New York Times Philosophy Columnist Critchley to speak at CWRU April 12

Simon Critchley
Simon Critchley. Photo
courtesy of The New School
for Social Research.

Simon Critchley, a prominent international philosopher and the editor of the New York Times' philosophy column, will speak Tuesday, April 12, at Case Western Reserve University to discuss why conscience is central to understanding ethics.  

The author of How to Stop Living and Start Worrying and The Book of Dead Philosophers, a New York Times bestseller, will give the talk, “The Powerless Power of the Call of Conscience,” for the inaugural Beamer-Schneider Lecture in Ethics, co-sponsored by the university’s Department of Philosophy and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities. The free, public event begins at 5:30 p.m. in Clark Hall 309. A reception precedes the talk at 5 p.m. Learn more about Critchley and his on-campus talk.

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Honoring Students’ Smarts with Undergraduate Research Week

Case Western Reserve University will highlight its students’ achievements during Undergraduate Research Week April 11-15. The university’s involvement is part of a national week designated by the U.S. House of Representatives.

Throughout the week, faculty members are encouraged to showcase the work of their undergraduate students through presentations, performances or hallway poster displays.

The week will end with Intersections: SOURCE Symposium and Poster Session where students present their research, scholarship and creative activities. This year’s Intersections, held April 15 in Adelbert Gymnasium, is poised to be the largest ever, with more than 400 undergraduates participating in 194 presentations, including the Michelson-Morley competition and the Celebration of Student Writing presentations. Read more about plans for Undergraduate Research Week.

Campus News

Mark A. Smith
Mark A. Smith

The Faculty Parents of Young Children group at Case Western Reserve has created a fund to assist the family of Professor Mark A. Smith, who was struck and killed by a car in December. Professor Smith’s widow, Gemma Casadesus, is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurosciences; the family also has two young sons. Monies raised will be used to provide housecleaning help for a year and, if dollars remain, occasional child care coverage. Any and all donation amounts will be deeply appreciated. Donations can be made at any Key Bank branch or mailed to the address below. Checks should be made out to “The Smith Family Fund.” Contact Eileen Anderson-Fye with questions.

Key Bank, Shoppes of Solon
28200 Miles Road, Suite A
Solon, OH 44139

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There will be an interruption of services for SmartCART users from 6 a.m. April 8 to no later than 6 p.m. April 9 to allow Information Technology Services (ITS) and the SmartCART vendor to conduct scheduled maintenance and implement an update of the system. Users attempting to reach the SmartCART online ordering system while it is down will see a maintenance announcement asking them to try again later.

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Students in the CWRU dance department will be featured on the WVIZ/PBS program Applause tonight at 7:30 p.m., in a segment created by MediaVision. The segment, filmed by MediaVision April 1, shows Pascal Rioult, former principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Co., conducting a master class sponsored by Dance Cleveland.

For Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff can now apply for the new American Express Travel and Expense credit card. Benefits include no annual fee, no negative credit score impact for card application, the ability to earn Membership Rewards (fee), discounted international car rental insurance, lost baggage assistance, and the ability to use the card for personal purchases. Just complete the brief application to begin. For more information, call Michael Kurutz in Travel Services (368.6092) or email

For Students

India study abroadStudents can take part in a short-term study abroad program in Hyderabad, India, offered by The Department of Bioethics. The global health course, which is open to all students, offers students an in-depth study of disease in India by examining the historical, cultural, ethical, medical, religious and legal aspects that influence HIV/AIDS, leprosy and TB. Contact Michelle L. Champoir, director of international education programs, Department of Bioethics, at 216.368.5377 for more information.

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On Saturday April 9, University Counseling Services/Prevention Recovery Services & Housing, Residence Life will sponsor an alcohol-free event at The Spot to acknowledge Alcohol Awareness Month on campus. All participants of the event who pledge to be alcohol-free for the weekend will receive a colorful personalized wristband as a reminder of their pledge. There will be various games—such as darts, beer goggles Wii games, pool, measure a drink game, black jack and Jenga—and free food, mocktails, music and mingling. The event will also include education about alcohol misuse, access to alcohol screening tools and resources for getting help if needed. The program will run from 7 to 10 p.m. For more details or to volunteer, contact Sara Taylor.

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Walk a Mile In Her Shoes flier

The Case Democrats, Women in Liberal Arts and Flora Stone Mather Center for Women will host Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, the International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence, on April 9 at noon at the Village Track. Guys, are you man enough to walk a mile in high heels? Contact with questions.


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Phi Kappa Psi’s 4th Annual 3v3 Soccer Tournament will be held Sunday, April 10, at 11:00 a.m. at Veale Center Courts. Sign up a team of three to five people ($30 suggested donation per team includes a free T-shirt provided by Club Colors Inc.) to compete in the soccer tournament. All funds raised go to Tomorrow's Stars, a charity started by alumnus George Weir to make education possible for children in Ghana. To sign up a team, go here and click on Rules and Registration.

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The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center, Share the Vision and the Residence Hall Association present the final event in a semester-long lunch series LGBTQ Allies in Faith. This Friday, April 8, Robert Nosanchuk, Rabbi at the Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple in Cleveland Heights, will discuss his congregation of the Jewish faith and the LGBT community. Please join this discussion from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the LGBT Center in Thwing Center. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided. For further information, contact Elisabeth Roccoforte.


The Department of English is sponsoring a bake sale to benefit disaster relief in Japan on April 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Guilford Porch. All proceeds will be donated to The Red Cross. Come purchase home-baked treats for a good cause. Purchases using cash or Case Cash are welcome. Monetary donations (cash, or check made payable to the Red Cross) also are accepted. For further information, contact Mary Assad.

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Rent cast dress rehearsal
The cast of Rent prepares for opening night.
Photo by Jeffrey Mann.

The Case Footlighters present Jonathan Larson’s award-winning musical Rent, directed by student Joshua Lostroh. Performances are in Thwing Ballroom April 7-9 at 8 p.m. and April 9 at 11:59 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults, and can be purchased at the door or online at Visit for more information.

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The Share the Vision Committee and Bon Appetit are co-sponsoring the fourth in a series of Cultural Dinners in the dining commons. An African/African-American themed evening will be held tonight at 5:30 p.m. in Leutner Commons. With decorations, entertainment, and a special menu, the dinner is part of the meal plan, with guest tickets at $14.50 each. Faculty, staff and students are welcome.


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As Easter and Holy Week occur this year during the last week of classes, the only Confessions on Campus this semester will be Tuesday, April 12, 3:30–6:15 p.m., at Amasa Stone Chapel, throughout a Lenten Reconciliation Service. There will be meditative music and scriptures and five priests available. For more information, contact Bryan Scotton or Tony Vento. All are welcome.

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The Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity invite the campus community to attend the Third Annual Inclusion & Diversity Achievement Award Luncheon on April 14 at 11:30 a.m. in Thwing Ballroom. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to

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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Provost Bud Baeslack
Provost Baeslack


Provost William A. “Bud” Baeslack III will be the chief guest at the North South Foundation’s Award Ceremony for 2011 Regional Spelling Bee Contests. The event will be held April 10 at Strosacker Auditorium and will honor participants, including Anamika Veeramani, Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee Champion.


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SAGES lecturers Bradley Ricca and Mike Sangiacomo will take part in a live taping of Comics Are Go!, a popular comics podcast. Students of comics classes and their guests have been invited to take part in the debate about the state of comics.

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Stephanie Liscio
Stephanie Liscio

On May 14, PhD student Stephanie Liscio will host a film festival on black baseball as part of the upcoming Cleveland Public Library exhibit “Pride and Passion: The African American Baseball Experience.”

April 7, 2011

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In the News

Ryan’s Medicare Plan Could Hit Senior Wallets

Marketplace Morning Report, April 5, 2011
Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan introduced a federal budget plan expected to trim more than $5 trillion in the next decade—but the majority of savings comes from cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. J.B. Silvers, John R. Mannix Medical Mutual of Ohio Professor of Health Care Finance, said it’s a politically risky move. “I mean, it's a huge gamble with Grandma. And to be honest, Grandma’s not going to like this at all.”

What Happened To Entrepreneurship During The Recession?

The Huffington Post, April 5, 2011
A recent analysis of census data conducted by Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, questions the popular belief that the recession spurred American entrepreneurship. “Sure, the number of Americans who became self-employed grew. But that number was dwarfed by the amount of U.S. entrepreneurs whose businesses failed during the recession, and who were forced to exit self-employment.”

What Does It Take to Lead?

Journal of Accountancy, April 2011
Accountants need to have certain traits in order to be an effective leader. CPAs, including Gary Previts, E. Mandell de Windt Professor of Leadership and Enterprise Development and chair of the accountancy department in Weatherhead School of Management, weighed in on what’s most important, including communication skills, handling emotions and a creating a good work-life balance.

The Constitutionality of the Individual Mandate in the Affordable Care Act
(PDF, p. 10-11)

Bar Journal of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, March 2011
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Higher Ed News

7 States Considering Allowing Guns On College Campuses

The Huffington Post, April 6, 2011
For ages, schools have traditionally been gun-free zones, but seven states are considering loosening or changing laws regarding firearms on campus. Critics contend this would increase violent incidents, while proponents say armed students could better protect themselves.