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HUMANITIES CALENDAR

In addition to organizing its own programming, the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities supports and promotes humanities programming available throughout the Case Western Reserve University and Greater Cleveland community.  Below is the listing of upcoming humanities-related programming:

 


JANUARY

English Image“Adaptation”
A Panel Discussion with Christopher Flint, James Newline, and Martha Woodmansee
Friday, January 19
3:15 pm
Guilford Parlor, 11112 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106
While the study of literature has always been concerned with the matter of influence, the question of literary adaptation has proved to be particularly resonant. How does a work or narrative change when it is adapted across media and genre? How, and why, should we gauge the faithfulness of an adapted text to its source material? Is adaptation fundamentally derivative – and is that a legal matter or an aesthetic one? Our panelists will consider these and other questions from a range of disciplinary perspectives, reflecting on the role adaptation plays in our scholarship and teaching.

This event is sponsored by the CWRU Department of English and is free and open to the public.

The Pursuit of Harmony: Johannes Kepler, Perspective, and Pluralsim
Aviva Rothman
Monday, January 22
11:25 am
Mather House, 11201 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106
This job talk event sponsored by the CWRU Department of History and is free and open to the public.

 

 


FEBRUARY

Clites WIPSacred Protests: Politics and Faith after Sexual Abuse
Thursday, February 1
4:30 pm
Clark Hall Room 206, 11130 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106
In the wake of Boston, 2002, survivors of Catholic clergy sexual abuse have been empowered to come forward with their stories of suffering. Yet from the ashes of their collective trauma, abuse survivors have built a robust agenda of political and religious reforms. In this lecture, Brian Clites, Instructor in the Department of Religious Studies, takes us on an ethnographic exploration of Catholic abuse survivors’ protests, examining not only the reforms that victims seek but also the conflicting emotions that they feel towards their church. Even as some survivors continue to kiss their Cardinal’s rings, others harbor fantasies of murder and revenge.

This event is sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and is free and open to the public.

Registration recommended.

 

English ImageHow to Do Things with Dead People: Temporal Conjecture and the Shakespearean History
A Lecture by Alice Dailey
Friday, February 2
3:15 pm
Guilford Parlor, 11112 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106

This talk describes the interests and methodology of Professor Dailey’s current book project, which thinks about historical drama as a reproductive technology by which living replicas of dead historical figures are animated and re-killed on stage. Considering the plays in such terms exposes their affinity with a transhistorical array of technologies for producing, reproducing, and looking at dead things—technologies like literary doppelgängers, funeral effigies, photography, ventriloquist puppetry, x-ray imagery, capital punishment rituals, and cloning. In this talk, Dailey will focus on Richard II and Henry VI, introducing two photographs that frame her readings of the plays. She will suggest how the hermeneutic shift afforded by photographic technology helps us move beyond conventional assumptions about the nostalgia of historical representation to expose how dead characters function for living characters as sites of temporal conjecture, ventriloquism, and identity extension.

Alice Dailey is Associate Professor of English at Villanova University. Her principal areas of study include hagiography, martyrology, and dramatic literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, especially Shakespeare. She is author of The English Martyr from Reformation to Revolution (Notre Dame, 2012) and has published articles on a range of literary, dramatic, and material artifacts, including the skeleton of King Richard III, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s complete Histories cycle, Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More, and the self-destroying martyr sculptures of Michael Landy. Her current project is a book on Shakespeare’s history plays titled How to Do Things with Dead People: Temporal Conjecture and the Shakespearean History Play.

This event is sponsored by the CWRU Department of English and is free and open to the public.

 

2017 Baker-Nord Distinguished Faculty Lecture:
Thomas Hart Benton, Jackson Pollock, and the Secrets of El Greco
Wednesday, February 7
4:30 pm
Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom A, 11038 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106
Many of those who have been skeptical about Jackson Pollock’s work have done a double-take when they’ve encountered Pollock’s early drawings after El Greco, which employ an analytical approach he learned from his first and only teacher, Thomas Hart Benton.  They reveal that Pollock’s mature work was based on a deep understanding of the compositional methods of the old masters.  Interestingly, they also shed light on El Greco’s own working methods, and on the factors that led to the invention of El Greco’s signature artistic style.  This lecture is presented by Henry Adams, Ruth Coulter Heede Professor of Art History and recipient of the 2017 Baker-Nord Center Award for Distinguished Scholarship in the Humanities, which recognizes the outstanding scholarship of Case Western Reserve University faculty in the Humanities and their contribution to the University’s reputation.

This event is sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and is free and open to the public.

Registration recommended.

 

Chiappini WIP

Thinking Like a Virus: Rhetoric, Aesthetics, and AIDS Literature
Thursday, February 22
4:30 pm
Clark Hall Room 206, 11130 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106
What does it mean to call a text “AIDS Literature”? What is the effect of applying this label to a text that does not attempt a faithful representation of the AIDS Crisis of the 1980s and 1990s, but instead deploys HIV and AIDS as literary metaphors? By analyzing texts such as the later experiments of William S. Burroughs, the novels of Kathy Acker, and the artwork and memoirs of David Wojnarowicz, English PhD Candidate Michael Chiappini seeks to trouble the prevailing understanding of AIDS literature by refocusing our attention to texts that do not aspire to narrative fidelity to the Crisis, but instead employ HIV and AIDS for the sake of artistic experimentation.

This event is sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and is free and open to the public.

Registration recommended.

 

Archaeology, Museums, and War
Wednesday, February 28
5:30pm
Gartner Auditorium, Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH  44106
Brian Rose discusses the recent wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria, which have profoundly influenced scholars dealing with the art and material culture of antiquity. Beginning with an examination of the ways in which the past now dominates the present, this talk draws on his personal experiences with museums, foreign wars, and archaeology. An overview of cultural heritage destruction and preservation programs in conflict zones leads to a discussion about museums and repatriation requests in an age of increasing nationalism.

This event is sponsored the Department of Art History and Art and is free open to the public.

Registration required.

 

 

MARCH


Rabinovitch-Fox WIPDesigning Power: The Women of The Fashion Group and the Promotion of Feminist Style During the 1930s and 1940s
Tuesday, March 6
4:30 pm
Clark Hall Room 206, 11130 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106
During the interwar period, the fashion industry offered women more possibilities to gain positions of power and influence within the business. In 1930, The Fashion Group—an all-female organization of prominent women in the fashion business—was founded as a forum to promote the American fashion industry and women’s role in it. In its activities and publications, the Fashion Group managed to popularize ideas about women’s freedom and contributed to the mainstreaming of feminism in the popular media through the rise of the “American Style” that imagined the modern fashion consumer as economic independent, physically mobile woman seeking both style and comfort. In her talk, Einav Rabinovitch-Fox, a Visiting Instructor in the Department of History, focuses on the role of the Fashion Group as a facilitator for women’s empowerment in the fashion business and highlights the presence of feminist networks in the post-suffrage period and their role in redefining feminism during this time. It argues that the commercialization of feminism through the emphasis on clothes and appearance did not necessarily lead to its cooption and ultimate demise, but offered alternative routes through which women could claim a voice and influence. 

This event is sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and is free and open to the public.

Registration recommended.

 

Balm in Gilead: Memory, Mourning, and Healing In African American Autobiography
Wednesday, March 21
4:30 pm 
Tinkham Veale University Center, Ballroom C, 11038 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH  44106
Albert J. Raboteau the Henry W. Putnam Professor of Religion Emeritus at Princeton University and is a specialist in American religious history. His research and teaching have focused on American Catholic history, African-American religious movements and currently he is working on the place of beauty in the history of Eastern and Western Christian Spirituality. He has written Slave Religion: The ‘Invisible Institution’ in the Antebellum South, A Fire in the Bones: Reflections on African-American Religious History, African-American Religion: Interpretative Essay in History, ed. with Timothy Fulop, A Sorrowful Joy and an updated 25th anniversary edition of Slave Religion, and, co-edited with Richard Alba and Josh DeWind, Immigration and Religion in America: Comparative and Historical Perspectives, and most recently American Prophets: Seven Religious Radicals & Their Struggle for Social and Political Justice (2016, Princeton University Press). He was the first recipient of the J.W.C. Pennington Award from the University of Heidelberg and last delivered the Stone Lectures at Princeton Theological Seminary in 2012.

“There is a way out of the evasion and willed amnesia of our racial trauma – stories, recalling them to memory. African American autobiography offers one such way as a telling of memories, an expression of mourning, and….a method of healing wounds, personal and social, inflicted by racism.”

This event is sponsored by the CWRU Department of Religious Studies and is free and open to the public.

 

2018 Cleveland Humanities Festival: HEALTH
No Más Bebés: Film & Conversation with Producer/Researcher Virginia Espino
Wednesday, March 21
6:00 pm
Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom A, 11038 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106
They came to have their babies. They went home sterilized. So begins the incredibly moving tales of the women chronicled in No Más Bebés(No More Babies), a heartbreaking documentary film based on the research of Latinx historian Virginia Espino. This is the story of Mexican immigrant mothers who sued Los Angeles county doctors, the state and the federal government after they were sterilized while giving birth in the 1970s. Led by an intrepid young Chicana lawyer, the mothers faced public exposure and stood up to powerful institutions in the name of justice. Jessie Hill, CWRU School of Law Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, will introduce the film and moderate a discussion with Espino following the screening.

This event is co-sponsored by the Social Justice Institute, the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, the Schubert Center for Child Studies, the Alianza Latina/Latino Alliance, SAVE (Sexual Assault and Violence Educators) and Latino Medical Student Association and is free and open to the public.

Registration recommended.

 

Nestle Image2018 Cleveland Humanities Festival: HEALTH
Food Politics in 2018: A Humanities Perspective
Marion Nestle
Friday, March 23
4:30 pm
Tinkham Veale University Center, Ballroom A, 11038 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106
In this lecture Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor, of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, Emerita, at New York University, discusses the idea that the paradox of today’s globalized food system is that food insecurity or obesity threaten the health and welfare of half the world’s population.  Underlying these problems is an overabundant but inequitably distributed food system in which corporations are forced to expand markets to meet growth targets.   The contradiction between business and public health goals has led to a large and growing movement to promote more healthful, environmentally sound, and ethical food choices and to identify a more equitable balance between individual and societal responsibility for those choices.

This event is sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and is free and open to the public.

Registration recommended.

 

Arthur Frank2018 Cleveland Humanities Festival: HEALTH
Therapeutic Process Using Narrative: A Vulnerable Reading of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”
Monday, March 26
4:30 pm
Tinkham Veale University Center, Ballroom A, 11038 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106
Life’s problems are often best approached in companionship with a story that offers guidance, and what guidance that is can vary considerably. The Hamlet in the Hospital project involves small groups performing readers’ theatre and then talking about how the play might be a companion in their work and lives. In this talk, Arthur Frank, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Calgary, Professor at VID Specialized University, Bergen, Norway, and core faculty at the Center for Narrative Practice in Boston, will discuss how in these discussions, they practice what he calls “vulnerable reading; that is, reading to discover how a literary work can be a companion during times of suffering.

This event is sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and is free and open to the public.

Registration recommended.

 

2018 Cleveland Humanities Festival: HEALTH
Quacks, Charlatans, and Geniuses: Medicine in Ancient Greece
Tuesday, March 27
12:00 pm
Zverina Room, Dittrick Medical History Center, 11000 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106
The Greeks laid the foundation for Western medicine, but much of what we know about their medical practices seems rather unpromising. Did eating a boiled mouse cure infant teething? Why should a doctor consult a patient’s horoscope? What did a surgery competition entail? Why was dissection forbidden? James C. McKeown, Professor of Classics at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and author of A Cabinet of Ancient Medical Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising Facts From the Healing Arts of Greece and Rome (2017), introduces us to some of the more curious realities of what happened when Socrates needed a doctor.

This event is co-sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and the Dittrick Medical History Center and is free and open to the public.

Registration recommended.

 

APRIL


2018 Cleveland Humanities Festival: HEALTH
Honoring the Story of Care
Monday, April 2
4:30 pm
Tinkham Veale Univerisity Center Ballroom A, 11038 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106
In his talk, Craig Irvine, Ph.D., Director of the Master’s Program in Narrative Medicine and founder and Academic Director of the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University, proposes that the care of the sick unfolds in stories. The effective practice of healthcare requires the ability to recognize, absorb, interpret, and act on the stories and plights of others. Narrative Medicine addresses the need of patients and caregivers to voice their experience, to be heard and to be valued, and it acknowledges the power of narrative to change the way care is given and received.

This event is sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and is free and open to the public.

Registration recommended.

 

2018 Cleveland Humanities Festival: HEALTH
Film Screening and Discussion:
They Shall Not Persish: The Story of Near East Relief
Friday, April 13
6:30 pm
Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom A, 11038 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106
This documentary details the unprecedented humanitarian efforts of thousands of Americans who saved a generation of orphans and refugees during the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and in the aftermath of the crisis that came to be known as the Armenian Genocide. The screening will be followed by a discussion led by Kenneth Ledford, Associate Professor in the Department of History.

This event is co-sponsored by the Armenian Cultural Organization and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and is free and open to the public.

Registration recommended.

 

Rereading the Technomasculine Narrative: Performing Identity Through Video Games in Underground Hip Hop
Thursday, April 19
4:30 pm
Clark Hall Room 206, 11130 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106
Video games are ubiquitous in American culture today, and their sounds have worked their way into the popular soundscape over the past half-century. In this lecture, Musicology PhD Candidate Kate Rogers examines how current underground hip hop musicians use game sounds and topics as platforms for exploring identity, questioning stereotypes of race and gender, and advocating for social justice.

This event is sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and is free and open to the public.

Registration recommended.

 

2018 Joseph and Violet Magyar Lecture:
A Specter Haunting Europe: The Myth of Judeo-Bolshevism in Hungary and Eastern Europe
Tuesday, April 24
4:30 pm
Clark Hall Room 309, 11130 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106
For much of the twentieth century, Europe was haunted by a threat of its own imagining: Judeo-Bolshevism. This myth—that Communism was a Jewish plot to destroy the nations of Europe—was a paranoid fantasy. And yet fears of a Jewish Bolshevik conspiracy took hold during the Russian Revolution and spread across Europe. In this talk, Professor Hanebrink, Associate Professor of History at Rutgers, asks why the myth of Judeo-Bolshevism endured for so long in Hungary and Eastern Europe and what legacy this idea has left for contemporary politics in the region.

This event is sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and is free and open to the public.

Registration recommended.

 

 

 

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