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Second Look Film Series: My Architect

Date: Mon. January 26th, 2015, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Location: Wolstein Building Auditorium, 2103 Cornell Road

My Architect Image

This Oscar-nominated documentary features director Nathaniel Kahn searching to understand his father, noted architect Louis Kahn, who died bankrupt and alone in 1974. He explores his father’s past, interviewing architects such as Frank O. Gehry, as well as members of the multiple families started by the philandering Louis. What emerges is a portrait of a brilliant but unreliable man whose creations,which are featured prominently in the film, still astound.
Introduced by Cleveland architect Sally Levine, an instructor in the CWRU Department of Art History and Art. […Read more]

Animating the War: The First World War and the History of Animation

Date: Thu. February 5th, 2015, 4:30 pm-6:00 pm
Location: Clark Hall Room 206, 11130 Bellflower Road

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The history of animation dates back to the 1890s, yet the medium as we know it was deeply shaped by the events of the First World War. In this talk, Donna Kornhaber – Assistant Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin and author of numerous articles on the history of animation and the book Charlie Chaplin, Director – explores the role that the Great War played in the modern development of animation in terms of its subject matter, […Read more]

“Rockwell Kent” Screening and Discussion

Date: Mon. February 9th, 2015, 5:00 pm-8:30 pm
Location: Wolstein Building Auditorium, 2103 Cornell Road

Rockwell Kent Documentary

Artist and social activist Rockwell Kent produced haunting landscapes inspired by his adventures in Alaska, Tierra del Fuego, and Greenland. For more than ten years, producer/writer Frederick Lewis, associate professor in the School of Media Arts and Studies at Ohio University, retraced the nomadic artist’s many travels, shooting footage in Greenland, Newfoundland, Alaska, Ireland, and Russia to produce this film, which documents how Kent’s travel experiences inspired his artistic work. A discussion with Frederick will immediately follow the film screening. […Read more]

Issues on 20th and 21st Century Art

Date: Wed. February 11th, 2015, 5:00 pm-6:00 pm
Location: MOCA Gund Commons, 11400 Euclid Avenue

Anuradha Vikram is a curator, critic, and educator, currently Director of Residency Programs at 18th Street Arts Center, in Santa Monica, CA. From her pedagogical and curatorial experience, Vikram will expand on the productive intersections of Art as Research, Arts as Engagement, and Art as Politics.
This lecture is an integral part of a joint seminar between Case’s Department of Art History and The Cleveland Institute of Art, taught by the artist José Carlos Teixeira, Champney Family Visiting Professor at CWRU and CIA. […Read more]

Chemistry in Art, Art in Chemistry, and the Spiritual Ground They Share

Date: Thu. February 12th, 2015, 4:30 pm-6:00 pm
Location: Tinkham Veale University Center, 11038 Bellflower Road

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After looking at the evolution of pigments for the color blue, Roald Hoffmann – Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters Emeritus at Cornell University and recipient of the 1981 Nobel Prize in Chemistry – will discuss how scientific articles relating to chemistry also deal with representation of an underlying reality, and face questions that are essentially artistic. The presentation will address the spiritual ground shared by art and a science as it poses the question Is there an analogue in science to abstract art? […Read more]

The Story of the Cleveland Play House

Date: Mon. February 16th, 2015, 5:30 pm-8:00 pm
Location: Siegal Beachwood Facility, 26500 Shaker Boulevard

Cleveland Play House


Founded in 1915, the Cleveland Play House remains the longest-running professional theatre in the country, but its history has never been studied by anyone outside of the institution itself. Jeffrey Ullom – Assistant Professor of Theater and Director of the Undergraduate Program in Theater at Case Western Reserve University – contextualizes the history of Cleveland’s famous theater to look beyond the subjective legacy and explore how and why this institution is able to persevere decade after decade. […Read more]

Faculty Work-in-Progress: Honoring the Prophet, Performing American Islam

Date: Wed. February 18th, 2015, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
Location: Clark Hall Room 206, 11130 Bellflower Road

Calligraphy Muhammad

For centuries, Muslims have performed mawlids, or festivals and celebrations in honor of the Prophet Muhammad. These rituals came under attack in the twentieth-century, critiqued as either harmful innovations from early Islamic models or as superstitious practices incompatible with modernity. In this lecture, Justine Howe, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, examines the resurgence of mawlids in Chicago-area Muslim institutions. Through a deliberate use of language, experiments in devotional piety, and increased participation of women, […Read more]

The Issa Lecture: Interspecies Ethics

Date: Tue. February 24th, 2015, 4:30 pm-6:00 pm
Location: Clark Hall Room 309, 11130 Bellflower Road

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Cynthia Willet, a Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Emory University, draws upon animal studies and relational ethics to propose transpecies ideals of communitarianism and cosmopolitan peace. Expanding our understanding of human and animal capacities begins with appreciating the capacity in ourselves and other animals for wonder and acts of moral beauty. These capacities call for a paradigm shift in moral philosophy.
A reception in Clark Hall Room 206 will immediately follow the lecture.
Free and open to the public.   […Read more]

NEH Grant Writing Workshop

Date: Wed. February 25th, 2015, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Location: Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom, 11038 Bellflower Road

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Stefanie Walker, Senior Program Officer for Research Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities, will be on campus to provide information and answer questions about current NEH funding opportunities.  The Workshop takes place in two sections:
General NEH Overview: 9-10:45 am
Mock Panel Review: 11:00 am -12:30pm
Free and open to the public. Registration recommended. 
 
Dr. Walker will be available for a limited number of individual appointments during the afternoons of February 24 and 25.   […Read more]

Neoliberal Practices and Cultural Production in Latin America in the Past 40 Years

Date: Fri. February 27th, 2015, 5:00 pm-6:30 pm
Location: Wolstein Building Auditorium, 2103 Cornell Road

Idelber Avelar – a professor specializing in contemporary Latin American fiction, literary theory, and Cultural Studies at Tulane University – will address the effects of neoliberal practices in the production of culture, the transformation of state economies into transnational flow of goods, and how both of these factors have worked to position the discourse of memory as a new cultural and economic commodity.
This event is sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center’s Neoliberal Practices and Cultural Production in America Latina in the Last 40 Years thematic seminar group. […Read more]

Introduction to Text Encoding with TEI

Date: Wed. March 4th, 2015, 10 am-5 pm
Location: Tinkham Veale University Center - 11038 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106

A Baker-Nord Digital Humanities Event
 
The Workshop will run 4-6 March 2015. Participants should plan to attend all three days.
Registration required, SEATING LIMITED. 

This three-day workshop is designed for individuals who are contemplating embarking on a text-encoding project, or for those who would like to better understand the philosophy, theory, and practicalities of encoding in XML (Extensible Markup Language) using the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Guidelines. […Read more]

The Long Now of Digital Humanities

Date: Thu. March 5th, 2015, 4:30 pm-6:00 pm
Location: Clark Hall Room 206 - 11130 Bellflower Rd., Cleveland OH 44106

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Digital Humanitiesal has been called “the culture of the perpetual prototype.” The fast pace of technological change makes it challenging to plan for the long-term future of digital projects, and yet a flourishing culture of digital scholarship demands that we balance the need for innovation against the need for stability and longevity. This presentation will consider the Women Writers Project as an example of a very long-term digital publication and research project, now in its 26th year, […Read more]

On Not Reading David Foster Wallace

Date: Fri. March 6th, 2015, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
Location: Clark Hall Room 206, 11130 Bellflower Road

There are over fifty thousand novels published in the United States every year. Readers, reviewers, and scholars talk a lot about why one might read certain books; in this talk, Amy Hungerford, Professor of English at Yale University, asks how we decide, and how we talk about, what not to read in the context of literary over-production. She takes as a case study the decision not to read a work that is newly becoming canonized—David Foster Wallace’s Infitine Jest. […Read more]

Faculty Work-in-Progress: Eteocles in the Hermeneutic Circle

Date: Mon. March 16th, 2015, 4:30 pm-1:00 pm
Location: Clark Hall Room 206, 11130 Bellflower Road

Sophocles’ tragedy Oedipus the King is well-known. Few, however, know that Aeschylus wrote a dramatic trilogy about the family of Oedipus. Aeschylus’s The Seven against Thebes, the only surviving play from the trilogy, deals with Oedipus’ son Eteocles, who defends Thebes from an army of attackers led by his own brother Polyneices. Eteocles, like Oedipus, is unable to understand his part in the complex matrix of life. In this talk, Timothy Wutrich, an instructor in the Department of Classics, […Read more]

How to Retract an Article in the Humanities

Date: Wed. March 25th, 2015, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
Location: Clark Hall Room 206, 11130 Bellflower Road

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A Baker-Nord Digital Humanities Event
 
There are significant differences between the kind of support that humanists typically provide for their arguments, on the one hand, and the kind of support scientists provide for their arguments, on the other. The standard mode of support in the humanities makes it nearly impossible to imagine circumstances in which the retraction of a publication was warranted, whereas this is routine in science.
The possibility of retraction is not peculiar to science. […Read more]

Making, Mining, Marking and Mashing: The Digital Humanities Curriculum in 2025

Date: Wed. March 25th, 2015, 4:30 pm-6:00 pm
Location: Clark Hall Room 309, 11130 Bellflower Road

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A Baker-Nord Digital Humanities Event

Mills Kelly, Professor of History at George Mason University, will challenge the audience to think about what the humanities curriculum will look like ten years hence. How will advances in digital media change the ways that students learn about and make sense of the humanities, and how should humanities departments begin changing their curricula to prepare students for advanced thinking about the big ideas in the humanities?
Free and open to the public.   […Read more]

An Afternoon with Patricia Harman

Date: Fri. March 27th, 2015, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
Location: Clark Hall Room 206, 11130 Bellflower Road

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Best-selling author Patricia Harman will read from and discuss her latest book, The Reluctant Midwife, the story of a young nurse-midwife in West Virginia during the Great Depression. Harman, a certified nurse-midwife, is a former faculty member of Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.
An informal lunch with be served.
Free and open to the public.  Registration recommended. 
 
 
 

About the speaker:

Patricia Harman, […Read more]

Funk, Flight and Freedom in 140: A Love Letter to #Black Twitter

Date: Wed. April 1st, 2015, 4:30 pm-6:00 pm
Location: Clark Hall Room 309, 11130 Bellflower Road

Adam Banks, Associate Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Media at the University of Kentucky, will discuss his interdisciplinary research exploring connections among race theory, music, history, digital humanities, and rhetoric. His most recent work investigates links between African American rhetorical traditions and 21st century technologies.
Free and open to the public.  Registration recommended. 

 
About the Speaker:
Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and educated in the Cleveland Public Schools, Adam Banks received his BA in English from Cleveland State University, […Read more]

Reading Interfaces: Kristine Kelly

Date: Wed. April 8th, 2015, 4:30 pm-7 pm
Location: Kelvin Smith Library, First Floor - 11055 Euclid Ave., Cleveland OH 44106

Inquiries at the Intersection of Literature and Technology
Free and open to the public, registration recommended. 
Electronic literature presents and generates literary performances that display, question, and critique ways of reading and modes of literary production in the digital age. This exhibition of electronic literature will display and discuss works of electronic and print literature and bring to attention the technologies central to their production. The accompanying colloquium will include public presentations on the history of the book, […Read more]

Reading Interfaces: Allison Schifani

Date: Thu. April 9th, 2015, 10 am-3 pm
Location: Kelvin Smith Library, First Floor - 11055 Euclid Ave., Cleveland OH 44106

Inquiries at the Intersection of Literature and Technology
Free and open to the public, registration recommended. 
Electronic literature presents and generates literary performances that display, question, and critique ways of reading and modes of literary production in the digital age. This exhibition of electronic literature will display and discuss works of electronic and print literature and bring to attention the technologies central to their production. The accompanying colloquium will include public presentations on the history of the book, […Read more]

The Joseph and Violet Magyar Lecture in Hungarian Studies: Counter-Constitutions: How a 21st Century Constitutional Revolution in Hungary Claimed Medieval Roots

Date: Thu. April 9th, 2015, 4:30 pm-6:00 pm
Location: Clark Hall Room 309, 11130 Bellflower Road

St. Stephen Crown

Since independence in 1989, nationalist Hungarians have argued that the Holy Crown of St. Stephen and associated doctrines should be at the core of Hungary’s constitution. Kim Lane Scheppele – Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Princeton University – will discuss how the Crown is both a literal object given by the Pope to the first Christian king of Hungary, in the year 1000 and – since medieval times – a key symbolic touchstone in the constitution of state power. […Read more]

Reading Interfaces: Kristine Kelly

Date: Fri. April 10th, 2015, 10 am-3 pm
Location: Kelvin Smith Library, First Floor - 11055 Euclid Ave., Cleveland OH 44106

Inquiries at the Intersection of Literature and Technology
Free and open to the public, registration recommended. 
Electronic literature presents and generates literary performances that display, question, and critique ways of reading and modes of literary production in the digital age. This exhibition of electronic literature will display and discuss works of electronic and print literature and bring to attention the technologies central to their production. The accompanying colloquium will include public presentations on the history of the book, […Read more]

Who Started World War I? Centenary Debates about War Guilt and Meaning

Date: Wed. April 15th, 2015, 4:30 pm-6:00 pm
Location: Clark Hall Room 309, 11130 Bellflower Road

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A Niagara of new histories has greeted the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, and none more impressive or widely-read than Christopher Clark, Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 (Harper, 2013). In his very title, Clark paints a portrait of European statesmen asleep at the wheel, stumbling blindly into a war that waking people would have avoided. The logic of this interpretation spreads responsibility for the mis-steps that led to war evenly among all participants, […Read more]