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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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Before HGTV, before Ty Pennington or Joanna and Chip Gaines, before This Old House even, Charlotte Brontë wrote about the dullness of life in orphanages and the solitary life of a governess in Jane Eyre. As Jane moves from situation to situation, she comments on the decoration of her living situation. In each case, the style of the place juxtaposes that of the people. Her aunt mistreated her and spoiled her children,

 » Read more about: Early Home Makeover  »

October 8, 2021

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

During the 90s, Seinfeld garnered a huge viewership. In an attempt to bring the classics to the present, our recent Quarterly Discussion drew connections between Seinfeld and Aristotle’s Poetics. We also tried to discover keys to the sitcom’s great appeal. Considering the characters’ petty, stubborn behavior, what exactly did viewers identify with?

 » Read more about: Classics in a Contemporary World  »

October 1, 2021

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

Aristotle’s Poetics begins with a separation of art forms, such as literature, music, dance, and theater. He calls these imitative forms and says, “the imitation is produced by rhythm, language, or ‘harmony,’ either singly or combined.” The idea of harmony intrigues me, especially with regards to written or dramatic work. In what way(s) might a play attain harmony?

 » Read more about: Aristotle’s Poetics Meets Seinfeld  »

April 16, 2021

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

In BattleBots, a television show based on robot combat, Faruq announces each competitor with poetic flair. His powerful voice and dominant presence animates the crowd and fans the flames of rivalry and competition. He riddles his introductions with puns which make them fun, silly, full of contemporary references, and also part of an ancient tradition.

 » Read more about: BattleBot Warfare  »

October 5, 2018

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

Spoiler alert: if you are midway through The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, maybe you should bookmark this post because I am going to talk about her character development throughout the first season. If you are not yet familiar with this show, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is about a young Jewish woman whose husband leaves her for his secretary.

 » Read more about: Mrs. Maisel’s Emotions  »

November 17, 2017

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

This book review was originally published in the November 2017 issue of HMU: Dialogues.

Tube Talk, Double Features, and Sound Bites, three new publications from the Great Books Foundation.

In February, Harrison Middleton University will cohost the inaugural Southwest Great Books Weekend 

 » Read more about: Pop Culture Preview  »

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