CWRU | First Year

Cleveland Humanities Festival explores immigration

2017HumFestSquareThe history and contemporary shape of immigration in Northeast Ohio—itself a rich fabric of diverse neighborhoods and cultural traditions—sets the stage for the second annual Cleveland Humanities Festival.

Most of the events—lectures, exhibits, theatrical performances, tours and films—are free and open to the public, though many require registration at

See the full list of Humanities Festival events and information.

Highlighted events

March 27 | Tinkham Veale University Center, Ballroom
Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Ayad Akhtar will discuss the Muslim experience in America. More information.

March 29 | Thwing Center, Ballroom
John Grabowski, the Krieger-Mueller Joint Professor in History at Case Western Reserve, will give a lecture titled “Who Should Enter the Golden Door: American Immigration Policy in Historical Perspective.” More information.

March 29 | Cleveland Museum of Art
Norwegian composer and accordionist Frode Haltli will team up with Swedish nyckelharpa virtuoso Emilia Amper for an evening of Scandinavian folk-inspired music. More information.

April 3 | Tinkham Veale University Center
Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico, will emphasize why America must establish sensible pathways for citizenship for undocumented immigrants. More information.

Events take place at Case Western Reserve and at many partner institutions in the region.