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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.


April 19, 2024

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

“You can’t ever reach perfection, but you can believe in an asymptote toward which you are ceaselessly striving.” – Paul Kalanithi

Last week, I attended an online conference hosted by The Atlantic. The “Health Summit” promoted discussions of: “the future of scaling innovation, sustainable solutions to improve patient care, and the complexity and opportunity in this revolutionary moment in health care.” They did not disappoint.

 » Read more about: Investigating Health  »

October 13, 2023

Thanks to Ally Zlatar, a 2023 Fellow in Ideas, for today’s post.

My journey into the realm of art activism was ignited by my personal battle with severe ill health, which included a protracted struggle with an eating disorder spanning over a decade. Throughout my recovery journey, I came to realize that many, particularly within the medical profession, often fixated on the diagnosis rather than recognizing the person grappling with the illness.

 » Read more about: Ally Zlatar: Navigating the Intersection of Art and Activism  »

August 5, 2022

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

I often think of education in terms of a path. For some, the path is direct. Most often, however, it is not, but rather wanders a circuitous route through various disciplines and ideas. Many reasons exist for this wandering nature of education. Most importantly, however, we discover ourselves along the way.

Recently, I read Torbjørn Ekelund’s book In Praise of Paths.

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July 1, 2022

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

Breaks are necessary for both mind and body. However, taking a break does not necessarily imply idle behavior. Quite the opposite! When we have a break from our regular routine, we are able to do things the revitalize us. Rest allows for change which can recharge batteries drained from the rigor of the work week. Typically, humans enjoy puzzles,

 » Read more about: Summer Break Ideas  »

Ahab Rages and Odysseus Weeps: Trauma as a Core Concept for Humanistic Inquiry

June 24, 2022

Thanks to David C. Yamada, a 2022 Fellow in Ideas, for today’s post.

The Great Books of the Western World series includes the two-volume Syntopicon, An Index to the Great Ideas, which contains 102 core ideas and accompanying entries that help to frame the major works to follow.

 » Read more about: Discussing Trauma  »

October 15, 2021

Thanks to Jaya Upadhyay, a 2021 Fellow in Ideas, for today’s post.

To the Bone (2017), a Netflix film, opens with two potent sequences. The first is a scene in which two stick-like figures emerge from the backdrop and approach the screen. These are women engaged in an eating disorder treatment program where the lead character, Ellen (Lily Collins) is enrolled. The second scene shows Ellen being weighed in her underclothes while her step mother Susan (Carrie Preston) questions her,

 » Read more about: FILM REVIEW: To the Bone  »

August 27, 2021

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

I picked up Intimations by Zadie Smith with no intention to write about it. I simply wanted to read another person’s experience of COVID and isolation. Though I have worked fairly hard to steel my mind against the static, restrictive nature of the pandemic, preferring stoicism, I now wanted to read of someone else’s experience. I read a Brainpickings article that mentioned Smith’s book.

 » Read more about: Zadie Smith, Intimations  »

February 26, 2021

Thanks to Kyle Ryan Williams, an HMU 2021 Fellow in Ideas, for today’s post.

In this pandemic era, COVID-19 has turned everything on its head. We are forced to isolate ourselves away from others in hopes of minimizing the rate by which the virus is transmitted. The prevention and sickness and death from the virus itself are not the only variable at play. Hospitalization rates may be the most obvious,

 » Read more about: Meaningful Relationships  »

November 20, 2020

Thanks to Minette Bryant, a 2020 HMU Fellow in Ideas, for today’s blog post.

There is simply no denying it, although denial is a major part of the grief process, and so anyone who would try to deny it is only exemplifying the point…we are all grieving.

I keep thinking about a meme that I saw that said something like, “So, basically, everyone in 2015 who answered the question Where do you see yourself in five years,

 » Read more about: Grieving For a Change  »

October 30, 2020

Thanks to Mike MacLean for today’s post. This post is the fifth in the series Our Mission Extends Beyond Us.

As of July of 2019, passing a cardiopulmonary resuscitation course is a graduation requirement for Arizona’s high school seniors. According to the American Heart Association, receiving CPR can double or even triple the chances of survival for victims of cardiac arrest. This is one reason why the International Commerce High Schools adopted a policy to teach its students CPR nearly two decades before the state mandate.

 » Read more about: The Importance of CPR  »

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