Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities Announces Affiliation with Center for Narrative Practice

The affiliation will focus on narrative-based programming to enhance the Baker-Nord Center’s mission at Case Western Reserve University

CLEVELAND -- August 22, 2018 -- Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University (BNC), and Center for Narrative Practice (CNP) in Boston are proud to announce an affiliation. Initiatives developed by the affiliation will be geared towards using narrative, storytelling, and creativity to develop inter-disciplinary programming within the schools and departments of Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). 

“We are thrilled to be working with the Center for Narrative Practice,” said Peter Knox, BNC’s director. “The tools and techniques the Center for Narrative Practice has developed, along with their diverse, world-class faculty, provide an innovative partner to further the humanities at CWRU.”

Located in Boston, CNP will work with BNC to develop live activities in Cleveland (workshops, lectures, symposia, conferences), as well as online education and training.

“The Center for Narrative Practice could not find a better partner than the Baker-Nord Center,” said Scott Alderman, CNP’s executive director. “CWRU’s commitment to the humanities and interdisciplinary education, and BNC’s place within CWRU, create an exciting environment for meaningful, lasting learning.”

The CWRU liaison between BNC and CNP’s will be Susan Stagno, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Bioethics at CWRU School of Medicine. Dr. Stagno has been a leader in humanities education at CWRU, and is a 2015 graduate of CNP’s Low-Residency Certificate in Narrative Practice. Dr. Stagno will coordinate and direct all activities at CWRU, and will be responsible for adhering to the affiliations mission and goals.

About Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities
Established with a generous gift of endowment from Eric and Jane Nord, the Baker-Nord Center is dedicated to highlighting and celebrating the arts and humanities at CWRU through public lectures, panels, performances, and special programs; supporting research and creative work in the arts and humanities through fellowships, grants, and symposia, as well as encouraging new and innovative directions in research and creativity, including the digital humanities; and facilitating cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary collaborations among CWRU faculty and members of other cultural and educational institutions that address questions and problems of broad human interest, in and out of the academy.

About Center for Narrative Practice 
Center for Narrative Practice provides deep critical training in how stories work, both personally and culturally, and the ability to apply this knowledge to everyday life by using narrative practice, the creative arts, and the study of story as a bridge towards deeper connections in interdisciplinary and inter-professional education. The training and education CNP offers is for professionals, scholars, graduate students, and all those interested in the applications of narrative and creativity in their respective fields. Through traditional programs, low-residency and online programs, and partnerships with other academic institutions and organizations, the Center broadens the applications for narrative and creative skills locally and internationally.

Contact Information
Susan Stagno, M.D., Case Western Reserve University (
Scott Alderman, Center for Narrative Practice (