Baker-Nord 2022 Distinguished Faculty Lecture: “What Are Dreams For?” »


Michael Clune, Samuel B. and Virginia C. Knight Professor of Humanities in the Department of English, will present a lecture entitled “What are dreams for? Monday, April 4 at 5 p.m. in Ballroom A at Tinkham Veale University Center.

Clune explores the new field of dream engineering to explore the relationship between our private dream lives and the world of public discourse. In the summer of 2021, dream researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) sent him a prototype of their new device, which allows individuals to “incubate” dream material and shape their dreams. Her exploration of the compulsive creativity of the dreaming mind suggests insight into the creative process, the dream world of internet culture, and the fear of unbridled creativity embodied in dreams. Clune recently discussed this experience in an article published by Harper’s Magazine.

Clune is a recipient of the Baker-Nord Center Award for Distinguished Scholarship in the Humanities 2022, which recognizes Case Western Reserve University’s outstanding faculty scholarship in the humanities and contribution to the reputation of the university.

This event is part of the 2022 Cleveland Humanities Festival (CHF) – “Discourse”.

Register if you are attending in person. This conference will also be streamed live at


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