September 02, 2009

Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities Awarded Several Grants to Enhance Programs


The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at the Case Western Reserve University College of Arts and Sciences has been awarded a number of grants to enhance its programs.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture has awarded the center a $7,500 project support grant to allow the center to bring to campus international expert, ethicist Andrew Light, as the keynote lecturer for the 2009 Humanities Week, which focuses on this year's Baker-Nord theme, Cultures of Green: Nature and the Environment. The keynote address, "Ethics and Climate Change," takes place on Thursday, October 22, at 6 p.m. in Amasa Stone Chapel.

The Cleveland Foundation has awarded the center an approximately $10,000 Creative Fusion grant. This is a new granting category intended to utilize the arts as a means of building community and, in particular, bridging ethnic diversity and enhancing the international profile of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County.

Specifically, this grant will support the collaboration of the Baker-Nord Center and the Cuyahoga County Public Library in becoming a branch of the Cities of Refuge, an organization that provides aid and a safe creative space to writers who have suffered persecution in their home countries. After an initial planning year, the center and the library plan to jointly sponsor an international writer in residence in Cleveland.

The center was also awarded a $24,000 Enduring Questions grant, a new grant program at the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant will sponsor a pilot course, Nature and Culture, which will pursue the question of humanity's relationship with the natural world. These grants are intended to engage undergraduate students in considering broad questions relevant to diverse fields in the humanities. The Nature and Culture course, part of Case Western Reserve's SAGES program, aims to prepare students for future decisions regarding the environment by engaging them with the past so that they can better understand how ideas and attitudes emerged today. Nature and Culture will be offered in the Spring 2010 semester and again in the Fall 2010 semester.

"We are extremely pleased to have secured this collection of grants," says Anne Helmreich, director of the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and associate professor of art history. "Funding from prominent private and government funders highlights the center's work to a broader base of supporters and allows us to enhance our programs to meet the needs of students, faculty, and community."

The Baker-Nord Center is in the process of meeting a 4-to-1 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. It must raise $2.6 million in gifts to the Baker-Nord Center endowment by July 31, 2013. To learn more about the Friends of Baker-Nord and the center's public programs, contact Maggie Kaminski at 216.368.8961 or

Posted by: Amy Raufman September 2, 2009 03:35 PM | Category: College of Arts and Sciences , Foundations , Priorities , Program Enhancement and Community Outreach , Schools