April 10, 2007

Information Society—Case's 2007 Humanities Week Is April 15-20

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Elaine Richardson from
Cleveland will discuss
being a woman
in the age of hip hop

Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University will culminate a yearlong examination of the meaning of information in our society with the 2007 Humanities Week celebration called "Information Society," April 15-20. From a cell phone film contest and festival to noted speakers, movies, special exhibitions and online digital projects, the public can explore the many dimensions of the emerging information society.

Headliners include NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday Host Scott Simon"What To Do When the Information Revolution Is a Way of Life, Not a Dream" and Elaine Richardson who will talk about growing up African American, dealing with racism and gender and being a woman in the age of hiphop.

Heading the week's events will be several lectures:

  • NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday Host Scott Simon will give the free, public talk, "Be Careful What You Wish For: What To Do When the Information Revolution Is a Way of Life, Not a Dream" Friday, April 20 at 4:30 p.m. in Amasa Stone Chapel, 10940 Euclid Ave.
  • Elaine Richardson—a graduate of East Tech in Cleveland, Cleveland State University and Michigan State University where she earned her doctorate—will give a series of talks for the Humanities Week Distinguished Lecture Series about growing up African American, racism and gender, and being a woman in the age of hiphop. The talks are at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, April 16 Tuesday, April 17; and Wednesday, April 18, in 206 Clark Hall, 11130 Bellflower Rd. on the Case campus.
  • An exhibit of rare books, "The History of the Book - Always in Transition," will open Tuesday, April 17, in the Dampeer Room at Case Western Reserve University's Kelvin Smith Library, 11055 Euclid Ave. The launching of the free, public exhibit follows a talk at 4:30 p.m. by Robert H. Jackson, a noted collector of rare books and tribal art, and continues until 8 p.m. that evening and through the following week.

The Baker-Nord Center and telecommunications giant Sprint will co-sponsor an award-winning short film festival of films made by Case, Cleveland Institute of Art and Cleveland Institute of Music students, faculty and staff. Film entries of four minutes or less composed on their cell phones will compete for a grand prize of $1,000, with additional awards for Best Amateur Student Film; Best Amateur Faculty or Staff Film, Best Art Student Film and Best Art Faculty Film.

For a full list of activities, visit http://www.bakernord.org.Many of the events are free, but all are open to the public.

Posted by: Paula Baughn, April 10, 2007 11:34 AM | News Topics: Campus Life, Collaborations/Partnerships, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, Events, Lectures/Speakers, Technology

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