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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 12, 2020 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. Geoffrey Chaucer lived during a very tumultuous time in England. Chaucer’s patron was John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, a prince and statesman. Gaunt was the third son of Edward III, which enabled his rise to fame and fortune. Additionally, when Richard II, …

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June 8, 2018 Thanks to Ben Peterson, a 2018 Harrison Middleton University Fellow in Ideas, for today’s post. “Laughter is the best medicine.” — everybody ever If you have been alive at any point in time, you have probably heard this expression. If you’ve been alive for more than a few years strung together, you …

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May 6, 2016 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. I recently attended Great Books Chicago 2016 to discuss utopias and dystopias. One of our readings for this event was George Orwell’s 1984. At the end of the session, someone asked me whether I believed 1984 to be the darkest novel I have …

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December 25, 2015 Today, the day that celebrates the birth of Jesus, presents the perfect opportunity to continue our discussion of utopia. To catch up on past conversations, visit the last blog posts about Utopia here: (Universal Spirit and Utopia  or Imperfect Ideal ). “Looking for Paradise”, a song by Alejandro Sanz and Alicia Keys, …

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