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The Clement and Linda McGillicuddy Humanities Center’s mission is to demonstrate the immediacy and applicability of humanities studies by advancing teaching, research and public engagement in the humanities in Maine. It 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 by students and faculty.

As the humanities constitute not only a cluster of disciplines, but an entire stance toward lifelong learning, the Center further seeks to enrich the experience of humanities education both within and beyond the borders of the public university to citizens of all ages, from K–12 students to Maine’s thriving community of senior citizens.


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