Riordan to deliver humanities lecture in Castine

Liam Riordan, a University of Maine history professor, will deliver the 2016 Deborah Pulliam Memorial Lecture at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine.

Riordan’s talk, “The Promise and the Need: Humanities in the 21st Century,” will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4 in the 1954 Lecture Hall of the Harold Alfond Student Center.

Riordan, who also is director of UMaine’s Humanities Center, will build on his essay, “The Fabulous Promise and Practical Need for the Humanities in the Twenty-First Century,” which appeared in the humanities-themed issue of Maine Policy Review.

The program will include a screening of the seven-minute film, “The Heart of the Matter,” which advocates for the humanities.

The annual Pulliam Memorial Lecture was established in 2008 as a tribute to the late Deborah Pulliam, a longtime philanthropist and benefactor of the Castine Historical Society who also was a graduate student in the History Department at UMaine.

The lecture is sponsored by the Castine Historical Society and is free and open to the public. More information is on Facebook.