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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.


August 11, 2023

Thanks to James Robertson, HMU student, for today’s post

Learning with Harrison Middleton University offers a number of advantages over more familiar approaches, and prominent among them is freedom, freedom to study at one’s own pace, and in one’s own way. This can be a pleasure, but it is a responsibility. Working with a sense of these twin poles, of freedom and responsibility, has, in my case, evolved a personal method.

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July 22, 2022

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

Last week, we discussed C.S. Lewis’s “Meditation in a Toolshed” and the beginning of St. Anselm of Canterbury’s Proslogium. Though different in both tone and purpose, these pieces fit very well together in discussion. Proslogium begins with an explanation of its title, which translates to “A Discourse.” Since both pieces foreground the idea of meditation and discourse,

 » Read more about: Quarterly Discussion Questions  »

June 26, 2020

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

Bread is of universal importance. Since nearly every culture has a type of bread used for celebration, ceremony and comfort, today’s blog breaks bread in the form of an invitation for community. Thank you for joining me today.

First, I want to share my favorite bread with you: Pão de Queijo. As you read,

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April 3, 2020

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

Most of us had plans that have been interrupted by COVID-19. Medical complications aside, healthy humans still have to deal with time in isolating atmospheres, which can be very difficult. In fact, humans are so social that they will sometimes avoid those restrictions, even when advised. We at Harrison Middleton University have some ideas about how to help keep boredom and isolation at bay.

 » Read more about: Book Groups from Home  »

January 3, 2020

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

About ten years ago, I read a headline that I will never forget: “The End of Food.” That was it. Just the end of food. Immediately I wondered about things like the apocalypse and end-of-life scenarios. We have been raised in a society where the juiciest, sexiest headlines get more attention than the straightforward and succinct. I clicked on that headline,

 » Read more about: A Year of Listening  »

June 7, 2019

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

I taught high school fresh out of college. I was so young that people often thought I was a student (which is perhaps also why I was so nervous about being the one in front). Suddenly, after years of watching someone else do all the lecturing, I was in charge of a classroom. To say I was intimidated is putting it lightly.

 » Read more about: I Don’t Know  »

March 3, 2017

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

Snapchat offers a fast, easy, image-driven conversation over any smartphone. This twitter-like experience allows you to add a photo, granting new dimensions to the textual content of your words. I find this mix really interesting from the standpoint of communication studies. What are the potential repercussions of a chat space like Snapchat? What type of communication is it intended for and are the users aware of different styles of communication?

 » Read more about: Snap Chatting  »

January 27, 2017

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

“What is the ultimate goal of conversation? It is to produce a meeting of minds.” – Mortimer J. Adler

Not all conversation is legitimate, in the terms of Mortimer Adler, founder of the Great Books Foundation. In this 45 minute presentation, he discusses different types of conversation and focuses on the types of conversation that help us become better people.

 » Read more about: What Constitutes Conversation  »

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