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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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January 26, 2024

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

II have to apologize for all the material that I’m skipping in the posts on Charles Dickens’ Bleak House. Truly, one could never do it justice. It contains a world of descriptions and personalities and consequences. It’s like looking at all of humanity in a microscope. Though large, the book reads more like a play than novel.

 » Read more about: Bleak House: A Wedding  »

May 26, 2023

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

Last week’s blog (https://hmu.edu/2023-5-19-reading-rabelais-part-i/) used Rabelais’s Gargantua and Pantagruel as the foundation to connect with contemporary works. Today’s blog continues in the same vein, connecting the old with the new. As I said before, however, Rabelais is not easy reading. The language feels foreign, even after translation. He prefers large, often obscure words, and includes anatomical puns whenever possible.

 » Read more about: Reading Rabelais, Part II  »

Moor House inspiration

Before HGTV, before Ty Pennington or Joanna and Chip Gaines, before This Old House even, Charlotte Brontë wrote about the dullness of life in orphanages and the solitary life of a governess in Jane Eyre. As Jane moves from situation to situation, she comments on the decoration of her living situation. In each case, the style of the place juxtaposes that of the people. Her aunt mistreated her and spoiled her children,

 » Read more about: Early Home Makeover  »

March 18, 2022

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

As chrysanthemums and tulips sprout, birds nest, and winter eases its hold on the ground, humans also begin to change some behaviors. We associate spring with life and vitality. With this also comes annual responsibilities such as cleaning. Cleaning is one of those mundane tasks that demonstrate cultural values or cultural shifts. Much can be learned about cultures through notes about the way that we clean,

 » Read more about: The Mundane  »

December 10, 2021

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

Recently I attended a webinar hosted by Middlebury College on the subject of data literacy. This webinar was part of a program called Middlebury Initiative for Data and Digital Methods (or Midd:data for short) and functioned as an introduction to the importance of data literacy. The program is founded upon the principle that “Data and digital methodologies are as central to a 21st-century liberal arts education as reading and writing.”

The webinar consisted of a discussion between Eric Schmidt,

 » Read more about: Data Literacy  »

August 13, 2021

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

“Witchery works to scare people, to make them fear growth. But it [growth] has always been necessary, and more than ever now, it is. Otherwise we won’t make it. We won’t survive. That’s what the witchery is counting on: that we will cling to the ceremonies the way they were, and then their power will triumph, and the people will be no more.” –

 » Read more about: The Bacchae  »

November 6, 2020

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

The Social Contract has been on my mind a lot lately. Of course, elections and coronavirus and all of the current stresses on society have been on my mind, and they often circle me back into what it means to exist in a community at all. What is the sort of contract that I have with fellow citizens?

 » Read more about: The Social Contract  »

July 31, 2020

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

For an introduction to the film, listen to Johnny Flynn’s “Queen Bee” from the movie Emma.

I think that something about the practiced manner of public behavior attracts us yet today. Emma is the picture of etiquette in almost all instances. When she does behave badly, great lessons are learned.

 » Read more about: Film Review: Emma.  »

June 26, 2020

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

Bread is of universal importance. Since nearly every culture has a type of bread used for celebration, ceremony and comfort, today’s blog breaks bread in the form of an invitation for community. Thank you for joining me today.

First, I want to share my favorite bread with you: Pão de Queijo. As you read,

 » Read more about: Breaking Bread  »

January 10, 2020

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

“I hate our people who find it harder to tolerate a gown awry than a soul awry, and judge a man by his bow, his bearing, and his boots.” – Michel de Montaigne, “Of Pedantry”

The season of awards shows has arrived, which begins with the Golden Globe Awards and ends with the Oscars in early February.

 » Read more about: On Fashion  »

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