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Taiwo Oguntuyo

The fellowship was a very great opportunity for learning and enhancing my professional prowess.”

Taiwo Oguntuyo, 2020 Fellowship in Ideas Recipient

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Laken Brooks

“I am so satisfied and grateful for this opportunity! It has changed my confidence in myself and has encouraged me to adopt more equitable, general inquiry interactions in my teaching and my graduate seminars. Thank you so much for the lifetime connections!”

Laken Brooks, 2019 Fellowship in Ideas Recipient

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“This Fellowship has been a wonderful opportunity, and I am very grateful for it. As I’ve shared previously, it came at a time when I’m broadening my intellectual horizons in ways that are connecting categories and yielding new insights.

David Yamada, 2022 Fellowship in Ideas Recipient


Fellowship in Ideas

The HMU Fellowship in Ideas is a writing and discussion project in the humanities designed for a recent university graduate from any field who has an interest in the humanities, interdisciplinary dialogue, and intellectual and professional enrichment. The Fellowship offers emerging scholars exposure to the history of ideas in Western civilization, networking opportunities amongst an array of academicians, lifelong learners, readers, and thinkers from a broad range of disciplines, and credited authorship in two university publications.

The role of the fellows

Over the course of nine months, the HMU Fellow in Ideas will:

  • Participate in virtual Socratic discussions with university faculty and other Fellows.

  • Contribute two entries to the Harrison Middleton University Blog.

  • Publish a book review in HMU: Dialogues, Harrison Middleton University’s biannual newsletter.


The successful applicant to the HMU Fellowship in Ideas will enjoy the following benefits:

  • A $500 stipend.

  • The opportunity to participate in virtual Socratic discussions with university faculty and Fellows.

  • Online publication in the HMU Blog and HMU: Dialogues.

  • At the conclusion of the Fellowship term, a complimentary set of three Great Books Foundation publications.

Application Requirements

The successful applicant must:

  • Have received a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degree (in any field).
  • Have an interest in the humanities and the great ideas of Western civilization.
  • Demonstrate outstanding reading, writing, and communication abilities.
  • Commit to writing two blog entries for the HMU Blog and one book review for HMU: Dialogues.

Application Process

Please provide the following:

  • A completed application form.
  • A biographical statement of no more than 500 words that addresses your background as a student, your interest in the humanities, and your interest in the HMU Fellowship in Ideas.
  • An appropriately cited expository essay of no more than 1500 words plus a works cited page, applying your interest to a great idea in the humanities related to one of these concentrations: imaginative literature, natural science, philosophy and religion, and social science. While we encourage the use of technology and tools to enhance your writing, we ask that you exercise academic integrity and creativity in your work. Your submissions should reflect your own original thoughts, analysis, and insights.

Submit your application (PDF) and writing samples as attached Microsoft Word-compatible documents to In*********@hm*.edu by November 15, 2023. Shortlisted candidates will be requested to participate in an interview by Zoom.

Meet our 2023 FEllowship in Ideas REcipients
Aaron Ducksworth

Aaron Ducksworth

Aaron Ducksworth is a second year PhD student in Christian Ethics at Southeastern Seminary. He is interested in Social Ethics, broadly conceived, and some of his research interests include, political and public theologies, tech and bioethics, race and democracy, African American theological ethics, the Civil Rights Movement, and the social imaginary. Currently, Aaron is working on retrieving the ethics and political and public theology of pre-Civil Rights ethicist, George D. Kelsey, for use in the contemporary public square. Aaron earned a Master of Theology from Southeastern Seminary, a Master of Divinity, and a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Mississippi State University.

Ally Zlatar

Ally Zlatar

Ally Zlatar is an artist and activist. She is the founder of The Starving Artist; an artist initiative that utilizes creative voices as a way to create advocacy and systemic reform. Her “This Body of Mine” campaign explores migrant experiences through creative voices and has helped support individuals and artists from refugee-seeking backgrounds globally. Ally Zlatar has received the highest accolade a young person can achieve for their humanitarian work; winner of The Princess Diana Legacy Award 2021, King Hamad Award for Youth Empowerment 2022, Y20 Award Finalist for Diversity and Inclusion (Youth 20 by G20 Summit) and also special recognition from The British Citizen Award 2022. She holds a BFA in Visual Art & Art History from Queen’s University & an MLitt Curatorial Practice and Contemporary Art from the Glasgow School of Art. Her Doctorate of Creative Arts is with the University of Southern Queensland focusing on embodied experiences of eating disorders in contemporary art. Zlatar is a Lecturer at the University of Glasgow (Anderson College) and has taught at KICL London, and the University of Essex (UEIC).

Chad Greene

Chad Greene

Chad Greene is a lifelong learner fascinated by portrayals of utopias in imaginative literature, from ancient classics to modern comics and movies. A recent convert to the Great Books tradition, Greene completed the class “Race, Power Dynamics, and Oppression in Black Panther” through the University of Chicago last semester. He has also taken classes through the Great Books Program at Monterey Peninsula College. Earlier, Greene earned an undergraduate degree in English at the University of Minnesota, a graduate degree in creative writing at the University of Southern California, and tenure at Cerritos College, where he teaches world literature and mythology. 

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