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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 Fellowship Recipients and New Pop Culture Anthology

Presidents' Day Recess
Harrison Middleton University will be closed for Presidents' Day Recess Saturday, February 17-Monday, February 19, 2018. The university will re-open Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

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 Winter/Spring Events

Winter Film Series
Harrison Middleton University invites you to its 2017-2018 film series. Discussions will be held on the following Thursday evenings at 5:00 pm PT/6:00 pm MT/7:00 pm CT/8:00 pm ET: November 16th- Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (text and film), December 14th- Dr. Strangelove (film), January 18th- 1984 (text and film), and March 8th– Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (text and film).

Participants will read the text and screen a film in advance of the scheduled two-hour discussion, which will then be conducted via conference call using a toll free telephone number that will be provided to participants. Our discussions are open to the public and we invite new voices to listen and participate. To register please contact rfisher@hmu.edu.

Quarterly Discussion
Harrison Middleton University invites you to join our next Quarterly Discussion on April 26th and 28th. E-mail asimon@hmu.edu if you are interested. Everyone is welcome!

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HMU: Dialogues

November 2017 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. Susan Dunekacke, Elk Creek, NE

"Reading from The Great Books of the Western World was like taking a literary journey through time, from the ancient Greeks to the Twentieth Century. I also loved working with enthusiastic Tutors who made each conversation feel like an intellectual discussion with a friend. In addition, as a wife, mother, daughter, and teacher, flexibility was imperative; Harrison Middleton offered me a challenging course of study that complimented my lifestyle."

– Dr. Susan Dunekacke

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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.