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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

Winter Recess
Harrison Middleton University will be closed Saturday, December 23 - Sunday, January 7, 2018 for Winter Recess. The university will reopen on Monday, January 8, 2018.

Congratulations to Michelle Andrews
Please join HMU tutors and staff in congratulating Michelle Andrews, who successfully completed the Master of Arts in Imaginative Literature program at Harrison Middleton University. Mrs. Andrews submitted the following Capstone in partial fulfillment of the requirements of her degree: "My Divine Comedy - A Mother's Homeschool Journey: How the Great Authors Guided Me Out of the Dark Wood of Confusion and Set Me on the Path to Christ.”

Congratulations to Dr. Phillip Perry, Harrison Middleton University alumnus, on his recent book release on Amazon written under the pen name Walter Idlewild. Dr. Perry wrote and submitted his novel, Catherine Lescault, as his Capstone for his Doctor of Arts program at Harrison Middleton University.

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 application process closed on October 1, 2017. Shortlisted candidates will be notified by the end of October.

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Upcoming Events

Featured Fall/Winter Events

Winter Film Series
Harrison Middleton University invites you to its 2017-2018 film series. Discussions will be held on the following Thursday evenings at 5:00 pm PT/6:00 pm MT/7:00 pm CT/8:00 pm ET: November 16th- Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (text and film), December 14th- Dr. Strangelove (film), January 18th- 1984 (text and film), and March 8th– Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (text and film).

Participants will read the text and screen a film in advance of the scheduled two-hour discussion, which will then be conducted via conference call using a toll free telephone number that will be provided to participants. Our discussions are open to the public and we invite new voices to listen and participate. To register please contact rfisher@hmu.edu.

Quarterly Discussion
Harrison Middleton University invites you to join our next Quarterly Discussion. On January 25 and 27 we will discuss excerpts of William James' Principles in Psychology. E-mail asimon@hmu.edu if you are interested. Everyone is welcome!

Southwest Great Books Weekend: Creating a Great Books Council of the Southwest
Join us in Tempe, Arizona, February 16-18, 2018, for an opportunity to meet friends and neighbors who enjoy the exploration of great writing and great ideas. The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix provides the setting for Big Ideas in Popular Culture: Music, Film, and Television, a day of readings and discussions focused on the questions, challenges, and influence of popular art sponsored by Harrison Middleton University, Great Hearts Academies, the Great Books Foundation, and the Alliance for Liberal Learning. We'll also take first steps toward building a Great Books Council of the Southwest. For more information, or to register, visit the Great Books Foundation website.

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HMU: Dialogues

November 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. Susan Dunekacke, Elk Creek, NE

"Reading from The Great Books of the Western World was like taking a literary journey through time, from the ancient Greeks to the Twentieth Century. I also loved working with enthusiastic Tutors who made each conversation feel like an intellectual discussion with a friend. In addition, as a wife, mother, daughter, and teacher, flexibility was imperative; Harrison Middleton offered me a challenging course of study that complimented my lifestyle."

– Dr. Susan Dunekacke

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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.