In addition to our degree programs, Harrison Middleton University offers continuing education units in the humanities.
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As defined by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), “
Many professionals, including educators, are required to earn continuing education units annually.Continuing education units are also available for students who want to enhance their academic skills for postsecondary education and/or to prepare for the General Education Development tests.
Discussion Series Options
2021 Winter Film Series
Among our highest values — the goods we ought to seek, secure, and preserve — lies justice. And as a good, it is unlimited. We can’t have too much of it. It would be absurd to characterize a judgment as being too fair. Surely, Justice ranks among the most important and influential of the Great Ideas. And Justice — social justice in particular — is the Great Idea we will interrogate in the 2021 Harrison Middleton University film series.
The series includes Spike Lee’s masterpiece, Do the Right Thing; Academy Award Best Picture, Parasite; I Am Not Your Negro, Raoul Peck’s blistering documentary about James Baldwin; and Shakespeare’s controversial classic, The Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino. Our screenings and discussions will be guided by a syntopical look at Justice. We will use short provocative quotations from Hume, Aristotle, Shakespeare, Hobbes, Pascal, Plato, and others as a lens through which we examine the films and the important focus each gives to a social justice issue.
Discussions will be held on Thursday evenings at 5:00 pm PT/6:00 pm MT/7:00 pm CT/8:00 pm ET.
Thursday, January 14th at 5:00 pm PST – Do the Right ThingThursday, February 4th at 5:00 pm PST – ParasiteThursday, February 25th at 5:00 pm PST – I am Not Your NegroThursday, March 18th at 5:00 pm PDT – The Merchant of Venice
To register please contact Rebecca Fisher at rfisher
You are invited to Harrison Middleton University”s January Quarterly Discussion. This natural science discussion will focus on The Land Ethic by Aldo Leopold and Night and Moonlight by Henry David Thoreau. We have discussions available using Zoom on either Thursday, January 21st from 4-5:30 pm PST or Saturday, January 23rd from 9-10:30 am PST. E-mail Alissa Simon at asimon
bocdau.com for more information.
Metaphors of Journey in the American Imagination
Is literature an artifact of culture or does the literary chronicle of a region or society create what we recognize as culture? What does American literature show us about American values, beliefs, and norms? Is American literature a cult of masculinity, a rationale for “manifest destiny,” or a dream of reconciliation? These are just some of the questions explored by Dr. Coulson and members of the bocdau.com community when together they discussed classic American literature and the imaginative landscape that gives shape to American identity.
The Diploma Program provides an opportunity for students not seeking a degree to do in-depth study of major authors, works, and ideas in the humanities. The program consists of 30 continuing education units with an emphasis in imaginative literature, natural science, philosophy and religion, and social sciences. The program includes the reading and discussion of primary sources with selections drawn from Oxford University Press (Oxford World’s Classics and the Oxford Very Short Introductions series), The Great Books of the Western World (The Syntopicon I & II, including the Bibliography of Additional Readings), Norton Anthologies of English and American Literature, and the Annals of America. Book and material expenses will vary depending on the selections. Students can work with their Mentor to choose appropriate readings and editions.
A sampling of recent courses taken by Diploma Program students includes:
Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus, Prometheus Unbound by Percy Bysshe Shelly, and Frankenstein by Mary Shelly (texts and film)
Anthony and Cleopatra by Shakespeare (text and film)
Antigone by Sophocles (text)
Remorseless Working of Things: three Shakespeare tragedies (MacBeth, King Lear and Hamlet texts and films)
Anarchy and Civil Disobedience: Thoreau, Kropotkin, Marx and Engels, Bakunin, Webb Miller, Martin Luther King Jr.
Even after graduating with my Doctor of Arts degree in 2014, I knew I didn’t want my relationship with Harrison Middleton University to end. I wanted more of what the University offered. I wanted more opportunities to enjoy focused, close reading of great literature, I wanted more opportunities for Shared Inquiry based discussions with skilled tutors, and I wanted more opportunities to promote the lifelong learning behavior that was so important to me. I was happy to discover that Harrison Middleton University’s Diploma Program offered me all these opportunities and more.
~ E. Daniels, Current Diploma Program Student (2018)
Language is integral to studying the humanities. As described by Mortimer Adler, “Some of the great books are expositions of logic or rhetoric. None is a treatise on grammar. But they all plainly exemplify, even where they do not expound, the special refinements of the arts of language; and many of them, especially the works of science, philosophy, and theology, and even some of the poetical works, deal explicitly with the difficulties of discourse, and the devices that have been used to overcome them. Language is their instrument, and they are consciously critical in its use” (vol. 1, 725).
Language may be studied as an idea for inquiry; in addition, Harrison Middleton University offers languages through the Rosetta Stone program for continuing education units. For a list of languages available, please see our Catalog.