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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Summer Recess

Harrison Middleton University will be closed July 1-8th for Summer Recess. Emails and phone calls will be responded to on Monday, July 10th.

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Upcoming Events

Featured Summer Events

Quarterly Discussions
We invite all interested students, staff and friends to join us for our July Quarterly Discussion which will focus on two selections from Plutarch. We have two discussion times available. Sign up for either Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 4 pm PDT or Saturday, July 22, 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
The Harrison Middleton University Winter Film series ended with a dynamic discussion over Shakespeare’s Henry V and the Hollow Crown! Please stay posted for information about our fall 2017 series!

Northwest Great Books Weekend
HMU Dean and Tutor Marcus Conley will be attending the 58th Annual Northwest Great Books Weekend event in Tacoma, Washington from June 23-25, 2017. For more information visit the Northwest Great Books website at www.nwgreatbooks.com/event/58th-annual-pacific-northwest-great-books-weekend/.

Toronto Pursuits
HMU Tutors Gary Schoepfel and Rebecca Fisher will be leading seminars at Toronto Pursuits this summer, July 16-21, 2017. The theme this year is “What can we know?” For more information visit the Classical Pursuits website at www.classicalpursuits.com/toronto-pursuits/.

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HMU: Dialogues

May 2017 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.

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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. Phillip Perry, New York, NY

"The demanding pedagogy of Harrison Middleton University has made a profound impact on my life. The university’s Doctor of Arts program, with its emphasis on the Great Books of the Western World, allowed me to bring to fruition my dreams of writing a novel."

– Dr. Phillip Perry

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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.