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Michael W. Howard (Ph.D., Boston University, 1981; M.A., Boston University, 1977; B.A., University of Chicago, 1974) came to the University of Maine in 1981 as an assistant professor of Philosophy and went on to chair the department from 1993-1998 and from 2008-2009. Professor Howard retired from the University of Maine in August 2022.

Professor Howard specialized in social and political philosophy and taught courses on justice, political and economic democracy, the history of philosophy (ancient and modern) and formal logic and was involved with various peace and justice organizations, including the Maine Peace Action Committee Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine, seeking non-military solutions to conflict. He published numerous articles in social and political philosophy, a book, Self-Management and the Crisis of Socialism (2000), an anthology of readings, Socialism (2001), and co-edited two books on Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend (2012).

The records mainly contain textual information created and curated by educator Michael Howard during his tenure as a professor of philosophy at the University of Maine. Documents include a record series "CIA Recruitment Records" that contains details of a University of Maine Faculty Senate resolution to ban the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from recruiting on the Orono campus. There is also a folder in the record group featuring letters from writer, teacher, and antiwar activist Mitchell Goodman of Temple, Maine, in the 1980s, and a notebook and diary written by Robert F. Threadwell, a professor of philosophy at the University of Maine.

Publication Date



Government and Law, Military and War, Religion and Philosophy


Ethics and Political Philosophy | Higher Education

Size of Collection

1 box, 1 half-box (1.5 linear feet)

Dates of Collection

1955-2001, bulk 1984-1991

Manuscript Number

UA RG 0011.062

Howard (Michael) Papers, 1955-2001