2021 Cleveland Humanities Festival Events

  • Changing the Stories Museums Tell  with Linda C. Harrison, Rehema Barber, and Key Jo Lee

    February 24, 2021 - 6:00 PM

    Art museums in the United States follow a prescribed narrative, built upon Eurocentric notions of history and collecting practices informed by legacies of colonialism and social and racial inequality. But is it possible to expand the stories told on their walls and floors? 

  • I Come from a People Who… - In Conversation with Marcie Rendon

    February 25, 12:00 PM

    “I Come from a People Who…” is a series of events with Native author, playwright and poet Marcie Rendon that weaves together the themes of the 2021 Humanities Festival and the 40th anniversary of community organization InterReligious Task Force on Central America and Colombia: identity, memory and resistance. Focusing on Rendon’s extraordinary contributions to Native literature and her advocacy for Native American artists and writers, the series will include a community conversation, an intimate virtual gathering for Cleveland’s Indigenous community, and an interactive poetry workshop.

  • Genealogy 101

    March 8 and 15, 2021 - 7:00 PM

    The internet is a vast resource for genealogical research. This program will present current internet sources and tips on how to use these sites to further family history research. Virtual 2-part series. Registration required.

    Register HERE.


    This event is sponsored by Cuyahoga County Public Library.

  • Scam and Identity Theft

    March 9, 2021 - 3:00 PM

    Rachel from Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People will share how to recognize scams, fraud and exploitation. Virtual program. Registration required.

    Register HERE.


    This event is sponsored by Cuyahoga County Public Library.

  • Catfish Scam

    March 16, 2021 - 7:00 PM

    What is catfishing? How do you know if you are being catfished? Danelle Musil from the Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs will provide answers to these questions plus share ways you can protect yourself from being catfished online. Virtual program. Registration required.

    Click HERE to register.  


    This event is sponsored by Cuyahoga County Public Library.

  • Desktop Dialogue: An Art Anthology, Chapter One with Eric Coble

    March 17, 2021 - 12:00 PM

    How many stories can a work of art tell?  

    The series An Art Anthology, accompanies the CMA exhibition Stories from Storage. Developed in collaboration with the creative writing organization Literary Cleveland, the series invites four local storytellers to offer artful interpretations of select objects on view in the show. 

  • Personality Tests; Fact or Fiction

    March 20, 2021 - 11:00 AM

    Popular “personality tests” promote a deeper understanding of self. Or do they?  Dr. Keriazes from MetroHealth will help you explore how real these tests are and what we can learn from them. Virtual program. Registration required.

    Register HERE.

     


    This event is sponsored by Cuyahoga County Public Library.

  • Building Trust through Representation: At the Intersection of Disability, Race and Parenting

    March 25, 2021 - 12:00 PM

    Charisse (Nikki) Montgomery, Salina Miller and Patricia Parker, authors of We Dare Be Brave: African American moms and the emotional journey of raising children with disabilities, will share their personal experiences as Black parents and as advocates to improve the experiences and health outcomes of children with complex medical needs. Increasing empathy, equity and inclusion will require significant changes in the ways families, educators and health care providers think.  Participants will be invited to bring questions and will leave with practical strategies for the future.

  • Rick Guidotti & Positive Exposure: Recognizing Beauty in Difference

    March 25, 2021 - 6:00 PM

    After a chance encounter with a young woman living with albinism, award-winning international fashion photographer Rick Guidotti began exploring images in medical textbooks.

  • Campus Conversations on JUSTICE: Cats, Dogs, Teens, and Soldiers: Reflections on the Virtue of Obedience

    March 26, 2021 - 12:45 PM

    Pauline Shanks Kaurin, professor in the College of Leadership and Ethics at the Navy War College and the Admiral James B. Stockdale Chair in Professional Military Ethics will launch her new book On Obedience: Contrasting Philosophies for the Military, Citizenry, and Community. Shanks Kaurin will introduce new scholarship that draws from a variety of disciplines including classical studies, philosophy, history, international relations, literature, and military studies, to explore the ethics of obedience. 

  • In Our Own Words: PEARLS Ambassadors & Youth Advocacy

    March 26, 2021 - 1:00 PM

    Join us to meet young ambassadors who are changing people's perspectives with their honesty, thoughtfulness, and humor.  They will discuss their own journeys and share what inspires them to speak out.  The Youth Ambassadors of PEARLS Project and their families are empowered self-advocates, using their unique voices to foster positive change.  The project is a creative tool for classrooms, professional development and research, as well as for anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding and respect for human di

  • Travel: A Crowdsourced Video Poem on Identity 

    March 27, 2021 - 7:00 PM

    As part of the Cleveland Humanities Festival, Literary Cleveland partnered with the CSU Poetry Center to create "Preparations for Travel," a crowdsourced video poem on the theme of identity. For this project, poet Kamden Hilliard, Anisfield-Wolf Fellow at the CSU Poetry Center, developed an original three-part poem using lines and phrases selected from writing submitted by more than 40 local poets. The final video version of the poem, read by local performers, will premiere on Saturday, March 27, 2021.

  • Flavors of the World: Uzbek Plov

    March 28, 2021 - 1:00 PM

    Mrs. Selbi Muhammetberdiyeva will demonstrate how to make delicious and flavorful Uzbek Plov, the national dish of Uzbekistan. Plov is a rice pilaf cooked with lamb or beef, onions, garlic, raisins, and carrots. Restaurants serve Plov with bread, tea, and a selection of side salads. 

    Registration HERE.


    This event is sponsored by Rocky River Public Library.

  • A Conversation with Poet Laureate Joy Harjo

    March 29, 2021 - 6:00 PM

    Critically-acclaimed indigenous poet Joy Harjo discusses her work with David Lucas, Poet Laureate of the State of Ohio and lecturer in the Department of English. Harjo, a member of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation, is the author of several books of poetry, as well as collections of interviews and conversations, children’s books, and collaborative art texts.  She is the 23rd U.S. poet laureate  and the first Native American poet to serve in that position.

  • Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia

    March 30, 2021 - 2:00 PM

    Cynthia Davenport from the Alzheimer’s Association Cleveland Area Chapter will provide basic information that everyone needs to know about memory loss issues and what they mean for all of us. It incorporates video interviews with professionals, patients with dementia, and caregivers discussing real life issues. Virtual program. Registration required.

    Register HERE.


    This event is sponsored by Cuyahoga County Public Library.

     

  • Designing Victory

    March 30, 2021 - 4:30 PM

    Award-winning architect Robert Madison was the first African-American to graduate from Case Western's School of Architecture, as well as the first to gain a degree in architecture in Ohio.  His firm, Robert P. Madison International, has been both the lead and associate architects for the design of major projects including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Great Lakes Science Center, and Cleveland Museum of Art.  His memoir, Designing Victory, co-written with journalist and author Carlo Wolff, tells the story of his hard-fought struggle to overcome racism and excel in his chosen field.

  • Indigeneity and Disability: Futures of Personhood, Care and Consent

    March 30, 2021 - 6:00 PM

    What dreams for the world whisper through the cracks of this world that is breaking? This panel brings together the breadth and depth of five influential scholars, artists, cultural/political organizers and researchers to delve into how the embodied realities and analytics of both indigeneity and disability open political, cultural, medical and spiritual imaginaries about body, land, practices of care and consent. With Ella Callow, Jen Deerinwater, Juliet McMullin, AM Kanngieser, and Petra Kuppers, facilitated by Marina Tsaplina. 

  • Desktop Dialogue: An Art Anthology, Chapter Two with Sarah Lohman

    April 7, 2021 - 12:00 PM

    How many stories can a work of art tell?  

    The series, An Art Anthology, accompanies the CMA exhibition Stories from Storage. Developed in collaboration with the creative writing organization Literary Cleveland, the series invites four local storytellers to offer artful interpretations of select objects on view in the show. 

  • A Conversation with Kevin Young

    April 7, 2021 - 6:00 PM

    Kevin Young, director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture and poetry editor of The New Yorker, discusses his work with Ben Vinson, Hiram C. Haydn Professor of History and Provost and Executive Vice President at Case Western Reserve University.  Young is the author of thirteen books of poetry and prose and is the editor of nine other collections.  He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was named a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2020.  

  • The Remarkable Story of a Teenage Wizard: Incorporating Truth while Writing Fiction

    April 8, 2021 - 1:00 PM

    Join author, actress and transformational storyteller Echo Brown for a conversation about how her real-life experiences have fueled her mold-breaking fiction writing.

    From her inspiring and award-winning one-woman shows to her first book, Black Girl Unlimited: The Remarkable Story of a Teenage Wizard, Brown infuses her work with magical realism while still addressing the realities of racism, abuse, addiction, depression and poverty.  Learn about the life-changing lessons that inform her creativity and bring questions to share. 

  • Campus Conversations of Justice - Chasing Something Beautiful: What A Smart City Promises, What a City Can Do

    April 9, 2021 - 12:45 PM

    M.R. Sauter, assistant professor at the University of Maryland College of Information Studies, will participate in a live-streamed discussion on disruptive activism, such as hacking as a form of activism ("hacktivism") and/or justice related to smart cities, municipal governance, and neo-corporate colonialism.

  • Catfish Scam

    April 12, 2021 - 7:00 PM

    What is catfishing? How do you know if you are being catfished? Danelle Musil from the Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs will provide answers to these questions plus share ways you can protect yourself from being catfished online. Virtual program. Registration required.

    Click HERE to register.

    This event is sponsored by Cuyahoga County Public Library.

  • Adult Rocky River Readers Book Club: "The Vanishing Half" by Brit Bennett 

    April 15, 2021 - 7:00 PM

     

    Spanning from the 1940s to the 1990s, this unforgettable novel follows twins, light-skinned Black sisters Desiree and Stella Vignes, who run away together from their racially-fixated small Louisiana town, only to separate a year later, when Stella decides to begin passing as a white woman. Register to receive an emailed invitation to join in our virtual discussion.

    Click HERE to register.

  • Scam and Identity Theft

    April 17, 2021 - 11:00 AM

    Rachel Slomovitz from Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People will share how to recognize scams, fraud and exploitation. Virtual program.

  • Desktop Dialogue: An Art Anthology, Chapter Three with Mourning [A] BLKstar 

    April 21, 2021 - 12:00 PM

    How many stories can a work of art tell? 

    The series An Art Anthology, accompanies the CMA exhibition Stories from Storage. Developed in collaboration with the creative writing organization Literary Cleveland, the series invites four local storytellers to offer artful interpretations of select objects on view in the show. 

  • Personality Tests: Fact or Fiction

    April 28, 2021 - 7:00 PM

    Popular “personality tests” promote a deeper understanding of self. Or do they?  Dr. Keriazes from MetroHealth will help you explore how real these tests are and what we can learn from them. Virtual program. Registration required.

    Register HERE.


    This events is sponsored by Cuyahoga County Public Library.

  • Booked by the Police Chief: "Homeland Elegies" by Ayad Akhtar 

    April 29, 2021 - 7:00 PM

    Read this inventive, fiction story inspired by the author’s personal experiences, to explore life as first-generation American-born Muslim man. Police Chief George Lichman will lead the discussion as we consider what creates personal and cultural identity. Register to receive an emailed invitation to join in our virtual discussion.

    Click HERE to register.


    The event is sponsored by Rocky River Public Library.

  • The LatinX-Perience

    April 29, 2021 - 7:00 PM

    While all Latinx individuals have varied backgrounds and unique family histories, we also encounter common threads that tie us together. Join us for a discussion exploring our shared and contrasting experiences as Latinx individuals growing up in the United States.  Registration required.

    Register HERE.


    This event is sponsored by Cuyahoga County Public Library.

  • Virtual Panel Discussion: Slovenian Neighborhoods of Cleveland

    April 29, 2021 - 7:00 PM

    Cleveland is home to the largest settlement of Slovenians outside of Europe. Slovenian-Americans took advantage of the resources the city made available to them to build families and institutions and develop a lively cultural scene. Each of the city’s Slovenian neighborhoods was anchored by an imposing cultural Hall or majestic church (or both), surrounded by tidy homes and thriving businesses. Many high-profile Clevelanders emerged from those neighborhoods to leave their mark on the city.

  • Contemplating the Sublime

    April 30, 2021 - 7:00 PM

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, people around the world self-quarantined in hopes of slowing down the rate of infection. Everyday life was not as fixed as we perhaps once thought; and, since we often identify with our daily activities, so too did many of our identities seem untethered from this new reality. Our identities are (in part) constructs, narratives that we continue to affirm through our beliefs and our behaviors; in this regard, identity also allows us to intervene in the stories that we believe about ourselves.

  • Scam and Identity Theft

    May 3, 2021 - 7:00 PM

    Rachel Slomovitz from Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People will share how to recognize scams, fraud and exploitation. Virtual program. Registration required.

    Register HERE.


    This event is sponsored by Cuyahoga County Public Library.

  • Desktop Dialogue: An Art Anthology, Chapter Four with Kamden Hilliard

    May 7, 2021 - 12:00 PM

    How many stories can a work of art tell?   

    The series An Art Anthology, accompanies the CMA exhibition Stories from Storage. Developed in collaboration with the creative writing organization Literary Cleveland, the series invites four local storytellers to offer artful interpretations of select objects on view in the show. 

  • Catfish Scam

    May 19, 2021 - 7:00 PM

    What is catfishing? How do you know if you are being catfished? Danelle Musil from the Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs will provide answers to these questions plus share ways you can protect yourself from being catfished online. Virtual program. Registration required.

    Register HERE.

     


     

    This event is sponsored by Cuyahoga County Public Library.

  • Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia

    May 24, 2021 - 7:00 PM

    Cynthia Davenport from the Alzheimer’s Association Cleveland Area Chapter will provide basic information that everyone needs to know about memory loss issues and what they mean for all of us. It incorporates video interviews with professionals, patients with dementia, and caregivers discussing real life issues. Virtual program. Registration required.

    Register HERE.


    This event is sponsored by Cuyahoga County Public Library.