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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
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Students who graduate from liberal arts college courses develop many skills highly sought after by a variety of employers. Here’s how you can market them! Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at blog.shimer
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The Odyssey is an epic story of faithfulness and loyalty that has inspired many great works to come. It’s a great read for students in great books college. Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at blog.shimer
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Students in alternative liberal arts colleges engage with texts by asking different questions both inside and outside the classroom. Here are 3 to try! Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at blog.shimer
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Liberal arts programs and education have an extensive and fascinating history dating back to 332 AD in the Greco-Roman era. Read this blog to learn more! Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at blog.shimer
I suppose introductions are in order: my name is Ryan Taylor-Davis, and I’m a first-year transfer student at Shimer from Sebastopol, California. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at blog.shimer
Among my favourite reading lists this past academic year was for the (lamentably retired) David Lukens’ survey course on Medieval philosophy, spanning from Athenagoras to Buridan. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at blog.shimer
I’ve just finished teaching Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment in my Humanities 2 class, surely an endurance marathon for student and teacher alike. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at blog.shimer
In Shimer’s Humanities 4 class, we read Kafka’s The Trial and watched Orson Welles’ 1962 film adaptation. Generally speaking, the students were disappointed in the changes Welles made to the story – and the way he ended it was a particular source of outrage. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at blog.shimer
Jonathan Timm writes from Oxford, where he is finishing both his thesis and his last semester at Shimer. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at blog.shimer
Being in Oxford, one learns fairly early on to refer to “the other place” rather than (shh…) Cambridge. Still, you may hear reference to “Oxbridge“ - as the two universities are more like each other than any other place is like either. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at blog.shimer
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Pursuing an education at a small liberal arts college provides student with an enhanced skill set, which will set them apart in the classroom and beyond. Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2016 at blog.shimer
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Franz Kafka’s novel The Trial is one of the many books studied in the great books courses at Shimer College, inspiring many great works to come. Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at blog.shimer
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Through liberal arts and natural sciences courses, students hone their critical thinking and communication skills—important traits of top medical professionals. Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2016 at blog.shimer
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Thinking of attending a liberal arts college? Shimer College students share their favorite readings from their own liberal arts courses! Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2016 at blog.shimer
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From The Communist Manifesto to Fahrenheit 451, discover three banned books you might encounter throughout your great books studies and why we recommend them. Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2016 at blog.shimer
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Shimer provides early entrance to students who have shown exciting academic potential in high school and are deemed ready for humanities college courses. Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2016 at blog.shimer
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How might taking natural sciences courses at a liberal arts college bring you face to face with a 2,000-year-old skull? Find out here. Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at blog.shimer
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Here are three awesome budgeting tips that students considering small liberal arts colleges should consider when preparing for their studies. Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2016 at blog.shimer
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Students in top liberal arts schools get to learn via 'facilitators' of knowledge rather than 'professors' and get to direct their own learning and growth. Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2016 at blog.shimer
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Make the great decision to join Shimer College taking humanities courses and you automatically are granted the opportunity to visit the Art Institute of Chicago. Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2016 at blog.shimer
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Are you interested in receiving a liberal arts education from a great books college? If so, read on to find out about the man behind the movement. Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at blog.shimer
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How can you contribute to progress for social equality? Social science courses are a great place to start! Here are 3 strategies to consider. Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at blog.shimer
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China has just committed to cutting their meat intake in half! Find out why and what this means with lessons learned in natural sciences courses. Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at blog.shimer
Here and Hereafter, the Eternity Connection From Joy Ibsen: What are we doing here? What do we know about the hereafter? I didn’t intend to write a memoir—that was an accident. I wanted to share some stories about what I’ve... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at blog.shimer
Seasons in My Garden on sale March 25, 2016. In Seasons in My Garden, award-winning writer Sr. Elizabeth Wagner reveals how tending to a garden in her Maine hermitage brought her to a deeper understanding of what it means to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at blog.shimer