Humanities - Calendar of Events

Spring 2023


thewomanking.jpgTuesday, January 24
from 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

CSU Main Campus, Howard A. Mims African American Cultural Center (HAMAACC), Berkman Hall 137
Sankofa Screening of The Woman King
Discussion moderated by Dr. Kathy Curnow, Associate Professor of Art and Design (Sankofa: a Ghanaian representation of the idea of reaching back while moving forward).

In partnership with the African Student Association and the Mareyjoyce Green Women’s Center.


HolocaustRemebrance2023.pngTuesday, January 24 from 4:30 – 5:30 pm
CSU Main Campus, Student Center, Rooms 313/315
The Strength of Love
Cleveland State University Holocaust Remembrance Event

Presented by Adi Rabinowitz Bedein
An international lecturer, Holocaust Educator and Activist

The lives of Holocaust victims and survivors teach how love affects the world and how to make it a better place.

Sponsored by Cultural Crossings and the Department of History.


Wednesday, February 1
CSU Main Campus
Black History Treasure Trail
This trail will have posters about Black history at various campus locations. Students will have the ability to collect information from the posters throughout the day. Students can then enter a raffle, and those with the most information collected will be entered to win a $25 gift card. The submission deadline is at 5:00 pm.

For more information, please contact the Department of Africana Studies at 216-687-3655 or

This event is in partnership with the Department of Africana Studies and the Center for Campus Engagement.

MiddleEast.pngWednesday, February 1 from 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm
CSU Main Campus, Student Center, Room 313
The Legacies and Politics of Weapon Sales and Climate Change on the Middle East
The Politics of Weapons Sales and Militarization in the Middle East: The Curious Case of Kuwait
Pete Moore, Professor, Department of Political Science, Case Western Reserve University
Climate Change, Drought, and a Humanitarian Disaster in Syria
Neda Zawahri, Professor, Department of Political Science, Cleveland State University

Sponsored by the Middle East Studies Minor, Department of Political Science, Department of History, and Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

Thursday, February 9 from 12:30 – 2:00 pm
CSU Main Campus, HAMAACC, BH 137
Black Women's Support and Discussion Hour in partnership with the Mareyjoyce Green Women’s Center
Discussion facilitated by Dr. Paula Mickens-English
(Every Thursday for 10 weeks)

Thursday, February 16 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
CSU Main Campus, Howard A. Mims African American Cultural Center, Berkman Hall 137
Black History Trivia and Board Games
Students will be asked to participate as individuals and as representatives of their student organizations to engage with Black History trivia and board games. Their introduction to different cultural games is expected to advance their knowledge about Black history and culture and promote student interaction outside of the classroom to create community.

This event is in partnership with the Department of Africana Studies and the Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement. 

Friday, February 24 and Saturday, February 25
CSU Main Campus, Roberta Steinbacher Atrium, Levin College of Public Affairs and Education and via Zoom
Project 400 Conference: Our Bodies, Our Minds, Our Communities: Physical, Emotional, and Environmental Impacts of Racism

The Skin of Our TeethTuesday, February 28 from 11:35 am – 12:25 pm
CSU Arts Campus, The 13th Street Building, Blackbox Theatre (MB 521)
The Razor Edge of Danger: Unpacking Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth
An interdisciplinary panel discussion looks at The Skin of Our Teeth through various artistic and scientific lenses. Toby Vera Bercovici will speak to the Brechtian influences on the play and how form and structure play together within it. Michael Geither will speak on recent innovations in bird migration, how they inform us about how Cleveland connects to the larger world, and what they tell us about how to prevent and protect ourselves from disasters like those in The Skin of Our Teeth. Jeff Karem will speak about how the play fits into broader patterns of American apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic literature, especially in the context of World Wars I and II and the nuclear age. Kevin Mueller will share a perspective of the play that draws on reconstructions of climate and biodiversity throughout earth’s history, on an understanding of humans as the dominant force shaping the earth system in recent years, and on the tension between techno-optimism and alarmism. Dr. Lisa Bernd will moderate. Please come either before or after you see the Department of Theatre & Dance's production of The Skin of Our Teeth.


Wednesday, March 8 at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm
CSU Main Campus, HAMAACC, BH 135
Sankofa Screening of "The Rebellious Life of Rosa Parks"
Discussion moderated by  Dr. Adrienne Gosselin, Associate Professor of Africana Studies and English.
In partnership with the Mareyjoyce Green Women’s Center. 

Thursday, March 30 from 4:00 pm
CSU Main Campus, HAMAACC, BH 134
The Africana Studies Lecture Series in partnership with Cultural Crossings, presents the Curtis Wilson Lecture:
Honey Drop: An African Odyssey of Third-Gender Identities in the Lusophone World
By Dr. Matthew J. Pettway, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literature, University of South Alabama


Thursday, April 6 from 11:20 am – 12:20 PM
CSU Main Campus, HAMAACC, BH 135
Umoja Round Table Career Readiness Workshop
In partnership with the Office of Career Development and Exploration
(Umoja: Kiswahili meaning for unity)

Saturday, April 8 from 4:00 – 5:30 pm
CSU Main Campus, Mather Mansion 112 & 113
What Makes Us Well: A Cleveland Humanities Festival Staged Reading
Come to historic Mather Mansion to hear professional actors perform work by local writers on the theme of wellness.

In partnership with Literary Cleveland as part of the 2023 Cleveland Humanities Festival.

Thursday, April 20 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm and 7:00 – 9:00 pm
CSU Arts Campus, Helen Theatre in Playhouse Square
Department of Africana Studies Night at the Theatre
Meet Vera Stark
Sponsored by the Department of Theatre and Dance
Free for CSU students, faculty and staff.