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Event Date and Location Summary
Humanities@Work:Law Mon. February 22nd, 2016
6:00 pm-7:00 pm
at Clark Hall Room 206, 11130 Bellflower Road

Panelists discuss how studying the humanities influenced their careers.
Panelists include:
Joel Levin (University of Chicago ’82) majored in history and philosophy. As a lawyer at Levin & Associates Co., LPA, he represents victims against wayward banks, financial institutions, lawyers, accountants, police, sheriffs’ offices and prison officials. …Read more.

Graduate Student Work-in-Progress – A Comedy in Five Acts: A Gamified Pedagogical Approach to Shakespeare Thu. February 25th, 2016
4:30 pm-5:30 pm
at Clark Hall Room 206, 11130 Bellflower Road

Michelle Lyons-McFarland, a PhD candidate in the Department of English, will explore what it means to take plot, trope, and narrative and turn them into game rules, in effect highlighting them for players/students and audiences. …Read more.

The Joseph and Violet Magyar Lecture in Hungarian Studies: Hungarian Foreign Policy – Renewed and Adjusted to Today’s Challenges Tue. March 1st, 2016
5:00 pm-6:00 pm
at Clark Hall Room 309, 11130 Bellflower Road

H.E. Dr. Réka Szemerkényi, the Ambassador of Hungary to the United States, will discuss current developments in the foreign policy of her country in light of recent events that have unsettled Europe and the international community. …Read more.

Faculty-Work-in-Progress –  From Translation and its Aftermath: The Soviet Legacy in a Post–Socialist Cuba Thu. March 3rd, 2016
4:30 pm-5:30 pm
at Clark Hall Room 206

In her lecture, Damaris Punales-Alpizar, Assistant Professor of Spanish, proposes an approach to the socialist literature in Spanish that was consumed in Cuba from the sixties to the nineties and, following the theories of translation of Itamar Evan-Zohar, attempts to elucidate the peripheral and central role that such literature had in the formation of a Cuban literary polysystem.  …Read more.

Graduate Student Work-in-Progress – The Amateur Instrument: Teenagers, the Electric Bass, and Garage Bands 1958-1964 Thu. March 17th, 2016
4:30 pm-5:30 pm
at Clark Hall Room 206, 11130 Bellflower Road

This lecture examines how the electric bass transitioned in the late 1950s and early 1960s to its current position as rock’s primary low-end instrument. Through an exploration of the musical, social, and economic culture of American teenagers, Brian Wright, a graduate student in the Department of Music, argues that the normalization of the electric bass resulted from the confluence of three distinct historical trends: the popularity of instrumental rock bands like the Ventures, a grassroots influx of self-taught amateur musicians, and the prosperous economic climate of the late 1950s. …Read more.

Faculty-Work-in-Progress – Attempt at a Mythology Tue. March 22nd, 2016
4:30 pm-5:30 pm
at Clark Hall Room 206, 11130 Bellflower Road

What place do our oldest stories have in twenty-first century poetry? How can contemporary lyric make and unmake myths of its own? In this talk on his manuscript in progress, SAGES Fellow and poet Dave Lucas calls upon the wisdom and failures of these texts to reckon with our own moment in human history, in which we seem collectively balanced on the brink of anthropological and ecological disaster of mythic proportions. …Read more.

Graduate Student Work-in-Progress – Global Fictions, Religious Violence, and Secularism’s Antinomies of Value Tue. March 29th, 2016
4:30 pm-5:30 pm
at Clark Hall Room 206, 11130 Bellflower Road

For several contemporary novelists, secularism and globalization collide in a way that recasts sociopolitical debates as questions of aesthetic value. By configuring religious practices as models for aesthetic perception, transnational writers such as Salman Rushdie, Mohsin Hamid, and Nadine Gordimer transform contemporary anxieties about religious violence by highlighting art’s vulnerability to the violence of markets and states. …Read more.

Remembering War – Keynote Address Fri. April 1st, 2016
4:30 pm-6:00 pm
at Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom, 11038 Bellflower Road

Jonathan Shay is a doctor and clinical psychiatrist, who is best known for his books, Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character and Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming, which compare the experiences of Vietnam veterans with the descriptions of war and homecoming in the works of Homer. …Read more.

Film Screening and Panel Discussion – May 4th Voices: Kent State, 1970 Sun. April 3rd, 2016
2:00 pm-4:00 pm
at Cuyahoga County Public Library, 2111 Snow Road, Parma, OH 44134

Screening of the award-winning documentary film May 4th Voices: Kent State, 1970. The film is based on the play May 4th Voices, which comes from the Kent State Shootings Oral History Project, a project that collects and provides access to personal accounts of the May 4, 1970, shootings at Kent State and their aftermath. …Read more.

Under Cover of War: The Armenian Genocide and Its Continuing Ramifications Mon. April 4th, 2016
6:00 pm-7:00 pm
at Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom A , 11038 Bellflower Road

By the 11th century CE, Turkic tribes migrating into Anatolia began to gain control of the land. World War I provided a cover for their attempted annihilation of the indigenous population. …Read more.

Rose Wohlegemuth Weisman Women’s Voices Lecture – Mourning for Lost Art Tue. April 5th, 2016
4:30 pm-5:30 pm
at Harkness Chapel , 11200 Bellflower Rd

In times of war, why do armies destroy cultural artefacts? And what does it mean when we, far away onlookers, mourn that destruction even as lives are being lost? …Read more.

Feeding War: Gender, Health, and the Mobilized Kitchen in WWI Germany Thu. April 7th, 2016
6:00 pm-7:00 pm
at Dittrick Medical History Center, 11000 Euclid Avenue

Heather R. Perry, Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, will share her research on World War 1’s impact on the homefront in Germany. …Read more.

The Baker-Nord Distinguished Faculty Lecture – Thirty Four Miles from Kent State: CWRU and the Vietnam War Fri. April 8th, 2016
4:30 pm-5:30 pm
at Wolstein Building Auditorium, 2103 Cornell Road

While not Berkeley or Columbia, Case Western Reserve University became a visible part of American campus unrest in May 1970 when students blocked traffic on Euclid Avenue in the wake of the shootings at nearby Kent State University.  …Read more.

The Wades in Wartime – 1830-1945 Sat. April 9th, 2016
2:00 pm-3:00 pm
at Western Reserve Historical Society, 10825 East Blvd

The name Wade is familiar to many in northeast Ohio who enjoy Wade Park, the area surrounding Wade Lagoon, or those who attend Wade Oval Wednesdays.   …Read more.

Warrior Chorus Sun. April 10th, 2016
3:00 pm-5:00 pm
at MOCA Cleveland, 11400 Euclid Avenue

Warrior Chorus is a major new national humanities program by New York’s Aquila Theatre Company, training 100 veterans in four regional centers to present scholar-led public programming based on classical literature.   …Read more.

Humanities@Work: Entrepreneurs Mon. April 18th, 2016
6:00 pm-6:45 pm
at Clark Hall Room 206, 11130 Bellflower Road

In this panel, designed for undergraduate Students, Cleveland area entrepreneurs will discuss how studying the humanities influenced their careers. Panelists include Kathleen Barrie (art history and studio art) and Dennis Barrie (history and art history), principals at Barrie Projects, a museum and cultural planning firm that specializes in developing unusual and often surprising exhibits and visitor destinations; Rebecca Braun (linguistics and Russian), an entrepreneur, venture development consultant, and author, she is president of The Braun Group, producer of executive memoirs and biographies in a variety of formats; Baiju Shah (history), an entrepreneur in the biomedical field, he is currently CEO of BioMotiv, a biotech company focused on accelerating research discoveries into medicines; and Mike Mitchell (philosophy), with his brother Pete, he founded Mitchell’s Ice Cream in 1999. …Read more.

Surprising Interactions: Unlocking Content through Personal Experience Wed. April 20th, 2016
6:00 pm-7:00 pm
at Clark Hall Room 206, 11130 Bellflower Road

This is event is co-sponsored with Books@Work, which conducts seminars in community and company settings. Students bring to their reading a wide array of personal experiences that shape the way they engage with content–how can we make the most of it? …Read more.

Symposium – Legacies of Nazi Perpetrators: Looking at Hitler and Himmler Today Thu. April 21st, 2016
4:30 pm-6:30 pm
at Clark Hall Room 206, 11130 Bellflower Road

During this mini-symposium, Brad Prager, Professor of German and Film Studies at the University of Missouri, Columbia, presents “Pinpointing the Evil in Nazi Family Photographs” and Michael Richardson, Interim Dean of Humanities and Sciences and Professor of German, Ithaca College, discusses “The Führer’s Face: Images of Hitler in Popular Visual Culture.”
This event is co-sponsored by the Max Kade Center for German Studies. …Read more.