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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.

UK Student, Grad Selected as Rhodes Finalists

Two University of Kentucky students were recently named finalists for the Rhodes Scholarship. Luke Glaser, a 2013 English and Hispanic studies graduate from Louisville, Kentucky, and Grace Trimble...

IdeaFestival
UK Students Attend IdeaFestival

Some of the world's leading thinkers and innovators are in downtown Louisville this week for the annual IdeaFestival (IF), which runs through Friday at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts...

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...

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