Humanities education advocate to deliver keynote speech at UMaine

Posted Feb. 13, 2012, at 10:22 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — A University of California at Santa Barbara professor and author will visit the University of Maine to discuss what role the humanities could have in shaping the future public universities and their states.

Christopher Newfield, a professor in the UCSB English department, will deliver the keynote address at an event called “Connecting Our Worlds: The Contemporary Role of the Humanities” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the Class of 1944 Hall’s Minsky Recital Hall.

Scott See, director of the UMaine Humanities Initiative, said Monday that Newfield is a “prolific” advocate for humanities education.

“He’s one of the leading experts in the country on the twin ideas of the centrality of the humanities and the ways in which the humanities can be engaged at public universities,” See said.

See said he hopes Newfield will be able to shed some light on how philosophy, linguistics, fine arts and other humanities majors can further the missions of the University of Maine System and help build the economy of the state.

“We need to be part of finding the solution,” See said.

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