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We at Harrison Middleton University believe that the study of the humanities is both timeless and timely because it focuses on the central questions of human existence, lasting debates that bear directly on the problems we face today. And in a time when information of all kinds is increasingly fragmented, the study of ancient and modern classics provides a rich source of 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

Congratulations to Recent Graduates

Harrison Middleton University congratulates graduates Dr. Ellin Iselin, Jason Luerssen, and Dr. Rodney Reider on their induction into the Delta Epsilon Tau Honor Society, the premier national honor society for America’s accredited distance learning institutions. The Society encourages and recognizes superior student achievement, character, and leadership.

2019 Fellows Announced

Congratulations to the 2019 HMU Fellowship in Ideas recipients: Ned Boulberhane, Laken Brooks, and Jennifer Taylor. 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. Read more about the 2019 recipients and the Fellowship in Ideas.

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Upcoming Events

Featured Fall & Winter Events

40th Annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference
Tutor Alissa Simon is attending the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference on February 20-23. She will present a paper titled: "The Philosophy of Poetics: An Investigation into the Poetics of Virginie Lalucq Combined with the Philosophy of Jean-Luc Nancy." She will also be reading three poems for the creative writing panel. Click here to visit the SPACA website for more information about this event.

New England Great Books Council
Tutor and Dean Dr. Deacon will be attending the New England Great Books Council's Spring Retreat exploring "The Great War in Prose and Poetry." Click here for event and registration information.

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HMU: Dialogues

November 2018 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

Missy Andrews, Rice, WA

“HMU gave me the opportunity to pursue literature and the Great Ideas by structuring a program that reflected my individual interests and goal. The university’s pedagogical approach of reading, writing, and discussion presses the student into conversation with the Great Authors and a community of readers and thinkers… I came away from my studies at HMU having imbibed the ideas of the Great Authors, rather than a group of scholars who claim to speak for them. I was challenged to interact with primary works, supporting my own understanding with textual references, rather than with secondary criticism.”

– Missy Andrews

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Inquiry-Based Discussion

Selection from a Syntopical Discussion

Inquiry-based discussion or Socratic method is at the heart of Harrison Middleton University's teaching methodology. Participants in an inquiry-based discussion search for meaning, for answers to fundamental questions of human existence raised by primary texts. In the course of conversation, students interpret the primary text, employ critical reading skills, and call upon previous knowledge and experiences. Throughout their studies, students will engage in 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 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.