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The Gaines Center

Welcome to the Gaines Center

Founded in 1984 by a generous gift from John and Joan Gaines, the Gaines Center for the Humanities functions as a laboratory for imaginative and innovative education on the University of Kentucky's campus. Devoted to cultivating an appreciation of the humanities in its students and faculty, the Center embraces varied paths of knowledge, and particularly strives to integrate creative work with traditional academic learning.

Located in three historic buildings between the University of Kentucky and downtown Lexington, the Center is also designed to provide a link, intellectual as well as geographic, between the campus and town communities. The Center sponsors an array of public events - seminars, workshops, and culinary events — that bring the rich and varied resources of the Lexington community and the University of Kentucky together.

Gaines Center's Lafayette Seminar to Explore Local Food Impact

Local food is the focus of the Lafayette Seminar presented by the University of Kentucky Gaines Center for the Humanities. The three-part seminar this fall, beginning Sept. 24, will feature Robert...

The Power of Food
Lafayette Seminar in Public Issues

Download the Lafayette Seminar Poster [PDF]


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Phil Harling
New Director of the Gaines Center

A new director for The Gaines Center for the Humanities has been announced.  Read more about it in a message from Dr. Ben Withers, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education below: 

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