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Category: Imagination

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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May 10, 2024

Thanks to Jennifer-NeToi Claiborne, a 2024 Fellow in Ideas, for today’s book review.

“To see with the “eyes of our hearts” (Ephesians 1:18) would be the goal of an imaginative journey and training, and the arts provide a perfect vehicle through which we can move past clogged, cluttered self absorption into the reliable communal body to experience the Spirit’s leading.” – Makoto Fujimura

As a poet,

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April 12, 2024

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

Seeing that April is National Poetry Month, and poetry is one of my lifelong loves, I wanted to spend a few moments to share my experience. From songs and music, to rhyme and meter, I love it all. But people often ask me what I get out of poetry, what it does for me. So, today’s blog is a little nod to a discipline and art form that I have wrestled with for years.

 » Read more about: The Power of Poetry  »

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 if you ask them a question they preserve a solemn silence” (Phaedrus).

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October 28, 2022

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

Fortunately for us, David Hume wrote a lot of his thoughts down in his book A Treatise on Human Nature. Yet it might not have been so. At the end of Book I, Hume admits, in lengthy detail, that he doubts himself, his work and his ideas. I find this reassuring for the rest of us who question our ideas as well.

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June 10, 2022

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

“The hardest thing of all to see is what is really there.” – John Baker, The Peregrine

”Learning is a profession….” – Zena Hitz

2022 Fellow in Ideas David Yamada recently wrote a book review that inspired me. Per his suggestion, I quickly read Zena Hitz’s Lost in Thought: The Hidden Pleasures of an Intellectual Life.

 » Read more about: What is Real Learning  »

June 4, 2021

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

Summer provides an excellent time to write. If any of you (or your students) tire of standard five paragraph essays and thesis statements (as I do), then use the summer to free yourself of these restrictions. Today’s blog suggests a couple of ways to sharpen your writing skills and hopefully avoid boredom.

First, examine another author’s definitions.

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December 18, 2020

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

During this pandemicky year, a friend of mine has taken to writing me a letter every day. She usually includes details about the workday, family responsibilities, emotions of being at home, etc. A few times, she has included an old postcard, written more than a century ago, as part of the letter. These post cards have created an intense curiosity in me.

 » Read more about: Post Card Greetings  »

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 24, 2020

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

How do metaphors reveal a hidden truth? Question 1, Article 8 of Aquinas’s Summa Theologica investigates whether or not Sacred Doctrine is a matter of argument. One common answer, as Aquinas notes, would be to say that they are articles of faith. However, Aquinas answers that, though arguments are generated from “articles of faith, but from them it goes on to prove something else,

 » Read more about: Aquinas and the Metaphor  »

August 30, 2019

Thanks to Jennifer Taylor, a 2019 Harrison Middleton University Fellow in Ideas recipient, for today’s post.

It feels like August has only just begun, but somehow it is drawing to a close suspiciously quickly. As a new teacher, this inevitably results in mixed emotions. I – and I believe I can safely say most teachers – spend a good chunk of the summer thinking about and working on my job.

 » Read more about: The Creative Process in the Arts and Beyond  »

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