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University of Maine Humanities Initiative

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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:


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)


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