We at Harrison Middleton University believe that the study of the humanities is both timeless and timely because it focuses on the central questions of human existence, lasting debates that bear directly on the problems we face today. And in a time when information of all kinds is increasingly fragmented, the study of ancient and modern classics provides a rich source of 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

Accepting Applications for the 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. Click here to read more about the Fellowship in Ideas. The deadline for applications is October 15, 2019.

Fall Recess
Harrison Middleton University will be on Fall Recess October 12-19, 2019. Phone calls and e-mails will be returned on Monday, October 21, 2019.

Poets and Poetry as Agents of Change
The Studs Terkel Radio Archive (WFMT Chicago) presents a new interview anthology, introduced and curated by Joseph Coulson, HMU President: Poets and Poetry as Agents of Change, 1957-1977. Click here to hear the introduction.

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Upcoming Events

Featured Fall Events

Imagining America National Gathering
Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, will be attending the Imaginging America National Gathering in Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 18-20, 2019. It is an annual gathering of public scholars, artists, students, designers, and cultural organizers who are addressing the nation’s most critical issues. Click here to learn more about the gathering.

October Quarterly Discussion
Harrison Middleton University’s next Quarterly Discussion will be held on Thursday, October 24, 2019 (4-5:30 pm PDT) or Saturday, October 26, 2019 (9-10:30 am PDT). Join students, faculty, and friends for a discussion of excerpts from W.E.B. Du Bois’s Souls of Black Folk. Everyone is welcome. Discussions are held over the phone. E-mail asimon@hmu.edu for more information and to reserve your spot.

HMU Student/Alumni Community Weekend
Please join us for a beautiful, fall weekend in Tempe, AZ and the opportunity to meet fellow HMU students, alumni, faculty, and staff on November 8-10th. The weekend schedule, which will begin with a Friday evening reception, includes presentations and discussions, as well as optional organized outings to some of the special places AZ has to offer. More details and a schedule of events will be distributed in late summer. Click here to learn more about the Community Weekend. Please RSVP to information@hmu.edu if you plan to attend.

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HMU: Dialogues

May 2019 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. Ellin Iselin, Jacksonville, FL

"Harrison Middleton University is a model educational institution for the 21st century. While students learn independently from a distance, the administration, faculty and staff are always close and ready to offer support."

– Dr. Ellin Iselin

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Inquiry-Based Discussion

Selection from a Syntopical Discussion

Inquiry-based discussion or Socratic method is at the heart of Harrison Middleton University's teaching methodology. Participants in an inquiry-based discussion search for meaning, for answers to fundamental questions of human existence raised by primary texts. In the course of conversation, students interpret the primary text, employ critical reading skills, and call upon previous knowledge and experiences. Throughout their studies, students will engage in 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 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.