Is the Civil War the Revolution We Like to Forget?

Dr. David Blight

Sep 12 2012

Dr. David Blight, recipient of the 2012 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Nonfiction for American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era, is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on the US Civil War and its legacy. He is the Class of 1954 Professor of American History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance & Abolition at Yale University.

With support from:

Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

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Anarchy on the Airwaves: The Threat and Magic of Cleveland’s Radio & TV Scene

Mike Olszewski

Sep 13 2012

Commercial broadcasting has been with us for over ninety years. We’ve seen it progress from tiny crystal radio sets to 90 inch plus TV screens. The greatest period of transition was in the 50s and 60s when programmers and performers offered innovative content. Northeast Ohio was a leader in that transition. Performers like Ernie Anderson’s “Ghoulardi” and Dick “The Wilde Childe” Kemp were considered anarchists. Journalists like Dorothy Fuldheim and Alan Douglas drew criticism for their “in your face” style of reporting. Today all are considered pioneers and visionaries who helped set a national standard. Radio / TV historian Mike Olszewski will discuss the programming and personalities that shaped entire generations.

This event is sponsored by the Pop Culture Research Working Group.

Dexter Davis: Artist on an Urban Battlefield

Henry Adams

Sep 20 2012

FACULTY WORK-IN-PROGRESS:Dexter Davis, one of Cleveland’s leading artists, grew up in a neighborhood wracked by gangland violence; he currently works as a guard at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Art historian Henry Adams, in a conversation with Davis, will explore the pathway that led him to become an artist, the struggle to sustain his artistic career despite financial hardships and other challenges, and, in a larger context, the role of art in eroding the often divisive cultural and social boundaries of the 21st century urban environment. Reception begins at 4:15 pm.

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Freedman Fellows Presentation Series: Digital Mapping of Child Trafficking in Northeast Ohio

Brian Gran, Ann Holstein

Sep 21 2012

Join Dr. Brian Gran as he leads a discussion on child trafficking in our own backyard. Statistics gathered from alternative public websites, the FBI, city and suburban police departments, county departments, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) and various social service providers aim to help in the development of digital maps and scientific estimates of where, how often and what kinds of trafficking are taking place around Northeast Ohio. Humanities scholars have embraced GIS (geographic information systems) technology in recent years for their research involving spatial analysis and visualizations. Digital mapping applications can assist in the analysis of large amounts of spatial data to discover patterns and trends in the data that may not be easily seen in tabular format. Co-presenter Ann Holstein (GIS Specialist, Kelvin Smith Library) will give us insight on how Dr. Gran is able to create digital maps for his research using statistical data collected from these websites and agencies and processed using specialized software. She will also show examples of other child trafficking digital mapping projects from around the world.

With support from:

Freedman Fellows Program, Kelvin Smith Library, Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities


Sep 24 2012

REVOLUTION! FILM SERIES: Introduced by Pete Moore, Associate Professor of Political Science, CWRU. This film is a poignant coming-of-age story of a precocious and outspoken young Iranian girl. In 1970s Iran, Marji Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah’s defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. As she grows up, Marji finds that both she and her homeland have changed too much and the young woman and her loving family must decide where she truly belongs.


Chris Haufe

Sep 27 2012

FACULTY WORK-IN-PROGRESS:Fruitfulness is a highly valued property of theories. In fact, its value is so high that all aspects of theory appraisal are best understood as proxy judgments for how fruitful a theory will be. Haufe, Department of Philosophy, will use the beacon of fruitfulness to shed light on a variety of widespread aspects of theory appraisal and grant proposal evaluation and will also connect the concept of fruitfulness to more general concerns about understanding and well-founded inference.Reception begins at 4:15 pm.

The Art and Culture of Revolt in the Middle East

Sep 28 2012

Whether graffiti, poetry, songs, or humor, the 2011 uprisings in the Middle East were more than just political events; they were cultural and artistic productions. How did cultural and artistic products figure in the revolts? How have artists in turn been affected by the political changes underway? Panel includes Pete Moore (CWRU – Moderator), George Trumbull IV (Dartmouth College), Nada Shabout, (University of North Texas), Jessica Winegar (Northwestern University), and Ted Swedenburg (University of Arkansas).This event is co-sponsored by the CWRU College of Arts and Sciences, The Northeast Ohio Consortium for Middle East Studies and The Nusri Chair in Islamic Studies, John Carroll University.

With support from:

The College of Arts and Sciences, CWRU, The Northeast Ohio Consortium for Middle East Studies, The Nusri Chair is Islamic Studies, John Carroll University

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Seventy Days of Night- 33 Miners Trapped: The Hidden Story of a Rescue and the Women of the Miners, the True Heroines of the Story

Emma Sepulveda

Oct 9 2012

Emma Sepulveda is a writer, a columnist, Foundation Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno and serves as the Director of the Latino Research Center. In her most recent book, CONVERGING DREAMS: WHY LATINOS SUPPORT OBAMA, Emma searched for the reasons why Latinos supported the first Afro-American president in the elections of 2008, how well President Obama responded to the support of the Latino/as during his presidency, and the reasons why Obama continues to be the best alternative for the Latino vote in 2012. In her recent work, SEVENTY DAYS OF NIGHT, Emma interviewed the women of the 33 Chilean miners and had access to the letters between them and the miners, and to exclusive information as to the reason for the accident. This book has won numerous awards in Chile and the US, including the 1st prize at the International Book Awards in New York for the best political/historical book written in Spanish.
With support from:

CWRU ACES Distinguished Lectureship Series, CWRU Women’s and Gender Studies and Ethnic Studies Programs, CWRU President’s Advisory Council on Minorities, CWRU Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, Speakers Committee of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Obama and the Latino Vote

Emma Sepulveda

Oct 9 2012

Emma Sepulveda is a writer, a columnist, Foundation Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno and serves as the Director of the Latino Research Center. In her most recent book, CONVERGING DREAMS: WHY LATINOS SUPPORT OBAMA, Emma searched for the reasons why Latinos supported the first Afro-American president in the elections of 2008, how well President Obama responded to the support of the Latino/as during his presidency, and the reasons why Obama continues to be the best alternative for the Latino vote in 2012. In her recent work, SEVENTY DAYS OF NIGHT, Emma interviewed the women of the 33 Chilean miners and had access to the letters between them and the miners, and to exclusive information as to the reason for the accident. This book has won numerous awards in Chile and the US, including the 1st prize at the International Book Awards in New York for the best political/historical book written in Spanish.

With support from:

CWRU ACES Distinguished Lectureship Series, CWRU Women’s and Gender Studies and Ethnic Studies Programs, CWRU President’s Advisory Council on Minorities, CWRU Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, Speakers Committee of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Is There Revolutionary Potential in Rising Expectations

Arjun Appadurai

Oct 9 2012

Arjun Appadurai – prominent contemporary social-cultural anthropologist and Goddard Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University – will address a cluster of influential social theories which identify rising expectations as constituting one of the major factors behind social revolutions. In the world of the Internet, mass-mediated consumerism and viral democracy, which rising expectations count and what sort of revolutions can they inspire? A close look at anti-corruption movements in India and anti-Wall Street movements in the United States provide striking windows into the idea of revolutions of rising expectations.

The Craft of Comics: An Insider View

Marc Sumerak

Oct 12 2012

Words and pictures collide as comic book writer and editor Marc Sumerak shares insights from more than a decade of work at Marvel Comics. Join him for an in-depth look into the collaborative art of making comic books and graphic novels, as well as a candid discussion about his many adventures with some of the world’s most recognizable characters – including Spider-Man, the Avengers, the X-Men, and many more!   This workshop is sponsored by the Pop Culture Research Working Group.

The Battle of Algiers

Oct 15 2012

REVOLUTION! FILM SERIES:Introduced by Robert Spadoni, Associate Professor of English, CWRU. This film, commissioned by the Algerian government, is an account of the bloodiest revolution in modern history and shows the Algerian revolution from both sides. The French foreign legion has left Vietnam in defeat and has something to prove. The Algerians are seeking independence. The two clash. The torture used by the French is contrasted with the Algerian’s use of bombs in soda shops. A riveting, classic film of war in its fullness and the battle’s impact on a wide spectrum of social classes.

Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me: Harvey Pekar’s Reflections on Judaism and Israel

Joyce Brabner, JT Waldman

Oct 17 2012

This event is a discussion of the final book by the late Jewish Cleveland author, Harvey Pekar.Pekar’s illustrator JT Waldman will introduce the book and artwork and talk about his explorations of Jewish history alongside Pekar. Pekar’s widow and literary collaborator, Joyce Brabner, will speak about Pekar’s life, relationship to Judaism, and views on Israel.This event is free and open to the public.<b>Harvey Pekar</b>Popularly known as the “Poet Laureate of Cleveland,” Harvey Pekar was the renowned author of graphic novels and comix as well as a music critic. Born and raised in Cleveland by Polish Jewish immigrant parents, Pekar attended Case Western Reserve University and enlisted in the United States Navy before working as a file clerk at Cleveland’s Veteran’s Administration Hospital. He used the struggles and small joys of daily life as material for his work, including his American Splendor series, which was illustrated by many of the leading comic illustrators of the past two generations. He died in July 2010, but left behind a rich legacy of novels and comix, including his last works, Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland and Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me, which combine narrative history and Pekar’s personal experiences as a Clevelander and a Jew.

With support from:

Case Western Reserve University Program in Judaic Studies, Case Western Reserve University Department of Religious Studies, Case Western Reserve University Department of Art and Art History, Department of English and the Popular Culture Working Group, Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program

Hands On, Hands Off: talk & poetry reading

Bill Berkson

Oct 18 2012

Departing from the elegance of what the painter Larry Rivers called the “lollipop” of modern livres d’artiste as made by the likes of Mallarme, Manet, Picasso, Apollinaire, Matisse, Bonnard, and the Surrealists, New York artists and poets from the 1950s onward have developed a new type of synergy – spontaneous, often more casual, and involving popular forms such as comics and advertising layouts. This talk will include a capsule history of the various modes and players – beginning with the just-reprinted O’Hara/Rivers portfolio Stones — as well as accounts of Berkson’s collaborations with Philip Guston, Joe Brainard, George Schneeman, Leonie Guyer, John Zurier, and others. Bill Berkson is a poet, critic, teacher, and sometime curator, who has been active in the art and literary worlds since his early twenties. He is Professor Emeritus at the San Francisco Art Institute where he taught art history, critical writing, and poetry. He is the author of some twenty books and pamphlets of poetry — includingmost recently, Ted Berrigan with George Schneeman (Cuneiform Press, 2009); Not an Exit with Leonie Guyer (Jungle Garden Books, 2011); and Repeat after Me, with watercolors by John Zurier (Gallery Paule Anglim, 2011).

With support from:

The Department of Art History, The Department of English

The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History: Rebuilding a Digital Humanities Platform for a New Century

John Grabowski, Kirsten Nagel, Katie O’Keefe

Oct 19 2012

Join us for the next installment in our presentation series as Freedman Fellow Dr. John Grabowski discusses the motivation to move the online Encyclopedia of Cleveland History to a new level of utility and technical viability. First published in hard copy in 1987, the Encyclopedia has sold over 14,000 copies and made its move to the web in 1998.The online edition has expanded and evolved over the past fourteen years, currently containing over 4,400 articles. Hear about Grabowski’s venture to determine the best means to add to it new, media-rich material; how to open that material to a system of “tagging;” and how to adapt the infrastructure to be sustained and expanded in the 21st century. Additionally, Grabowski and co-presenter Kirsten Nagel (Marketing, Communications and Training Manager for ITS) and Emily Mayock (Internal Communications Editor) will discuss the University’s progress towards creating a centralized web creation & hosting environment, and how projects such as this can be incorporated into this new vision for faculty support.

With support from:

Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, Kelvin Smith Library

Additional Links:

See the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History

Interpreting Karl May in Germany

Andre Kohler

Oct 24 2012

First event in the “Why Germans Love Cowboys and Indians: Karl May, the American WIld West, and the German Imagination” symposium. Lecture presented by Andre Kohler from the Karl Mary Museum Radebeul. The symposium allows a closer look at this fascinating phenomenon of Germany’s love for Karl May and the American West, explain what it meant for East Germans to escape into a recreated Wild West and Native American world, and why and how reenactments of May’s stories today in a vast number of festivals still capture the imagination of an entire nation. The potential of a life of freedom and humanity expressed in the Wild West fantasies of Karl May, which inspired to imagine possibilities of an alternative world, also aligns itself squarely with the 2012/2013 theme of Revolution in the Baker-Nord Center of the Humanities.

With support from:

Max Kade Center for German Studies

“Der Schatz im Silbersee – Treasure of Silver Lake”: Film Screening

Oct 24 2012

Part of the “Why Germans Love Cowboys and Indians: Karl May, the American Wild West, and the German Imagination” Symposium.

With support from:

Max Kade Center for German Studies

Karl May in German Culture

Alina Dana Weber, Petra Tjitski Kalshoven

Oct 25 2012

Final event for the “Why Germans Love Cowboys and Indians: Karl May, the American Wild West, and the German Imagination” symposium. Alina Dana Weber from the Department of German, Florida State University, presents “Positioning Karl-May-Festivals in a German Performance Context” and Petra Tjitske Kalshoven from the School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester, presents “Winnetou Re-Cast: Playing Indianist as a Quest for Imaginative Authenticity”.

With support from:

Max Kade Center for German Studies

Oh, how we rock that American Hunger: Charles Edward Anderson/Chuck Berry and the history of our future

Greg Tate

Oct 25 2012

Author, journalist and musician Greg Tate speaks on the significance of Chuck Berry in American history.

With support from:

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Additional Links:

The entire 2012 American Music Masters Schedule of Events

When is a Revolution Complete?

Dorothy Parvaz

Nov 1 2012

Dorothy Parvaz – an on-line journalist for Al Jazeera English, and the recipient of the 2011 National Press Club’s John Aubuchon Press Freedom Foreign Correspondents Award in recognition of courageous reporting, for her work in the Middle East. – discusses the events of last spring.

After the Arab Spring – with Iran’s Islamic revolution somewhere in the rear-view mirror and Syria still ahead – what does it mean to be in a “post-revolution” state? Is the unseating of a strongman the extent of a revolution? If so, given the issues with rights in these countries with the media, women and religious minorities, are these the outcomes for which people in those countries fought?

October (10 Days that Shook the World)

Nov 6 2012

REVOLUTION! FILM SERIES:Introduced by John Orlock, Samuel B. and Virginia C. Knight Professor of Humanities, CWRU. In documentary style, this film re-enacts the events of the Russian Revolution from the end of the monarchy in February of 1917 to the end of the provisional government and the decrees of peace and of land in November of that year. Lenin returns in April. In July, counter-revolutionaries put down a spontaneous revolt, and Lenin’s arrest is ordered. By late October, the Bolsheviks are ready to strike: ten days will shake the world.

“Science Fantasy”: The New Mash Up

Nov 8 2012

In the early twenty-first century, speculative fiction’s genres and subgenres are bursting their boundaries and flooding mainstream and young adult literature. Science fiction – hard or soft. High fantasy. Cyberpunk, steampunk, sword and sorcery. Why this contemporary boom in alternate narrative worlds? Why deep space and vampires? Do blockbuster successes like “Twilight” transform our taste for things unreal or unnatural? Why categorize at all? Panel includes Karen Long (Moderator), Mark Dawidziak, Mara Purnhagen, and Charles Oberndorf. Sponsored by the Pop Culture Research Working Group.

Out Flew the Web and Floated Wide: Tennyson and Green Eschatology

Sarah Gridley

Nov 15 2012

FACULTY WORK-IN-PROGRESS: The word loom calls us to the edges, perhaps even limits, of life – to what appears as the space and means of creation – and to what appears on that horizon, soliciting reflection and response. Forthcoming from Omnidawn in 2013, Gridley’s third book of poems – titled Loom – searches for re-integrations of gender, dwelling, and the sacred, bringing current evocations of green eschatology to bear on Tennyson’s enigmatic poem, “The Lady of Shalott.”

The Inscriptions on the Antikythera Mechanism

Paul Iversen, Jared Bendis

Nov 16 2012

The third event in our presentation series features Freedman Fellow Paul Iversen (Associate Professor, Classics). Iversen will discuss two new technologies he is using to read the inscriptions incised on the Antikythera Mechanism, a device considered to be the first analog computer.

Capable of computing and displaying information such as lunar phases, the rising and setting of stars and constellations, the lunisolar calendar of northwestern Greece and Panhellenic festivals including the Olympic games, the Antikythera Mechanism was found in a 1901 shipwreck and dates back to the second or first century BCE.

The technologies Iversen is using to read the inscriptions include Computed Tomography (CT) scans generated by a technology called Micro-Focus x-rays, and photographic images that employ a technology known as Polynomial Texture Mapping (PTMs).

Often overlooked, VR panoramas, VR objects and 3D/Stereoscopic photography are easy and exciting ways to enhance and add a virtual element to most New Media projects. Co-presenter Jared Bendis (Creative New Media Officer, Kelvin Smith Library) will give a step-by-step guide on the tools and techniques used to create these media elements and also outline how to best integrate them into a project.
With support from:

Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship

Freedman Fellows Presentation Series: Continuation of The Reilly Digital Catalogue of Mahler’s Musical Manuscripts

Stephen Hefling, Stephen Toombs

Jan 18 2013

The Mahler Manuscript Catalog represents a model of the Freedman Fellowship in which the subject expertise of a faculty member is combined with the experience of a research services librarian and the skills of library IT staff to create digital scholarship.Stephen Hefling will present an overview of his working methods illustrated with examples that are fully described in The Reilly Catalogue. In addition he’ll offer a hint of future possibilities through a short electronic visit to the Arnold Schoenberg Center in Vienna.Stephen Toombs will describe how the library staff assisted Dr. Hefling in translating Edward R. Reilly’s catalogue raisonne of the music manuscripts of Gustav Mahler into an Oracle database which will become the foundation of a searchable online catalog. This work included envisioning possible user search patterns, defining data points and what their definitions imply for storage of data within the Oracle database, authority control for data points, and inputting protocols.

With support from:

Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, Kelvin Smith Library

Keeping the Stories Alive

James Sheeler

Jan 31 2013

For the past few years, students in Jim Sheeler’s immersion journalism/multimedia storytelling class have spent the bulk of the semester at Eliza Bryant Village, the nation’s oldest continually operating African-American nursing home, located in the Hough neighborhood of Cleveland. Armed with videocameras, microphones, headphones and cell phones, they’ve created audio slideshows documenting the lives of former actors and gospel singers. They’ve produced audio and video stories of loss, and of love. In this digital work in progress, Sheeler will reveal the lessons behind the stories.

Additional Links:

Jim Sheeler’s faculty page

Jim Sheeler’s web page

CWRU’s ArtSci magazine article – A Passion for Storytelling

Cleveland Magazine’s Most Interesting People series

Karen Long’s writeup for Anisfield-Wolf

A Conversation with Daniel Stashower

Feb 4 2013

Daniel Stashower is an acclaimed biographer and narrative historian and winner of the Edgar, Agatha, and Anthony awards, as well as the Raymond Chandler Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction. His latest book “The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War” uncovers the riveting true story of the “Baltimore Plot,” one of the great untold tales of the Civil War era.   Stashower’s articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic Traveller and Connoisseur. A book signing will follow the talk.For parking information, please see the Additional Resources section below.

With support from:

Cuyahoga County Public Library

The Myth of Dresden: Origins and Manifestation of the German Victim Discourse

Susanne Vees-Gulani, Richard Wisneski

Feb 8 2013

Since in February 1945 a firestorm caused by heavy air raids largely destroyed Dresden, this German baroque city has served as a symbol for the brutality of warfare and suffering. Vees-Gulani challenges the unquestioned acceptance of the Dresden victim status, since the city was in fact neither an unjustified military target nor was the level or timing of the bombings exceptional. Vees-Gulani explores the reasons for this misinterpretation, based on data from the 17th century to 1945, such as paintings, postcards, photographs, and tourist guides, which helped create an image of Dresden of mythic dimensions. This image is the foundation for the developments surrounding the city as a place of German victimization after its bombing in 1945 to the present. The goal is to design a database and subsequent visualizations that communicate the various connections successfully and help understand better the complex interplay between historical facts, victim narrative, and cultural representation.

Co-presenter Richard Wisneski (Team Leader, Acquisitions and Metadata) will describe various metadata approaches to Dr. Vees-Gulani’s project, with the pros and cons of each. Attention will be given to metadata strategies and planning.

With support from:

Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, Kelvin Smith Library, The Freedman Fellows Program

REVOLUTION FILM SERIES: The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade

Feb 11 2013

This 1967 film — based upon the Peter Weiss/Peter Brook iconoclastic & influential Broadway production — tells the story of the Marquis de Sade, who — while imprisoned in the Charenton mental hospital — uses the patients to stage a play based on the life of the French Revolution martyr Jean-Paul Marat. A bold masterwork that weaves the theatricality of violence, song, sex, and radical 60s politics into a memorable tapestry of images & ideas. Introduced by Jeffrey Ullom, Assistant Professor of Theater, CWRU.For parking information, please see the Additional Resources section below.

Additional Links:

The IMDb Marat-Sade site

A Marat-Sade Study Guide by Peter Weiss

Roger Ebert’s movie review

Cold War Medicine: ECT as Therapy and Social Control in an Age of Anxiety

Jonathan Sadowsky

Feb 14 2013

In the 1940s & 50s, Electroconvulsive Therapy spread in the United Stated during a period of intense preoccupation with conformity and deviance. In this presentation Sadowsky, the “Dr. Theodore J. Castele Associate Professor of Medical History” and Chair of the Department of History, explores the relationship of a highly controversial psychiatric therapy to that era’s concern with conformity, comparing uses that range from the most therapeutic to the most coercive.

Occupy Shakespeare: Shakespeare and/in the Humanities

Marjorie Garber

Feb 21 2013

Revolution, evolution, devolution–what is the relationship between Shakespeare and the humanities today? How has “ownership” of Shakespeare changed in the 20th and 21st centuries–and what, if anything, does that tell us about the future, for “Shakespeare,” for the humanities, and for modern and postmodern culture? Garber is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of English and Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. This lecture — in memory of Walter A. Strauss (1923-2008), who was the Elizabeth & William T. Treuhaft Professor of Humanities — is generously funded by the Paul Wurzberger Endowment.For parking information, please see the Additional Resources section below.

Additional Links:

A video of Marjorie Garber’s interview on The Charlie Rose Show

Marjorie Garber’s recent article, “Anatomy of a Honey Trap” in Foreign Policy magazine

Marjorie Garber’s Q&A with Heather Horn in The Atlantic magazine

The Stanford Presidential Lectures in the Humanities and Arts – Marjorie Garber

Navigating the Perfect Moral Storm: Climate Change Ethics in Light of a Thirty-Five Year Debate

Donald Brown

Feb 28 2013

Professor Donald Brown — scholar in residence for sustainability ethics and law at the Widener Environmental Law Center, and former director of the Pennsylvania Environmental Research Consortium — will address the critical questions of why climate change must be understood fundamentally as a civilization-challenging ethical problem, why an understanding that climate change is an ethical problem has profound practical significance for policy formation, and why ethics has failed to gain traction in climate change policy debates.

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Additional Links:

Donald Brown’s Ehtics and Climate blog

The Yale forum on Climate Change and the Media

Revolutionaries: Race, Class, and Culture between the Wars

Walter Benn Michaels

Mar 4 2013

Beginning with a comparison between the great German photographer August Sander and the equally great American photographer, Walker Evans, this talk will move on to an analysis of the relation between race and class in William Faulkner’s “Absalom, Absalom!”. Its central questions will be about how social structure is understood, how revolutionary change in that structure is understood, and how the aesthetic is imagined to function in understanding that change. An American literary theorist and author, Michaels is a Professor in the Department of English, at the University of Illinois at Chicago.For parking information, please see the Additional Resources section below

With support from:

Cuyahoga Arts and Culture

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Who’s Laughing Now?: Indigenous Media and the Politics of Humor

Freya Schiwy

Mar 19 2013

Dr. Freya Schiwy, author of “Indianizing Film: Decolonization, the Andes, and the Question of Technology”, will explore the socio-political dimension of how humor within indigenous videos effects the cultural politics of decolonization. She contends that humor helps to negotiate cultural and social change in indigenous communities, while also provoking white and mestizo audiences to laugh at the terms established by Native filmmakers. This event was originally scheduled for January 29, but had to be rescheduled due to a medical emergency. The event is co-sponsored by the Speakers Committee of the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, the Program of Ethnic Studies, and the Program of Women’s and Gender Studies.

With support from:

Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Ethnic Studies, Women and Gender Studies,

The Superman Revolution: A Salute to the Man of Steel

Brad Ricca, Mike Olszewski, Michael Sangiacomo

Mar 19 2013

After 75 years, is Superman — the politically, artistically, and culturally radical character created by two young Clevelanders — ready for a retirement home? Or a coup d’etat? This panel –planned in anticipation of the anniversary of Action Comics #1, the first appearance of Superman — includes Brad Ricca (moderator), Mike Olszewski, Michael Sangiacomo, and others.   Sponsored by the Pop Culture Research Working Group.

On Which Day Exactly Did Galileo Start the Scientific Revolution

J.B. Shank

Mar 20 2013

J.B. Shank — noted professor of history at the University of Minnesota, and this year’s Baker-Nord Center Scholar-in-Residence — challenges some widely-held views of Galileo as the figure who launched the Scientific Revolution. His lecture will question the necessity and usefulness of this canonical understanding while exploring all the many ways that Galileo was, nevertheless, a sparklingly brilliant embodiment of early modernity.

Additional Links:

J.B. Shank’s departmental page

J.B. Shank’s interview with Writers Read

The UMN Center for Early Modern History site

Theorizing Early Modern Studies Research Collaborative

The Institute for the History of Science at the Museo Galileo

Eslanda Robeson: Black Internationalism & the Fight Against White Supremacy and Empire in the 20th Century

Barbara Ransby

Mar 21 2013

On the faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago, Ransby is an historian, writer, and longtime political activist. Her lecture will discuss the spirit of unity and solidarity that existed between an eclectic global community of politicians, radicals, and intellectuals from Asia, Africa and the Caribbean emerging from the shackles of colonialism in the 1940s and 50s and finding common cause with one another. This network of remarkable women from far corners of the globe was a unique component of the postwar political constellation.

Additional Links:

The UIC Gender and Women’s Study Program

Barbara Ransby’s departmental page


Robin Hessman

Mar 25 2013

This award-winning feature-length documentary premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was screened in New York as part of the prestigious film series, New Directors/New Films, curated by MoMA and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. My Perestroika has been rated one of the top films of the year by leading critics, including the New York Times. The film screening will be followed immediately by an extended question and answer session with Robin Hessman, director of the film. Co-sponsored by the CWRU Ethnic Studies Program and the CWRU Film Society.For parking information, please see the Additional Resources section below.

With support from:

CWRU Film Society

Additional Links:

The My Perestroika homepage

A NYT article about Robin Hessman titled “Muscovite Lives, Entangled in History”

Bibles Hot and Cold: DIY Experiments in Monotype and Hypermedia

Timothy Beal

Mar 28 2013

Biblical scholars in the early decades of the print era were keenly aware that their challenge was not simply to put biblical content into pre-formatted media, but rather, to invent biblical media. Tim Beal, the “Florence Harkness Professor of Religion”, reflects on how particular practices of media technology shape both our processes and publication of research. He will present his preliminary work on a new translation of Job in both analog and digital forms: as a handset letterpress book and as a digital site.

Additional Links:

Timothy Beal’s faculty page

Outspoken – Figuratively Speaking: A Workshop in poetry and performance

Michael Salinger

Mar 29 2013

Precise and concise. Poetry is snapshot writing, recreating an instant and allowing the reader/ listener to infer meaning. This workshop will help attendees to hone their use of imagery, metaphor, and narrative in order to create word photos and then speak the results out loud. Poet Michael Salinger leads attendees in fun and instructive writing exercises and then provides some tips and tricks for the stage.

Ransacking Cultural Narratives: Horror, Prefiguration, and Freaks

Joyce Kessler, Robert Spadoni, S. Andrew Swann, Mary Turzillo,

Apr 2 2013

With support from:

Pop Culture Working Group, Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities

Revolutions I Have Known:

Ted Morgan

Apr 4 2013

Ted Morgan — Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and noted biographer — will share his experiences in covering three major political uprisings of the 20th century: revolutions in Algeria, the Belgian Congo, and Viet Nam. Drawing upon research for his recent books — “Valley of Death: The Tragedy at Dine Bien Phu That Led America into the Vietnam War” (2010) and “My Battle of Algiers” (2005) — Morgan will discuss the dimensions that these three revolutions had in common, and what insights they may offer for our 21st century world of governmental unrest

With support from:

Cuyahoga Arts and Culture

Additional Links:

The NPR review of “Valley of Death”

Poetry in the Museum

Forrest Gander

Apr 7 2013

Forrest Gander will share his work in the dramatic setting of the Reid Gallery at the Cleveland Museum of Art, co-sponsor of this event. Following his presentation, Gander will announce the winners of the 2013 “Poetry in the Museum” contest, who will read their winning poems. Support provided by the Helen Buchman Sharnoff Endowed Fund for Poetry at Case Western Reserve University.Contest Guidelines can be found in the Additional Resources section below.

With support from:

Cleveland Museum of Art

Additional Links:

The Poetry Foundation site

Forrest Gander’s website

Freedman Center Colloquium: Exploring Collaboration in Digital Scholarship

Lisa Spiro, Brian Croxall, Amanda French, Francine Berman,

Apr 8 2013

The second colloquium on digital scholarship will take place on the afternoon of Monday, April 8th & morning of Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 at Kelvin Smith Library located on the campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. The purpose and focus of talks for this year’s colloquium is to highlight how producing and supporting digital scholarship is a necessarily collaborative process, and is better because of it.

With support from:

Kelvin Smith Library, Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities

Additional Links:

Event information

Learning from the Germans: Tarantino, Spielberg, and American Crimes

Susan Neiman

Apr 11 2013

This lecture is the 2013 Beamer-Schneider Lecture in Ethics & Civics. For the last 60 years, German culture – whether philosophical, literary, artistic or cinematic – has revolved around one question: how to go on after the Nazis? Not many of these efforts are well-known to outsiders, many of them are problematic, but all of them are significant. In focusing cultural attention on the question of how to wrest a moral standpoint from a nation which has come to stand for modern evil, contemporary German reflections provide a template for confronting national evils. In American culture, such confrontations have been rare, and are usually confined to the academy. The recent films of Tarantino and Spielberg provide a welcome – and very conscious – exception. (In German interviews Tarantino has been explicit about the role his experience of Germany played in conceiving “Django Unchained”.) I’ll discuss the German experience, the differing reception of the films in Germany and America, and reflect on how Americans can begin to think about forging an identity in the face of our own torturous past. Reception precedes the lecture.

Gaming for a Classroom (R)evolution: Transforming Learning through Play

Anastasia Salter

Apr 18 2013

With new technologies and a fluctuating media landscape transforming communication, the traditional classroom and lecture hall is undergoing extensive remediation. Learning in the digital age is impacted not just by the presence of technology but by the expectations it creates for immediacy, interactivity, and responsiveness. Building classrooms centered on these principles can cultivate play and experimentation, often by incorporating games or virtual worlds as part of the learning experience. Such responsive environments, whether in the form of games in classroom or classrooms re-imagined as games, can encourage learner agency both within the classroom and in the changing world beyond. But realizing this potential requires more than “gamification,” the practice of adding points systems, achievements, and badges to reward learning. Gamification co-opts only the easiest to replicate portions of games: how can learning be revolutionized by further embracing all the mechanics of play? We’ll look at the history of the uneasy partnership of games and education, from the controversy surrounding “edutainment” to the uneasy categories of “serious” games and alternate reality games, and imagine the possible future evolution of playful learning. Dr. Salter’s presentation is the first event of THATCamp Games 2013, presented by the Baker-Nord Center. Information about TCG2013 and registration can be found in the Additional Resources section below.

Additional Links:

Anastasia Salter’s faculty page

Anastasia Salter’s homepage

Information about THATCamp Games 2013

THATCamp Games 2013

An Unconference

Apr 20 2013

THATCamp Games 2013 is an unconference, founded as a way to bring together Digital Humanities theorists and practitioners, educational and serious game designers, games enthusiasts and advocates, museum educators, and humanities instructors and scholars interested in games and pedagogy. THATCamp Games serves as a space to bring together those on all sides of humanities games to engage in challenging and meaningful conversation in hopes of learning from one another.

We are inviting faculty, administrators, game scholars and designers, research and archival librarians, and students interested in the confluence of games and humanities to discuss, design, build, and hack games and to investigate meaningful ways of incorporating games into the classroom and game elements into course design.

With support from:

Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, College of Arts and Sciences, Case Western Reserve University ITS, Kelvin Smith Library, Microsoft Research

Additional Links:

Registration and event information

Information about THATCamps

Vergil Week MMXIII: Juno’s Compromise in Aeneid XII

Patricia A. Johnston

Apr 26 2013

Patricia A. Johnston, Professor of Classics and Director, Symposia Cumana, Department of Classical Studies, Brandeis University, presents the keynote lecture for Vergil Week MMXIII.

On the Significance of Experiment for Philosophy

Dr. Chris Haufe

May 1 2013

Dr. Haufe, from Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Philosophy, will discuss how the practice and discipline of philosophy is distinguished by its emphasis on using rational intuition to support theories about ethics, truth, knowledge, meaning, and most of the other “big” questions. He will argue that philosophical theories can (and should) also be supported by experiments. Understanding how experiments produce scientific knowledge gives us insight into the probative limits of intuition and the probative frontiers of experiments for philosophy and other humanistic disciplines.

Closer Than You Think: Thoughts on Genre Bending, Blending and Plain-Old Jumping Ship

Paula McLain

Jun 1 2013

Paula McLain is the author of the acclaimed novel “The Paris Wife”. She is also the author of two collections of poetry, as well as a memoir. This is the keynote address for “Breaking Genre: A Writers Conference.” Only the keynote and book fair are free and open to the public. The conference will also feature presentations by Sarah Gridley, Charles Oberndorf, Lynn Powell, Brad Ricca, James Sheeler, Anne Trubek, Sarah Willis, and David Young. For more information, email writersconference@case.edu.

With support from:

Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, The Gund Foundation

Additional Links:

A NYT book review