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

Andrew Kohn

Voter Advocate

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



Erin Benay

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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Peter Bennett

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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Kathryn Lavelle

Department of Political Science
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Justine Howe

Department of Religious Studies
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Jeffrey Ullom

Department of Theater
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Faculty Affiliates

Vicki Daniel, Department of History
Caitlyn Kelly,  Department of English
Maggie Vinter, Department of English

Graduate Affiliates

Davis Allen, Department of History
Naomi Rendina, Department of History


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.



Daniel Goldmark (Associate Director)

Daniel Goldmark works on American popular music, film and cartoon music, the history of the music industry, and popular music in Cleveland. He is the author or editor of several books, including The Cartoon Music Book (A Cappella, 2001), Tunes for ‘Toons: Music and the Hollywood Cartoon (California, 2005), Beyond the Soundtrack: Representing Music in Cinema (California, 2007), Funny Pictures: Animation and Comedy in Studio-Era Hollywood (California, 2011), Jazz/Not Jazz: The Music and Its Boundaries (California, 2012), Sounds for the Silents: Photoplay Music from the Days of Early Cinema (Dover, 2013), Korngold and His World (Princeton, 2019), and The Grove Music Guide to American Film Music (Oxford, 2019). Goldmark also spent several years working in the animation and music industries. He was an archivist at Spümcø Animation in Hollywood, where he also worked as the music coordinator on the short cartoons “Boo-Boo Runs Wild” and “A Day in the Life of Ranger Smith.” For five years Goldmark was research editor at Rhino Entertainment in Los Angeles, where he also produced or co-produced several collections and anthologies, including a two-CD set of the music of Tom & Jerry composer Scott Bradley, and a two-disc anthology entitled Courage: The Complete Atlantic Recordings of Rufus Harley.


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.


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.







George Blake (Virginia and Walter Nord Fellow in the Humanities)

Dr. Blake holds a PhD and a Master’s Degree from the Department of Music at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research focuses on the hidden musical histories of Black Cleveland, while examining how performers throughout the region negotiate the racialized borders of urban space.

His teaching in urban ethnomusicology challenges students to use digital humanities tools, such as ArcGIS, to engage alternative musical archives and imagine place in new ways. An award winning teacher, Dr. Blake has taught university courses on improvisation, Black film, jazz, music of the African diaspora, gender and sexuality, hip hop, world music and popular music. His work includes research on blackface minstrelsy and his ongoing research on Robert Lockwood Jr. is supported by a grant from the UCSB Center for Black Studies Research.







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.