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Category: Equity

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.


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,

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May 7, 2021

The Deep by Rivers Solomon — Review by Rebecca Thacker

“Our mothers were pregnant African women/Thrown overboard while crossing the Atlantic Ocean on slave ships/We were born breathing water as we did in the womb/We built our home on the sea floor/Unaware of the two-legged surface dwellers/Until their world came to destroy ours.”

– Clipping, “The Deep”

The 2019 novella The Deep is a richly imagined,

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February 19, 2021

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

Bearing witness is of primary importance in Raoul Peck’s documentary I am Not Your Negro. Using unfinished manuscripts by James Baldwin (which Baldwin had titled Remember This House), the film is separated into the following sections: “Paying My Dues,” “Heroes,” “Witness,” “Purity,” “Selling the Negro,” and “I am not a Nigger.” Throughout the book,

 » Read more about: Ideas of Witness from James Baldwin  »

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?

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August 14, 2020

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

The trouble with history is that someone is always writing it. By that I mean, that a single person gives their perspective of an event or series of events, which is an important idea to hold in mind when discussing historical documents. We began Harrison Middleton University’s current series, Discussions in Equity, with Frederick Douglass’s “My Escape from Slavery” and Martin Luther King,

 » Read more about: The Trouble With History  »

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