Harrison Middleton University was founded in 1998 with the belief 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 faced today. At a time when more and more adults are recognizing the benefits of lifelong learning, the Great Books of the Western World provide the medium in which to search for fundamental knowledge and unifying ideas.
The Great Books of the Western World are considered great because they speak to us in more than one way. The authors raise persistent human questions, and their different interpretations of those questions reveal a variety of independent and yet complementary meanings. Whether the works are epic poems or political treatises, and whether the subject matter is scientific, historical, or philosophical, they are all linked together. In following the great authors across time, students will find that they introduce, support, or criticize each other. In this sense, the authors converse with each other, and in this way, they draw the reader to take part in a continuing conversation.
At Harrison Middleton University, students will learn to establish a set of questions to which all authors can be interpreted as giving answers. By summarizing the opposing answers of authors to various interpretive questions on one side of an issue or another, students will define and analyze the issues, themes, and problems of western civilization. The goal is not only to gain knowledge of the past, but to also reach for the best wisdom of all the ages, for our own enlightenment and for the understanding of contemporary problems.
Harrison Middleton University is dedicated to the memory of Willis Speight Harrison and Arthur Middleton.