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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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September 15, 2023

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

I recently participated in a three day online festival hosted by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The topics to be discussed mentioned AI and technology which happen to be recent fascinations of mine. Though I did not know what to expect, I immensely enjoyed the conference. Not only was it well-organized, the topics were timely and vital to the community of higher education.

 » Read more about: ChronFest 2023  »

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  »

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June 23, 2023

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

To all the “honest drinkers” – as Rabelais would have it – congratulations! We made it to the final post in this series on Rabelais. Hopefully the various connections have enriched your experience of what is often considered difficult reading. Today’s blog concludes with Book Four, which means that it is up to you to make modern-day connections for Book V.

 » Read more about: Reading Rabelais, Part IV  »

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  »

April 14, 2023

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

In the book Narrative Economics: How Stories Go Viral and Drive Major Economic Events, Robert J. Shiller argues that viral historical events should be studied by economists. He defines narrative economics as the study of narratives which drive economic events. Humans rely upon narratives, memory, and emotion to make major decisions and these decisions move markets.

 » Read more about: Narrative Economics  »

Conference Microphone

This year I presented unfinished work on purpose at a recent conference. I have seen people do this. It always seemed so brave and intimidating that I continually shied away…until this year. I have to be honest, rather than terrifying, it was extremely liberating. I began my presentation with the caveat that I was looking for advice and ideas. Unfortunately, our session ran long which cut short the Q and A portion. Yet, in the time that we had,

 » Read more about: Conference Feedback  »

March 31, 2023

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

This year I presented unfinished work on purpose at a recent conference. I have seen people do this. It always seemed so brave and intimidating that I continually shied away…until this year. I have to be honest, rather than terrifying, it was extremely liberating. I began my presentation with the caveat that I was looking for advice and ideas.

 » Read more about: Conference Feedback  »

March 24, 2023

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

In Black Swan, the film utilizes the ballet performance Swan Lake, based on a fairytale, as a frame. The film uses other elements of the fairy tale genre, as evidenced by the character archetypes. The viewer can see characteristics of mothers, Prince Charmings, and villains reflected in the film’s ensemble cast.

 » Read more about: Mother Versus Lover  »

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  »

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  »

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