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What We Do

We’re excited that you’ve joined the conversation! At HMU, we want to continue the great authors’ conversations in a contemporary context, and this blog will help us do that. We look back to Aristotle and the early philosophers who used reason and discourse to gain wisdom and now we endeavor to do the same every day.


January 7, 2022

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

Did you know that Harrison Middleton University presents events that are open to the public as well as students, staff and friends of the University? If you have yet to join one of our conversation opportunities, 2022 is a great time to start. A little bit of information about our upcoming opportunities (and how you can join) follows.

First, the Winter Film Series begins in January and runs through March. You can attend one or all of the discussions. The idea of Truth will be the focus of the 2022 Harrison Middleton University film series. The series includes Kurosawa’s masterpiece, Rashomon; 1984, starring John Hurt and Richard Burton; and Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. Our screenings and discussions will be guided by a synoptical look at Truth. We will read and discuss short provocative quotations from a wide variety of authors as a lens through which we examine the films and the important questions they raise.

Discussions will be held on Thursday evenings: 5 pm PST/6 pm MST/7 pm CST/8 pm EST.
• Thursday, January 13th – 1984
• Thursday, February 10th – Rashomon
• Thursday, March 3rd – Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
We will use Zoom to facilitate our discussions for this series. To register, please contact Rebecca Fisher at rf*****@hm*.edu. The film series is free and open to all, but limited to 15 participants. Once registered, additional information on the films, quotes, and Zoom will be provided.

Next, HMU also offers Quarterly Discussions that run throughout the year. The topic changes each quarter and so our January discussion will focus on Nature. We will investigate the meaning of man and man in nature. Some Heraclitus quotations will help us to begin to understand what Bill McKibben means when he claims the end of nature may be near. This Natural Science-focused discussion is open to anyone. The readings are supplied via email and we welcome your participation. Join us on either Thursday, January 20 at 4 pm PST or Saturday, January 22 at 9 am PST. Plan for 1.5 hours of discussion among friends and peers. Email Alissa at as****@hm*.edu to reserve your spot.

Whatever you do in 2022, please consider joining a conversation (ours or elsewhere). There is no better way to understand the world we live in than through discussion. Reading complicated texts is not always enough. These discussions allow us to view complex issues, such as nature and truth, through the eyes of another, through the eyes of someone with different experiences. They therefore open up new dimensions of life’s big questions. The complexities become more understandable and the discussions much richer.

Cheers to the many positive and enlightening conversations of 2022! We hope to hear from you soon!

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