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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.


June 14, 2024

Thanks to John Wiley, a 2024 HMU Fellow in Ideas, for today’s post.

“Thy word can bring a sweet relief for ev’ry pain I feel.”[1] Anne Steele desperately clung to beliefs like this throughout her life. For Steele, her pains went well beyond the lines of poetry, as this Baptist hymn writer from the eighteenth century suffered from chronic illness combined with what appeared to be volatile mental health as well.

 » Read more about: “Dear Refuge of My Weary Soul”: Mental Health, Physical Suffering, and the Hymns of Anne Steele  »

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  »

June 12, 2015

Thanks to Michael Caba, HMU doctoral student, for today’s post on his recent travel to Italy.

Awhile back I asked my brother which country around the world he liked best. Since he had spent considerable time traveling the globe, I figured that he would be a good person to query on the subject. Somewhat to my surprise he said, “Italy.” Having now been there myself, I am no longer surprised;

 » Read more about: Italy: Food, Friends and Fright  »

May 22, 2015

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

“From my own experience I knew that there was nothing strange in the fact that a man who finds bread agreeable to the taste when he is well finds it hard to eat when he is sick, and that light is hateful to sore eyes, although we welcome it when our sight is hale and clear.”

– (St.

 » Read more about: A Seminar at St. John’s  »

April 17, 2015

Welcome (or welcome back) to the conversation! We recently updated our website and along with it, the HMU blog. We enhanced the blog’s features and resources for prospective students, current students, alumni and friends. We hope you enjoy the enhanced look and functionality.

We began the HMU blog a few years ago with the expectation of posting one topic per week. We have stuck with that goal and each week we offer something that we hope interests you.

 » Read more about: New Website, New Blog  »

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