John Orlock (Interim Director)

John Orlock's works have been produced at such major regional theaters as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; The Cleveland Play House; Alley Theatre, Houston; Cricket Theatre, Minneapolis; Arizona Repertory Theatre; the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival; as well as internationally at the Focus Theatre, Dublin, and the Hungarian National Theatre.

He's a recipient of writing fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Blue Mountain Colony, and the Sewanee Writers Conference.

His screenplay, The End-of-Summer Guest - about Anne & Charles Lindbergh and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry - was awarded the third place prize in the 2009 American Screenwriters Association International Screenplay Competition.

Earlier this year his play New Orleans won first place in 16th Annual Premiere One-Act Competition sponsored by the Moving Arts Theater Company in Los Angeles.

After joining the CWRU faculty in 1989, Professor Orlock served ten years as the head of the Department of Theater & Dance, during which time he was instrumental in establishing the highly regarded MFA graduate program collaboration with the Cleveland Play House.

Professor Orlock holds the Samuel B. and Virginia C. Knight Chair in Humanities, and is a member of the Department of English. A past recipient of the Wittke Award for distinguished undergraduate teaching, he currently conducts a popular SAGES seminar, Fly-Fishing: the Sport, the Metaphysics, & the Literature.

William Deal (Associate Director for Digital Humanities)

William E. Deal is Severance Professor of the History of Religion in the Department of Religious Studies at Case Western Reserve University and holds a secondary appointment as Professor of Cognitive Science in the Department of Cognitive Science. He serves as the Digital Humanities Faculty Liaison for the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences. He is past Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and served for several years as Director of CWRU's Asian Studies Program. He was the founding director of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence. Dr. Deal received an A.B. in Religion (magna cum laude) and an A.M. in Asian Studies from Washington University in St. Louis. He received his Ph.D. in Religion from Harvard University in 1988. At CWRU, Dr. Deal teaches courses that focus on theory and interpretation in the academic study of religion, religion and cognitive science, comparative religious ethics, and East Asian religious and ethical traditions. His scholarship includes numerous articles, chapters, and book reviews on methodology in the academic study of religion, religion and ethics, and Japanese Buddhism. He is co-author of the book Theory for Religious Studies (Routledge) and author of Handbook to Life in Medieval and Early Modern Japan (Oxford University Press).

Timothy Wutrich (Associate Director)

Timothy Wutrich (B.A. Cleveland State University, M.A., Ph.D., Tufts University) is the author of the book Prometheus and Faust: The Promethean Revolt in Drama from Classical Antiquity to Goethe. At present he divides his scholarly interests into three spheres. He is interested in all aspects of ancient Greek and Roman drama (especially the relationship between Homer and Attic tragedy, and the rise, fall, and Nachleben of Latin drama), Vergil (especially the heroic tradition and the Aeneid), and the Classical Tradition (especially the reception of the Homeric hero in postclassical literature and the arts).

At CWRU Dr. Wutrich has taught all levels of Latin, Greek Tragedy, Greek and Roman literature surveys, Greek and Roman civilization, and Greek and Latin elements (etymology). He also regularly teaches in the university’s SAGES program.

Timothy Wutrich’s scholarship and teaching interests also connect with his outreach activities. Each spring he organizes Vergil Week, a campus-wide celebration of the poetry, life, and times of Vergil, Rome’s greatest poet. Wutrich also has been involved with the American Philological Association’s Committee on Ancient Drama and Performance (CAMP) and has acted in a number of ancient plays, as well as in plays from the Classical Tradition.

Maggie Kaminski (Administrative Director)

Maggie Kaminski is an alumna, having received her master of non-profit organizations degree at CWRU in 1995. 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.

Allison Schifani (Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Scholar)

Allison Schifani received her PhD from the Graduate Program in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her work explores literatures, media art, and urban intervention in the 20th and 21st Century Americas. Her dissertation, Biotechnical Ecologies: Urban Practice and Play in Buenos Aires and Los Angeles focused on extra-institutional ways of shaping the experience of the city and speculating on its digital futures. She is currently writing on emerging DIY media and art practices in Cleveland.

Lee Zickel (Digital Humanities Manager)

Taking his educational history — covering Biology, Literature, and Library & Information Science — and combining it with a love of games, Lee has developed, proposed, and been accepted to a Multidisciplinary PhD program that combines Information Systems and Organizational Behavior with Cognitive Linguistics. He is the first person in the College of Arts and Sciences at CWRU to submit a program of this nature and had it accepted. His work focuses on investigating the cognitive implications of small group collaboration in narrative co-construction during gameplay and explores 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 DHM 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. Additionally, he serves as the Center webmaster, de facto marketing production lead, and general AV "guy."


Past Directors

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.