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Case’s Baker-Nord Humanities Center spotlights artists for “homeland & security” for 2005 Humanities Week

Ever since planes crashed into the World Trade Center in 2001, “homeland security” has become ingrained in the daily lives of Americans. Case Western Reserve University’s Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities turns the spotlight on artists, playwrights, filmmakers and others who will reflect on the meaning of home, homeland, identity and belonging during Humanities Week, held March 13–18.

The keynote speaker for this year’s event, which is themed “Homelands & Security,” is Art Spiegelman, one of today’s most influential comic book artists and illustrators and the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of the Holocaust narrative, "Maus: A Survivor’s Tale." His latest work, "In the Shadow of No Towers," portrays the aftermath of September 11. He will give listeners a tour of the evolution of comics when he speaks Friday, March 18, at 4:30 p.m. in the Aitken Auditorium of The Cleveland Institute of Art, 11141 East Blvd.

The event is sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center in collaboration with the Cleveland Institute of Art. Tickets are required and can be downloaded, starting February 2, by visiting For information, call 216-368-2414 or 216-368-0528.

Other Baker-Nord Humanities Week events include:

  • Ranjana Khanna, Case’s Humanities Week Visiting Scholar and an associate professor of English from Duke University, will deliver a series of lectures that explore the ideas of home and security through the concept of “asylum.” Her free, public talks take place in Clark Hall, 11130 Bellflower Road, Room 206 and include “Asylum” on Monday, March 14, at 11:30 a.m.; “Disposability,” Wednesday, March 16, at 11:30 a.m.; and “Indignity,” Friday, March 18, at 11:30 a.m.
  • Charles Cantalupo—poet, author and documentary filmmaker—is the writer and director of the documentary, Against All Odds (2004). A screening of the film will take place Tuesday, March 15, at 11:30 a.m. in 309 Clark Hall. The documentary explores a historic conference and literary festival that brought 250 writers and scholars from 20 African countries and around the world to Asmara, Eritrea, in 2000. From that conference grew a movement spearheaded by Cantaloupe's “Asmara Declaration on African Languages and Literatures.” Cantalupo also will read from his poetry work, Light the Lights, Tuesday, March 15, at 4:30 p.m. in 206 Clark Hall. Cantalupo’s visit is being co-sponsored by the Ethnic Studies Program and the French and Francophone Studies Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences at Case. For information, call 216-368-2414 or 216-368-0528.
  • Stephanie Coontz, the national co-chair of the Council on Contemporary Families and a faculty member from The Evergreen State College, will be brought to Case by the College Scholars Program to give a free, public talk about her work on contemporary family issues. She will speak on Wednesday, March 16, at 4 p.m. in the 1914 Lounge of Thwing Center, 11111 Euclid Ave. She has published six books and her articles and essays have appeared in Life, Harper’s, The New York Times and Vogue. She also has been a guest of the Oprah Winfrey Show and Crossfire. For information, call 216-368-2414.
  • Yolanda Lopez, Hispanic artist and provocateur who uses artwork for political and social change, is a guest of the Center for Women at Case. Lopez will present the free, public program, “The Virgin of Guadalupe and Her Impact as a Role Model,” Wednesday, March 16, at 7 p.m. in Ford Auditorium in the Allen Memorial Library, 11100 Euclid Ave. Lopez has created the triptych, The Portrait of the Artist as the Virgin of Guadalupe, that has become a powerful female icon that depicts three mortal women (Lopez, her mother and grandmother) within the virgin’s sun-ray halo. For information, call 216-368-0985.
  • Humanities Week Free Film Series “Home and Away” will take place at 7:30 p.m. in 309 Clark Hall, 11130 Bellflower Road. Films shown will be Northfork (Sunday, March 13), the Michael Polish 2003 film about Montana residents abandoning their home to make way for a new dam; Daughter of the Dust (Tuesday, March 15), the 2003 Julia Dash film about a Gullah African subculture existing on a barrier island off South Carolina; and Bread and Chocolate (Thursday, March 17), Franco Brusati’s 1973 Chapinesque comedy of an Italian expatriate in Switzerland.
  • The 2005 Polyglot Follies will feature and commemorate the 400th anniversary of the publication Don Quixote. Cervantes’ classic novel will have a multi-lingual presentation Friday, March 18, at 7 p.m. in 309 Clark Hall.

For general information about the 2005 Humanities Week celebration, call 216-368-2414 or 216-368-0528.


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