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For the academic year 2010-2011, the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities is focusing on the theme of “Globalism and Its Origins.” In recognition that this phenomenon is transforming American society today, Baker-Nord has organized a series of public events that allow participants to understand this multi-cultural phenomenon better; to reflect critically on it social, cultural, and ethical implications; and to demonstrate how the humanities allow us to learn about and gain a better appreciation of other cultures.

Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities - Globalism and its Origins Case Western Reserve University

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For the academic year 2010-2011, the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities is focusing on the theme of “Globalism and Its Origins.” In recognition that this phenomenon is transforming American society today, Baker-Nord has organized a series of public events that allow participants to understand this multi-cultural phenomenon better; to reflect critically on it social, cultural, and ethical implications; and to demonstrate how the humanities allow us to learn about and gain a better appreciation of other cultures.

    • video
    The "Pre-Colombian" Era of Drug Trafficking in the Americas: The Origins of Illicit Cocaine, 1945-1973

    The "Pre-Colombian" Era of Drug Trafficking in the Americas: The Origins of Illicit Cocaine, 1945-1973

    Gootenberg, Professor of History, State University of New York, Stony Brook, examines the early cocaine smuggling class, which came together across a vast expanse of shifting geographies, and, as they invented and shared new tools of the trade, represented a new form of pan-American "networking,” as well as cocaine's new transnational geographies pertaining to the "cold-war" history of the Americas. Co-sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University Department of History.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Prospects for a World Art History

    Prospects for a World Art History

    Great encyclopedic museums collect art from all cultures. Philippe de Montebello, Fiske Kimbell Professor in the History and Culture of Museums at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts, David Carrier, Champney Family Professor at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Art, and Noelle Giuffrida, Assistant Professor of Art History at Case Western Reserve University will discuss this issue. Is a world art history possible and, if so, what would it look like? This lecture, in memory of Walter A. Strauss (1923-2008), who was the Elizabeth and William T. Treuhaft Professor of Humanities, is generously supported by funds provided by the Paul Wurzberger Endowment and co-sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University Department of Art and Art History.

    • 1 hr 1 min
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    The Richard N. Campen Lecture in Architecture and Sculpture: So You Want to be an Architect?, Peter van Dijk

    The Richard N. Campen Lecture in Architecture and Sculpture: So You Want to be an Architect?, Peter van Dijk

    Peter Van Dijk is a Fellow in the Ohio Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and recipient of it's highest honor, The Gold Medal of the Ohio. He is also a past winner of The Cleveland Arts Prize – Architecture and the Ohio Arts Prize. He will discuss design, preservation, tradition and globalism.

    • 1 hr 9 min
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    Twentieth Century Tanzimat: Privatizing Higher Education and Museums in Turkey

    Twentieth Century Tanzimat: Privatizing Higher Education and Museums in Turkey

    John Grabowski, Department of History, discusses his work on the rise of foundation-funded private universities and museums in Turkey in the period after 1980.

    • 1 hr
    Getting Published: Advice for the Humanities

    Getting Published: Advice for the Humanities

    Scholars at every professional stage, from graduate school to retirement, face an overwhelming array of pressures concerning publication of their scholarship. These pressures are only growing as academic and trade publishers struggle to adapt to new market forces and a rapidly changing landscape of new media technologies. Mary C. Francis, Executive Editor for the University of California Press discusses publishing with university presses and writing a successful book proposal.

    • 1 hr 25 min
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    Theater and the Poetics of Resistance

    Theater and the Poetics of Resistance

    Seremba reads from his plays NAPOLEON ON THE NILE and COME GOOD RAIN. In COME GOOD RAIN, Seremba relives the night of Dec. 10, 1980, when he was abducted by Milton Obote's military soldiers and taken into Namanve forest, shot and left to die, and NAPOLEON ON THE NILE is about three Sudanese refugees, who on the seventh anniversary of their escape from the Sudan reenact their experiences of escaping the conflicts in their country. Seremba's talk is part of the yearlong exploration of the humanities and globalism.

    • 1 hr

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