The Clement and Linda McGillicuddy Humanities Center (MHC) demonstrates the immediacy and applicability of humanities studies by advancing teaching, research and public engagement in the humanities in Maine.

The MHC supports programs that foster intellectual curiosity, critical reflection, and creative innovation. Central to the Center’s work is the belief that study of the humanities cultivates compassion across differences, develops empathy, and, in addition to providing a sound training in critical thinking, develops the emotional and intellectual agility needed to navigate an increasingly interconnected and complex global landscape.

The Center serves as a locus for humanities research, interdisciplinary collaboration, and meaningful conversations among scholars, artists, students and the public through the support of lectures, symposia, panels, performances, and exhibitions, as well as individual and collaborative research of students and faculty.

The Center’s principal objectives are 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

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

Contact information

Michael Socolow, Director Clement and Linda McGillicuddy Humanities Center, Associate Professor, Department of Communications and Journalism.

Karen Sieber, Humanities Specialist, McGillicuddy Humanities Center.

Matthew Mullen, Philanthropy Officer for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.