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 will explore the impact of war on society and culture.  Institutions participating in the CHF will explore the impact of war on society and culture through a series of coordinated events that will consider, from a humanistic perspective, our capacity for brutality and the possibility of transcending it through the power of art. Visit the CHF Site HERE.



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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.

Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest Announced

Date posted: November 17th, 2015

The Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest invites all current Case Western Reserve University and Cuyahoga Community College students, faculty/administrators, and staff to submit entries to this year’s contest.  The deadline for submission has been extended until January 22, 2016 by 5 pm.   …Read more.

CWRU Engineering Student Defends the Humanities

Date posted: November 6th, 2015

The Observer, CWRU’s student newspaper, carries an editorial defending the humanities.  The editorial, written by second year electrical engineering major Rishi Solanki, can be read HERE. …Read more.

2015 Anisfield-Wolf Winner Lectures on Campus

Date posted: September 15th, 2015

On Wednesday, September 9, more than 200 people attended the lecture in Ford Auditorium by Professor Richard Dunn of the University of Pennsylvania, winner of this year’s Anisfield-Wolf Award in Non-Fiction.   …Read more.

Clune Appears on “All Things Considered”

Date posted: September 14th, 2015

English professor Michael W. Clune was interviewed by NPR’s “All Things Considered” about his new book, Gamelife. The book tells the story of his childhood through the lens of seven early computer games. …Read more.