Fall 2014

A Second Look

Past events for the semester are moved to the bottom of the list.



Visibility, Exclusion, and Futures of Digital Humanities: Time for a Thaw

A Baker-Nord Digital Humanities Event

Martha Nell Smith

Date:10-23-2014
Time:6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location:Clark Hall Room 309 - 11130 Bellflower Road
Registration:Free and open to the public, registration recommended

This presentation will propose a transformation of the digital humanities so that innovations are sociological and not only technical. Martha Nell Smith -- Distinguished Scholar-Teacher and Professor of English at the University of Maryland and Founding Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities -- will offer critical observations re digital archives related to the poems of Emily ...

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TEI Without Tech: An Introduction to TEI Concepts

A Baker-Nord Digital Humanities Event

Lee Zickel, Allison Schifani

Date:10-23-2014
Time:1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location:Clark Hall Room 206 - 11130 Bellflower Rd., Cleveland OH 44106-7120
Registration:registration required

Text encoding allows researchers to closely explore texts using the XML mark-up language. Prior to processing the works they want to examine, tagging parts of speech, themes, places, characters, historical figures and more, scholars work to understand the key questions that undergird material texts as they are transformed into machine readable data. What are the important markers on a manuscript, ...

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Digital Project Management

A Baker-Nord Digital Humanities Event

Martha Nell Smith

Date:10-24-2014
Time:12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Location:Kelvin Smith Library room LL06 -
Registration:registration required, SEATING LIMITED

Sometimes described as "soft" in the context of the "hard" skills of programming and software/tools development, project management is nevertheless crucial for digital scholarly projects. Before one begins, questions must be considered: Why is my project necessary? What projects are similar to the one I'm imagining? What contribution to those might my project make? What intervention is my project making? ...

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Faculty Work-in-Progress: What Can We Learn about Language by Reading Millions of Books?

A Baker-Nord Digital Humanities Event

Harsh Mathur

Date:10-30-2014
Time:4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Location:Clark Hall Room 206 - 11130 Bellflower Road
Registration:Free and open to the public, registration recommended

The dramatic growth of linguistic corpora enables the quantitative study of language on a scale that would have been unimaginable even five years ago. In this talk, Harsh Mathur, Associate Professor of Physics, will describe what we might learn about the evolution of language from such studies, using the regularization of verbs as a concrete example.

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Shakespeare in America

James Shapiro

Date:11-05-2014
Time:4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Location:Clark Hall Room 309 - 11130 Bellflower Road
Registration:Free and open to the public, registration recommended

Shakespeare has played a significant role in American literary and political culture since the time of the Revolution. Drawing upon his recent anthology for the Library of America — “Shakespeare in America”-- James Shapiro, Larry Miller Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, considers the alternative history of our nation conveyed in the work of representative American authors, ...

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The Richard N. Campen Lecture in Architecture and Sculpture: Across Art and Architecture

Monica Ponce de Leon

Date:11-13-2014
Time:6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location:Ford Auditorium, Allen Memorial Medical Library - 11000 Euclid Avenue
Registration:Free and open to the public, registration recommended

Using examples from her own creative practice, Monica Ponce de Leon, Dean and Eliel Saarinen Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Michigan, will discuss the ever-shifting relationship between artistic production and the architectural project. At the center of the lecture she tackles pre-conceived notions about design, creativity, and the power of imagination.

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Metamorphoses of Medea

A Baker-Nord Cosponsored Event

Mary-Kay Gamel

Date:11-14-2014
Time:4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Location:Clark Hall Room 309 - 11130 Bellflower Road
Registration:Free and open to the public, registration recommended

"Killer!" "Barbarian!" "Witch!" "Madwoman!" "Heroine!" Ever since Euripides staged his drama Medea in 431 BCE Athens -- a play about marital passion, betrayal, and explosive revenge -- the character of Medea has been called all these names and much more. Distinguished professor of Classics, Mary-Kay Gamel, will explore how Medea has been depicted in drama, poetry, visual art, music, and ...

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Faculty Work-in-Progress: Electric Baton: Science, Sound, and the Romantic Conductor

Francesca Brittan

Date:11-20-2014
Time:4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Location:Clark Hall Room 206 - 11130 Bellflower Road
Registration:Free and open to the public, registration recommended

Hector Berlioz -- along with Louis Spohr and Felix Mendelssohn -- is often cited as the first of the modern conductors, a larger-than-life figure at once magisterial, quasi-magical and military. Among the formative moments of his conducting career was his concert at the Exposition universelle (Paris, 1855), which established him as a musical leader of formidable power. Key to Berlioz's ...

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Screening of "The Unknown Known"

Date:12-01-2014
Time:6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location:Wolstein Building Auditorium - 2103 Cornell Road
Registration:Free and open to the public, registration recommended

Errol Morris' documentary -- a riveting extended interview with former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld -- is a cat-and-mouse game in which each player - interviewer & interviewee - thinks he's the cat, making it both thrilling and disconcerting to watch. It is also a nature documentary about behavior at the very top of the imperial food chain, as well ...

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Past Events of Fall 2014


An Afternoon with Anthony Marra

Anthony Marra

Date:09-10-2014
Time:4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Location:Clark Hall Room 309
Registration: This Event is Already Past

Author Anthony Marra will read from and discuss "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena", winner of the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for fiction. His novel - set in a nearly abandoned hospital in war-torn Chechnya - tells the story of eight-year-old girl Havaa, the neighbor who rescues her after her father's disappearance, and Sonia, the doctor who shelters her over five ...

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Screening of "The Square"

Date:09-22-2014
Time:6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location:Wolstein Building Auditorium
Registration: This Event is Already Past

A nominee for best documentary feature at the 2014 Oscars, The Square is an immersive experience, transporting the viewer deep into the intense emotional drama of the ongoing Egyptian Revolution. The film - an inspirational vibrant, lyrical, sobering account of young people struggling through multiple forces, in the fight to create a society of conscience - stands as a soaring ...

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What is College For?

Andrew Delbanco

Date:10-02-2014
Time:4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Location:Wolstein Building Auditorium
Registration: This Event is Already Past

Educators at all levels--from early childhood through college and university-- are contending with rising public anxiety about the cost and value of education. Andrew Delbanco, Director of American Studies and Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University and author of College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be?, will speak about the past, present, and future of ...

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I Do and I Don't: A Discussion of Marriage in the Movies

Jeanine Basinger

Date:10-13-2014
Time:4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Location:Wolstein Building Auditorium
Registration: This Event is Already Past

As long as there have been feature movies there have been marriage movies, and yet Hollywood has always been cautious about how to label them--perhaps because, unlike any other genre of film, the marriage movie resonates directly with the experience of almost every adult coming to see it. Jeanine Basinger, Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies, founder and curator of the ...

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