• 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.


Upcoming Digital Humanities Workshops

Blackboard as a Digital Pedagogical Tool: Part 1

Katie Skapin and Lee Zickel

Thursday & Friday, January 8 & 9, Clark Hall Room 206, 9:00am—12:00pm

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. Encouraging multi-modal, multi-media engagement in course material can help your students reach beyond the basic assignments of the course to consider themselves not just as critical thinkers and writers, but active producers of knowledge.

Katie Skapin

Katie Skapin is an Instructional Technologist with Case Western Reserve University's Information Technology Services group. In her role, she provides faculty, students, and staff with support for technologies used for teaching and learning; these technologies include Blackboard, Adobe Connect, and Google Apps. As a new member of the ITS team, she is working on developing her professional interests in relation to academic technologies.

Lee Zickel

Lee's work combines Information Systems and Organizational Behavior with Cognitive Linguistics, focusing on investigating the cognitive implications of small group collaboration in narrative co-construction during gameplay and exploring the shifting notions and mappings of failure in non-game settings. In addition to his scholarship, Lee also serves as the Digital Humanities Manager of the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities. When donning his DH hat, Lee is responsible for consulting on project design, guiding faculty to the appropriate service support, and raising the profile of digital humanities on campus.

The Humanities at ShowCASE

On April 18, 2014, The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities participated in Case Western Reserve University's annual Research ShowCASE. The Center produced videos highlighting the research efforts of several of our humanities faculty members, as well as an undergraduate and graduate student.

Videos feature research & scholarship of:


Jason Carney, Graduate Student, Department of English

Jason researches the pulp fiction magazine, a once ubiquitous print media that delivered sensational fiction to the masses at little cost.



Kevin Dicus, Visiting Faculty, Department of Classics

Kevin explores two examples of the vast artifactual assemblages recovered during excavations at Pompeii and seeks to understand their formation processes and, consequently, what they may say about the spaces in which they are found.



Noelle Giuffrida, Assistant Professor, Department of Art History and Art

Noelle investigates the relationships and experiences of Sherman E. Lee, Cleveland Museum of Art director and curator of Asian art, to reveal an important chapter of the inner history of Chinese painting collecting in postwar America.



Paul A. Iverson, Associate Professor, Department of Classics

Paul works on the Greek inscriptions incised on the Antikythera Mechanism, the world's oldest known analogue computer that dates to the second or first century BCE.



Ellen Kubit, Undergraduate Student, Departments of English and Political Science

Ellen explores the myth of sexual violence case attrition, based on the Cuyahoga County Prosecution Office's reexamination of backlog rape-kits, and the effects such information has on the organizational relationship between law enforcement, prosecution, and victim advocacy.

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

The inaugural Baker-Nord Center Undergraduate Humanities Prize was awarded to Derek Reinbold for his paper "Gods of Fire on the Parthenon: Helios and Hephaistos in the East Metopes".

Reinbold graduated with undergraduate degrees in art history, international studies and political science.

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

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.

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.