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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.


June 30, 2023

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

Back in the 90s, I spent a lot of time watching ESPN. Back then, I thought that Dan Patrick and Stuart Scott were untouchable. Fast forward a few decades, and although I no longer watch much television, I still occasionally enjoy listening to the Dan Patrick Show. I don’t listen so much for the sports news as the light-hearted attitudes,

 » Read more about: Practice What You Preach  »

April 28, 2023

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

Our recent Quarterly Discussion spanned thousands of years, jumping from a play by Aeschylus to a short story by Jhumpa Lahiri. We began with Aeschylus’s “Suppliant Maidens” and then transitioned to  the short story “When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine” by Lahiri.

In Aeschylus’s play, a group of fifty (or so) women attempt to flee forced marriages to their cousins.

 » Read more about: April Quarterly Discussion Review  »

October 9, 2020

Thanks to Taiwo Olanrewaju-Lasisi, a 2020 HMU Fellow in Ideas, for today’s post.

Ancient philosophies and concepts in humanities, especially regarding ethical values and moral principles, have served as a primitive herald and landmark on which many ethics in the field are built upon. Justice, fairness, integrity, honesty, individual freedom and liberty, civic rights and universal suffrage, are some of the ethical values. The ancient philosophers have similar,

 » Read more about: Juxtapositions of Ethics and Morality by Ancient Philosophers and Their Implications for the Humanities Field  »

October 4, 2019

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

In a 2014 interview with David Letterman, Jerry Seinfeld says that he was inspired to create Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee to play with a new format, something that could be viewed on a phone. This occurred to him at a time when recent changes to technology have really disbanded old-school structures in media. No longer must a sitcom,

 » Read more about: Comedy Hour  »

September 16, 2016

Thanks to Gary Schoepfel, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

I have spent the greater part of my life swimming in the humanities. With the arrival of the “new school year” comes two perennial and troubling questions I ask myself each September. What good do I get from reading, writing, discussing, and thinking about those many things we pigeonhole under that heading, humanities? And what business do I have “selling” this stuff to anyone?

 » Read more about: Why Study Humanities  »

May 29, 2015

Thanks to Marcus Conley, HMU Tutor and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, for today’s post.

In January, I attended the 130th annual convention of the Modern Language Association. The event was held at the Vancouver Convention Centre, two enormous, hive-like complexes of meeting rooms with a view across Vancouver Harbour to the firs of Grouse Mountain. I’ve been a member of the MLA for several years, but I’ve never gotten around to attending the convention until this year.

 » Read more about: MLA Convention 2015, Vancouver, BC  »

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