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Kwame Alexander

Word Magic, Inspiration, and Awe: Readings and Conversation with Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, publisher, Emmy®-award winning producer, and #1 New York Times bestselling author of 39 books, including Why Fathers Cry at Night, An American Story, The Door of No Return, Becoming Muhammad Ali (co-authored with James Patterson), Rebound, which was shortlisted for the prestigious UK Carnegie Medal, and The Undefeated, the National Book Award nominee,...

The 2024 Richard N. Campen Lecture in Architecture and Sculpture: Experiencing the Museum – A Place of Awesome Possibilities

It starts outside with the architecture signaling what is to come, building anticipation and raising expectations. Then, the flow of galleries and ideas unfolds. Show me something I’ve never seen, introduce me to people I’ve never known, help me understand places and times I’ll never experience. Broaden my horizons. Open my mind. Change my life.

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Total on the Oval Eclipse Watch Party

CWRU undergraduate humanities students visited the Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s Shafran Planetarium on 22 March to watch “Meeting Totality.” Cleveland is in the “path of totality” for the April 8th solar eclipse, and the show explained eclipses in general and how to get the most out of April’s solar eclipse experience. The CMNH will host the “Total on the Oval Eclipse Watch Party” on the Wade Oval on April 8.

Astronomy and Awe: A Historical Journey

On 21 March at 4:30 pm, join historian Aviva Rothman in Kelvin Smith Library for a talk about the inspiring power of astronomy.

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The 2024 Issa Lecture: The Political Ecology of Awe

On 25 March, join activist author Raj Patel for the 2024 Issa Lecture.

Humanities@Work Career Panel: University Circle Museum Professionals

Professionals from University Circle museums will share their experiences working with some of the world’s most interesting and influential museum collections. Learn more about work in museums, from conservation to creative design to managing collections.

Kulas Foundation Tickets: Annie

Through a grant from the Kulas Foundation, the Baker-Nord Center can provide free Arts & Culture tickets for undergraduate CWRU students. Currently, we have tickets to ANNIE at Play House Square!

Baker-Nord Center T-Shirt Design

T-Shirt Design Contest Winner

The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities is pleased to reveal the design of its new t-shirt. Stop by Clark Hall room 206 on Mondays from 10 am – 12:00 pm to pick one up!


Contest open to students majoring or minoring in any of the humanities field. Contest Guidelines: Designs must only utilize the official CWRU primary colors and color combinations. Click HERE for more information. The official Baker-Nord Center logo will appear on the right chest of the front of the shirt. The...

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Exclusive Summer Internships!

Our Humanities@Work team has partnered with four local organizations to offer a new set of humanities summer internships: The Cleveland Orchestra - Strategic Initiatives The Cleveland Observer -  News Marketing The Grog Shop - Operations & Marketing Cleveland City Council - Ward 7 Intern These positions are available only to...