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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.


January 14, 2022 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. Though I do not excel at problem solving, I always like to know that someone has a plan. I like the security of emergency plans in hotels, for example. In the outdoors, I have first-aid supplies for all sorts of possibilities. And I …

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Thanks to Dylan O’Hara, a 2020 HMU Fellow in Ideas, for today’s post. May 22, 2020 Some of the research that has inspired me the most over the last two years or so has been Urban History. The academic crossover between History, Anthropology, Political Science, Cartography, Geography, and Environmental Studies suddenly opened up a whole …

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October 18, 2019 Thanks to Jennifer Taylor, a 2019 Harrison Middleton University Fellow in Ideas recipient, for today’s post. Harari, Yuval N. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. [Toronto]: Signal, 2014. I have often heard that if we choose not to learn from the mistakes of history, we will inevitably end up repeating them. Though …

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November 3, 2017 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. In celebration of fall color, today’s blog offers excerpts from both Rachel Carson and Aldo Leopold. Both passages celebrate life, love and the mystery of nature. They also ask deep questions about the human place within nature. Changing colors and seasons present the …

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March 31, 2017 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. “The word saguaro originated in Ópata, a language spoken by peoples of the Sonoran Desert region of Mexico. It came into English by way of the Spanish spoken by the Mexican settlers of the American West. The very saguaros we see today may …

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December 2, 2016 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. Does a single word contain a saturation point? In other words, at some point, does a word begin to lose meaning simply because it has accumulated too many definitions? Translation can be a tricky business when we understand that a simple word can …

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