The 2019 Cleveland Humanities Festival explores the relationship between society and the world of Nature from a variety of perspectives in history, literature, and the arts. 

The Cleveland Humanities Festival is a collaborative event celebrating the great cultural institutions of the city of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio dedicated to humanistic inquiry. The Festival engages the public in addressing some of society’s most challenging issues and pressing concerns. Coordinated by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities of Case Western Reserve University, the Festival is partnering with our region’s major museums, educational institutions, and arts organizations. The 2019 Cleveland Humanities Festival on “Nature” will offer public programming which explores this theme from a variety of humanistic perspectives, including the representation of the natural world in literature and the arts; climate change, its past history, future consequences, and the ethical problems it presents; and our constantly growing understanding of the science of nature and its impact on culture and society.

The 2019 Cleveland Humanities Festival is presented with the generous support of:

Exhibitions, Festivals, and Performances

Tracing Addiction: Pre-Victorian Knowledge of the Opium Poppy
Dittrick Museum of Medical History, CWRU
11000 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106
January – April 15, 2019 (Please note change of ending date.)

Cleveland Starts Here® Sponsored by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation
WRHS Cleveland History Center
10825 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH  44106
Ongoing Exhibition

Earth Works
March 15 – April 22, 2019
Toby Lewis Media Mesh, Cleveland Institute of Art
11610 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH  44106

Tiny Houses
Cleveland Play House, Outcalt Theatre
1407 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
March 23 – April 14

Crooked River Contrasts
Kelvin Smith Library. CWRU
11055 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH  44106
April 15 – September 2

43rd Cleveland International Film Festival
March 27 – April 7

Native Gardens
Cleveland, Play House, Allen Theatre
1407 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH  44115
April 27 – May 19