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.

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Congratulations to Dr. Nathan C. Pettijohn

Congratulations to Dr. Nathan C. Pettijohn on successfully earning his Doctor of Arts degree! Dr. Pettijohn submitted a novel titled “Fief of Bedlam” in partial fulfillment of his Doctor of Arts degree requirements.

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Upcoming Events

Featured Fall and Winter Events

Quarterly Discussions
The next Quarterly Discussions will be held Thursday, October 20th at 4pm PDT, and Saturday, October 22nd at 9am PDT. The October Quarterly Discussion will focus on a selection of presidential speeches. 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 (asimon@hmu.edu).

Alliance for Liberal Learning 2016 Conference
The Alliance for Liberal Learning Second Annual Conference: Making Connections is planned for October 28-29, 2016 in Chicago. Please see the conference page on the Alliance website for more details. HMU is proud to be a founding member of the Alliance!

Winter Film Series
Our second Shakespeare film series, The Henriad, will explore four of Shakespeare's plays paired with the four parts of The Hollow Crown Series. Participants will read the play and screen a film in advance of the scheduled discussion. Each two-hour discussion will cover one of the plays. Discussions will be held on Thursday evenings at 5pm PDT: Richard II on December 1st, Henry IV (Part I) on January 12th, Henry IV (Part II) on March 2nd, and Henry V on April 6th. Participants may join one, two, three, or all four discussions. Our discussions are open to the public and we invite new voices to listen and participate. To register please contact rfisher@hmu.edu.

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HMU: Dialogues

May 2016 Bi-Annual Newsletter

Harrison Middleton University's bi-annual publication shares information about student graduations and publications, and celebrates student, faculty, and staff achievements!

The fall issue of HMU: Dialogues is coming togehter. Send any professional accomplishments to asimon@hmu.edu before October 14, 2016 to be included in this issue.

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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

Adam Hazlett, Fenton, MI

"Twain claimed the classics as things everyone wants to have read, but no one wants to actually read; however, with my tutors and mentors at HMU, I was not only able to read these works, I was able to fully and wholly study and absorb them. HMU offered me both the academic flexibility and rigor that I longed for."

– Adam Hazlett

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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.

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