1:00 pm

Errol Morris’ documentary — a riveting extended interview with former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld — is a cat-and-mouse game

Faculty Work-in-Progress: Electric Baton: Science, Sound, and the Romantic Conductor Thu. November 20th, 2014
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Hector Berlioz — along with Louis Spohr and Felix Mendelssohn — is often cited as the first of the modern

DH in the Classroom: A Primer Tue. November 18th, 2014
1:00 am-1:00 am

A Baker-Nord Digital Humanities Event In this general discussion and presentation of a broad range of digital humanist tools, this

Metamorphoses of Medea Fri. November 14th, 2014
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

  A Baker-Nord Cosponsored Event   “Killer!” “Barbarian!” “Witch!” “Madwoman!” “Heroine!” Ever since Euripides staged his drama Medea in 431

Exhibits & Collections Thu. November 13th, 2014
1:00 am-1:00 pm

A Co-presented Digital Humanities Event A general introduction for students, faculty, and staff to the processes of digitizing text and

The Richard N. Campen Lecture in Architecture and Sculpture: Across Art and Architecture Thu. November 13th, 2014
1:00 am-1:00 am

Using examples from her own creative practice, Monica Ponce de Leon, Dean and Eliel Saarinen Collegiate Professor of Architecture and

Shakespeare in America Wed. November 5th, 2014
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Shakespeare has played a significant role in American literary and political culture since the time of the Revolution. Drawing upon

What Can We Learn about Language by Reading Millions of Books? Thu. October 30th, 2014
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

A Faculty Works-In-Progress The dramatic growth of linguistic corpora enables the quantitative study of language on a scale that would

Digital Project Management Fri. October 24th, 2014
12:30 pm-3 pm

A Baker-Nord Digital Humanities Event This presentation will propose a transformation of the digital humanities so that innovations are sociological

TEI Without Tech: An Introduction to TEI Concepts Thu. October 23rd, 2014
1 pm-3 pm

A Baker-Nord Digital Humanities Event   Text encoding allows researchers to closely explore texts using the XML mark-up language. Prior

Visibility, Exclusion, and Futures of Digital Humanities: Time for a Thaw Thu. October 23rd, 2014
6 pm-7 pm

      A Baker-Nord Digital Humanities Event This presentation will propose a transformation of the digital humanities so that

I Do and I Don’t: A Discussion of Marriage in the Movies Mon. October 13th, 2014
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

As long as there have been feature movies there have been marriage movies, and yet Hollywood has always been cautious

What is College For? Thu. October 2nd, 2014
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Educators at all levels–from early childhood through college and university– are contending with rising public anxiety about the cost and

Screening of “The Square” Mon. September 22nd, 2014
6 pm-8 pm

A nominee for best documentary feature at the 2014 Oscars, The Square is an immersive experience, transporting the viewer deep

An Afternoon with Anthony Marra Wed. September 10th, 2014
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Author Anthony Marra will read from and discuss “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena”, winner of the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award

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

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

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

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

Pearl Harbor: Sneak Attack or Provocation? Thu. December 5th, 2013
4:15 pm-1:00 pm

A Humanities-Related Event In America the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor has been interpreted as a cowardly sneak attack by

Hired Education: Capitalism and the Academic Community Wed. November 20th, 2013
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Historian Ellen Schrecker presents a perspective on how and why the leaders of American universities embraced the corporate mindset that

Politics in Early Eighteenth-Century Britian: Why Handel was Fired and Other Stories Mon. November 18th, 2013
7:30 pm-8:30 pm

A Baker-Nord Cosponsored Event When Handel arrived in London, he was in the employ of the Elector of Hanover, Georg

From Russia to Cleveland: Politics, Sports & the LGBT Experience Fri. November 15th, 2013
12:30 pm-1:00 pm

Join the Panel Discussion looking a the Russia/Winter Olympics situation as it relates to politics and the LGBT community. Learn

The Falling Rate of Profit: Karl Marx’s Struggle to Prove the Demise of Capitalism Thu. November 14th, 2013
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Although never explicitly mentioned in Vol. 1 of Capital, the idea of a falling rate of profit was central to

Emerging Methodologies: An Introduction to the Field of Digital Humanities Tue. November 12th, 2013
1:00 pm-1:00 pm

    A Baker-Nord Digital Humanities Event   Allison Schifani, Baker-Nord Center Postdoctoral Scholar in the Digital Humanities, presents an

Interpreting Capitalism Film Series: Garbage Dreams Mon. November 11th, 2013
1:00 pm-1:00 pm

On the outskirts of Cairo lies the world’s largest garbage village, home to 60,000 Zaballeen–Arabic for garbage people. The Zaballeen have

American Glamour: Modern Architecture, Marketing, and Popular Culture in the 1950s Thu. November 7th, 2013
1:00 pm-1:00 pm

Alice T. Friedman–the Grace Slack McNeil Professor of American Art at Wellesley College–will examine key examples of Mid-century Modern architecture

An Afternoon with Nikki Giovanni Mon. October 28th, 2013
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Join The Baker-Nord Center and our guest, Nikki Giovanni, as she reads and discusses her works. Many of Giovanni’s books

Improvisation and Transgression: Musicians of the Harem Thu. October 24th, 2013
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

The Western perception of the harem, or women’s quarters, and assumptions about the residents and their lifestyle remains a persistent

The Historical and the Metaphysical in George Oppens’ “Route” Fri. October 18th, 2013
1:00 pm-3:30 pm

Robert Baker’s fields of interest are modern poetry from the romantic period through the present, twentieth-century and contemporary literature, and

History in Fiction: Reading the Novels of Nobel Laureate Mo Yan Thu. October 17th, 2013
4:30 pm-1:00 pm

Controversies about Chinese writer Mo Yan have been heated since last October, when the Swedish Academy announced him to be

Interpreting Capitalism Film Series: The Queen of Versailles Mon. October 14th, 2013
1:00 pm-1:00 pm

A whimsical documentary that offers an off-center view of a billionaire couple as they begin construction on a mansion inspired

Rarely Seen Gems of the Japanese Cinema (with English subtitles): Growing Up (Takekurabe, 1955) Sat. October 12th, 2013
1:00 pm-1:00 pm

This film was directed by Heinosuke Gosho and is part of a series curated by Linda C. Ehrlich and John

Rarely Seen Gems of the Japanese Cinema (with English subtitles): Humanity and Paper Balloons (Ninjo kami fusen, 1937) Sat. October 5th, 2013
1:00 am-1:00 am

This film was directed by Sadao Yamanaka and is part of a series curated by Linda C. Ehrlich and John

Rarely Seen Gems of the Japanese Cinema (with English subtitles): Record of a Tenement Gentleman (Nagaya shinshiroku, 1947) Thu. October 3rd, 2013
6:30 pm-8:30 pm

This film was directed by Yasujiro Ozu and is part of a series curated by Linda C. Ehrlich and John

High Tech, Low Life Wed. October 2nd, 2013
1:00 pm-1:00 pm

This award-winning documentary follows two of China’s first citizen reporters as they travel through the country, chronicling underreported news and

UNIVERSITY CIRCLE: CREATING A SENSE OF PLACE: Film Premier and Panel Discussion Mon. September 30th, 2013
5:30 pm-1:00 pm

The Baker-Nord Center is proud to present the public premier of a new documentary film on the history, public art,

Rarely Seen Gems of the Japanese Cinema (with English subtitles): Miss Oyu (Oyusama, 1951) Sat. September 28th, 2013
1:00 pm-1:00 pm

A Baker-Nord Cosponsored Event This film was directed by Kenji Mizoguchi and is part of a series curated by Linda

Regional Poets on Poetry: A general discussion of selected poems Fri. September 27th, 2013
1:00 pm-1:00 pm

Award-winning regional poets Frank Giampietro, David Young, and Joy Katz will discuss trends in contemporary poetry by examining representative texts

An Inner History of Collecting Chinese Painting for Cleveland: Sherman E. Lee and Walter Hochstadter Thu. September 26th, 2013
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

A Baker-Nord Center Faculty Work-in-Progress Sherman E. Lee (1918-2008), Cleveland Museum of Art director and curator of “Oriental” art, emerged

Scholarly Publishing Today Tue. September 24th, 2013
12:30 pm-1:30 pm

Scholars at every stage, from graduate school to retirement, face an overwhelming array of choices concerning publication of their scholarship.

The Yellow Birds: A Reading and Discussion with Kevin Powers Wed. September 11th, 2013
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

A Baker-Nord Center Cosponsored Event Author Kevin Powers will read from and discuss The Yellow Birds, winner of the 2013


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