Baker-Nord searches for Points of View on ‘Globalism and Its Origins’ in Yearlong Discussion

Arjun Appadurai.

How has globalism changed from the time when camel caravans moved goods and cultures from one continent to another?

That’s the question Case Western Reserve University Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities hopes to answer during its yearlong discussion on “Globalism and Its Origins.”

The discussion launches with Arjun Appadurai, the Goddard Professor of Media, Culture and Communications at New York University, as he delivers the keynote address during the 2010 Humanities Week celebration. 

He will set the stage for the yearlong event by arguing that globalism has roots that stretch back in time. His free public talk, How New is Globalism: Reflections on the History of the Present begins at 6 p.m. Sept. 30, in the Wolstein Auditorium, 2103 Cornell Road.

For information or reservations, go online or contact Maggie Kaminski at the Baker-Nord Center at 216-368-2242 or email. Read more.

Campus News

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women announces a new Grant Program for this academic year. In the recently completed strategic planning process, the staff of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women decided to discontinue some of the programs and events that we have been presenting in favor of using the funds to offer grants to groups around campus. The aim is to help foster campuswide programs and events focused on empowering and supporting women, educating the campus about women’s issues, and stimulating engagement in conversations about gender. We’re excited about hearing from campus groups as we work collaboratively to empower women.

Grants will be distributed to selected groups submitting proposals in the following areas: Women’s Multicultural Issues; Staff Recognition; Love Your Body Day; Sexual Assault Awareness Month; Domestic Violence Awareness Month; Women in Leadership; Women’s Health; Men’s Programming. All recognized campus offices and groups are eligible for funding, including student groups, academic departments, other university offices, and staff and faculty organizations. For full details and guidelines go to the  website.

For Faculty and Staff

For  a list of vendors participating in the Employee  Discount Program, go to the human resources website. Vendors offer discounts on car repairs, dining, entertainment and more.

For Students

Do you plan to volunteer regularly at a community agency, hospital or school this academic year?  The Civic Engagement Scholars is a pilot program designed by the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning to promote student involvement in the Cleveland community through significant and meaningful service.  Students in this program commit to completing 50 community service hours and attending six Civic Engagement Scholars workshops during the academic year.  Community service hours can be completed individually or through a Greek or student organization as long as at least 30 of the hours are with one local nonprofit or school.  Upon completion of the program requirements, President Barbara R. Snyder will present all Scholars with a certificate of distinguished service at a ceremony in April. Applications for the program are online until Thursday, September 23 and more information can be found on the website.

The Case Entrepreneurs Club Kickoff Event is 5:30-7 p.m. Monday in Nord Hall 310 B.  Featured guest Larry Sears will talk about his entrepreneurial experience, and Case Western Reserve University student Mike Magnetta will pitch his new medical technology. Case Entrepreneurs is a student organization founded to create startup businesses on campus. Interested in Entrepreneurship? Join us. Visit the website.


As the Great Lakes Wind Collaborative on Monday brings its annual meeting for the first time to Cleveland, with Case Western Reserve University serving as host at Thwing Center Ballroom, considerable growth has occurred in the wind energy industry in North America.

Plans now exist for development of an offshore wind farm in Lake Erie, and other offshore proposals are also being considered in other parts of the Great Lakes basin. Onshore wind development also continues to burgeon throughout the region. However, there remain a number of impediments to sustainable development of wind energy at a capacity sufficient to meet the renewable energy goals within the United States and Canada.

GLWC works with member organizations to address wind energy issues on a regional scale. The GLWC's third annual meeting will bring together representatives of American and Canadian federal agencies, state/provincial and local governments, the wind industry, electric utilities, nongovernmental organizations, academia, and other interested stakeholders to discuss issues regarding the sustainable development of wind energy in the Great Lakes region.


Walk Now for Autism Speaks.

Want to be a part of the largest autism advocacy organization in the country? Make a donation or join CWRU's Walk Now for Autism Speaks team, an event scheduled to take place Sept. 26 at Voinovich Park. Sign up by yourself or grab a group of friends and register online. Please email or with questions or concerns.


Women of Case Western Reserve are invited to attend the Fall Tea of the CWRU Women's Club 2-4 p.m. Thursday at the Alumni House, 11310 Juniper Drive. This event is open to all women associated with Case Western Reserve University: faculty, staff, alumnae. Valet parking is available. Call 216.368.6280 for information.

The views and opinions of those invited to speak on campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.

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Associate Professor Cassandra Robertson is quoted in The Professional Lawyer 2010, Volume 20, Issue No. 2, in an article headlined: “Putting Legal Process Outsourcing in Context: Why Globalization Matters.” She was part of a panel assembled on July 16 at the International Legal Ethics Conference hosted by the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession.

Robertson began the discussion by offering several theoretical frameworks for analysis. Drawing on organizational and socio-economic theory, she described tensions inherent
in outsourcing relationships. She emphasized the need for communication and collaboration, which raises questions about the costs inherent in a successful legal process outsourcing (LPO) relationship.

Sept. 17, 2010

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In the News

Case Western Reserve researcher discovers new 'anti-pathogenic' drugs to treat MRSA, Sept. 16, 2010
Menachem Shoham, PhD, associate professor and researcher in the department of biochemistry at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, has identified new anti-pathogenic drugs that, without killing the bacteria, render Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) harmless by preventing the production of toxins that cause disease. MRSA are particularly troublesome because they develop resistance to antibiotics, making infections very difficult to treat.

Jimmy Dimora at center of one of biggest local corruption cases in U.S. history

The Plain Dealer, Sept. 15, 2010
The reach of the Cuyahoga County corruption scandal might turn out to be highly unusual, said Case Western Reserve University law and political science professor Jonathan Entin, because it involves an old-fashioned, political-party operation. “It’s starting to look like the classic ‘machine,’ ” Entin said after reading Wednesday's indictments.

Today's Families

WKSU-FM, Sept. 15, 2010
Susan Hinze, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director, Women's and Gender Studies, appears on the Regina Brett Show on WKSU-FM Wednesday. Hinze joins the broadcast about halfway through.

Higher Ed News

A Truly Bookless Library

Inside Higher Ed, Sept. 17, 2010
The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Applied Engineering and Technology Library has an on-site collection is only available electronically. San Antonio says it now has the first actual bookless library. Students who stretch out in the library’s ample study spaces and log on to its resource network using their laptops or the library’s 10 public computers will be able to access 425,000 e-books and 18,000 electronic journal articles. Librarians will have offices there and will be available for consultations.