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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.


March 3, 2023 Thanks to Ally Zlatar, a 2023 HMU Fellow in Ideas, for today’s post. Image Credits: Film Still, Miike, T. (Director). (2014). As the Gods Will. Toho. Japanese death game films, also known as ‘Battle Royale’ films, typically depict a scenario where a group of individuals are forced to participate in a deadly …

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September 16, 2022 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. Recently, I attended a pop-up conference hosted by Classical Pursuits. Moderator Melanie Blake walked us through a short story by Guy de Maupassant. I jumped on this opportunity since I had never read any of his short stories. And discussion is an excellent …

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Friday, May 6, 2022 Thanks to David Kirichenko, a 2022 Fellow in Ideas recipient, for today’s post. Understanding your place in the universe is difficult. It requires facing, and then transcending, your deepest concerns, with death as one of our core fears. One day you will die. Everyone you know and love will die. All …

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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 …

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September 29, 2017 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. “I think many of the stories that we tell ourselves as a society – the stories that encode our hopes, aspirations, and fears – preserve the traces of classical culture and myth and are part of our classical legacy.” – Professor Elizabeth Vandiver …

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