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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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May 24, 2024

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

Recently, I had the great fortune to attend a discussion series on George Eliot’s Adam Bede. Hosted by Classical Pursuits, our leader Nancy Carr guided us through four deep and insightful discussions on Eliot’s novel. I have spent some time ruminating on the ideas that I want to share with you without giving away key parts of the plot.

 » Read more about: Eliot’s Adam Bede  »

April 26, 2024

Thanks to Tyler Wright, a 2024 HMU Fellow in Ideas, for today’s review.

A recurrent theme in Mary Q. Steele’s Journey Outside is this idea of rejecting comfort and refuge in the familiar and instead turning one’s attention to the unknown.  Where other tales within the “hollow earth” subgenre present clear external threats that the protagonist must contend with, Dilar’s conflict resides strictly within himself. 

 » Read more about: BOOK REVIEW: Journey Outside by Mary Q. Steele  »

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  »

July 14, 2023

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

Following our discussion series “What the Greeks Can Teach Us About AI,” I have become increasingly interested in understanding the uses and reasons for using artificial intelligence (AI). Throughout the series, participants repeated the notion that AI was simply a tool. While I believe this is true, I keep returning to the question: what is AI a tool for?

 » Read more about: A Different Sort of Tool  »

March 10, 2023

Thanks to Joseph Coulson, HMU President, for today’s post.

On February 17, the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) sent official notice of Harrison Middleton University’s renewal of accreditation through 2028.

The process of renewal or “reaccreditation” seems never a hot topic for discussion, but it represents, in the end, an important affirmation for our university, a benchmark that signifies the quality, efficacy, and integrity of the HMU experience.

 » Read more about: Accreditation Renewal Awarded to Harrison Middleton University  »

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).

 » Read more about: Imaginal Communion in Education  »

January 6, 2023

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

Libraries are changing from in-person spaces to digital spaces. They are also trending towards shared, collaborative ones. Likewise, Harrison Middleton University’s library has undergone some changes over recent years. For example, a few years ago we added Britannica MODERNA, a Spanish resource which includes an English-Spanish dictionary. You will find the Oxford Very Short Introduction series as well,

 » Read more about: Student Resources  »

July 8, 2022

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

Happiness is of such importance that the Declaration of Independence uses it as a foundational principle. Considering its importance in my own society, one would think that I thoroughly understand the term. However, it is as slippery today as it has always been. Sometimes I believe that my own personal happiness is necessary because it will assist me to support those around me.

 » Read more about: Where is Happiness  »

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  »

December 17, 2021

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

Schumann’s “Humoreske
Dvorzak’s “Humoresques

Schumann’s “Humoreske” involves all emotions – sometimes more than one at a time. It wonderfully demonstrates humor’s power to draw from all emotions. Likewise, Dvorzak moves from one emotion to the next without pause. Dvorzak’s music has some consistency which makes me think of the emotions which hover just under humor’s surface for longer spaces of time.

 » Read more about: Humoresque: Reading Comedy  »

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