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In addition to organizing its own programming, the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities supports and promotes humanities programming available throughout the Case Western Reserve University and Greater Cleveland community.  Below is the listing of upcoming humanities-related programming:


Bailey ImagePlatonic Properties 
Dominic Bailey
March 2, 2017
4:30 PM
Clark Hall Room 206, 11130 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106
Plato’s Theory of Forms has mostly been conceived by his later readers as a theory of universals or properties: that is, its primary aim is to explain the application of a single expression to distinct
entities; or to explain relations of similarity among them. Some moderns disagree, both close readers of Plato’s Greek and thoughtful metaphysicians alive to what it required of a proper realist theory of universals. Dominic Bailey, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado, Boulder, presents fresh reasons for thinking Plato’s theory is not one of universals, but also offers further reasons for why the matter is intrinsically irresoluble: for it requires some assumptions in philosophical psychology that can never with justification be brought to Plato, or any other historically distant writer. This event is co-sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and CWRU Departments of Philosophy and Classics. Click HERE to register.


English Colloquium: A Reading by David Giffels
March 3, 2017 
3:00 PM
Clark Hall Room 206, 11130 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH  44106
David Giffels is the author of The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches From the Rust Belt, nominated for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvoget Award for the Art of the Essay, and the memoir All the Way Home, winner of the Ohioana Book Award. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Parade, The Wall Street Journal,,, Redbook, and many other publications. He also was a writer for the MTV series Beavis and Butt-Head. He is an associate professor of English at University of Akron, where he teaches creative nonfiction in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program.  This event is sponsored by the CWRU Department of English.


Graduate Student Work-in-Progress: Bioaffect, Medical Memoir, and the Making of a Physian
Melissa Pompili
March 7, 2017
4:30 PM, Pre-lecture reception begins at 4:15 PM
Clark Hall Room 206, 11130 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106
Medical students and physicians in the US are routinely rhetorically positioned as subjects who lack empathy. By examining memoirs that medical students produce about their time in medical school and essay collections written about physicians and empathy, Melissa Pompili, a PhD candidate in the Department of English, identifies the cultural forces at work behind this positioning in order to illuminate how the humanities can bring the physician’s own conception of self into the conversation about the humanity of medical encounters.  This event is sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities.  Click HERE to register.


Jessie HillPercy Skuy Lecture – Controversial Coverage: Faith and the Fight to Insure Contraceptives
Jessie Hill
March 9, 2017
6:00 PM
Ford Auditorium, Allen Memorial Medical Library, 11000 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH  44106
Jessie Hill, CWRU Law School’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Judge Ben C. Green Professor of Law, brings a longstanding interest and expertise in access to contraception, dating to when she worked at the Reproductive Freedom Project of the national ACLU office in New York, litigating challenges to state-law restrictions on reproductive rights. She will explore recent trends in law and legislation pertaining to this important topic.  This event is co-sponsored by Dittrick Medical History Center, CWRU Social Justice Institute, and Advocates for Cleveland Health.  Click HERE to register.



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