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University of Maine Humanities Initiative

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The University of Maine Humanities Initiative, established in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in 2010, advances teaching, research, and public knowledge of the humanities.  The critical and analytical thinking developed through exposure to the arts and humanities are key to the economic, civic, and cultural vitality 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 principal objectives are to:

The UMHI is actively building an endowment to ensure that it can serve the people of Maine for years to come.

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, Professor of History, UMHI Advisory Board member, and Maine Humanities Council Board member (; 207-581-1913)


Contact Information

University of Maine Humanities Initiative
100 Stevens Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207.581.1954
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System