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Advisory Board & Steering Committee


Advisory Board Members


Steering Committee



Stephen R. Adams

CWRU School of Architecture
Class of 1963, ARC

A. Chace Anderson

Clanco Management Corp.

Virginia Nord Barbato

The Nord Family Foundation
Class of 1973, FSM

Kathleen Barrie

Principal of BarrieProjects, a museum and cultural planning firm

Nathan A. Berger, M.D.

CWRU Hanna-Payne Professor of Experimental Medicine and
Director of the Center for Science, Health and Society

Edith Fellinger Hirsch

Class of 1959, FSM

Robert H. Jackson (Chairman)

Founding and Senior Partner, Kohrman Jackson & Krantz PLL
Class of 1961, LAW

Toby Devan Lewis

Art collector, Author, and Curator
Class of 1956, FSM

Barbara Robinson

Arts and Culture Advocate

Samuel Savin

Emeritus Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, CWRU

Ann Kowal Smith

Founder and Executive Director, Books@Work



 Erin Benay

Department of Art and Art History
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Rachel Sternberg

Department of Classics
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Maggie Vinter

Department of English
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Gillian Weiss

Department of History
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Margaretmary Daley

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
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Francesca Brittan

Department of Music
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Chris Haufe

Department of Philosophy
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Philip I. Taylor

Department of Physics
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Joseph White

Department of Political Science
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Tina Howe

Department of Religious Studies
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Jeffrey Ullom

Department of Theater
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Faculty Affiliates

Erin Benay, Department of Art History and Art

Kristine Kelly, Department of English

Pete Moore, Department of Political Science


Graduate Student Affiliates

Michael Metsner, Department of History

Nicholas Stevens, Department of Music




Directors & Staff


Peter Knox (Director)

Peter Knox

Professor Knox teaches a wide range of courses in Greek and Latin literature, as well as on topics in Roman culture, ancient epic and classical reception, using sources in translation. His research interests focus primarily on Latin poetry and Greek poetry of the Hellenistic period, and he has published over a hundred articles and reviews on a wide range of subjects within those areas. His books include Ovid’s Metamorphoses and the Traditions of Augustan Poetry (1986); Ovid, Heroides: Select Epistles (1995);Oxford Readings in Ovid (2006); and A Companion to Ovid (2009). Most recently he published The Oxford Anthology of Roman Literature (2013) in collaboration with J. C. McKeown, with whom he is also working on a companion anthology of Greek literature. His other projects include an edition of the Greek and Latin poetry of Angelo Poliziano, forthcoming in the I Tatti Renaissance Library, and a new edition of Ovid’s Metamorphoses for the Loeb Classical Library. He has served as the Editor of The Classical Journal and is a Past President of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South.





Susanne Vees-Gulani (Associate Director)

Vees-GulaniSusanne Vees-Gulani is Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and Co-Director for the Max Kade Center for German Studies.  She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and joined CWRU in 2006.

Her research focuses on 20th and 21st Century German literature and culture, the Second World War, postwar reconstruction and identity formation, trauma and memory studies, and science and literature. She is the author of Trauma and Guilt: Literature of Wartime Bombing in Germany (2003) and co-editor of Generational Shifts in Contemporary German Culture (2010). She is currently co-editing a special issue of the journal Seminar on “Representations of German War Experiences from the Eighteenth Century to the Present” (February 2014). Recent publications also include articles on Dieter Forte, W. G. Sebald, and Durs Grünbein, the rebuilding efforts in the city of Dresden, as well as the pictorial history of Dresden.

For 2010-2011, Dr. Vees-Gulani was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to work on her book project about the origins and manifestations of the German victim discourse surrounding Dresden. She has also been a Freedman Fellow at CWRU (2012-2013) for her project to visualize digitally a network of relationships and factors informing the Dresden memory culture.


Maggie Kaminski (Administrative Director)

Maggie Kaminski is an alumna, having received her master of non-profit organizations degree at CWRU. She has worked in various capacities at CWRU, including over ten years of service in the School of Medicine’s development office where she was director of alumni affairs and friends programs, director of leadership programs, and a consultant in matters related to the capital campaign for the Cleveland Health Sciences Library as well as the Amici Medicinae (Friends of Medicine) program. She has been with the Baker-Nord Center since March 2007.









Affiliated Staff 

Lee Zickel (Humanities & Social Sciences Technologist)

Taking his educational history — covering Biology, Literature, and Library and Information Science — and combining it with a love of games, Lee has developed, proposed, and been accepted to a Multidisciplinary PhD program that combines Information Systems and Organizational Behavior with Cognitive Linguistics. He is the first person in the College of Arts and Sciences at CWRU to submit a program of this nature and had it accepted. His work focuses on investigating the cognitive implications of small group collaboration in narrative co-construction during gameplay and explores the shifting notions and mappings of failure in non-game settings.

In addition to his scholarship, Lee also serves as the Humanities & Social Sciences Technologist for ITS’s Research Computing and Cyberinfrastructure Group. Lee is responsible for consulting on project design, guiding faculty to the appropriate service support, and raising the profile of digital scholarship in the humanities and social sciences.


Jessica Isaac (Liaison to Public Affiliate, Books@Work)

Isaac ImageJessica Isaac is the Program and Curriculum Director at Books@Work, a Cleveland-based nonprofit and Baker Nord public affiliate that brings literature seminars to workplace and community settings. She received her PhD in literature, literacy, and composition at the University of Pittsburgh and serves as Books@Work’s liaison to the Baker Nord Center for the Humanities.

As Program and Curriculum Director, Jessica acts as Books@Work’s bridge with the academic community, building partnerships with academic institutions, recruiting university professors, developing curricular and pedagogical tools, and spearheading assessment efforts. She also studies the impact of Books@Work literature seminars on professors and participants. Her award-winning research on amateur journalists, a long-lived group of autodidacts, has appeared in American Periodicals and Book History. She contributes regularly to the Books@Work blog, The Notebook.




Past Directors



John Orlock

Samuel B. and Virginia C. Knight Professor of Humanities
Interim Director, 2010-2014
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Anne Helmreich

Senior Programming Officer, The Getty Foundation
Director, 2007-2010
Associate Director, 2004-2007.

Timothy Beal

Florence Harkness Professor of Religion, CWRU
Director, 2004-2007
Associate Director, 2002-2004.
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Tom Bishop

The University of Auckland
Founding Director, 1996-2004.

Marie Lathers

Elizabeth M. and William C. Treuhaft Professor of Humanities and French, CWRU
Associate Director.
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Catherine Scallen

Associate Pofessor of Art History, CWRU
Associate Director.
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Angela Wollacott

The Macquarie University, Sydney
Associate Director.

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