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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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November 17, 2023 Thanks to Chad Greene, a 2023 Fellowship in Ideas recipient, for today’s blog.              Of the classes I teach at my community college, the closest to a Great Books class is a course called “Masterpieces of World Literature” that the English department offers every fall. In this class I ask students to …

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September 15, 2023 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. I recently participated in a three day online festival hosted by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The topics to be discussed mentioned AI and technology which happen to be recent fascinations of mine. Though I did not know what to expect, I immensely …

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August 11, 2023 Thanks to James Robertson, HMU student, for today’s post Learning with Harrison Middleton University offers a number of advantages over more familiar approaches, and prominent among them is freedom, freedom to study at one’s own pace, and in one’s own way. This can be a pleasure, but it is a responsibility. Working …

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July 7, 2023 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. Summer recess makes me want to … read, of course! I spend hours lining up books to fill my spare time (of which there is very little actual spare time). The library is one of my favorite destinations and most of my summer …

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March 10, 2023 Thanks to Joseph Coulson, HMU President, for today’s post. On February 17, the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) sent official notice of Harrison Middleton University’s renewal of accreditation through 2028. The process of renewal or “reaccreditation” seems never a hot topic for discussion, but it represents, in the end, an important affirmation …

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February 17, 2023 Thanks to James Robertson, HMU student, for today’s blog. In a poem, Whitman writes “This is no book; who touches this touches a man” (Leaves of Grass). In contrast, Plato has Socrates observe that “writing is unfortunately like painting; for the creations of the painter have the attitude of life, and yet …

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January 27, 2023 Thanks to James Robertson, HMU student, for today’s post. Learning with Harrison Middleton involves immersion in a world of books and of reading, and is often an experience of enchantment, as now this author and now that nearly captures the heart. There is power in these books, ancient though they may be, …

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November 25, 2022 Thanks to David Yamada, 2022 Fellow in Ideas, for today’s post. I’m not quite sure when I started to think of my growing collection of books as a personal library. It may have been back in the mid-to-late 1980s, when I lived in several Brooklyn rental apartments and kept adding bookshelves that …

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November 11, 2022 Thanks to 2022 HMU Fellow in Ideas David Kirichenko for today’s review. The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene There are defined patterns to how humans behave. Being social creatures, it is important to understand our own behaviors and motivations to grasp the reality of the world around us. In his …

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October 14, 2022 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. What does it mean to be “literate”? Does literate imply any act of understanding or, even more, of critical thinking, or does it simply mean that one can read physical text? In How to Read a Book, Mortimer Adler differentiates between elementary, intermediate …

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