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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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A guide to enhancing your cultural understanding of Chicago - or just something fun to do during those long, cold winter months. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at blog.shimer
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Both the act of reading and the way in which literature is produced has changed quite a bit over the last few years. Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at blog.shimer
We endlessly refer to Mrs. Shimer -- to Frances Wood who married a chap named SHimer and this lead to our college's name: Shimer College. Mrs. Shimer mattered and matters. So too did Cinderlla Gregory (who also married and her last name became Lansing. And this despite controversy about the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Evocations
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Mastering debate skills prepares students for both academic and professional challenges. Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at blog.shimer
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Kate Bornstein, activist, artist and author will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Representing Trans* symposium, open to Shimer students on the University of Chicago campus. Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at blog.shimer
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This article discusses tips to manage stress when delivering classroom presentations. Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at blog.shimer
I have asked whether Poirot was a Shimerian and whether one of my favorite Chicago sculptures is by a Shimerian. In each case, I was showcasing something in popular culture -- or in Chicago -- that allowed me to speak of Shimer in certain ways. What happens when we begin... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at Evocations
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This post discusses the struggles of maintaining a student budget and provides tips on how to create and stick with a realistic financial plan. Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at blog.shimer
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This article discusses the benefits and advantages of studying abroad, while introducing Shimer’s College-in-Oxford program. Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at blog.shimer
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Whether or not you believe people change depending on culture, or whether it shapes a pre-existing personality, there is no doubt that culture plays a role establishing who we are in the world. Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at blog.shimer
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Psychology is a wide branch of study with plenty of career opportunities. Psychology can be analyzed in most all aspects of society, including sports, aviation, and criminal investigations. Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at blog.shimer
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College life isn’t all about studying and attending class. It is the complementary activities like attending a theater performance or seeing a baseball game with friends that truly rounds out your college and social experiences. Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at blog.shimer
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Sometimes it is difficult to know how to react to global events, or even how to situate oneself in a global context. It’s easy to feel lost as you get older and the world gets bigger, but here are helpful ways of becoming a responsible global citizen. Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at blog.shimer
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Are you the type who is always looking to soak up knowledge and learn more about the world? If this is you, it sounds like a liberal arts college with an assortment of fascinating and varied courses is the right choice. Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at blog.shimer
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If you’ve decided to enter college early, you’ve already proven to have a passion for learning and the determination to excel academically. Shimer College establishes a unique educational environment which encourages early entrant students to thrive. Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at blog.shimer
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Getting a jump on readings, planning out your academic calendar, and joining a club or two can help students start the school year off right. Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at blog.shimer
A tad early for ice skating, perhaps, given the current weather in Chicago, but not for Shimer! Bev Thurber is a Shimer faculty person who holds a variety of degrees, from MIT to Cambridge University to Cornell, and from Nordic... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 22, 2014 at blog.shimer
A tad early for ice skating, perhaps, given the current weather in Chicago, but not for Shimer! Bev Thurber is a Shimer faculty person who holds a variety of degrees, from MIT to Cambridge University to Cornell, and from Nordic languages to math and other fields. Here's what she has... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Evocations
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Students considering a career in law should aim to build key competencies like exemplary communication skills, technological awareness, and the ability to work well in a team. Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at blog.shimer
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While reaping the benefits of a close-knit academic family, Shimerians get to enjoy and experience all that IIT has to offer, including student clubs, campus resources, courses, and career services. Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at blog.shimer
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Moving from the philosopher-scientists of the 6th century, to modern molecular biology, natural science students at Shimer explore and debate the human quest to better understand the world around us. Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at blog.shimer
In many ways, murder mysteries have a lot in commn with Shimer. In fact, they have an enormous amount in common with liberal education more generally, and I do not mean only because there are so many set on campuses -- or so many set in Chicago. What then do... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Evocations
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Whether you’re searching for courses your current school can’t supply, or looking for a more open-minded culture, Shimer accepts a range of transfer students interested in redefining their educational experience. Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at blog.shimer
There are some classics that are, indeed, must reads. And by classics, I do not mean greeks or romans, though many of them deserve our attention as well. In this case, I mean works that shape and shaped our understanding of what it is to be human, raise essential questions,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at Evocations
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From the 16th century to the 1980s, humanity’s greatest thinkers often withstand persecution as heretics in their desire to push beyond conventional thought and the status quo. Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at blog.shimer