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Category: Identity

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.


May 17, 2024

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

Metaphor was born from curiosity. From metaphor comes astonishing revelations. Such was the experience of this year’s April Quarterly Discussion. We discussed two short stories written by completely different authors, one by the contemporary science fiction and fantasy author Ted Chiang, and one by the Canadian Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Montgomery’s story “The Man on the Train,” first published in 1914,

 » Read more about: Unlikely Pairing  »

July 8, 2022

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

Happiness is of such importance that the Declaration of Independence uses it as a foundational principle. Considering its importance in my own society, one would think that I thoroughly understand the term. However, it is as slippery today as it has always been. Sometimes I believe that my own personal happiness is necessary because it will assist me to support those around me.

 » Read more about: Where is Happiness  »

February 11, 2022

Thanks to Gabriel E. Etienne, a 2021 Fellow in Ideas recipient, for today’s post.

The movie Moonlight is a coming-of-age story that details the complexity of the journey of boyhood to manhood of the character Little/Black/Chiron through the issues of authentic Blackness and hegemonic masculinity (Johnson 2003). This review uses the concepts of Quiet and Silence to view and understand the movie Moonlight.

 » Read more about: Film Review: Quiet and Silence in Moonlight  »

November 5, 2021

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

“If you tear a plant out of the ground, more than its roots come up.” – William James

Today’s blog takes a peek at William James. Most of the following quotes come from The Pluralistic Universe, but a few are from other works of his. This list of quotes is meant only to function as an entry point into James’s ideas.

 » Read more about: William James Precepts  »

September 24, 2021

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

In a previous post about Euripides’ Bacchae, I posed the question: Why must we watch a play about a vengeful god? Furthermore, why write such a horrific narrative? Obviously, there is no single answer. We see destructive forces all around us, at times we even feel or participate with them. So, it is natural to want to describe them and understand them.

 » Read more about: Rilke and Euripides  »

May 8, 2020

Thanks to Dylan O’Hara, a 2020 Fellow in Ideas, for today’s post.

In Smeltertown: Making and Remembering a Southwest Border Community, Monica Perales writes a new history of borderland life, chronicling the lives and memories of Chicano El Pasoans working at and living near The American Smelting and Mining Company (ASARCO). In compiling an urban history of El Paso around ASARCO, Perales reveals new insights about the struggles,

 » Read more about: BOOK REVIEW: Smeltertown by Monica Perales  »

March 6, 2020

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

“There’s more truth in myth than in truth.” – Natalie Diaz

Toni Morrison’s Nobel Prize speech clearly demonstrates her brilliance. She speaks in parables that are simultaneously straightforward, honest, and complicated. In this speech, Morrison delivers a story of some children who approach an old, blind woman and ask her what they have in their hands.

 » Read more about: Gratitude for Toni Morrison  »

February 7, 2020

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

“If this war is to be forgotten, I ask in the name of all/ things sacred what shall men remember?”

~ Frederick Douglass

Since Natasha Trethewey chose this quote to introduce her poem “Native Guard,” I also begin with it. As the centerpiece of a book about remembering, memory, and records, this quote provides an important frame.

 » Read more about: Trethewey’s Native Guard  »

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 in 2019. It would seem that works separated by over 2,000 years would hold no commonalities.

 » Read more about: Creating An Identity  »

March 29, 2019

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

Enhance today’s blog by listening to three different musical interpretations of the land:

Zuni Rain Dance (30 seconds)

El Corrido de Norte” by Los Halcones De Salitrillo (4 min)

A’ts’ina: Place of Writings on Rock” by Michael Mauldin (1 min)

Inscription Trail may be off the beaten path according to today’s standards,

 » Read more about: Inscription Trail  »

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