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UMaine McGillicuddy Humanities will celebrate its first decade with a discussion on “The Future of the Humanities” on October 14 – UMaine News

The University of Maine Clement and the Linda McGillicuddy Humanities Center, Alumni Association, and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will host a free public discussion on “The Future of the Humanities” on October 14 at 3 p.m. at the Collins Center for the Arts. The event, which will take place during Homecoming 2022, will celebrate the McGillicuddy Center for the Humanities’ first decade of operation.

The discussion on the role of the humanities in the current social, cultural and political moment will feature Boston College history professor Heather Cox Richardson and veteran National Public Radio correspondent Brian Naylor.

Richardson teaches 19th century American history at Boston College. Among his award-winning books examining political ideology are his history of the Republican Party, “To Make Men Free” and “How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America.” Richardson is president of The Historical Society, an organization designed to bring academic history to general readers, and her expertise has been used extensively by journalistic organizations such as The New York Times, Bloomberg,, BBC, Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune. .

Richardson is also the owner of the most subscribed Substack newsletter, “Letters From an American”, which is read by millions of people every day through subscriptions and social media sharing. In recognition of her prominent role as a public intellectual, on February 25, 2022, Richardson was invited to interview President Biden “in the China Room of the White House to talk about American democracy and the struggles we face.”

Naylor graduated from the University of Maine in 1978 and recently retired from National Public Radio where he worked for nearly 40 years as a Washington, D.C.-based reporter covering politics, Congress and the agencies. federal departments such as transportation and homeland security. Naylor worked as a news anchor on “All Things Considered” and hosted many NPR programs during his career, including “Morning Edition,” “Weekend Edition,” and “Talk of the Nation.” During his NPR career, Naylor has covered many major world events. Naylor reported from Tokyo in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, from New Orleans after the BP oil spill, and from West Virginia after the deadly Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion. While covering the U.S. Congress in the mid-1990s, Naylor’s reporting contributed to NPR’s 1996 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Journalism Award for Political Reporting. Naylor currently sits on the advisory board of the McGillicuddy Humanities Center, and in 2013 was a visiting reporter for the Alan Miller Fund in the Department of Communications and Journalism at the University of Maine.

The Clement and Linda McGillicuddy Center for the Humanities supports excellence in teaching, research, and public engagement in the humanities to deepen understanding of the human condition. MHC supports programs that foster intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and creative innovation. At the heart of the Centre’s work is the belief that studying the humanities inspires compassion across differences, develops empathy, strengthens critical thinking skills, and cultivates the emotional and intellectual agility needed to navigate a landscape. increasingly interconnected and complex world.