Harrison Middleton University believes that the study of the liberal arts is both timeless and timely because it focuses on the persisting questions of human existence and bears directly on the problems we face today. At a time when more and more adults are recognizing the benefits of lifelong learning, the Great Books of the Western World provides the medium in which to search for fundamental knowledge and unifying ideas.

Harrison Middleton University is a great ideas, great works, great conversations, distance learning university that offers graduate education in the humanities with concentrations in imaginative literature, natural science, philosophy and religion, and social science. Harrison Middleton University promotes student-faculty scholarship through research, discussion, and the development of collaborative publications.

HMU News

Graduate Recognition and HMU Fellowship

Congratulations Dr. Reynolds
Please join HMU tutors and staff in congratulating Dr. John Robert Reynolds on successfully earning his Doctor of Education! Dr. Reynolds submitted the following capstone project in partial fulfillment of his Doctor of Education degree requirements: “Developing Better Conversations about Effective Education with High School Students.”

DEAC Outstanding Graduate
HMU graduate, Dr. Phillip Perry, is recognized by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) as an Outstanding Graduate. Sixteen exceptional graduates were recognized by DEAC in 2017. Selection criteria included the graduates' academic records and the level and quality of their contributions to society. Congratulations Dr. Perry! Visit the DEAC website to read more about Dr. Perry and the other outstanding graduates.

HMU Fellowship in Ideas
The HMU Fellowship in Ideas is a writing and discussion project in the humanities designed for a recent university graduate from any field who has an interest in the humanities, interdisciplinary dialogue, and intellectual and professional enrichment. Read more about the Fellowship in Ideas. The deadline for applications is October 1, 2017.

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Upcoming Events

Featured Fall Events

Fall Institute Weekend
HMU Dean and Tutor Deborah Deacon and HMU Tutor Philip Stewart will be attending Philadelphia's 47th Annual Great Books Fall Institute Weekend event in Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania from November 3-5, 2017. For more information visit the Philadelphia Great Books website.

Quarterly Discussions
Thanks to all who participated in July’s discussion on Plutarch’s text. A short summary of the discussion is featured on HMU's Blog. Stay tuned for dates and selections for the October Quarterly Discussion. Email asimon@hmu.edu for more information on Quarterly Discussions. We look forward to chatting with you!

Film Series
The Harrison Middleton University Winter Film series ended with a dynamic discussion over Shakespeare’s Henry V and the Hollow Crown! Please stay posted for information about our fall 2017 series!

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HMU: Dialogues

May 2017 Biannual Newsletter

Harrison Middleton University's biannual publication shares information about student graduations and publications, and celebrates student, faculty, and staff achievements! Please share your achievements and submit them to asimon@hmu.edu.

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HMU: Blog

Join the Conversation

At HMU, we want to continue the great authors' conversations in a contemporary context, and our blog will help us do that.

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Featured Graduate

Dr. Phillip Perry, New York, NY

"The demanding pedagogy of Harrison Middleton University has made a profound impact on my life. The university’s Doctor of Arts program, with its emphasis on the Great Books of the Western World, allowed me to bring to fruition my dreams of writing a novel."

– Dr. Phillip Perry

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Shared Inquiry

Selection from a Syntopical Discussion

The "Shared Inquiry" or Socratic method is at the heart of Harrison Middleton University's teaching methodology. Participants in the Shared Inquiry process search for meaning, for answers to fundamental questions of human existence raised by primary texts. In the course of conversation, students will work to interpret the primary text, employing critical skills, and bringing their own insights and experiences. Throughout their studies, students will have a series of one-to-one discussions (via telephone or Skype) with tutors over the coursework they designed. Click below to listen to a selection from a syntopical discussion between HMU Tutor Dr. Marcus Conley and HMU Ed.D. student John Reynolds. The discussion as a whole explores the Great Idea of Truth as addressed by authors such as Augustine, Barth, Locke, Bacon, Mill, and Descartes. In the following selection, the participants consider the different attitudes toward figurative language by Locke and Augustine, then begin to discuss the notion of discipline according to Descartes and Bacon.