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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.

Before the Light Bulb
Before the Light Bulb: Thomas D. Clark Lecture

Ann Smart Martin, Stanley and Polly Stone Professor and the Director of the Material Culture Program in the Department of Art History at the University of Wisconsin will present: Before...

Slum or Settlement
Slum or Settlement: The 20th Annual Breathitt Lecture

The Gaines Center is proud to present the 20th Annual Breathitt Lecture in the...

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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