Case’s Baker-Nord Humanities Center spotlights artists
for “homeland & security” for 2005 Humanities Week
Weeklong celebration is March 13–18
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
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 http://www.case.edu/artsci/bakernord.
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
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.
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
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,
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
- 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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