Additional Humanities Events:

ADDITIONAL HUMANITIES EVENTS AT CWRU:

How to Predict the Present
Louis Menand
September 30, 2021
1:30 pm
Kelvin Smith Library, 11055 Euclid Avenue
How should we write history? More to the point: why do we write it—and read it, and care about it?

This event is the keynote for the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Opening of Kelvin Smith Library.

About the speaker: 
Louis Menand is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of English and the Lee Simpkins Family Professor of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.  Menand -- who has a strong interest in literary and cultural history, and the history of ideas -- is a staff writer for the New Yorker, a long-time contributor to the New York Review of Books, and the recipient of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for History for his book on American pragmatists, The Metaphysical Club. Most recently he is also the author of The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War. 


Taming the Tongue While Chasing the Sun: Bryan A Garner on Collecting English Grammars and Dictionaries
Bryan A. Garner 
October 6, 2021
4:00 pm
Kelvin Smith Library, 11055 Euclid Avenue
Bryan A. Garner will give a virtual tour of his main library in Dallas, Texas--focusing on highlights of his collection of 4,500 dictionaries and 1,900 grammars. He is the curator of the associated rare-book exhibit at the Kelvin Smith Library, “Taming the Tongue,” which includes over 100 items from his personal collection, and that previously was recently on display at the Grolier Club in New York City.

This event is part of the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the opening of Kelvin Smith Library.

About the speaker: 
Garner is the author of more than 25 language-related books, including Garner's Modern English Usage (Oxford, 4th ed. 2016) and The Chicago Guide to Grammar, Usage, and Punctuation (2016). He has been editor in chief of Black's Law Dictionary over its past five unabridged editions. He has long been among the most widely cited authorities about language in American judicial opinions.  He has one of the largest personal libraries in the Southwest, with a total of 38,000 volumes, and his bibliophilia is highly contagious.


Building the Future We Want: Centering Diversity, Equity And Inclusion In Libraries
Elaine L Westbrooks
November 3, 2021
4:00 pm
Kelvin Smith Library, 11055 Euclid Avenue
Library staff and faculty have a responsibility to dismantle the systems of oppression within their organizations. Westbrooks will talk about her experiences launching a DEI Initiative at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and how to make DEI initiatives to be strategic, transformational, and an integral part of a library’s mission. 

The event is part of the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the opening of Kelvin Smith Library.

About the speaker:  
Elaine L. Westbrooks has been Vice Provost for University Libraries and University Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 2017.  The UNC library system encompasses 10 libraries, nearly 10 million volumes, and 300 librarians, archivists and staff.  Previously Westbrooks held leadership positions at the University of Michigan, the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and Cornell University. She serves on the boards of the Digital Public Library of America and the HathiTrust Digital Library, and she co-edited “Metadata in Practice” with Diane Hillmann (2004) and “Academic Library Management: Case Studies” with Tammy Nickelson Dearie and Michael Meth (2017).