The 2017 Cleveland Humanities Festival (CHF) will be held in Spring 2017 around a core of events taking place March 23 – April 3, coordinated by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities of Case Western Reserve University. Participating institutions in University Circle and the Cleveland area will collaborate in programing on an annual theme and will support community involvement through cross-promotion. Participants include the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Cinematheque, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Western Reserve Historical Society, Dittrick Museum, Maltz Museum, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Cleveland Institute of Music, Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards. The theme for 2017 is “Immigration.” The CHF will utilize the resources of Cleveland’s leading intellectual institutions to explore the challenges and opportunities caused by the movement of people. Exile, immigration, deportation, migration—in the history of every nation demographic shifts have been a part of the fabric of civic and cultural life. Nowhere is this more true than in the life of our own country. The forced deportations of the Middle Passage, the wholesale immigration of eastern Europeans in the nineteenth century, the recent relocation of refugees from Middle Eastern conflict, are only a few of the movements that have left their mark on American communities. The Cleveland Humanities Festival will explore from a humanistic perspective the impact of immigration across time and within our own time through a series of coordinated events, including lecture, exhibits, theatrical performances, academic symposia, tours, and films. Events will take place on the campus of CWRU and at participating institutions.