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Event Date and Location Summary
Poetry Reading with Sinead Morrissey Wed. March 15th, 2017
7:00 pm-8:00 pm
at Rodman A, John Carroll University, 1 John Carroll Boulevard University Heights, Ohio 44118

Sinéad Morrissey was born in Portadown in 1972. She grew up in Belfast, and became the youngest ever winner of The Patrick Kavanagh Award in 1990. At the time of this interview in September 2002, she had published two collections with Carcanet Press, There Was Fire in Vancouver (1996) and Between Here and There (2002). …Read more.

Crossing the Border: Cleveland Writers on Immigration Sat. March 18th, 2017
7:00 pm-8:00 pm
at Student Center Ballroom, Cleveland State University, 2121 Euclid Ave. SC 319 Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2214

This event will be staged reading featuring original work by Cleveland writers on the theme of immigration.
This event is co-sponsored by Literary Cleveland, Cleveland State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Science, and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, CWRU. …Read more.

An Irish-Appalachian Journey Sun. March 19th, 2017
7:00 pm-9:00 pm
at Music Box Supper Club, 1148 Main Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44113

An Irish-Appalachian Journey, Highlights from Sugarloaf Mountain
Amanda Powell & Ross Hauck, vocals
Tina Bergmann, hammered dulcimer | Susanna Gilmore, fiddle | Jeannette Sorrell, harpsichord
Kathie Stewart, wooden flutes | Brian Kay, lute, guitar, banjo & long-neck dulcimer | René Schiffer, cello
Tickets for an Irish Journey are only available by phone. …Read more.

Ancestry Thu. March 23rd, 2017
6:00 pm-7:00 pm
at Maltz Performing Arts Center, 1855 Ansel Road

Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s presents the F. Joseph Callahan Distinguished Lecture, which is also the keynote address for the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities’ contributions to the Cleveland Humanities Festival. …Read more.

Curator Talk: Photography and Immigration Thu. March 23rd, 2017
12:00 pm-1:00 pm
at Art Study Room, Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44106

In this lunchtime talk, explore selected works by photographers Leonard Freed, Céline van Balen, and others who have depicted immigrants and immigration with Barbara Tannenbaum, curator of photography at the Cleveland Museum of Art. …Read more.

A Polish Doctor in the Nazi Camps: My Mother’s Memories of Imprisonment, Immigration, and a Life Remade Fri. March 24th, 2017
12:00 pm-1:00 pm
at Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, 2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood, OH 44122

In her talk, author and anthropologist Barbara Rylko-Bauer will use her mother’s story to talk about broader issues of immigration, examining the echoes from the past that are appearing today.  …Read more.

Imagination and Diaspora in Peter Balakian’s Poetry and Prose Fri. March 24th, 2017
4:30 pm-5:30 pm
at Tinkham Veale Univerisity Center Ballroom A, 11038 Bellflower Road

Peter Balakian, Pulitzer-prize winning Armenian American poet and writer and the Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor of Humanities at Colgate University, will discuss the impact of the post genocide Armenian diaspora in his poetry and his memoir Black Dog of Fate…Read more.

Film Screening: Pelle the Conqueror Sun. March 26th, 2017
3:30 pm-5:30 pm
at Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, 11610 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106

New Digital Restoration!
Denmark/Sweden, 1987, Bille August
Max von Sydow stars in this epic film that won the 1989 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film as well as the top prize at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival. …Read more.

Muslim in America: A Conversation with Ayad Akhtar Mon. March 27th, 2017
5:00 pm-6:00 pm
at Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom, 11038 Bellflower Road

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Ayad Akhtar discusses the Muslim experience in America with Justine Howe, Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies. Akhtar is the author of American Dervish, published in over twenty languages worldwide and a 2012 Best Book of the Year at Kirkus Reviews, Toronto’s Globe and Mail, Shelf-Awareness, and O (Oprah) Magazine. …Read more.

Whose Country is This? Undocumented Migrant Children and Youth in the United States after the 2016 Presidential Election Tue. March 28th, 2017
4:30 pm-5:30 pm
at CWRU, Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom, 11038 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106

Following the 2014 surge of Central American and Mexican children across the U.S.-Mexican border and the 2016 election of a president committed to ending illegal immigration, Susan Terri, Professor of Anthropology and French Studies at Georgetown University, charts the ongoing legal, political and social challenges they face after apprehension by immigration authorities and release into U.S. …Read more.

Film Screenings and Discussion: From Refugee to Neighbor Tue. March 28th, 2017
7:00 pm-8:30 pm
at Cuyahoga County Public Library, North Olmsted Branch, 27403 Lorain Road, North Olmsted, Ohio, 44070

Through the showing of several, short documentary-style films, this presentation opens a community conversation about Cleveland’s changing diversity in culture and population, thanks to the arrival of refugees to our community. …Read more.

Famine, Migration, and God: Ireland 1845-1850 Wed. March 29th, 2017
7:00 pm-8:00 pm
at Rodman A, John Carroll University, 1 John Carroll Boulevard University Heights, Ohio 44118

Oliver P. Rafferty is a Jesuit priest and native of Belfast, N. Ireland. He graduated with a master’s degree and doctorate from Oxford University, where he was also senior tutor at Campion Hall. …Read more.

Film Screening and Discussion – I Learn America: One High School, One School Year, Five New Americans Wed. March 29th, 2017
4:30 pm-7:00 pm
at Tinkham Veale Univerisity Center Ballroom A, 11038 Bellflower Road

In America, nearly one student in four is a child of immigration. How America fares in welcoming immigrants will determine our identity for the years to come. This film follows five immigrant teenagers over the course of one year at the International High School at Lafayette, a public high school in Brooklyn, NY dedicated to newly arrived immigrants from all over the world. …Read more.

Concert: Frode Haltli and Emilia Amper Wed. March 29th, 2017
7:30 pm-9:30 pm
at Gartner Auditorium, Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44106

Norwegian composer, and accordionist Frode Haltli teams up with Swedish nyckelharpa virtuoso Emilia Amper for an evening of Scandinavian folk-inspired music. Haltli’s concert-length work The Border Woods is scored for accordion, two percussion and the nyckelharpa, or “keyed fiddle.” Haltli works across folk, improvisation and contemporary classical genres, and creates a modern identity for his instrument. …Read more.

Making Cleveland Home: Immigration Stories Wed. March 29th, 2017
7:00 pm-8:00 pm
at Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, 2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood, OH 44122

What does it mean to be home? How do stories of our experiences – separately and collectively – shape what we come to think of as our community? Join us for a panel presentation and discussion with three immigrants to the Cleveland community.   …Read more.

Who Should Enter the Golden Door: American Immigration Policy in Historical Perspective Thu. March 30th, 2017
12:00 pm-1:00 pm
at Clark Hall Room 206, 11130 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106

The current debate about immigration often neglects or misinterprets past “policies” that have related to immigration and citizenship in the United States. In his talk John Grabowski, CWRU’s Krieger-Mueller Joint Professor in History and Historian and Senior Vice President for Research and Publications at the Western Reserve Historical Society, provides a broad historical perspective on not only the creation (or, indeed, the absence of policy) and relating to immigration to the United States but on the manner in which citizens and policymakers chose to see immigrants and immigration in relation to economic, social, and political issues over time. …Read more.

The Pox Hunter Thu. March 30th, 2017
6:00 pm-7:00 pm
at Dittrick Medical History Museum, 11000 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106

On April 1, 1717, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu wrote her famous “Letter to a Friend” from the Turkish Embassy, describing the process of smallpox inoculation. With that letter, she became one of the earliest vaccination advocates, joined over the next three hundred years by celebrities and scientists, pop culture icons and heads of state, patients and game developers. …Read more.

Film Screening and Discussion – Fresh Start: Refugees in America, Past and Present Thu. March 30th, 2017
6:00 pm-7:30 pm
at Drinko Recital Hall, Music and Communication Building, Cleveland State University, 2001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115

Film by Cigdem Slankard, School of Communication, CSU; Panel: Stephanie Hinnershitz, moderator, Dept of History, CSU; Melissa Borja, Department of History, CUNY-College of Staten Island; Eric Tang, African and African Diaspora Department, University of Texas- Austin. …Read more.

When Away Becomes Home: The Refugee Crisis and Opportunities for Welcome in Northeast Ohio Fri. March 31st, 2017
12:00 pm-1:30 pm
at MOCA Cleveland, 11400 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106

The world is in the midst of the worst refugee crisis since World War II. Several organizations in Northeast Ohio are actively engaged in resettling individuals and families who have fled from their homelands. …Read more.

Lecture and Trolley Tour: Italian Immigrants who Built Lake View Cemetery Sat. April 1st, 2017
2:00 pm-3:30 pm
at Lake View Cemetery, 12316 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106

Pamela Dorazio Dean, Curator of Italian American History at the Cleveland History Center, and Michael N. and Monica Johns with the Johns Carabelli Co., Ltd. will spotlight Northeast Ohio Italian Americans who helped build Lake View Cemetery. …Read more.

Building Bridges: Fixing the Immigration Issue and Strengthening U.S.-Mexico Relations Mon. April 3rd, 2017
5:00 pm-6:00 pm
at Tinkham Veale Univerisity Center Ballroom, 11038 Bellflower Road

Immigration reform has long been a priority for President Vicente Fox, who, during his time in office, worked with then-President George W. Bush to negotiate immigration policy. Since leaving office, President Fox continues to emphasize the importance of immigration reform with the goal of building bridges and why America must establish sensible pathways for citizenship for undocumented immigrants. …Read more.

The Art of Nidhi Chanani Wed. April 5th, 2017
7:00 pm-8:00 pm
at Recital Hall, Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44106

Artist Nidhi Chanani is currently working on her debut graphic novel, Pashmina, to be published by First Second Books in 2017, about Priyanka Das, an Indian-American teenage girl. Born in Calcutta and raised in suburban southern California, Chanani’s own experiences inspired Priyanka’s story. …Read more.

Immigrants in Ohio Wed. April 5th, 2017
7:00 pm-8:00 pm
at Cuyahoga County Public Library, Solon Branch, 34125 Portz Parkway, Solon, Ohio 44139

Global Cleveland a nonprofit focused on population growth and regional economic development will share five things you should know about immigrants in Ohio that could play a major role in revitalizing Rust Belt communities like Cleveland. …Read more.

Concert: Zakir Hussain and Rahul Sharma Wed. April 12th, 2017
7:30 pm-9:00 pm
at Gartner Auditorium, Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44106

The pre-eminent classical tabla virtuoso of the time, Zakir Hussain is appreciated both in the field of percussion and in the music world as an international phenomenon. A national treasure in his native India, Hussain is one of the world’s most esteemed and influential musicians, renowned for his genre-defying collaborations. …Read more.

From Portadown to Princeton: A Poetry Reading Mon. April 24th, 2017
7:00 pm-8:00 pm
at Donohue Auditorium, John Carroll University, 1 John Carroll Boulevard University Heights, Ohio 44118

Paul Muldoon was born in 1951 in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, and educated in Armagh and at the Queen’s University of Belfast. From 1973 to 1986, he worked in Belfast as a radio and television producer for the British Broadcasting Corporation. …Read more.

Past Events

Event Date Summary
Vietnam: 35 Years after the Fall of Saigon – A Photographic Narrative Sat. April 30th, 2016
2:00 pm-3:30 pm

April 30, 1975 marks the date of the official end of Vietnam War. Yet, its legacy continues to shape the future of both Vietnam and the United States. What have we learned? …Read more.

Easter 1916 – The Poets’ Rebellion Wed. April 27th, 2016
7:00 pm-9:00 pm

 Frank Delaney, the award-winning broadcaster and NYT best-selling author (“Ireland”, “Shannon” etc.) will provide a special lecture: Easter 1916 – the Poets’ Rebellion.
Frank has interviewed survivors, tracked the story all his life, and observed how history has changed it. …Read more.

Men in War (1957) Thu. April 21st, 2016
6:45 pm-9:00 pm

This Korean War drama from an acclaimed director best known for his psychological Westerns and films noir tells of an American platoon commander (Robert Ryan) whose weary soldiers are cut off behind enemy lines. …Read more.

Legacies of Nazi Perpetrators: Looking at Hitler and Himmler Today Thu. April 21st, 2016
4:30 pm-6:00 pm

Brad Prager (University of Missouri, Columbia): “Pinpointing the Evil in Nazi Family Photographs.”
Michael Richardson (Ithaca College): “The Führer’s Face: Images of Hitler in Popular Visual Culture.”
The Holocaust and its perpetrators have left a legacy of evil which has permeated our lives and culture like no other. …Read more.

From the “Evil Empire” to Abu Ghraib: A Poet’s Journey into Enemy Spaces Wed. April 20th, 2016
7:00 pm-8:00 pm

Philip Metres is the author of Pictures at an Exhibition (2016), Sand Opera (2015), I Burned at the Feast: Selected Poems of Arseny Tarkovsky (2015), A Concordance of Leaves (2013), To See the Earth (2008) and others. …Read more.

Book Reading – Viet Thanh Nguyen Tue. April 12th, 2016
7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Author Viet Thanh Nguyen, whose award-winning novel The Sympathizer examines the legacy of the Vietnam War in literature, film, and the wars we fight today. The book has already garnered considerable critical acclaim as winner of the 2015 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. …Read more.

Warrior Chorus Sun. April 10th, 2016
3:00 pm-5:00 pm

Warrior Chorus is a major new national humanities program by New York’s Aquila Theatre Company, training 100 veterans in four regional centers to present scholar-led public programming based on classical literature.   …Read more.

The Wades in Wartime – 1830-1945 Sat. April 9th, 2016
2:00 pm-3:00 pm

The name Wade is familiar to many in northeast Ohio who enjoy Wade Park, the area surrounding Wade Lagoon, or those who attend Wade Oval Wednesdays.  University Circle is a nationally and internationally respected cultural center thanks, in part, to the generosity and influence of the Wade family.  …Read more.

Baker-Nord Distinguished Faculty Lecture – Thirty Four Miles from Kent State: CWRU and the Vietnam War Fri. April 8th, 2016
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

While not Berkeley or Columbia, Case Western Reserve University became a visible part of American campus unrest in May 1970 when students blocked traffic on Euclid Avenue in the wake of the shootings at nearby Kent State University.  …Read more.

The Art of Armor Fri. April 8th, 2016
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Join Stephen Fliegel, Curator of Medieval Art, for an exploration of the techniques and styles used in the decoration of armor and weapons.
The tour will meet in the museum’s Ames Family Atrium at the information desk, before proceeding to the galleries. …Read more.

Feeding War: Gender, Health, and the Mobilized Kitchen in WWI Germany Thu. April 7th, 2016
6:00 pm-7:00 pm

Heather R. Perry, Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, will share her research on World War 1’s impact on the homefront in Germany. …Read more.

Student Film Screening: Portraits of Patriotism Thu. April 7th, 2016
7:30 pm-9:30 pm

This event is the premiere of the student video production Portraits of Patriotism, which features veterans of WW II.  At the conclusion of the film there will be a book signing, featuring both authors, Brian Albrecht and James Banks, and their book, Cleveland in World War II. …Read more.

American Art and War Wed. April 6th, 2016
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Mark Cole, Curator of American Painting and Sculpture, discusses the influence of World War II and the Cold War on artists working in the mid-twentieth century.
The tour will meet in the museum’s Ames Family Atrium at the information desk, before proceeding to the galleries. …Read more.

Declarations of Survival: Representations of Motherhood in Women’s Holocaust Art and Narrative Wed. April 6th, 2016
7:00 pm-8:00 pm

Reflecting on narrative and visual art produced by women artists during the Holocaust, this discussion-based seminar will explore memory, image, and the sustaining power of hope. The conversation will include work by by Judith Weinshall Liberman, an artist with extensive holdings in the Maltz collections, and will be led by Alexis Baker, a rhetoric scholar from Kent State University. …Read more.

Remembering War: Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra Wed. April 6th, 2016
8:00 pm-9:45 pm

Jahja Ling, conductor
Distinguished Principal Guest Artist
Shih-Hsien (Victor) Yeh, piano, CIM student artist
Michael Harper, trumpet, CIM student artist
PROKOFIEV Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60
PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. …Read more.

The Jew@CWRU: Jewish Activism on Campus 1967-1973 Wed. April 6th, 2016
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

History professor Gillian Weiss, PhD student Elise Hagesfeld, and undergraduate researchers discuss their Freedman Center Fellowship project on the role of Jewish students, faculty and administrators in campus activism. …Read more.

James Garfield and the Civil War: For Ohio and the Union Tue. April 5th, 2016
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

While James A. Garfield is best known for his tragic assassination and short-lived presidency, his role as a Civil War general and veteran have been largely forgotten. Garfield’s Civil War service was a defining part of his life, as it was for so many veterans. …Read more.

Rose Wohlgemuth Weisman Women’s Voices Lecture – Mourning for Lost Art Tue. April 5th, 2016
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

In times of war, why do armies destroy cultural artifacts? And what does it mean when we, far away onlookers, mourn that destruction even as lives are being lost? …Read more.

Warriors in the Whitehouse: Military Service and the American Presidency Tue. April 5th, 2016
2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Between 1868 and 1908, six (including four Ohioans) of the seven men who served as President had military experience.   Certainly, this might be expected given the preceding cataclysm of the Civil War. …Read more.

Under Cover of War: The Armenian Genocide and Its Continuing Ramifications Mon. April 4th, 2016
6:00 pm-7:30 pm

World War I provided the cover for the ultranationalist “Young Turk” dictatorship of the Ottoman Empire to take brutal measures to eliminate the native Armenian population. Not only did more than half of the Armenian inhabitants, 1.5 million perish, but the Armenian people was dispossessed of its homeland of several thousand years. …Read more.

May 4th Voices: Kent State, 1970 Sun. April 3rd, 2016
2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Screening of the award-winning documentary film May 4th Voices: Kent State, 1970. The film is based on the play May 4th Voices, which comes from the Kent State Shootings Oral History Project, a project that collects and provides access to personal accounts of the May 4, 1970, shootings at Kent State and their aftermath. …Read more.

The Monuments Tour Sat. April 2nd, 2016
9:00 am-1:00 pm

Join us on a tour of the many war memorials erected in Cleveland and vicinity beginning with the Civil War and continuing up to the Iraq War. Some of the major memorials we will visit include the Soldiers and Sailors monument in Public Square and the Freedom Fountain on Veterans Memorial Plaza; lesser known are smaller monuments such as the humble grave of Major Mortimer Leggett who commanded regiments at Shiloh, Vicksburg and Sherman’s March to the Sea, and the Smoky War Dog Memorial in the Metroparks, which commemorates the “tiniest hero of WW II”. …Read more.

Heroes Past and Present: Veterans at Lake View Cemetery Sat. April 2nd, 2016
2:00 pm-4:00 pm

From the 1770s to the new millennium, generations of Lake View Cemetery’s residents have risen to defend their nation in time of war. On this tour, you’ll learn about some of the famous and unsung Clevelanders who served in the American Revolution, War of 1812, Mexican War, Civil War, Spanish-American War, First World War, Second World War, Vietnam Conflict, and the Global War on Terror. …Read more.

Remembering War – Keynote Address: Moral Injury and War Fri. April 1st, 2016
4:30 pm-5:30 pm

What is it about the experience of war that can ruin the lives of the men and women whom we send off to fight? The standard definition of post-traumatic stress disorder is too narrow to account for the psychological wounds inflicted in combat. …Read more.

Hiding in the Spotlight: The Power of Music and the Human Spirit Wed. March 30th, 2016
7:00 pm-9:00 pm

The project is based on the book by Greg Dawson Hiding in the Spotlight: A Musical Prodigy’s Story of Survival, 1941-1946 (Pegasus, 2009) and is the story of a Russian/Ukrainian Jewish girl named Zhanna Arshanskaya who performed for Nazis during WWII in order to avoid execution. …Read more.

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