Center for Global Humanities offers free year-long seminar examining critical issues of our times

September 01, 2009

 The University of New England's Center for Global Humanities is hosting a year-long seminar examining critical issues of our era.

The seminar is free and open to the public.

The eight-lecture series will explore such topics as the future of communication, whether clean water should be a human right, income inequality and health, the question of aging, the relationship between humans and animals, war and human nature, the end of the American empire, and Russia and her neighbors.

All lectures will be delivered by UNE faculty members and will take place the last Monday of each month, from September 2009 to April 2010, at 6 p.m. on the UNE Portland Campus in the Westbrook College of Health Professions Lecture Hall.

Each lecture will be followed by a reception.


Sept. 28 - You Are What You Read
Reuben P. Bell, D.O., M.S., M.Div.
Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Director of Medical Humanities, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Adjunct Professor of Humanities, College of Arts and Sciences
Oct. 26 - Water, Health and Society
Tim Ford, Ph.D., Vice President for Research and Dean of the College of Graduate Studies 

Nov. 30 - Unnatural Causes: Inequity in the Distribution of Wealth & Health
Stephen Rose, Ph.D., Professor of Social Work

Dec. 14 - The Art, Social Construction, and Globalization of Aging
Marilyn R. Gugliucci, Ph.D., Director of Geriatric Education and Research, College of Osteopathic Medicine

Jan. 25 - Narrating Companion Species
Susan McHugh, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of English and Language Studies

Feb. 22 - War and Human Nature
David L. Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Director of the New England Institute for Cognitive Science and Evolutionary Studies

March 29 - Republic or Empire: The US & the 21st century
Paul T. Burlin, Ph.D., Professor of History 

April 26 - The Russian Soul in the Twenty-First Century
George Young, Ph.D., Instructor, Department of English and Language Studies

For more detailed information on the seminar, including the titles, biographies of lecturers, and books to read, visit the Center's website.

The seminar may also be taken for credit. To enroll in the seminar for credit, please contact Audrey Gup-Matthews, director of Continuing Education, at 602-2050.

For any other information, please contact Jennifer Hutchinson at 602-2244 or Elaine Brouillette at 602-2144. You may also email the Center at

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