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

• highlighting and celebrating the arts and humanities at CWRU (Art History and Art, Classics, English, History, Modern Languages and Literatures, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Theater) through public lectures, panels, performances, and special programs;

• supporting research and creative work in the arts and humanities through fellowships, grants, and symposia, as well as encouraging new and innovative directions in research and creativity, including the digital humanities;

• facilitating cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary collaborations among CWRU faculty and members of other cultural and educational institutions that address questions and problems of broad human interest, in and out of the academy.

The 2021 Cleveland Humanities Festival explores the theme of  IDENTITY from a variety of humanistic perspectives. It addresses basic questions about why identity matters, especially in a world reshaped by pandemic and economic distress. The question of how we identify ourselves, always important, takes on added significance now. What matters most to a person’s identity: race and ethnicity, gender, class, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, or something else? And what matters most now to our collective identity as a society? The Festival will consider these questions through community-wide events in March and April, 2021.

The 2021 Cleveland Humanities Festival will be presented with the generous support of:


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Art History Professor Receives Grant from the French-American Cultural Exchange Foundation

Professor Elina Gertsman (Department of Art History, Case Western Reserve University) and Vincent Debiais (Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art, École des hautes études en sciences sociales) received a $20,000 grant from the French-American Cultural Exchange Foundation for their collaborative project "Abstraction Before the Age of Abstract Art." The grant...

Director Peter Knox Reflects on the Value of the Liberal Arts

In The Conversation, Director Peter Knox reflects on the broader meaning of the recent $75 Million gift made to the Department of Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University: "As investor Bill Miller has said with his big gift, the humanities are just as as important for the fabric of our society...

Art History Professor Awarded 2018 Karen Gould Prize in Art History

Elina Gertsman, a Professor in the Department of Art History and Art, has been awarded the Medieval Academy's inaugural Karen Gould Prize in Art History for Worlds Within: Opening the Medieval Shrine Madonna (University Park: Penn State Press, 2015).  The Karen Gould Prize, established by an endowed gift from Lewis...

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Art History Professor Awarded 2018 Medieval Academy Digital Humanities and Multimedia Studies Prize

The 2018 Medieval Academy Digital Humanities and Multimedia Studies Prize has been awarded to Professor Elizabeth Bolman for her project "The Digital Red Monastery Church: Open Access for Scholars and the Public, for Research and Teaching".  Bolman is Else B. Smith Professor in the Liberal Arts and Chair of the...