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Center for Policy Studies

Public Affairs Discussion Group

University Circle's Present and Future

Steven Litt - Architecture Critic, Cleveland Plain Dealer
Friday March 1, 2013
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Dampeer Room
Kelvin Smith Library
Case Western Reserve University

Dear Colleagues:

With great pleasure we welcome back to the Public Affairs Discussion Lunch Steve Litt of The Plain Dealer. We have read and occasionally listened to his trenchant analyses of Cleveland's art, architecture, and urban design for over two decades, and there is lots to ask him about our University Circle area now.

When he last visited us, the new Seidman Center at UH and CARES tower at the Louis Stokes Medical Center had just been completed. Now the Museum of Contemporary Art and the first phases of the Uptown complex have opened. Much of the Museum of Art's remodeling has been completed, including the opening of its grand new atrium. Construction has begun on our own new student center and on Phase II of the Uptown Project. Work on RTA station remodeling and relocation has begun. And in the biggest news for the future, the Museum of Art and CWRU bought the Cleveland Institute of Art's East Boulevard property. The purchase should trigger completion of CIA's renovation and expansion of its McCullough Center just east of the new Uptown complex.

That's a great deal of activity, after decades of stasis. So how is it all going? Is the new built environment likely to prove an attraction that will help vitalize the area? Could there be synergies among all these developments or will they all be competing for a limited pool of customers? Can the development of University Circle counter the decades-old pattern of people and business sprawling away from the city center? Are the new retail options likely to create vibrant street life? Steve has expertise and perspective, and I suspect a lot of people will have opinions! Come join us to discuss what's happening all around us as we sit in the Kelvin Smith Library.

All best regards,
Joe White
Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy and Director, Center for Policy Studies

About Our Guest...

Steven Litt joined The Plain Dealer as its art and architecture critic in 1991, after having held the same position since 1984 at The News and Observer in Raleigh, N.C. He speaks frequently on architecture and planning in Cleveland, and is a frequent guest on public radio, WPCN 90.3FM and television, WVIZ. He is also a regular contributor to ARTnews and other national publications. Litt holds a bachelor's degree in art from Brown University and a master's degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism, where he now chairs the development committee of the school's Alumni Board. Since 2004 he has been named Best Critic in Ohio twice by the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists and three times by the Cleveland Press Club. In 2010, Litt was awarded the Robert Bergman Prize of the Cleveland Arts Prize Committee, given to community leaders dedicated to a democratic vision of the arts.

Parking Possibilities

We regret that there is no convenient free parking, especially with the current construction on Bellflower. The closest lot is the Severance garage, which can be entered from East Boulevard. One can avoid going outside the garage by using an entry door to the library that is just northeast of the main parking lot entrance from East Boulevard. It leads to an elevator which goes to the library entrance. You can also go up the stairway or elevator labeled "Thwing Center," from which it is a short walk to the library. Another possibility is the parking lot of the Church of the Covenant on Euclid, which can be entered from the north side of Euclid Ave, opposite Cornell Road. Visitors would walk west on Euclid, past the Thwing Center, and then follow the walkway to the library entrance.

Friday Lunch Upcoming Topics and Speakers:

March 8: Perspectives on Genetically-Modified Food. Chris Cullis, Professor and Chair, Department of Biology and Mary Holmes, co-founder of the North Union (Shaker Square) Farmers Market

March 15: Spring Break - No Discussion

March 22: Shale Gas: Opportunities and Challenges. David Zeng, Frank H. Neff Professor and Chair, Department of Civil Engineering

March 29: International Development Assistance in Public Health. Bill Goldman, retired foreign service officer with USAID

April 5: Military Ethics and Dehumanizing the Enemy. With Anthony Jack, Assistant Professor of Cognitive Science, Philosophy, and Psychology and Shannon French, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Inamori Professor of Ethics.
***Special Location: Inamori Center, Crawford Hall Room 9***

April 12: The New Cuyahoga County Government: Perspective from the Council. Julian Rogers, Councillor for District 10

April 19: Mass Murder for the Media: The Breivik Case in Norway. Mark Turner, Institute Professor and Professor of Cognitive Science
***Special Location: Inamori Center, Crawford Hall Room 9***

April 26: Advocacy for Children, Who Don't Vote. Doug Imig, Professor of Political Science, University of Memphis
February 26, 2013

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Upcoming Events

Art Repatriation

Jennifer Neils, Case Western Reserve University, Josh Knerly, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, Jennifer Kreder, Northern Kentucky University, Chase College of Law, Dr. David Franklin, Cleveland Museum of Art, Dale Nance, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Friday March 1, 2013, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Moot Courtroom (A59), Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 11075 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106. Sponsored by the Center for Law, Technology & the Arts and the Journal of Law, Technology, and the Internet

This symposium examines the pros and cons of repatriation. Cultural artifacts have often been incorporated as the focus of an exhibit in a museum; the possessor of the item, whether a museum, organization, or private dealer, has put resources into the restoration and continued maintenance of the piece. The possessor also often believes the piece was lawfully obtained. For these and other reasons, the possessor may refuse to consent to repatriation. Yet these items represent the cultural history and pride of the countries from which they originated. On that basis, continued possession of these items by museums and others outside the country of origin may be considered unethical or impolitic, if not necessarily unlawful.

Revolutionaries: Race, Class, and Culture between the Wars

Walter Benn Michaels, Ph.D., Professor of English at the University of Illinois-Chicago, Monday March 4, 2013, 4:30 p.m., Wolstein Building Auditorium, 2103 Cornell Road Cleveland, OH 44106, Sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities. Free and open to public.

Beginning with a comparison between the great German photographer August Sander and the equally great American photographer, Walker Evans, this talk will move on to an analysis of the relation between race and class in William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!. Its central questions will be about how social structure is understood, how revolutionary change in that structure is understood, and how the aesthetic is imagined to function in understanding that change. An American literary theorist and author, Michaels is a Professor in the Department of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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