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Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go Chosen as ’15-’16 Honors Read

After cutting 28 nominees to 8 and a semester of deliberation, the Honors Read class decided on Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel Never Let Me Go to be next Honors Read. As per annual tradition, the Honors Read is read by every incoming first year student and will form the basis for the first week’s discussions and lectures.

Never Let Me Go was published in 2005. It is a dystopian science fiction novel grounded in a coming of age story about children in an English boarding school called Hailsham, a school that holds a terrible secret about the origins of its students and for the state of humanity. Told from the chilling perspective of Kathy, the story follows her, Ruth, Tommy, and a number of interesting characters as they grow up in the mysteriously isolated and twisted community of Hailsham and out as they explore the limitations of their future after graduation.

The book contains a multitude of commentaries on scientific progress, the nature of humanity and community, love and youth, mortality, and the meaning of art. Beyond its themes, the novel is simultaneously moving and thought provoking, important to read and engaging enough to draw you to the very end.

Thank you to Allison Stewlow, Ciere Lamontagne, Dan Perriello, Katie Lees, Mitchell Benoit, Rowan Wallace, and Stephen Achorn for their hard work in deciding on this book. We look forward to sending it to our students and discussing it with them.



Dean’s Welcome


We are dedicated to providing an environment in which top students from Maine and from “away” can take advantage of the resources of a great research university while providing a rigorous and unified approach to the liberal arts core.

One of the oldest and most respected Honors programs in the country, the tradition of personalized teaching of legendary Maine professors like Vincent Hartgen and Robert Thomson has been adapted to meet the needs of a growing number of in-state and out-of state students. Our four-semester Civilizations sequence introduces students to the great ideas of Western culture through a great books curriculum that emphasizes small group discussion.

The intellectual breadth and scholarly depth of the highly interdisciplinary faculty provide unique opportunities for our students. Small classes combined with the living-learning communities of Colvin and Balentine Halls provide Honors students with an exemplary student-centered and community-engaged learning experience. Indeed, the Honors College has been recognized as one of the University of Maine’s Signature programs.

If you are a prospective student or know one, please check out the web pages that illustrate the rich learning environments and other opportunities available to students in the Honors College. Resources for current students, faculty, as well as graduates and friends of Honors are also presented here.

François G. Amar

Igniting a passion for learning…

“These are the only courses where I have taken theoretical physics as an English major, kept a group photo of my classmates and instructor on my desk, been pushed to think on an entirely new plane and been moved to tears by the sheer brilliance of the discussion.”

Laurie House ’92