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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.

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March 8, 2024

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

If there’s one thing you know about me by now, it’s that I value discussion. This past weekend, a number of students, staff and alumni gathered in Tempe, Arizona for a rare in-person meeting. We last met just before COVID, which caused a few years hiatus. Happily, we were finally able to renew this tradition. HMU President Joe Coulson started us off with an excellent introductory discussion about the similarities between music and poetry.

 » Read more about: Sonny’s Blues Discussion  »

November 17, 2023

Thanks to Chad Greene, a 2023 Fellowship in Ideas recipient, for today’s blog. 

            Of the classes I teach at my community college, the closest to a Great Books class is a course called “Masterpieces of World Literature” that the English department offers every fall. In this class I ask students to apply frameworks of shared inquiry that I have learned from taking Great Books classes for my professional development to our readings of classics such as the Epic of Gilgamesh of Sîn-lēqi-unninni,

 » Read more about: Classics and Comics: Ancient Content – and Advice – in a Modern Form  »

October 13, 2023

Thanks to Ally Zlatar, a 2023 Fellow in Ideas, for today’s post.

My journey into the realm of art activism was ignited by my personal battle with severe ill health, which included a protracted struggle with an eating disorder spanning over a decade. Throughout my recovery journey, I came to realize that many, particularly within the medical profession, often fixated on the diagnosis rather than recognizing the person grappling with the illness.

 » Read more about: Ally Zlatar: Navigating the Intersection of Art and Activism  »

Aristotle

September 22, 2023

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

For me, Aristotle’s Poetics is less about advice for the writer than it is about defining structures. By that, I mean that Aristotle wants us to understand how to produce good art that expresses an important aspect of human nature. He goes so far as to define individual letters as necessary grammatical units which sustain the larger infrastructure.

 » Read more about: Translating Aristotle’s Poetics  »

May 5, 2023

Thanks to Chad Greene, a 2023 HMU Fellow in Ideas, for today’s blog.

Sitting side-by-side on the top of my desk in the faculty office at my community college are two printed publications that contain the same story told through sequential art, “The Black Panther!” written by Stan Lee and drawn by Jack Kirby. On the left is a stapled comic book, a facsimile copy of the “floppy” Fantastic Four #52 published by Marvel Comics in 1966.

 » Read more about: From a Comic Book Hidden Under Desks to a Trade Paperback Displayed on Desks: Review of Penguin Classics Marvel Collection Black Panther  »

March 17, 2023

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

“[P]erhaps art is not, we might speculate, in the product itself, nor necessarily in the process, but in the impulse.” – Brian Christian from The Most Human Human

HMU recently wrapped up the Winter Film Series, which focused on the great idea of art. Discussions centered around three films: Black Swan (2010,

 » Read more about: HMU Film Series  »

February 24, 2023

Thanks to Eden Tesfaslassie, a 2022 Fellow in Ideas, for today’s post.

Quintilian said, “the height of art is to conceal art.” In this quote, conceal does not mean to hide away but to be fully immersed. There should be no separation between the art and the experience of the art itself– as a viewer or an artist. This idea can be seen in the film Black Swan when the dance instructor,

 » Read more about: Servant or Master?  »

April 1, 2022

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

Academics often feel pressure to publish. A young academic must be out presenting papers, publishing in peer-reviewed journals, and working towards a first chapter or full-length book project. This process is daunting. After attending various conferences over the years, I find that I prefer conferences that welcome young students. More than simply making me happy, fresh faces bring new ideas.

 » Read more about: Conference Attendance  »

March 11, 2022

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

Last week marked the end of HMU’s Winter Film Series. I cannot express how much I love this series. If you were unable to join us, never fear, we will host another film series next winter. In the meantime, the following thoughts resulted from this wonderful discussion.

As usual, leader Gary Schoepfel opened discussion with some quotations focused on the idea of Truth.

 » Read more about: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Film Discussion  »

February 25, 2022

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

At the end of the day, everyone likes to have a tangible, finished product. This often feels like a measure of success. For writers, however, this need is rarely fulfilled. In fact, at the end of the day, you may only have a blank page staring back in intimidation. But don’t let that blank page bully you.

Here is a hint about the life of a writer.

 » Read more about: Myth of the Writing Process  »

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