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Advisory Board & Steering Committee


Advisory Board Members


Steering Committee



Stephen R. Adams

CWRU School of Architecture
Class of 1963, ARC

A. Chace Anderson

Clanco Management Corp.

Virginia Nord Barbato

The Nord Family Foundation
Class of 1973, FSM

Kathleen Barrie

Principal of BarrieProjects, a museum and cultural planning firm

Nathan A. Berger, M.D.

CWRU Hanna-Payne Professor of Experimental Medicine and
Director of the Center for Science, Health and Society

Marcie Bergman

Arts and Culture Advocate

Edith Fellinger Hirsch

Class of 1959, FSM

Robert H. Jackson (Chairman)

Founding and Senior Partner, Kohrman Jackson & Krantz PLL
Class of 1961, LAW

Toby Devan Lewis

Art collector, Author, and Curator
Class of 1956, FSM

Barbara Robinson

Arts and Culture Advocate

Samuel Savin

Emeritus Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, CWRU

Ann Kowal Smith

Founder and Executive Director, Books@Work



Elina Gertsman

Department of Art and Art History
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Rachel Sternberg

Department of Classics
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Maggie Vinter

Department of English
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John Broich

Department of History

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Gabriela Copertari

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
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Francesca Brittan

Department of Music
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Chris Haufe

Department of Philosophy
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Roy Ritzmann

Department of Biology
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Joseph White

Department of Political Science
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Justine Howe

Department of Religious Studies
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David Vegh

Department of Theater
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Faculty Affiliates

Brian Clites, Department of Religious Studies
Einav Rabinovitch-Fox, Department of History

Graduate Student Affiliate

Michael Chiappini, Department of English
Katherine Rodgers, Department of Music


Directors & Staff


Peter Knox (Director)

Peter Knox

Professor Knox teaches a wide range of courses in Greek and Latin literature, as well as on topics in Roman culture, ancient epic and classical reception, using sources in translation. His research interests focus primarily on Latin poetry and Greek poetry of the Hellenistic period, and he has published over a hundred articles and reviews on a wide range of subjects within those areas. His books include Ovid’s Metamorphoses and the Traditions of Augustan Poetry (1986); Ovid, Heroides: Select Epistles (1995);Oxford Readings in Ovid (2006); and A Companion to Ovid (2009). Most recently he published The Oxford Anthology of Roman Literature (2013) in collaboration with J. C. McKeown, with whom he is also working on a companion anthology of Greek literature. His other projects include an edition of the Greek and Latin poetry of Angelo Poliziano, forthcoming in the I Tatti Renaissance Library, and a new edition of Ovid’s Metamorphoses for the Loeb Classical Library. He has served as the Editor of The Classical Journal and is a Past President of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South.





Brian Clites (Associate Director)

Brian Clites studies the anthropology of power, violence, and trauma within contemporary Roman Catholicism, as well as broader issues of gender, pain, and suffering within marginalized communities in the United States. His work draws upon multiple fields within the humanities, including religious studies, history, philosophy, and cultural anthropology. He joined the Department of Religious Studies in Fall 2017, shortly after completing his doctorate at Northwestern University.

Brian is currently finishing his first book, Breaking the Silence, an ethnography of survivors of priestly sexual abuse. Examined through the history of three generations of Chicago Catholics, the book unearths the local traditions of religious activism that later enabled these survivors to transform their suffering into such a robust agenda of political and ecclesiogical reforms. In addition to enriching the study of American Catholicism and challenging theories of gender and violence within religious studies, the book also serves as a corrective to public understandings of the abuse crisis in the United States. The survivor movement in Chicago began decades before the 2002 scandal in Boston, and in fact defined the discursive framework through which Americans have understood and debated the pain and suffering of the abuse crisis. Research for Breaking the Silence has been supported by grants from the American Catholic Historical Association and the Cushwa Center for American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame.

Prior to arriving at Case Western Reserve, Brian taught at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and John Carroll University. His offerings have included a range of courses on topics within Catholic Studies, American Religious History, and Theory and Method.



Susanne Vees-Gulani (Associate Director)

Vees-GulaniSusanne Vees-Gulani is Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and Co-Director for the Max Kade Center for German Studies.  She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and joined CWRU in 2006.

Her research focuses on 20th and 21st Century German literature and culture, the Second World War, postwar reconstruction and identity formation, trauma and memory studies, and science and literature. She is the author of Trauma and Guilt: Literature of Wartime Bombing in Germany (2003) and co-editor of Generational Shifts in Contemporary German Culture (2010). She is currently co-editing a special issue of the journal Seminar on “Representations of German War Experiences from the Eighteenth Century to the Present” (February 2014). Recent publications also include articles on Dieter Forte, W. G. Sebald, and Durs Grünbein, the rebuilding efforts in the city of Dresden, as well as the pictorial history of Dresden.

For 2010-2011, Dr. Vees-Gulani was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to work on her book project about the origins and manifestations of the German victim discourse surrounding Dresden. She has also been a Freedman Fellow at CWRU (2012-2013) for her project to visualize digitally a network of relationships and factors informing the Dresden memory culture.



Maggie Kaminski (Administrative Director)

Maggie Kaminski is an alumna, having received her master of non-profit organizations degree at CWRU. She has worked in various capacities at CWRU, including over ten years of service in the School of Medicine’s development office where she was director of alumni affairs and friends programs, director of leadership programs, and a consultant in matters related to the capital campaign for the Cleveland Health Sciences Library as well as the Amici Medicinae (Friends of Medicine) program. She has been with the Baker-Nord Center since March 2007.









Past Directors


John Orlock

Samuel B. and Virginia C. Knight Professor of Humanities
Interim Director, 2010-2014
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Anne Helmreich

Senior Programming Officer, The Getty Foundation
Director, 2007-2010
Associate Director, 2004-2007.

Timothy Beal

Florence Harkness Professor of Religion, CWRU
Director, 2004-2007
Associate Director, 2002-2004.
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Tom Bishop

The University of Auckland
Founding Director, 1996-2004.

Marie Lathers

Elizabeth M. and William C. Treuhaft Professor of Humanities and French, CWRU
Associate Director.
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Catherine Scallen

Associate Pofessor of Art History, CWRU
Associate Director.
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Angela Wollacott

The Macquarie University, Sydney
Associate Director.

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