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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.

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Associate of Arts Program Graduate

HMU tutors and staff congratulate Colette McClain on successfully earning her Associate of Arts in Humanities from Harrison Middleton University.

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Upcoming Events

Featured Spring Events

Quarterly Discussions
We invite all interested students, staff and friends to join us for our April Quarterly Discussion which will focus on the "Malebolge" section of Dante's Inferno. Co-leaders Alissa Simon and Peter Ponzio (HMU alumnus) invite you to think of Dante in terms of some of the Great Ideas. We will send out a list of our questions regarding this text, but invite you to write your own questions for our discussions as well. We have two discussion times available. Sign up for either Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 4 pm PDT or Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 9 am PDT (each discussion lasts 1.5 hours). Email asimon@hmu.edu for more information and to reserve your space. We look forward to chatting with you!

Film Series
Join us for our final discussion in our second Shakespeare film series exploring The Henriad and the Hollow Crown Series. We’ll discuss Henry V on April 6th at 5pm PDT. Participants will read the play and screen the film in advance of the scheduled discussion. Our discussions are open to the public and we invite new voices to listen and participate! To register please contact rfisher@hmu.edu.

Asilomar Great Books Weekend
The Asilomar Weekend (March 31st - April 2nd) will celebrate and discuss the works of John Steinbeck. The California people and its land often provide a backdrop or subject for his novels, including East of Eden, The Grapes of Wrath, Cannery Row, Of Mice and Men, Tortilla Flat, and The Red Pony. Most of his works explore themes of fate and injustice. In addition to the discussions, there are several exciting events planned for the weekend including a talk about Steinbeck's life and work by Joseph Coulson, President of the Great Books Foundation. Several HMU Tutors will be attending the weekend event. For more information or to register, see the following link: www.greatbooks-sf.com/events/asilomar.

Great Books Chicago
Registration for Great Books Chicago 2017—Her Own Accord is now open. This year’s theme is “Who We Are and Who We Desire to Be.” Discussions will center on Her Own Accord: American Women on Identity, Culture, and Community, the Great Books Foundation’s exciting new anthology that explores issues of identity, family, relationships, work, and politics. We will also be discussing Willa Cather’s most famous novel, My Ántonia. Several HMU Tutors will be attending the conference. For more information or to register see the following link: www.greatbooks.org/giving/great-books-chicago/.

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HMU: Dialogues

November 2016 Bi-Annual Newsletter

Harrison Middleton University's bi-annual 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 by April 15th for the May 2017 Newsletter.

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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

Adam Hazlett, Fenton, MI

"Twain claimed the classics as things everyone wants to have read, but no one wants to actually read; however, with my tutors and mentors at HMU, I was not only able to read these works, I was able to fully and wholly study and absorb them. HMU offered me both the academic flexibility and rigor that I longed for."

– Adam Hazlett

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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.

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