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art/sci update March 2012: News from the College of Arts and Sciences

Posted on March 18, 2012


National Humanities Medal given to program begun in History Department

President Obama awarded a National Humanities Medal to the National History Day program, which was founded at Case Western Reserve by history Professor David Van Tassel in 1974. Initially a one-day event for 129 Cleveland-area students, National History Day has become a year-long program involving more than 600,000 students who conduct original research and produce websites, papers, performances and documentaries. Now led by Cathy Gorn (GRS ’84, ’92), the program is the first K-12 education initiative to receive the award. Read more.

Spartan Club to induct three from
college in Hall of Fame class of 2012

Three College of Arts and Sciences alumni are among the former student-athletes who will be inducted into the Spartan Club Hall of Fame class of 2012. This year’s honorees include softball player Becky Palmer Murphy (CWR ’00, GRS ’02) and soccer player Sue Waniewski Lelko (CWR ´93).  Charles “Chuck” Wiedman, a 1954 graduate of Adelbert College, is this year’s Heritage selection. Read more.

Psychology major is 400,000th
member of Alpha Phi Omega

Melinda Ashe, a sophomore majoring in psychology, cognitive science and economics, was initiated as the 400,000th member of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity last semester.  Bob London, the national executive director of Alpha Phi Omega, attended the Case Western Reserve chapter meeting Feb. 27 to congratulate Ashe and her fellow honorees. Read more.

CAS in the News

European finance examined
by political science faculty member

Long before the epicenter of the financial crisis shifted to the European Union, political science Associate Professor Elliot Posner had studied the region’s financial arrangements and their international effects. Now, as an EU Affairs Fulbright Research Scholar, Posner is drawing on his previous work to understand the crisis. Read more.

History professor’s book
picked for prestigious list

Choice magazine named Urban Modernity: Cultural Innovation in the Second Industrial Revolution as one of its Outstanding Academic Titles for 2011. Lead author Miriam Levin, professor of history, and four colleagues collaborated on the book, which explores developments in Paris, London, Chicago, Berlin and Tokyo during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Read more.

New book details women’s
historical roles through art

Jenifer Neils, the Ruth Coulter Heede Professor of Art History, takes a fresh look at visual representations of women in the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece and Rome in her new book, Women in the Ancient World. Read more.

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Save the date!

Continuing Education Spring Programming

The Office of Continuing Education Spring Off-Campus Studies series begins March 18. For more information, visit the office’s website.

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Alumni Weekend Volunteers

The college is looking for class reps who graduated in years ending in 2 or 7. Contact Sharon Jordan-Davis for more information.

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Waialae Country Club

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Schubert Center Child Well-Being in Challenging Times Conversation Series

Parental Job Loss and the Implications for Children

Things Fall Apart: Fragmentation in Visual Culture (38th Annual Cleveland Symposium)


Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities


Gaming the World: How Sports in Europe and America Reflect the Global and the Local in Similar and Different Ways


Case Western Reserve Concerto Competition


Frontiers of Astronomy Talks: Listening to the Inner Lives of Stars

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