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Shimer College
Chicago, IL
The Great Books College of Chicago
Interests: discussion, Great Books, Plato, Aristotle, Nietzsche, Kant, Augustine, Aquinas, Darwin, Isaac Newton, Descartes, Pascal, Kafka, Homer, Anselm, Locke, Buber, Ruth Benedict, Piaget, Chodorow, DuBois, Durkheim, Karl Marx, Adam Smith, Hobbes, Machiavelli, Freud, Rousseau, Montesquieu, Wollstonecraft, Arendt, de Beauvoir, Hegel, John Stuart Mill, Lucretius, Bacon, Avogadro, Mendel, Lamarck, Cannizzaro, Lavoisier, Dalton, Galileo, Copernicus, Einstein, Oersted, Huygens, Schrodinger, Heisenberg, Feynmann, Shakespeare, Euclid, Lobachevsky, Herodotus, Thucydides, Tacitus, Plutarch, Ptolemy, Aurelius, Dante, Chaucer, Thomas More, Milton, Cervantes, Hume, Goethe
Recent Activity
Discover ways in which a liberal arts education gives you a competitive advantage for landing a great job in any industry! Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at blog.shimer
One of the things that I think a good liberal education ought foster (and most definitely ought not squash) is creativity. In support of this I would suggest a read of a few chapters of Abraham Maslow's The Farthest Reaches of Human Nature. Part II of the book, Creativeness, includes... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Evocations
Discover the ways that classic literature still has an influence on how we view and interact with the world around us! Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at blog.shimer
Discover ways to read faster while retaining more information, so you can get the most out of your reading assignments! Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at blog.shimer
Discover ways to read faster while retaining more information, so you can get the most out of your reading assignments! Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at blog.shimer
One of my favorite books in some ways is Robert Coles' The Call of Stories: Teaching and the Moral Imagination. While he definitely did not graduate from Shimer, I do think that much of what he speaks of in the book is Shimerian in some sense -- the power of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at Evocations
From student demographics to practical applications, discover some of the major myths surrounding liberal arts education - and why you shouldn't believe them! Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at blog.shimer
Discover how liberal arts students leverage their skill-set, market their strengths, and boost their career prospects! Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at blog.shimer
Discover a few useful tips to try when experiencing writers' block on that next essay! Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at blog.shimer
Discover a few great ways that liberal arts students can spend their summer days in the city! Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at blog.shimer
Read on to discover how you can find an advisor, perform research and avoid burn out while writing your senior thesis. Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at blog.shimer
Discover how the Shimer College education model encourages the productive exchange of ideas! Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at blog.shimer
I admit it, until I agreed to chair the fund-raising dinner for the Harold Washington Literary Award (sponsored by the Near South Planning Board in support of their Authors in Schools program), I did not know the work of Edward P. Jones, this year's recipient. Shame on me. Jones is... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at Evocations
Discover which scientists left their mark on history during the Dark Ages, and which of their works are still studied at great books colleges. Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at blog.shimer
Discover the techniques people used in ancient times to improve their memory—no paper or pencil required! Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at blog.shimer
Oedipus Rex by Sophocles is not only a standard for great books colleges—it is also an inherent part of our modern culture. Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at blog.shimer
Shimer is in Illinois. So, why write about Illinois and New York? Is it because we have alumnae and alumni in both places? (Yes, we do. But no, this is not the reason.) Is it because as the "third coast" Chicago-ans (as Shimer is now) always defer to the real... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Evocations
Comps, or comprehensive exams, are an integral part of the liberal arts college experience—but what are they exactly? Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at blog.shimer
How did we at Shimer miss the 'greatest Chicago book tournament' sponsored by the Reader? Really? We missed this? I did at least! The tournament has gone on for months, choosing amongst various books associated with Chicago (from The Jungle and Twenty Years at Hull House to Divergent and The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Evocations
Renaissance philosophy had a huge impact that can still be felt today. Here are four of the most influential thinkers of the era. Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at blog.shimer
Ann Dolinko has been a member of the Shimer faculty since 1996. Her degrees are in philosophy and her teaching includes many of our core courses in the social sciences and humanities. She also offers a host of electives at Shimer, including those that contribute to addressing the question of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at Evocations
Poets can be controversial and dangerously optimistic. Here are five of the most notable status-quo challengers. Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at blog.shimer
Shimer students get free admission to the Art Institute of Chicago, one of the premier museums in the world. Here’s why you should go. Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at blog.shimer
Milton’s Paradise Lost is a part of our culture in more ways than one. Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at blog.shimer
Periodically, I have asked if someone is a Shimerian -- Gertrude Stein? Charles Bradshaw? DuBois? In each instance, I have argued, whether more or less seriously, for their inclusion as a Shimerian. George R. R. Martin. Neil Gaiman (who more recently has tweeted regarding Shimer, which is always a new... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at Evocations