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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.

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April 8, 2022

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

I spent the past few months investigating Artificial Intelligence (AI). Though it resides far outside of my educational background, AI actually affects nearly every field. More importantly, however, is how little understood it is. I have asked numerous people to define it, but in response I get a handful of vague answers. Encyclopedia Britannica says that it is “the ability of a digital computer or computer-controlled robot to perform tasks commonly associated with intelligent beings.” It often includes thought processes such as reasoning,

 » Read more about: Artificial Intelligence  »

March 11, 2022

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

Last week marked the end of HMU’s Winter Film Series. I cannot express how much I love this series. If you were unable to join us, never fear, we will host another film series next winter. In the meantime, the following thoughts resulted from this wonderful discussion.

As usual, leader Gary Schoepfel opened discussion with some quotations focused on the idea of Truth.

 » Read more about: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Film Discussion  »

February 11, 2022

Thanks to Gabriel E. Etienne, a 2021 Fellow in Ideas recipient, for today’s post.

The movie Moonlight is a coming-of-age story that details the complexity of the journey of boyhood to manhood of the character Little/Black/Chiron through the issues of authentic Blackness and hegemonic masculinity (Johnson 2003). This review uses the concepts of Quiet and Silence to view and understand the movie Moonlight.

 » Read more about: Film Review: Quiet and Silence in Moonlight  »

January 28, 2022

Thanks to Rebecca L. Thacker, a 2021 HMU Fellow in Ideas, for today’s post.

As we enter the new year, as per usual the media is filled with “year-in-review” articles and listicles: the year’s best books, tv, movies, and music, the top ten highlights of 2021, those we’ve lost in 2021. The Associated Press’s Year in Review features articles on the January 6 insurrection,

 » Read more about: Literature as “Artivism”: The Exonerated  »

January 21, 2022

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

I have written about George Orwell’s novel 1984 in the past on this blog (see the links at the end of this post), but never the film. Today’s post focuses on the film adaptation, Nineteen Eighty-Four. The film stars John Hurt playing Winston and Richard Burton as O’Brien. (This film is the first of three discussions in our Winter Film Series which is dedicated to the great idea of Truth.

 » Read more about: Truth in Nineteen Eighty-Four  »

September 11, 2020

Thanks to Dean Coslovi, a 2020 HMU Fellow in Ideas, for today’s post.

“Among my writings my Zarathustra stands by itself. With this book I have given mankind the greatest gift it has ever been given.” – Ecce Homo, Friedrich Nietzsche.

In Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Nietzsche has his enlightened character, Zarathustra, proclaim to a town of simple villagers,

 » Read more about: Nietzsche’s Overman  »

March 27, 2020

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

“It’s possible to understand the world from studying a leaf. You can comprehend the laws of aerodynamics, mathematics, poetry and biology through the complex beauty of such a perfect structure. It’s also possible to travel the whole globe and learn nothing.”
— Joy Harjo, U.S. Poet Laureate

Joy Harjo is the current U.S. Poet Laureate. She comes from Oklahoma and identifies as Mvskoke (Muscogee) and is,

 » Read more about: Celebrating Joy Harjo  »

January 17, 2020

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

“[G]ive me a life/ wherever there is opportunity/ to live, and better life than was my father’s.” – Oedipus the King by Sophocles (translated by David Grene)

Last week, I discussed a play from around 430 BC as well as a novel published in 2019. It would seem that works separated by over 2,000 years would hold no commonalities.

 » Read more about: Creating An Identity  »

June 21, 2019

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

Read Lalucq’s full poem from Fortino Sámano here: https://poets.org/poem/fortino-samano

Bergson’s Creative Evolution: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/26163/26163-h/26163-h.htm

For our upcoming Quarterly Discussion, we will discuss a selection from Henri Bergson’s Creative Evolution. I had such a difficult time narrowing down this reading because there are so many wonderful avenues to take.

 » Read more about: Traces of Bergson  »

August 17, 2018

Thanks to Sam Risak, a 2018 Harrison Middleton University Fellow in Ideas recipient, for today’s post.

Ramona Ausubel’s short story “Atria” illustrates the ineffectiveness of logic against constructed but powerful societal pressure. She imagines the struggle of teenage pregnancy through the eyes of Hazel. Regardless of the outside evidence Ausubel provides that the child is a healthy girl,

 » Read more about: Forget Blue or Brown Eyes, My Baby Will Have Five-Hundred Eyes  »

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