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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
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Collaboration or competition? Textbooks or classic texts? Do you know which values and practices set the top liberal arts schools apart from the mainstream? Continue reading
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Uncovered over years of natural sciences studies, learn five facts about evolution that may surprise you - from hobbits to body hair and beyond. Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2015 at blog.shimer
From heroes and hobbits to dragons and wizards, discover which modern great books were inspired by the epic Old English poem, Beowulf. Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at blog.shimer
Steve Jobs is one of the greatest minds of our time—and he honed his craft, critical thinking, and creativity in liberal arts college. Learn how you too can make a difference with a liberal arts degree! Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2015 at blog.shimer
From creativity to diversity, flexibility and beyond, find out which valuable tech-industry qualities you'll get with a liberal arts degree. Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2015 at blog.shimer
From MFAs to MBAs, MSCs and beyond, discover how a liberal arts degree can prepare you for a variety of post-graduate paths to professional success. Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2015 at blog.shimer
From ex-communicated slugs to imprisoned pigs, discover how animal trials laid the foundation for the legal principles taught in modern liberal arts education. Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2015 at blog.shimer
From familiar money woes to a love of the social sciences, learn what a collection of medieval students’ letters reveal about college life in the Middle Ages. Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2015 at blog.shimer
Harry Dresden is a fictional character appearing in books within the "Dresden Files," written by Jim Butcher. Dresden, the recipient of a GED, is labeled the "only wizard in the Chicago phone book" in the novels. And, yes, he is a wizard -- and something of a wise ass. The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2015 at Evocations
Find out how modern business schools are trying to emulate the learning methods, analytical skills, and cultural awareness offered by liberal arts colleges. Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2015 at blog.shimer
Annually, there is an event called Banned Books Week, sponsored by, among others, the American Library Association (I think). The year the relevant week is September 27 through October 3. This year's theme is Celebrating the Freedom to Read, and includes specific attention to YA (Young Adult) books. As you... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2015 at Evocations
Find out how poetry offers improved critical analysis, writing skills, and other rewarding benefits for those pursuing a well-rounded liberal arts education. Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2015 at blog.shimer
From Lolita to The Lord of the Rings, check out this blog to learn how modern works owe their plot twists to Robert Louis Stevenson’s great book, Jekyll and Hyde. Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2015 at blog.shimer
Find out how the right research, support, and liberal arts education can prepare you for the rewarding internship of your dreams. Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2015 at blog.shimer
From Galileo to Marie-Anne Paulze Lavosier, check out this blog to learn more about some of the greatest minds behind the Scientific Revolution. Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2015 at blog.shimer
From better customization to improved sleeping patterns, discover the advantages and disadvantages offered by e-books and printed books. Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2015 at blog.shimer
August 26 is Women's Equality Day. It commemorates a long struggle -- in some senses not yet done -- to establish the right of women to equality. In particular, it commemorates the achievement of women's right to vote in the United States, in the 19th Amendment certified on August 26,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2015 at Evocations
See why complex analytical problems are no match for the curious, clever, and persistent minds of Liberal Arts graduates. Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at blog.shimer
From the liberal arts classroom to the big screen, learn how Joseph Conrad's classic novel has permeated modern culture. Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at blog.shimer
Find out how active listening can enhance your liberal arts studies, by helping you engage in more meaningful debates and retain information. Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2015 at blog.shimer
From challenging yourself to selecting something new, check out this blog for some tips on choosing elective courses. Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2015 at blog.shimer
Discover ways in which a liberal arts education gives you a competitive advantage for landing a great job in any industry! Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 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