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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.

Students! Apply for the Bingham Seminar

Undergraduate students from all colleges and majors are invited to apply for the 2014 Bingham Seminar in the Humanities, “Making an American ‘Athens’” taught by Patrick Lee Lucas, Director of UK’s...

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Gaines Center Director & Chair

The University of Kentucky invites nominations and applications for the position of the Director of the Gaines Center for the Humanities and John R. Gaines Endowed Chair in the Humanities. [...

19th Annual Breathitt Lecture video now available

Ashleigh Lovelace presented the 19th annual Breathitt Lecture in the Humanities on February 7, 2013. Watch the video of her lecture here.