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

Outstanding Graduate

HMU graduate, Dr. John Reynolds, is recognized by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) as an Outstanding Graduate. Fourteen exceptional graduates were recognized by DEAC in 2018. Selection criteria included the graduates' academic records and the level and quality of their contributions to society. Congratulations Dr. Reynolds! Visit the DEAC website to read more about Dr. Reynolds and the other outstanding graduates.

Fellowship in Ideas

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 Fellowship in Ideas. The deadline for applications is October 1, 2018. Shortlisted candidates will be requested to participate in an interview, either by telephone or Skype. The successful applicant will be notified by Harrison Middleton University on or before December 1, 2018.

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Upcoming Events

Featured Fall & Winter Events

GI Film Festival
Dr. Deborah Deacon will attend the GI Film Festival September 25-30th in San Diego, California. Visit the GI Film Festival website for more information.

October Quarterly Discussion
Right now may be the best possible moment to discuss Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America. His work is both timely and timeless. Therefore, we invite you to discuss four chapters from Part I with us. These chapters touch on the formation of political parties, how the media participates in a democratic society, and what it means to be an elected official. Join us on either Thursday, October 25 at 4 pm PT, or Saturday, October 27 at 9 am PT. If interested, please e-mail asimon@hmu.edu to register or with questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

Philadelphia Great Books Fall Institute Weekend
Tutors, Dr. Deborah Deacon and Dr. Phil Stewart, will attend the Philadelphia Great Books Fall Institute Weekend November 2-4, 2018 at The Inn at Pocono Manor. Visit the Philadelphia Great Books website for more information.

Winter Film Series - American Greats
Harrison Middleton University invites you to its annual film series. This 2018-19 winter event will explore a variety of texts and films by several American Greats. Discussions will be held on Thursday evenings at 5:00 pm PT/6:00 pm MT/7:00 pm CT/8:00 pm ET. The first discussion will be held on Thursday, November 8th.

November 8th - A Street Car Named Desire (text and film)
December 6th - A Raisin in the Sun (text and film)
January 10th - A Long Day’s Journey Into Night (text and film)
March 7th - Death of a Salesman (text and film)

To register please contact rfisher@hmu.edu. Once registered, additional information on the texts, films, and call-in information will be provided.

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HMU: Dialogues

May 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

Dr. John Reynolds, Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado

“My work with Harrison Middleton University has been and continues to be extremely helpful. Harrison Middleton University's balance of form and flexibility empowers a teacher to grow personally and professionally without having to leave one's community. The degree program has equipped me to serve my students, my fellow educators, and my community.”

– Dr. John Reynolds

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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.