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The Gaines Center

Welcome to the Gaines Center

About 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.

Lafayette Seminar Invites Mayors to Talk Value of University Cities

The relatively new concept of university cities is the focus of the 2016 Lafayette Seminar in Public Issues presented by the University of Kentucky Gaines Center for the Humanities. This year's...

2016 Gaines Fellowship Awarded to 12 UK Scholars

The University of Kentucky Gaines Center for Humanities has selected 12 exceptional undergraduates as new scholars for the university's Gaines Fellowship Program for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018...

Undergraduates Head to State Capitol to Present Research

Twenty-nine undergraduate researchers from the University of Kentucky, along with more than 200 other student representatives from across the state, are taking over the state capitol in Frankfort...

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