Death Conquers in New Book by CWRU Art Historian

The macabre encounter of skeletons mocking the living has haunted Case Western Reserve University art historian Elina Gertsman’s imagination since childhood walks with her grandfather through the St. Nicholas Church in Tallinn, Estonia (now the Art Museum of Estonia). That childhood fascination led to Gertsman’s newly published book, The Dance of Death in the Middle Ages: Image, Text, Performance (Brepols, 2010), a rare and long-awaited volume on the subject.

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Unshackled from Earthly Roles, Women Become “Space Oddities” in CWRU Professor’s Book

Fifty-four years after the first screen portrayal of a human woman in space—in the 1929 German movie Woman in the Moon—the first female American astronaut, Sally Ride, took a real-life trip into space. For the most part, women were, as Case Western Reserve University Professor Marie Lathers describes, “grounded.” They were limited, especially in the post-World War II United States, to roles “in the home, kitchen or backyard.”

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News Buzzes About Clune’s English Courses

New to campus this semester, the English department’s Michael Clune created national buzz when The Daily Beast, a popular news blog, called his upper-level English seminar, Forms of Life, one of the year’s hottest college courses. The assistant professor’s Forms of Life seminar explores how writers have stopped time to infuse their subjects with immortality. He also teaches an American literature survey course.

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Private Sector Has Key Role in Carbon Accounting, CWRU Professor Says

When it comes to controlling carbon emissions, a Case Western Reserve University political scientist challenges conventional views that countries are the only ruler makers in international politics of climate change. Jessica Green from Case Western Reserve University’s College of Arts and Sciences reports that today’s gold standard for measuring the carbon footprint of firms and organizations was created by the collaborative efforts of NGOs and the private sector—not by countries forging the Kyoto Protocol.

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New Professor in Ethics Takes Beamer-Schneider Chair

This academic year, Case Western Reserve University has welcomed Jeremy Bendik-Keymer to the College of Arts and Sciences as the newly appointed Elmer G. Beamer – Hubert H. Schneider Professor in Ethics. The Beamer-Schneider chair was established in 1996 by the Kent H. Smith Charitable Trust, which was then known as the 1525 Foundation. The chair was the result of a 10-year exploration by the trust to determine the best way to build an ethics program on campus.

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