Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities

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, Religion, 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 first annual Cleveland Humanities Festival explored the impact of war on society and culture.  Institutions participating in the CHF explored the impact of war on society and culture through a series of coordinated events that  considered, from a humanistic perspective, our capacity for brutality and the possibility of transcending it through the power of art.



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Cyberinfrastructure Day

Date posted: April 28th, 2016

This year, Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Day speakers include Dr. Alan Craig (HERE), who will be discussing Big Data in Humanities, Arts, and Social Science, and Dr. …Read more.

William Marling Publishes Sixth Book

Date posted: April 25th, 2016

Gatekeepers: The Emergence of World Literature and the 1960s (Oxford University Press, April 2016) by William Marling, Department of English, was recently published.  It is Professor Marling’s sixth book.  …Read more.

2016 Undergraduate Humanities Prize Announced

Date posted: March 23rd, 2016

Undergraduate Humanities Prize
The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities will offer a $500 prize recognizing exceptional achievement in a capstone project or senior paper in conjunction with a humanities course such as Art History, Classics, English, History, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, or Theater.  …Read more.

Howe Selected as “Young Scholar in American Religion”

Date posted: February 18th, 2016

Justine Howe, Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies. was recently selected as one of ten “Young Scholars in American Religion” by the Center for Religion and American Culture at Indiana University. …Read more.

English Professor Interviewed on “Whad’Ya Know”

Date posted: January 19th, 2016

English professor Michael W. Clune was interviewed by Michael Feldman on his national public radio show, “Whad’Ya Know,” about Clune’s critically acclaimed new book, Gamelife. They spoke about the relation between numbers and literature, the challenges of writing about childhood, and the importance of humanities education.   …Read more.