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 2019 Cleveland Humanities Festival explores the relationship between society and the world of Nature from a variety of perspectives in history, literature, and the arts. The Cleveland Humanities Festival is a collaborative event celebrating the great cultural institutions of the city of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio dedicated to humanistic inquiry. The Festival engages the public in addressing some of society’s most challenging issues and pressing concerns. Coordinated by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities of Case Western Reserve University, the Festival is partnering with our region’s major museums, educational institutions, and arts organizations. The 2019 Cleveland Humanities Festival on “Nature” will offer public programming which explores this theme from a variety of humanistic perspectives, including the representation of the natural world in literature and the arts; climate change, its past history, future consequences, and the ethical problems it presents; and our constantly growing understanding of the science of nature and its impact on culture and society.

The 2018 Cleveland Humanities Festival was 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...