case western reserve university



2nd Annual Anisfield-Wolf Lecture

The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and SAGES (Seminar Approach to General Education and Scholarship), in conjunction with the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, which are administered by the Cleveland Foundation, present the 2nd Annual Anisfield-Wolf Lecture.  The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards recognize works that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism or our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures.  For more information on the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, visit their website:


September 8, 2006

12:30 pm - 2 pm (note time change)

Severance Hall
11001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland

Sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, SAGES (Seminar Approach to General Education and Scholarship), the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Presidential Initiative Fund for the Humanities, made possible with the generous support of The Cleveland Foundation.

Free and open to the public.  Reservations recommended.

Doors open at 11:45 a.m. for Case faculty, students, and staff with Case I.D.  SAGES students will be seated on the first floor center aisles of the main hall.

Doors open to the general public starting at 12:10 p.m.
Admission tickets not required.

On-Line Reservations:

Reserve on-line

For more information, call 216/368-8961 or email


About Rita Dove

Rita Dove served as Poet Laureate of the United States and Consultant to the Library of Congress from 1993 to 1995 and is currently Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia. She has received numerous literary and academic honors, among them the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and, more recently, the 2003 Emily Couric Leadership Award, the 2001 Duke Ellington Lifetime Achievement Award, the 1997 Sara Lee Frontrunner Award, the 1997 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, the 1996 Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities and the 1996 National Humanities Medal. In 2006 she received the coveted Common Wealth Award of Distinguished Service (together with Anderson Cooper, John Glenn, Mike Nichols and Queen Noor of Jordan.

Ms. Dove was born in Akron, Ohio in 1952. A 1970 Presidential Scholar, she received her B.A. summa cum laude from Miami University of Ohio and her M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. She also held a Fulbright scholarship at the Universität Tübingen in Germany. She has published the poetry collections The Yellow House on the Corner (1980), Museum (1983), Thomas and Beulah (1986), Grace Notes (1989), Selected Poems (1993), Mother Love (1995), On the Bus with Rosa Parks (1999), a book of short stories, Fifth Sunday (1985), the novel Through the Ivory Gate (1992), essays under the title The Poet's World (1995), and the play The Darker Face of the Earth, which had its world premiere in 1996 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and was subsequently produced at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Royal National Theatre in London, and other theatres. Seven for Luck, a song cycle for soprano and orchestra with music by John Williams, was premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood in 1998. For "America's Millennium", the White House's 1999/2000 New Year's celebration, Ms. Dove contributed — in a live reading at the Lincoln Memorial, accompanied by John Williams's music — a poem to Steven Spielberg's documentary The Unfinished Journey. She is the editor of Best American Poetry 2000, and from January 2000 to January 2002 she wrote a weekly column, "Poet's Choice", for The Washington Post. Her latest poetry collection, American Smooth, was published by W.W. Norton & Company in September 2004.

Rita Dove is Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where she lives with her husband, the writer Fred Viebahn. They have a grown daughter, Aviva Dove-Viebahn.

For more information, Rita Dove Homepage

About the Lecture:

Although addressed especially to students and faculty of Case Western Reserve University's SAGES core curriculum, the lecture is free and open to the public.  Reservations are recommended and made on line around August 15, 2006, or by calling 216/368-8961.   

Visitor Parking:

Severance Hall: Underground lot--Entrance on East Blvd.
Rainbow Babies Hospital--Entrance on Adelbert Road
Veal Center Parking Garage--Entrance on Adelbert Road