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

Congratulations Dr. Ellin Iselin

Dr. Iselin accepted her award as Harrison Middleton University’s Outstanding Graduate at the Distance Education Accrediting Commission’s 93rd Annual Conference in Miami, Florida. Michael Curd, CEO, presented Dr. Iselin with her award and Dr. Iselin spoke about her experience in HMU's Doctor of Arts program. Dr. Iselin was joined by her father, Mr. Fritz Iselin.

2019 Fellows Announced

Congratulations to the 2019 HMU Fellowship in Ideas recipients: Ned Boulberhane, Laken Brooks, and Jennifer Taylor. 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 2019 recipients and the Fellowship in Ideas.

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Upcoming Events

Featured Winter & Spring Events

April Quarterly Discussion
You are invited to Harrison Middleton University's April Quarterly Discussion. We will be reading Moliere's play Tartuffe. Consider spending 1.5 hours getting to know this play a little bit better. We have discussions available (via conference call) on either Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 4-5:30 PDT or Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 9-10:30 am PDT. Email asimon@hmu.edu for more information and with questions. I look forward to hearing from you!

Great Books Chicago 2019: Something Wicked This Way Comes
The Great Books Foundation has put together a fantastic agenda exploring the wickedness that people contemplate and perpetrate. Several HMU faculty and 2019 Fellows will be attending Great Books Chicago, May 3–5, 2019. Click here for more information.

60th Annual Northwest Great Books Weekend Event
Tutor and Dean of Continuing Education, Rebecca Fisher will be attending the NW Great Books Council Annual Weekend Event at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington on June 29th and June 30th. Click here for event and registration information.

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HMU: Dialogues

November 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

Missy Andrews, Rice, WA

“HMU gave me the opportunity to pursue literature and the Great Ideas by structuring a program that reflected my individual interests and goal. The university’s pedagogical approach of reading, writing, and discussion presses the student into conversation with the Great Authors and a community of readers and thinkers… I came away from my studies at HMU having imbibed the ideas of the Great Authors, rather than a group of scholars who claim to speak for them. I was challenged to interact with primary works, supporting my own understanding with textual references, rather than with secondary criticism.”

– Missy Andrews

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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.