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August 5, 2022

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

I often think of education in terms of a path. For some, the path is direct. Most often, however, it is not, but rather wanders a circuitous route through various disciplines and ideas. Many reasons exist for this wandering nature of education. Most importantly, however, we discover ourselves along the way.

Recently, I read Torbjørn Ekelund’s book In Praise of Paths.

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May 13, 2022

Thanks to 2022 Fellow in Ideas, David Yamada, for today’s post.

Lost in Thought: The Hidden Pleasures of an Intellectual Life by Zena Hitz

As the humanities and social sciences face core threats fueled by higher education budget cuts and political divisions, they are conventionally defended on vocational and practical grounds. The liberal arts, so the argument goes, provide a strong grounding for successful careers by teaching students how to read,

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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.

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April 30, 2021

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

Many of our students also teach their own classes. So, in addition to being students, they also lead others in the practices that they learn and utilize at Harrison Middleton University. Since so many students (young and old) struggle with the writing process, I wanted to dedicate today’s blog to some creative ideas.

First of all, the path to writing is never easy or direct.

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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,

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September 27, 2019

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

If you have been to a personal trainer or regularly attend the gym, you understand the importance of the core. All of our limbs extend from a core whose strength allows us to be upright, graceful, and strong. In other words, core fitness is essential for the body’s freedom of movement. While there has always been a focus on core strength,

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August 2, 2019

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

With the new school year just around the corner, I thought it might be fun to offer up a poetry lesson for elementary school. I find this lesson on haiku fits well into the second grade curriculum with a focus on syllable count. I like to include games and art as a way to make syllables a little bit more fun and interesting for the young student.

 » Read more about: Second Grade Haiku  »

July 12, 2019

Thanks to Laken Brooks, a 2019 Harrison Middleton University Fellow in Ideas recipient, for today’s post.

Melissa Hart’s Better With Books is a crash-course in diverse young adult literature. The book suggests preteen and teen reading lists in the following categories: adoption and foster care, body image, immigration, learning challenges, LGBTQ+ youth, mental health, environmentalism, physical disability, poverty and homelessness,

 » Read more about: BOOK REVIEW: Better With Books  »

December 28, 2018

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

Heri za Kwanzaa means Happy Kwanzaa. Since Kwanzaa began on December 26, and since I know so little about the holiday, I thought that today was the perfect opportunity to learn about it. Also, due to the fact that I know so little about it, I would be happy for anyone to correct anything that I have posted. This post intends simply to touch the surface of the holiday.

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December 7, 2018

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

“We should like to think of the readers as a homogeneous group of friends, united by a common appreciation of the beautiful, – idealists of a sort, – and to share with them what has seemed significant to us.” – Eugene Jolas, editor of TRANSITION: A Quarterly Review

TRANSITION: A Quarterly Review was first published in 1927.

 » Read more about: Literary Magazines  »

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