• Les Paul The Wizard of Waukesha: The Life and Legacy of Les Paul
  • Marjane Satrapi Marjane Satrapi: Author of Persepolis
  • Adrian Nicole Leblanc Adrian Nicole Leblanc: Know Your Part of the Story
  • Elizabeth Kolbert Elizabeth Kolbert: Field Notes from a Catastrophe
  • Philippe de Montebello Phillipe de Montebello: Prospects for a World Art History
  • Greil Marcus Greil Marcus: Hidden Fame and the Genius in the Song
  • Many Eyes Word Tree Many Eyes: How do you define digital humanities?
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Innovation, collaboration, and research across the humanities.


The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities Announces Prize for the Best SAGES Capstone Project or Senior Paper in the Humanities.

Starting this year, The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities will offer an annual prize -- in the amount of $750 -- that will recognize exceptional achievement in a capstone project or senior paper written in a humanities course such as Art History, Classics, English, History, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, or Theater.

Students should submit:

  • The application cover sheet, found HERE
  • Copy of the project and/or paper, with the student's name or other identifying information deleted
  • Letter of endorsement from the student's capstone or senior paper advisor

The deadline for application is EXTENDED TO 5:00 pm on Monday, April 28, 2014.

The applications will be reviewed by members of The Baker-Nord Center Steering Committee, and the prize will be awarded at the Senior Awards Assembly.

Ohio Humanities Council Announces 2014 Oral History Institute

The Ohio Humanities Council has opened registration for its 2014 Oral History Institute, which will take place June 3-5 at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. The program trains participants in planning and conducting successful oral history projects. Volunteers or staff from local history organizations, libraries, schools, and colleges are encouraged to apply. We have also accepted participants from a variety of other backgrounds; including those working in corporate history, park services, medicine/research, and tourism.

Emphasizing hands-on experience, topics covered in the three-day schedule include interviewing techniques, transcribing and archiving, and devising public programs based on oral history. To develop these skills, participants will work on a practice project that encompasses all stages of oral history. Additional sessions cover using technology in oral history, fundraising, and civic tourism.

The Institute faculty includes professors of History, Sociology, Archiving, and Journalism, each representing extensive experience conducting oral history projects. The Institute schedule provides ample time for students to consult with these experts.

Deadline to apply is April 28, 2014.

Admission to the Oral History Institute is competitive and limited to thirty persons. Tuition of $400 covers lodging for two nights, six meals, and workshop materials. For additional information or to obtain an application, visit http://www.ohiohumanities.org/programs/oral-history-institute.html or contact James Calder at (800) 293-9774 or jimc@ohiohumanities.org.

The Oral History Institute is co-sponsored by the Ohio Humanities Council and The Rural Life Center at Kenyon College. The Ohio Humanities Council is the state-based partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities – helping Ohioans tell the human story.

2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

The Cleveland Foundation today announced the winners of its 79th annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards. The 2014 recipients of the only national juried prize for literature that confronts racism and examines diversity are:

  • Anthony Marra, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, fiction
  • Adrian Matejka, The Big Smoke, poetry
  • Ari Shavit, My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel, nonfiction
  • Sir Wilson Harris, Lifetime Achievement
  • George Lamming, Lifetime Achievement

For more information: www.anisfield-wolf.org

BNC Visiting Digital Humanities Scholar

In his article "Occupying the Humanities," (click) Jeff Rice interrogates the traditions of hermeneutics underlying the digital humanities, arguing for a renewed interpretive approach within the field that opens up new possibilities of research and pedagogy. Rice will speak more about these topics and his work in the digital humanities in Clark 206, 4:30pm, Thursday, April 24th; information available on the BNC Event Page. Rice will also host a workshop for graduate students on Friday, April 25th (details to follow).

American Academy of Arts & Sciences Makes Bold Statement to Congress


"Requested by a bipartisan group of legislators and scheduled to be distributed to every member of Congress, it is intended as a rallying cry against the entrenched idea that the humanities and social sciences are luxuries that employment-minded students can ill afford.

People talk about the humanities and social sciences 'as if they are a waste of time,' said Richard H. Brodhead, the president of Duke University and a co-chairman of the commission that produced the report. 'But this facile negativism forgets that many of the country’s most successful and creative people had exactly this kind of education.'” (New York Times)

The full report can be found HERE.

2013-2014 Theme: Interpreting Capitalism

Since its emergence, capitalism has evoked powerful responses for and against, not simply as a theoretical economic model, but because it penetrates all aspects of life in a society, deeply shapes and constrains our circumstances, and influences our convictions, actions, and even imagination. At the same time it gives us little time to reflect, as the continuous adaptation to markets, consumer demands, expansions, and financial and political crises imposes on us an ever–faster, dizzying pace of change in society and culture. All branches of the humanities and the arts have been grappling with understanding and probing the blessings and curses of capitalism and with deciphering this humanly–created system. Since ideas, productions, and expressions also, in one way or another, enter the market and its ever shifting demands, interpreting capitalism has become a distinctively challenging process.

When do capitalist ideas begin to take hold in societies and how have interpretations and assessments of capitalism changed over time? How can it be critically assessed? Do academics enjoy the freedom to distance themselves from this system? How do artists, writers, and critics deal with market forces in their cultural contributions and how do they respond to the idea of "art as commodity"? What is the relationship of art and market demands in creative yet commercial fields, such as architecture and product design? How have religious practices and doctrines interacted with, critiqued, or fortified capitalism? Has capitalism replaced religion, as some critics claim? Are there viable alternatives to capitalist approaches? What is behind such associations as capitalism and democracy and capitalism and freedom? Join us when we go beyond stock prices and market analysis and open up broader questions about the system that pervades society today.

Major Fellowships and Funding Relevant to Faculty in the Humanities and Arts

For complete information, please review our complete list of pending funding opportunities available on our Funding Sources page.

Award Winning Work

The Baker-Nord Center is pleased to share the winning works from our sponsored programming, including this year's Poetry in the Museum contest. Please click HERE to visit out Award Winning Works site.