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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

HMU Announces New President

Harrison Middleton University is pleased to announce that Joseph Coulson, PhD, will be joining the university as the new President and Chief Academic Officer on July 1, 2018. Dr. Coulson is a novelist, poet, and playwright and is the former President of the Great Books Foundation. "It is a great honor to join the HMU community," he says, "where I have had the privilege through the years of working with some of the finest educators and students imaginable. I'm looking forward to advancing the academic innovation that HMU values."

In addition to Dr. Coulson's work as an author and as President of the Great Books Foundation, he served in schools for seventeen years as a classroom teacher, English Department Chair, senior administrator, English professor, and Director of Teacher Training and Professional Development. Read the full press release regarding Dr. Coulson’s appointment. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Coulson!

HMU's Accreditation Continued for Five Years
Harrison Middleton University is pleased to announce that the university earned renewal of accreditation from the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC - www.deac.org). At its January 26, 2018 meeting, the Commission took action to grant renewal of accreditation to Harrison Middleton University following a comprehensive review of the institution and its programs. The institution has been found to meet or exceed each of the Commission's standards for accreditation. The institution is accredited through January 2023. Read more about HMU's reaccreditation.

HMU Fellowship in Ideas Recipients
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. We are excited to announce our 2018 Fellowship recipients! Congratulations to George Hickman, Jim Keller, Ben Peterson, Matt Phillips, Sam Risak, and Carter Vance. Read more about our Fellowship in Ideas recipients .

Great Ideas in Popular Culture
The Great Books Foundation has released Great Ideas in Popular Culture, three anthologies on music, film, and television: Sound Bites: Big Ideas in Popular Music; Double Features: Big Ideas in Film; and Tube Talk: Big Ideas in Television. The selections in this series explore the immense impact of popular culture on our lives. Writers reflect on a wide range of ideas, producing compelling and provocative pieces that resonate in our contemporary cultural landscape. Harrison Middleton University was proud to partner with the Great Books Foundation on the publication of this series. For more information or to order the new anthologies, visit the Great Books Foundation website.

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Upcoming Events

Featured Summer Events

Pacific Northwest Great Books Weekend
The PNW Great Books Institute will be held in Seattle on June 22-24. Note that the weekend will take place at Seattle Pacific University. Please join us in this historic move as we take on a terrific set of readings and look forward to the 59th year of wonderful discussions and new or renewed friendships. Readings include: As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, Passing by Neila Larson, Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, and Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks. For registrarion information contact Cindy Bouldin at bouldin@aol.com.

Quarterly Discussion
Thanks to all who participated in April quarterly discussions. Stay tuned for information about the August discussions. Quarterly Discussions are open to students, prospective students, graduates, faculty, and friends of HMU. Please join us in conversation! For more information, e-mail asimon@hmu.edu.

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HMU: Dialogues

May 2018 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. John Reynolds, Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado

“My work with Harrison Middleton University has been and continues to be extremely helpful. Harrison Middleton University's balance of form and flexibility empowers a teacher to grow personally and professionally without having to leave one's community. The degree program has equipped me to serve my students, my fellow educators, and my community.”

– Dr. John Reynolds

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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.