ClarkHallA Community Asset

Established in 1996 with a generous gift of endowment from Eric and Jane Nord, the Baker-Nord Center is dedicated to:

  1. highlighting and celebrating the arts and humanities at Case (Art History and Art, Classics, English, History, Modern Languages and Literatures, Music, Philosophy, Religion, Theater and Dance) through public lectures, panels, performances, and special programs;
  2. supporting research and creative work in the humanities and arts through fellowships, grants, and symposia, as well as encouraging new and innovative directions in research and creativity, including the digital humanities, through public forums and open discussion;
  3. facilitating cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary collaborations among Case Western Reserve University faculty and members of other University Circle institutions that address questions and problems of broad human interest, in and out of the academy.


The Center hosts a number of public events to spark interest in the arts and humanities on campus, including the annual Anisfield-Wolf lecture and public programs related to the Center’s annual theme. See Programs and Events. The Baker-Nord Seminar, which facilitates interdisciplinary exchange between scholars, also focuses on our annual theme. Faculty research is highlighted by our Work in Progress series.

The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities is located in room 206 on the main floor of Clark Hall, 11130 Bellflower Road, directly across from the Peter B. Lewis Building on the south campus.

Built in 1892 and restored in 1999 with a grant from Eric and Jane Nord, Clark Hall is the second-oldest building on campus and was the original home of Western Reserve University’s Mather College for Women. It represents a significant historical link to Case Western Reserve University’s humanities tradition, and has become the revitalized campus center of humanities classrooms and meeting spaces.


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» What are the Humanities?
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