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About the UMaine Humanities Initiative

The University of Maine Humanities Initiative (UMHI), housed in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and established in 2010, advances teaching, research, and community outreach in the humanities.  The critical and analytical thinking developed through exposure to the arts and humanities are key to the economic, cultural, and political health of Maine.  A flourishing society requires citizens who are literate, ethical, historically informed, and socially aware.  By developing and supporting programs that engage art, literature, history, philosophy, politics, and diverse cultures, the UMHI aims to enrich the lives of all Maine citizens.

The UMHI’s mission is to:

  • establish partnerships with arts and humanities institutions in Maine
  • encourage collaborations between UMaine faculty and Maine’s K-12 teachers and students
  • share UMaine’s unique resources with the people of Maine
  • strengthen the humanities at the University by
    • creating opportunities for students to engage in humanities education and research
    • developing innovative programming
    • supporting humanities scholarship and interdisciplinary collaborations


  • is funded by a PRE-VUE grant awarded by the Office of the President at UMaine
  • receives additional funding from the College of Liberal Arts & Science
  • maintains a website with information about events and programs
  • is actively building an endowment

Contact information:

Dr. Justin Wolff, Director UMaine Humanities Initiative and Associate Professor of Art History (; 207-581-3259)

Terri C. Beyer, Senior Development Officer for College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (; 207-581-1149)

Dr. Liam Riordan, member UMHI Advisory Board and Professor of History (; 207-581-1913)