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 undergraduate and 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.
Presentation by Peter Ponzio
Peter Ponzio, HMU doctoral candidate, presented a talk on Shakespeare, “Why Shakespeare is Still Relevant,” at the Fremont Public Library in Lake County, IL. This was part of kick off for the First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, a national traveling exhibition of the Shakespeare First Folio.
Summer Quarterly Discussions
The next Quarterly Discussion will be held Thursday, July 14th, and Saturday, July 16th, and we will read a selection of Pascal’s Pensees. Our discussions are open to the public and we invite new voices to listen and participate. Quarterly Discussions are conducted on a conference call, and you can be anywhere to participate! If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please email Alissa Simon (firstname.lastname@example.org).
May 2016 Bi-Annual Newsletter
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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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.