About the Center for Global Humanities

The Center for Global Humanities is a public forum dedicated to the study of human destiny in the 21st century. 

New discoveries in science and technology are changing our understanding of human nature and raising questions about the future of our civilization. As a source of understanding and guidance, cultural analysis is an integral complement to technological advancement. The Center uses the lenses of the humanities to provide insight into this emerging human condition.

Global in perspective and connected to similar national and international programs, CGH offers lectures by leading innovative scholars from around the world. Various international seminars and other events enhance our regular program. 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.

Board of Advisors

Leila Ahmed is the Victor S. Thomas chair at the Harvard Divinity School. Prior to her appointment at HDS, she was professor of women's studies and Near Eastern studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Her latest book, A Border Passage, has been widely acclaimed. Her other publications include the books Women and Gender in Islam: The Historical Roots of a Modern Debate and Edward William Lane: A Study of His Life and Work and of British Ideas of the Middle East in the Nineteenth Century, as well as many articles. Her current research and writing centers on Islam in America and issues of women and gender.

Fred Kaplan is the Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of several biographies, including The Singular Mark Twain, Gore Vidal, Henry James, The Imagination of Genius, Charles Dickens, and Thomas Carlyle, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. His latest book, Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer, has been equally critically acclaimed. He lives in Boothbay, Maine.


Center for Global Humanities Fellows are UNE faculty and visiting scholars working on projects that support and enhance the mission of the Center. Fellows teach in the seminar program, assist with activities, mentor students, or receive funding for relevant scholarly or academic projects. All faculty associated with the Center act as public intellectuals by making their research and knowledge available to the wider community.

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