Fellowship in Ideas

Harrison Middleton University Fellowship in Ideas

The Harrison Middleton University 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. The Fellowship offers emerging scholars exposure to the great ideas of Western civilization, networking opportunities amongst an array of academicians, lifelong learners, readers, and thinkers from a broad range of disciplines, and credited authorship in two university publications. Except for conference attendance, all activities of the HMU Fellowship in Ideas may be carried out from any location with adequate telephone and internet access.

2018 Fellowship in Ideas Recipients

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George L. Hickman

George L. Hickman works as a paralegal near Baltimore, Maryland. He holds a Masters degree in English from Ball State University and a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Classics from Bucknell University. His current work in fiction explores characters who have moved away from their birth country and characters who have moved away from their gender assigned at birth. Through the Fellowship of Ideas, George plans to explore the relationship between architecture, landscape, and characterization in art. His fiction has recently appeared in The Louisville Review, The Copperfield Review, and SAND Magazine.


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James Keller

James Keller received his BA in Philosophy and Religion from Harrison Middleton University in 2015. Currently, he is studying with Harrison Middleton University in pursuit of his MA, also in Philosophy and Religion. James is a proponent of The Great Books program and the process of shared inquiry.

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Benjamin Peterson

Ben was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. He is the son of a fisherman. He holds degrees in Film Studies and Russian Studies, and maintains that he had no involvement in the 2016 elections outside of his personal ballot. He currently travels around the country, housesitting, watching movies, and occasionally writing.

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Matt Phillips

Matt Phillips has studied at North Carolina Central University, The University of Texas-El Paso, and Antioch University-Los Angeles. He earned his MFA in creative writing at UTEP, and won the Zócalo Public Square Poetry Prize in 2016. He also writes crime and noir fiction. His books include Accidental Outlaws, Three Kinds of Fool, Bad Luck City, Redbone, and a forthcoming comedic noir called The Bad Kind of Lucky.

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Sam Risak

A graduate from the University of South Florida with a dual degree in Women’s and Gender Studies and Creative Writing, she questions those who are traditionally granted epistemic authority and any claims of universal or objective truths. She explores topics such as the social construction of gendered bodies to research whether women are biologically predisposed to require fewer calories than men or if the desire to maintain women as passive in a patriarchy informs such nutritional recommendations. In her writing, she undermines essentialist claims to illustrate why no results are unclouded from the lens of their founder.

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Carter Vance

Carter Vance is a Masters candidate at the Institute of Political Economy at Carleton University. He holds a Honours Bachelor of Social Work from Algoma University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Ottawa. Mr. Vance has worked in the offices of several members of Canada's Parliament and as a policy analyst for governmental and non-profit organizations in Canada and the United Kingdom. His writing has appeared with such outlets as Jacobin, C2C Journal and the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. He is also a published poet, whose first collection, Songs About Girls, is currently available from Urban Farmhouse Press.

"The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read."
~ Abraham Lincoln