Cultural Crossings


Description: 2009-10

III Crossing Over Symposium: Call for Papers
A peer reviewed publication of selected papers from the Symposium is planned. Keynote speaker Judith Ortiz Cofer, Regents' and Fanklin professor of english and creative writing at The University of Georgia.

2009 - 2010: Third Crossing Over Symposium

Friday, October 9 from 9:00-5:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 10 from 9:00-6:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 11 from 9:00-12:00 p.m.

All events are held at Cleveland State University in Main Classroom 101, 102, 103. 104, 105, 134.

This conference brings an interdisciplinary dialogue between Humanities and the Social Sciences. Scholars from different parts of the United States, Canada, Belgium, France, United Kingdom, Israel, Georgia, Italy, India, Spain, and Austria will be presenting papers on the topics of borderlands and confrontations including: national borders, international borders, educational borders, religious borders, linguistic borders, social class borders, gender borders, political borders, age borders, identity borders, etc. The keynote speaker is Judith Ortiz-Cofer from the University of Georgia who will be presenting on Saturday, October 10 at 5:00 pm.

For more information please contact Dr. Antonio Medina-Rivera at 216.523.7168 or

This program is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Institutional Diversity, Office of Diversity and Minority Affairs, Center for International Services and Programs, and Cultural Crossings at Cleveland State University.

Description: 2007-08

2007-2008: Second Crossing Over Symposium

Friday, October 5 from 12:00-1:00 pm, FT 303
Panel: Diversity in Gender/Sexuality

The GLBT program at CSU will guide us in the understanding of diversity in human sexuality. Four panelists representing the gay community, the lesbian community, the bisexual community, and the transgender community will comment about their experiences of acceptance and rejection in society.

Saturday, October 6 at 5:00 pm, FT 303
Keynote Speaker: Sander Gilman

"Can the Experience of Diaspora Jewry Serve as a Model for Islam in Today's Multicultural Europe?"

Cleveland State University's annual Cultural Crossings Lecture Series begins its 2007-2008 season with Dr. Sander L. Gilman. This year's series runs under the theme "Windows to the World". Our first speaker will be the keynote for our 2nd Symposium: Crossing Over.

Sander L. Gilman is a distinguished professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences at Emory University, where he is the Director of the Program in Psychoanalysis as well as of Emory University's Health Sciences Humanities Initiative. A cultural and literary historian, he is the author or editor of over seventy books. His Oxford lectures Multiculturalism and the Jews appeared in 2006; his most recent edited volume, Race and Contemporary Medicine: Biological Facts and Fictions appeared in 2007. He is the author of the basic study of the visual stereotyping of the mentally ill, Seeing the Insane, published by John Wiley and Sons in 1982 (reprinted: 1996) as well as the standard study of Jewish Self-Hatred, the title of his Johns Hopkins University Press monograph of 1986. For twenty-five years he was a member of the humanities and medical faculties at Cornell University where he held the Goldwin Smith Professorship of Humane Studies.

The book Multiculturalism and the Jews will be available for purchase, and for signing by Dr Gilman, after the presentation.

Description: 2006-2007

In support of the new Middle Eastern Studies Program Documentary: "What is Said about Arabs and Terrorism? " Dr. Bassam Haddad, Director

Description: 2005-2006

Windows on the World: A Dialogue Across Borders Symposium: "Crossing Over: Learning to Navigate the Borderlands of Intercultural Encounters" Keynote Address by Arun Gandh

Description: 2004-2005

Identities and Performance: A Public Dialogue Speaker Series

Description: 2003-2004

Identities and Performance: A Public Dialogue

Description: 2002-2003

The Humanities in the City: A Public Dialogue
Forum: A free one-day professional development forum exploring creative models and resources for 9-12 educators. Recommended for teachers of History, Social Studies, English, Foreign languages, Art and Language Arts.

The forum includes:

  • Keynote talk on "Learning by Creating" presented by internationally-acclaimed artist Lily Yeh,
  • Roundtable discussion on "Models of Creative Teaching: Community Resources and Practices"
  • Hands-on workshops exploring creative models for teaching the humanities using drama, visual arts, popular music and gardening
Description: 2001-2002

The Humanities in the City: A Public Dialogue
As part of its commitment to promote and support the teaching of the humanities in area schools, the Humanities Consortium at Cleveland State University (a group of faculty from the disciplines of literature, history, art history, religious studies, and philosophy) plans two one-day conferences (March 2002 and March 2003) for high school teachers. The first conference will ground participants in innovative collaborative and interdisciplinary teaching models that allow for multiple perspectives. At the second conference teachers will share the classroom materials they have developed based on those models. The target audience is secondary school teachers from the Cleveland Municipal School District and other area schools.

Description: 2000-2001

Defining the Humanities for the 21st Century
The 2000-2001 Cultural Crossings lecture series, subtitled Defining the Humanities for the 21st Century, took place on the Cleveland State campus. Focusing on the future of the humanities and their meaning for contemporary urban America, the series featured six internationally renowned scholars who visited Cleveland between October 2000 and April 2001. The speakers addressed how current ideas within academia speak to crucial questions of democracy, freedom, and justice in our multicultural and postmodern world.

Many of those who attended the lectures were not from the Cleveland State campus community but from the larger urban community and northeastern Ohio, and came from as far away as Youngstown, Toledo, Cincinnati, and Columbus. The series attracted wide media attention through a series of Op/Ed pieces and feature articles in the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Free Times newspapers. This exposure has helped fulfill our goal of having humanities issues discussed actively within the community; we have brought the humanities into public debates and discussion.