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Pearl Harbor: Sneak Attack or Provocation? Thu. December 5th, 2013
4:15 pm-1:00 pm

A Humanities-Related Event
In America the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor has been interpreted as a cowardly sneak attack by an evil enemy on an innocent America. But what if FDR provoked, even unnecessarily, Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor? …Read more.

Hired Education: Capitalism and the Academic Community Wed. November 20th, 2013
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Historian Ellen Schrecker presents a perspective on how and why the leaders of American universities embraced the corporate mindset that had come to dominate the neoliberal political climate of the late 20th century. …Read more.

Politics in Early Eighteenth-Century Britian: Why Handel was Fired and Other Stories Mon. November 18th, 2013
7:30 pm-8:30 pm

A Baker-Nord Cosponsored Event
When Handel arrived in London, he was in the employ of the Elector of Hanover, Georg Ludwig, who was heir to the throne of Great Britain. The current monarch Queen Anne welcomed Handel at court, and the composer quickly began composing works for ceremonial court occasions. …Read more.

From Russia to Cleveland: Politics, Sports & the LGBT Experience Fri. November 15th, 2013
12:30 pm-1:00 pm

Join the Panel Discussion looking a the Russia/Winter Olympics situation as it relates to politics and the LGBT community. Learn about the GG (Gay Games 2014) held in Cleveland, and explore how global thinking at a local level has been incorporated into preparing to host athletes and visitors from all over the country and the world. …Read more.

The Falling Rate of Profit: Karl Marx’s Struggle to Prove the Demise of Capitalism Thu. November 14th, 2013
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Although never explicitly mentioned in Vol. 1 of Capital, the idea of a falling rate of profit was central to Karl Marx’s understanding of both the workings of capitalism and to what he expected to be its ultimate demise. …Read more.

Emerging Methodologies: An Introduction to the Field of Digital Humanities Tue. November 12th, 2013
1:00 pm-1:00 pm

 
 
A Baker-Nord Digital Humanities Event
 
Allison Schifani, Baker-Nord Center Postdoctoral Scholar in the Digital Humanities, presents an informal introduction to the field. This talk will provide a broad overview of emerging methodologies for research and teaching across the humanities. …Read more.

Interpreting Capitalism Film Series: Garbage Dreams Mon. November 11th, 2013
1:00 pm-1:00 pm

On the outskirts of Cairo lies the world’s largest garbage village, home to 60,000 Zaballeen–Arabic for garbage people. The Zaballeen have survived for centuries by recycling Cairo waste. …Read more.

American Glamour: Modern Architecture, Marketing, and Popular Culture in the 1950s Thu. November 7th, 2013
1:00 pm-1:00 pm

Alice T. Friedman–the Grace Slack McNeil Professor of American Art at Wellesley College–will examine key examples of Mid-century Modern architecture in the United States, focusing on the ways in which buildings and interiors came to reflect the forms, narrative structures, and emotional appeal of mass-market media such as advertising, fashion photography, film and television. …Read more.

An Afternoon with Nikki Giovanni Mon. October 28th, 2013
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Join The Baker-Nord Center and our guest, Nikki Giovanni, as she reads and discusses her works. Many of Giovanni’s books have received honors and awards. Her autobiography, Gemini, was a finalist for the National Book Award; Love Poems, Blues: For All the Changes, Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea, Acolytes, and Hip Hop Speaks to Children were all honored with NAACP Image Awards. …Read more.

Improvisation and Transgression: Musicians of the Harem Thu. October 24th, 2013
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

The Western perception of the harem, or women’s quarters, and assumptions about the residents and their lifestyle remains a persistent Orientalist fantasy. Professor Nielson–the Anisfield-Wolf SAGES Fellow–will share her research regarding how, even in those cultures with seemingly inflexible rules regarding gender segregation, musicians had the unique ability to negotiate both physical and social boundaries surrounding the harem. …Read more.

History in Fiction: Reading the Novels of Nobel Laureate Mo Yan Thu. October 17th, 2013
4:30 pm-1:00 pm

Controversies about Chinese writer Mo Yan have been heated since last October, when the Swedish Academy announced him to be the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature for his work “with hallucinatory realism merging folk tales, history and the contemporary.” The most recent debate was aroused by German Sinologist Wolfgang Kubin, who commented at a May conference in Hong Kong: “I cannot come to a thorough understanding of post-1911 Chinese history through his fiction.” In response to the criticism, this lecture investigates Mo Yan’s fictional historiography by focusing on four of his thirteen novels, namely “Red Sorghum” (1987), “Big Breasts and Wide Hips” (1996), “Sandalwood Death” (2001), and “Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out” (2006). …Read more.

Interpreting Capitalism Film Series: The Queen of Versailles Mon. October 14th, 2013
1:00 pm-1:00 pm

A whimsical documentary that offers an off-center view of a billionaire couple as they begin construction on a mansion inspired by the French palace of Versailles. The film chronicles how their empire–fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money–falters due to the economic crisis. …Read more.

Rarely Seen Gems of the Japanese Cinema (with English subtitles): Growing Up (Takekurabe, 1955) Sat. October 12th, 2013
1:00 pm-1:00 pm

This film was directed by Heinosuke Gosho and is part of a series curated by Linda C. Ehrlich and John Ewing in celebration of the reopening of the Japanese and Korean Art Galleries at the Cleveland Museum of Art. …Read more.

Rarely Seen Gems of the Japanese Cinema (with English subtitles): Humanity and Paper Balloons (Ninjo kami fusen, 1937) Sat. October 5th, 2013
1:00 am-1:00 am

This film was directed by Sadao Yamanaka and is part of a series curated by Linda C. Ehrlich and John Ewing in celebration of the reopening of the Japanese and Korean Art Galleries at the Cleveland Museum of Art. …Read more.

Rarely Seen Gems of the Japanese Cinema (with English subtitles): Record of a Tenement Gentleman (Nagaya shinshiroku, 1947) Thu. October 3rd, 2013
6:30 pm-8:30 pm

This film was directed by Yasujiro Ozu and is part of a series curated by Linda C. Ehrlich and John Ewing in celebration of the reopening of the Japanese and Korean Art Galleries at the Cleveland Museum of Art. …Read more.

High Tech, Low Life Wed. October 2nd, 2013
1:00 pm-1:00 pm

This award-winning documentary follows two of China’s first citizen reporters as they travel through the country, chronicling underreported news and social issues stories. Using laptops, cell phones, and digital cameras to micro-blog the stories and issues shaping contemporary Chinese life, they challenge conventional definitions of journalism and provoke discussion about what freedom of press means in the face of China’s evolving censorship. …Read more.

UNIVERSITY CIRCLE: CREATING A SENSE OF PLACE: Film Premier and Panel Discussion Mon. September 30th, 2013
5:30 pm-1:00 pm

The Baker-Nord Center is proud to present the public premier of a new documentary film on the history, public art, and architecture of University Circle. The screening will be followed by a panel discussing “Hidden Stories: National Models” with representation from the Free Clinic, Hessler Street and Magnolia House. …Read more.

Rarely Seen Gems of the Japanese Cinema (with English subtitles): Miss Oyu (Oyusama, 1951) Sat. September 28th, 2013
1:00 pm-1:00 pm

A Baker-Nord Cosponsored Event
This film was directed by Kenji Mizoguchi and is part of a series curated by Linda C. Ehrlich and John Ewing in celebration of the reopening of the Japanese and Korean Art Galleries at the Cleveland Museum of Art. …Read more.

Regional Poets on Poetry: A general discussion of selected poems Fri. September 27th, 2013
1:00 pm-1:00 pm

Award-winning regional poets Frank Giampietro, David Young, and Joy Katz will discuss trends in contemporary poetry by examining representative texts in this panel presentation that kicks off this Fall’s Baker-Nord Poetics Working Group programming. …Read more.

An Inner History of Collecting Chinese Painting for Cleveland: Sherman E. Lee and Walter Hochstadter Thu. September 26th, 2013
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

A Baker-Nord Center Faculty Work-in-Progress
Sherman E. Lee (1918-2008), Cleveland Museum of Art director and curator of “Oriental” art, emerged as one of the most successful institutional collectors of Chinese painting in the 1950s and 1960s. …Read more.

Scholarly Publishing Today Tue. September 24th, 2013
12:30 pm-1:30 pm

Scholars at every stage, from graduate school to retirement, face an overwhelming array of choices concerning publication of their scholarship. The landscape of research, teaching, and publishing continues to change, and part of a successful career as a scholar involves understanding the most rational choices for publishing and disseminating ones work. …Read more.

The Yellow Birds: A Reading and Discussion with Kevin Powers Wed. September 11th, 2013
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

A Baker-Nord Center Cosponsored Event
Author Kevin Powers will read from and discuss The Yellow Birds, winner of the 2013 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for fiction. The Yellow Birds focuses on the last weeks of friendship between 18-year-old Private Daniel Murphy and 21-year-old Private John Bartle, who makes a rash promise to Mrs. …Read more.


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