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UNE Center for Global Humanities announces spring 2018 lecture series

Community Author: Sarah Wissler
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Portland, ME – The University of New England Center for Global Humanities is pleased to announce its Spring 2018 lecture series. After offering five lectures this fall, the popular series will continue its ninth season with four lectures during the spring semester.

The series will begin with a talk by Portland conservationist Kent Redford, who will discuss the increasingly artificial methods being developed to protect nature, while arguing that we must do more to embrace technologies that help us safeguard the natural world. The subsequent lectures promise to shed light on fascinating topics such as the advent of the Botox phenomenon, the differences between investing, speculating and gambling, and how the lessons of history can help us address wealth inequality in our modern world.

All lectures are held at the WCHP Lecture Hall on UNE’s Portland Campus, beginning at 6 p.m., and are preceded by free, public receptions at the UNE Art Gallery at 5 p.m.

Spring 2018 Center for Global Humanities Lecture Series

–  January 29, 2018: “Conserving Nature in an Unnatural World”

Kent Redford

Principal at Archipelago Consulting


–  February 26, 2018: “Botox Nation”

Dana Berkowitz

Associate Professor of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies at Louisiana State



–  March 26, 2018: “What is the Difference between Investing, Speculating, and 


Stuart Banner

Professor of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles


–  April 30, 2018: “Economic Inequality from the Stone Age to the Future”          

   Walter Scheidel

Professor of Humanities and Human Biology at Stanford University



About the Center for Global Humanities

The Center for Global Humanities offers lectures by leading scholars to help us better understand the challenges besetting our civilization and outline new solutions for nations and peoples to live together without prejudice. Global in perspective, the Center’s lectures are streamed live on the Internet, allowing our speakers to answer questions from any country. Because the Center believes in the vital necessity of a humanities culture to civic and democratic life, it works closely with the local community to encourage reading, discussion, and debate. The Center was founded in 2009 by UNE scholar Anouar Majid, Ph.D., who serves as its director. For more information, visit


About the University of New England

The University of New England is Maine’s largest private university, an innovative educational community with two distinctive coastal Maine campuses, a vibrant new campus in Tangier, Morocco, and a robust offering of degree and certificate programs online. UNE is home to Maine’s only medical and dental schools—part of a comprehensive health education mission built on a pioneering interprofessional approach that includes pharmacy, nursing and an array of allied health professions. UNE. Innovation for a Healthier Planet. Visit

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