The Center

Established in 1996 by a generous gift of endowment from Eric and Jane Nord, the Baker-Nord Center is dedicated to:

• highlighting and celebrating the arts and humanities at CWRU (Art History and Art, Classics, English, History, Modern Languages and Literatures, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Theater) through public lectures, panels, performances, and special programs;

• supporting research and creative work in the arts and humanities through fellowships, grants, and symposia, as well as encouraging new and innovative directions in research and creativity, including the digital humanities;

• facilitating cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary collaborations among CWRU faculty and members of other cultural and educational institutions that address questions and problems of broad human interest, in and out of the academy.


Current Staff

Michele Tracy Berger, Director

Maggie Kaminski, Administrative Director

Jamie Hickner, Associate Director

Sherri Bolcevic, Baker-Nord Fellow

Malachi Levy, Baker-Nord Student Assistant

Aaron Hammes, Virginia and Walter Nord Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities


Current and Former Directors

2023 – current
Michele Tracy Berger

Daniel Goldmark

Peter Knox

2010 – 2014
John Orlock

2007 – 2010
Anne Helmreich

2004 – 2007
Timothy Beal

1996 – 2004
Tom Bishop


Current and Former Associate Directors

2023 – current
Jamie Hickner

2017 – 2023
Brian Clites

Susanne Vees-Gulani

Timothy Wutrich

Susanne Vees-Gulani

Mary E. Davis

2004 – 2007
Anne Helmreich

2002 – 2004
Timothy Beal

2000 – 2002
Marie Lathers

1998 – 2000
Catherine Scallen

1996 – 1998
Angela Wollacott