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Wonder Woman Symposium Fri. September 23rd, 2016
3:00 pm-5:00 pm

Babes in Arms

During World War ll, when the young men left their jobs to fight overseas, women took their places: in the factories, driving trucks and buses, building and flying planes — and in comics.  More women than ever before were drawing for comic books, and what they drew were beautiful courageous women who fought the Axis and didn’t have to be rescued by some guy.  In her talk, cartoonist and historian Trina Robbins, introduces four of those women, who fought the war with ink and paper.

The Goddess,

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Religion and Secularism across the Humanities: An Interdisciplinary Forum Wed. May 6th, 2015
2:00 pm-4:00 pm

A Baker-Nord Working Group Event
 

Over the past decade, numerous disciplines in the humanities and social sciences have spoken of a “religious turn.” This pattern is characterized by a resurgent interest in interdisciplinary scholarship that revaluates central questions about the relationship between religion and secularism in the academy and in our objects of study.

 

This roundtable discussion will feature five scholars from our region, and will consider the variety, the diversity, and the critical stakes involved in these debates. Short presentations related to each scholar’s current research will be followed by an extensive open discussion of the questions and claims raised by the panelists.

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Literature, Sexuality, and the Postsecular: Intersections and Possibilities – A Workshop Wed. April 29th, 2015
11:00 am-12:00 pm

What is “the postsecular,” and why should it matter to the study of literature and sexuality? Exploring various possible answers, this workshop emphasizes the significance of recent debates in secularization theory to scholarly analyses of non-normative and transnational representations of sexual subjectivities.

 

This workshop is sponsored by “The Religious, the Secular, and the New Humanities,” a research working group of the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities. A catered lunch will immediately follow the event (RSVP required). To receive a PDF copy of the material that Dr. Jones will discuss, and to RSVP if you wish to attend the lunch,

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Who Started World War I? Centenary Debates about War Guilt and Meaning Wed. April 15th, 2015
4:30 pm-6:00 pm

A Niagara of new histories has greeted the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, and none more impressive or widely-read than Christopher Clark, Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 (Harper, 2013). In his very title, Clark paints a portrait of European statesmen asleep at the wheel, stumbling blindly into a war that waking people would have avoided. The logic of this interpretation spreads responsibility for the mis-steps that led to war evenly among all participants, returning to interpretations dominant from the mid 1920s to 1961 and causing major controversy in Germany in particular. This talk traces the history of how historians have assessed diplomatic and moral responsibility for the outbreak of World War I from 1914 to the present,

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Reading Interfaces: Inquiries at the Intersection of Literature and Technology Fri. April 10th, 2015
11:00 am-5:00 pm

A Baker-Nord Digital Humanities Event
Curated by Kristine Kelly and Allison Schifani

Free and open to the public, registration recommended. 

Electronic literature presents and generates literary performances that display, question, and critique ways of reading and modes of literary production in the digital age. This exhibition of electronic literature will display and discuss works of electronic and print literature and bring to attention the technologies central to their production. The accompanying colloquium will include public presentations on the history of the book, theories of electronic literature, and lectures by producers of electronic texts.

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Reading Interfaces: Inquiries at the Intersection of Literature and Technology Thu. April 9th, 2015
12:00 pm-7:00 pm

A Baker-Nord Digital Humanities Event
Curated by Kristine Kelly and Allison Schifani

Free and open to the public, registration recommended. 

Electronic literature presents and generates literary performances that display, question, and critique ways of reading and modes of literary production in the digital age. This exhibition of electronic literature will display and discuss works of electronic and print literature and bring to attention the technologies central to their production. The accompanying colloquium will include public presentations on the history of the book, theories of electronic literature, and lectures by producers of electronic texts.

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The Joseph and Violet Magyar Lecture in Hungarian Studies: Counter-Constitutions: How a 21st Century Constitutional Revolution in Hungary Claimed Medieval Roots Thu. April 9th, 2015
4:30 pm-6:00 pm

Since independence in 1989, nationalist Hungarians have argued that the Holy Crown of St. Stephen and associated doctrines should be at the core of Hungary’s constitution. Kim Lane Scheppele – Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Princeton University – will discuss how the Crown is both a literal object given by the Pope to the first Christian king of Hungary, in the year 1000 and – since medieval times – a key symbolic touchstone in the constitution of state power. Professor Scheppele will examine how the Crown became an object venerated by the right and denigrated by the left of the Hungarian political spectrum.

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Reading Interfaces: Inquiries at the Intersection of Literature and Technology Wed. April 8th, 2015
4:00 pm-7:30 pm

A Baker-Nord Digital Humanities Event
Curated by Kristine Kelly and Allison Schifani

Free and open to the public, registration recommended. 

Electronic literature presents and generates literary performances that display, question, and critique ways of reading and modes of literary production in the digital age. This exhibition of electronic literature will display and discuss works of electronic and print literature and bring to attention the technologies central to their production. The accompanying colloquium will include public presentations on the history of the book, theories of electronic literature, and lectures by producers of electronic texts.

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Talking Back to the Book: Critical Digital Literacies in African American Rhetorical Traditions Wed. April 1st, 2015
4:30 pm-6:00 pm

In this talk, Adam Banks, Professor of Writing Rhetoric and Digital Studies at the University of Kentucky, will consider Stevie Wonder’s exploration of technologies in his pursuit of artistic independence from Motown in the early 1970s as an invocation and deployment of the Talking Book, a trope of literacy for freedom emerging from Black oral traditions.  He will argue that the Talking Book offers educators and community builders a framework for a critical digital literacy that helps us understand contemporary African American engagements with technologies like Twitter and can inform work with technologies in schools and community spaces.

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An Afternoon with Patricia Harman Fri. March 27th, 2015
12:00 pm-1:30 pm

Best-selling author Patricia Harman will read from and discuss her latest book, The Reluctant Midwife, the story of a young nurse-midwife in West Virginia during the Great Depression. Harman, a certified nurse-midwife, is a former faculty member of Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

A book sale and signing will follow the discussion.  An informal lunch with be served.

Free and open to the public.  Registration recommended. 

 

 

 

About the speaker:

Patricia Harman,

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How to Retract an Article in the Humanities Wed. March 25th, 2015
12:00 pm-1:30 pm

A Baker-Nord Digital Humanities Event
 

There are significant differences between the kind of support that humanists typically provide for their arguments, on the one hand, and the kind of support scientists provide for their arguments, on the other. The standard mode of support in the humanities makes it nearly impossible to imagine circumstances in which the retraction of a publication was warranted, whereas this is routine in science.

The possibility of retraction is not peculiar to science. It is a feature of any culture of inquiry that prioritizes the prevention of error propagation. Humanists owe some sort of explanation for why we are apparently unconcerned with error propagation.

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Making, Mining, Marking and Mashing: The Digital Humanities Curriculum in 2025 Wed. March 25th, 2015
4:30 pm-6:00 pm

A Baker-Nord Digital Humanities Event

Mills Kelly, Professor of History at George Mason University, will challenge the audience to think about what the humanities curriculum will look like ten years hence. How will advances in digital media change the ways that students learn about and make sense of the humanities, and how should humanities departments begin changing their curricula to prepare students for advanced thinking about the big ideas in the humanities?

Free and open to the public.  Registration Recommended. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Faculty Work-in-Progress: Eteocles in the Hermeneutic Circle Mon. March 16th, 2015
4:30 pm-6:00 pm

Sophocles’ tragedy Oedipus the King is well-known. Few, however, know that Aeschylus wrote a dramatic trilogy about the family of Oedipus. Aeschylus’s The Seven against Thebes, the only surviving play from the trilogy, deals with Oedipus’ son Eteocles, who defends Thebes from an army of attackers led by his own brother Polyneices. Eteocles, like Oedipus, is unable to understand his part in the complex matrix of life. In this talk, Timothy Wutrich, an instructor in the Department of Classics, considers the success of Aeschylus’s trilogy when it was first produced in 467 B.C. and its place in Greek theater history.

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On Not Reading David Foster Wallace Fri. March 6th, 2015
3:00 pm-4:00 pm

There are over fifty thousand novels published in the United States every year. Readers, reviewers, and scholars talk a lot about why one might read certain books; in this talk, Amy Hungerford, Professor of English at Yale University, asks how we decide, and how we talk about, what not to read in the context of literary over-production. She takes as a case study the decision not to read a work that is newly becoming canonized—David Foster Wallace’s Infitine Jest. The argument reflects on feminist reading practices, what counts as rigor in literary studies, and what we expect out of the works we canonize.

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The Long Now of Digital Humanities Thu. March 5th, 2015
4:30 pm-6:00 pm

A Baker-Nord Digital Humanities Event
 

 

Digital Humanities has been called “the culture of the perpetual prototype.” The fast pace of technological change makes it challenging to plan for the long-term future of digital projects, and yet a flourishing culture of digital scholarship demands that we balance the need for innovation against the need for stability and longevity. This presentation will consider the Women Writers Project as an example of a very long-term digital publication and research project, now in its 26th year, and will talk about the tools, methods, and intellectual challenges that have helped sustain this project and given it a durable role in the evolving landscape of digital humanities.

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Introduction to Text Encoding with TEI Wed. March 4th, 2015
9:00 am-5:00 pm

A Baker-Nord Digital Humanities Event
 

The Workshop will run 4-6 March 2015. Participants should plan to attend all three days.

This event has ended.

This three-day workshop is designed for individuals who are contemplating embarking on a text-encoding project, or for those who would like to better understand the philosophy, theory, and practicalities of encoding in XML (Extensible Markup Language) using the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Guidelines. No prior experience with XML is assumed, but the course will move quickly through the basics.

 

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Neoliberal Practices and Cultural Production in Latin America in the Past 40 Years Fri. February 27th, 2015
5:00 pm-6:30 pm

PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION!
Idelber Avelar – a professor specializing in contemporary Latin American fiction, literary theory, and Cultural Studies at Tulane University – will address the effects of neoliberal practices in the production of culture, the transformation of state economies into transnational flow of goods, and how both of these factors have worked to position the discourse of memory as a new cultural and economic commodity.

This event is sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center’s Neoliberal Practices and Cultural Production in America Latina in the Last 40 Years thematic seminar group.

Free and open to the public.  

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Freedman Fellows: Tornado Destruction & Financial Damage to Homeowners Wed. February 25th, 2015
12:00 pm-1:30 pm


A Digital Humanities Event
 

Dr. Gallagher will discuss his research, as well as the challenges it has presented and how the Freedman Fellows program provided both solutions and support.

 

Dr. Gallagher’s project focuses on how the receipt of federal public assistance following a devastating natural disaster affects individuals’ finances and migration decisions. Data on the destruction paths of tornadoes are being correlated with financial and migration information using GIS software. The project’s overall goal is to better understand how individuals respond to uncertain environmental risks and how the Federal government can best protect citizens while not distorting individual incentives to live in environmentally safe and sustainable locations.

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The Issa Lecture: Interspecies Ethics Tue. February 24th, 2015
4:30 pm-6:00 pm

Cynthia Willett, a Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Emory University, draws upon animal studies and relational ethics to propose transpecies ideals of communitarianism and cosmopolitan peace. Expanding our understanding of human and animal capacities begins with appreciating the capacity in ourselves and other animals for wonder and acts of moral beauty. These capacities call for a paradigm shift in moral philosophy.

A reception in Clark Hall Room 206 will immediately follow the lecture.

Free and open to the public.  Registration recommended. 

 

 

 

 

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Faculty Work-in-Progress: Honoring the Prophet, Performing American Islam Wed. February 18th, 2015
12:00 pm-1:30 pm

For centuries, Muslims have performed mawlids, or festivals and celebrations in honor of the Prophet Muhammad. These rituals came under attack in the twentieth-century, critiqued as either harmful innovations from early Islamic models or as superstitious practices incompatible with modernity. In this lecture, Justine Howe, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, examines the resurgence of mawlids in Chicago-area Muslim institutions. Through a deliberate use of language, experiments in devotional piety, and increased participation of women, the mawlid provides the ritual context for its practitioners to embody their particular vision of American Islam.

An informal lunch will be served.

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The Story of the Cleveland Play House Mon. February 16th, 2015
5:30 pm-8:00 pm


Founded in 1915, the Cleveland Play House remains the longest-running professional theatre in the country, but its history has never been studied by anyone outside of the institution itself. Jeffrey Ullom – Assistant Professor of Theater and Director of the Undergraduate Program in Theater at Case Western Reserve University – contextualizes the history of Cleveland’s famous theater to look beyond the subjective legacy and explore how and why this institution is able to persevere decade after decade. This event is co-sponsored with The Laura & Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program.

Cost for dinner and lecture is $40.  

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Chemistry in Art, Art in Chemistry, and the Spiritual Ground They Share Thu. February 12th, 2015
4:30 pm-6:00 pm


After looking at the evolution of pigments for the color blue, Roald Hoffmann – Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters Emeritus at Cornell University and recipient of the 1981 Nobel Prize in Chemistry – will discuss how scientific articles relating to chemistry also deal with representation of an underlying reality, and face questions that are essentially artistic. The presentation will address the spiritual ground shared by art and a science as it poses the question Is there an analogue in science to abstract art?

This lecture is sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center’s Science and the Humanities thematic seminar group.

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Issues on 20th and 21st Century Art Wed. February 11th, 2015
5:00 pm-6:00 pm

Anuradha Vikram is a curator, critic, and educator, currently Director of Residency Programs at 18th Street Arts Center, in Santa Monica, CA. From her pedagogical and curatorial experience, Vikram will expand on the productive intersections of Art as Research, Arts as Engagement, and Art as Politics.

This lecture is an integral part of a joint seminar between Case’s Department of Art History and The Cleveland Institute of Art, taught by the artist José Carlos Teixeira, Champney Family Visiting Professor at CWRU and CIA.

This event is co-sponsored by the CWRU Department of Art History & Art and the Cleveland Institute of Art.

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Freedman Fellows Presentation: Tibet Oral History and Archive Project Wed. February 11th, 2015
12:00 pm-1:30 pm


A Digital Humanities Event
 

Dr. Goldstein will discuss his research, as well as the challenges it has presented and how the Freedman Fellows program provided both solutions and support.

 

Dr. Goldstein and the Center for Research on Tibet have been collecting and translating oral history interviews and documents relating to modern Tibetan history and society for over three decades. These materials, all of which are part of the Tibet Oral History and Archive Project (TOHAP), are a unique and invaluable primary source on the social and political history of modern Tibet and Sino-Tibetan relations.

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“Rockwell Kent” Screening and Discussion Mon. February 9th, 2015
5:00 pm-8:30 pm

Artist and social activist Rockwell Kent produced haunting landscapes inspired by his adventures in Alaska, Tierra del Fuego, and Greenland. For more than ten years, producer/writer Frederick Lewis, associate professor in the School of Media Arts and Studies at Ohio University, retraced the nomadic artist’s many travels, shooting footage in Greenland, Newfoundland, Alaska, Ireland, and Russia to produce this film, which documents how Kent’s travel experiences inspired his artistic work. A discussion with Frederick will immediately follow the film screening.

Free and open to the public.  Registration recommended. 

 

 

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Animating the War: The First World War and the History of Animation Thu. February 5th, 2015
4:30 pm-6:00 pm


The history of animation dates back to the 1890s, yet the medium as we know it was deeply shaped by the events of the First World War. In this talk, Donna Kornhaber – Assistant Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin and author of numerous articles on the history of animation and the book Charlie Chaplin, Director – explores the role that the Great War played in the modern development of animation in terms of its subject matter, style, humor, and relationship to violence. Works to be considered range from animated shorts of the pre-war period to cartoon serials of the 1920s and 1930s.

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Second Look Film Series: My Architect Mon. January 26th, 2015
6:00 pm-8:00 pm

This Oscar-nominated documentary features director Nathaniel Kahn searching to understand his father, noted architect Louis Kahn, who died bankrupt and alone in 1974. He explores his father’s past, interviewing architects such as Frank O. Gehry, as well as members of the multiple families started by the philandering Louis. What emerges is a portrait of a brilliant but unreliable man whose creations,which are featured prominently in the film, still astound.

Introduced by Cleveland architect Sally Levine, an instructor in the CWRU Department of Art History and Art.

Free and open to the public. Registration recommended. 

 

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Humanities Graduate Student Happy Hour Thu. January 22nd, 2015
5:00 pm-7:00 pm

All Case Western Reserve University Graduate Students are invited to attend the first Baker-Nord Center Humanities Graduate Student Happy Hour.  Please join us for some snacks, a drink or two, and a chance to meet and network with graduate students from all of the CWRU humanities departments.

Registration requested. 

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Blackboard as a Digital Pedagogical Tool Thu. January 8th, 2015
9:00 am-12:00 pm

Free and open to the public, registration recommended. 

 

This essential workshop will explore tactics to effectively use Blackboard for teaching. In addition to offering participants a broad overview of the platform’s capacities, this workshop will provide hands on training in its use.

This is a two day workshop; participants should plan to attend both days. The second part will be held on January 9th.

Participants should bring their laptop.

 

 

About the speakers

Katie Skapin

Katie Skapin is an Instructional Technologist with Case Western Reserve University’s Information Technology Services group.

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