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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
Politicians, graphic novelists, & the aviator who taught Amelia Earhart to fly—all are Shimer alumni who took liberal arts studies with us! Discover them here. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at blog.shimer
‘Poetics’ by Aristotle is history’s oldest surviving work of literary criticism & analysis—the foundations of great books studies! Learn about it here. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at blog.shimer
Read this blog to discover how curiosity, creativity, work ethics, and employability combine to make small liberal arts college a choice any parent can support! Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at blog.shimer
Where do liberal arts studies belong in the age of big data? Discover why data management fields need creative and analytical thinkers like you! Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at blog.shimer
Humanities studies are known for being heavy on the books! Here’s our guide to managing and organizing your readings/coursework in liberal arts college. Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at blog.shimer
Have you read Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment? This masterpiece is worth a second look! Check out which modern works it has gone on to inspire. Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at blog.shimer
Do you want to choose what you study and how you study it? Leading your own social sciences education might be for you! Read this blog to find out why. Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2016 at blog.shimer
Thinking about applying to liberal arts college? From focusing on your own story to showcasing your interest in lib arts, here are three ways to make the cut. Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at blog.shimer
What is it about small liberal arts colleges that attracts American homeschoolers? From tight student/prof ratios to financial support, discover 4 key reasons. Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at blog.shimer
Discover how Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales has influenced works on paper, stage, and screen, along with our own great books studies college. Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at blog.shimer
Academics just held Asia’s very first Social Sciences Studies expo, bringing great minds together from across the continent to discuss the issues shaping social science education today. Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at blog.shimer
How do the most successful graduates of liberal arts find their career calling? How do they put their skills into practice in meaningful ways? Find out here. Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at blog.shimer
More jobs are looking for people with a mix of technology and people skills, or ‘hybrids.’ Find out how liberal arts studies can prepare you! Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2016 at blog.shimer
If you want to make a difference in your community, you should consider becoming a humanities college student! Here are four reasons why. Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at blog.shimer
Can you afford to enroll in a top liberal arts college like Shimer? Read on to learn why this investment might be cheaper than you expect! Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2016 at blog.shimer
Students at Shimer College engage with great works of literature on a daily basis What is the oldest story in the world? According to academics and historians alike, it isn’t the bible. It isn’t any of the ancient tales scratched... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at blog.shimer
Passionate about equality? Simone de Beauvoir’s book ‘The Second Sex’ might be the most important work of philosophy you’ve ever read. Find out why. Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at blog.shimer
Shimerians write books. They write a lot of books. Some of those books are theoretical. Some are historical. Some are filled with poetry and some are entirely prose. All of them are worth a gander. But I admit that I do not get to all of them. I did, recently,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2016 at Evocations
Fictional characters going to Shimer? Well, as readers of this blog know, that is one way to think about what Shimerians are like, in a somewhat ideal typical sense (a la Weber) or in one's imagination, with a bit less seriousness! We have looked at figures such as Harry Dresden... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2016 at Evocations
Social science studies played a key role in recent global crises like Ebola and malaria. Find out how you can contribute to this fast-paced field yourself. Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2016 at blog.shimer
As I recently wrote, and have occasionally undertaken on this blog, there are many ways to link Shimer to the world beyond what appear to be our boundaries. Indeed, we are "everywhere" if you just know how to look -- and to build the connections. There are historical connections, contemporary... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2016 at Evocations
Did you know that Chicago is home to one of the world’s most influential Irish populations? Celebrate with them & these great works at a liberal arts college! Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2016 at blog.shimer
Have you read Melville’s masterpiece? At a great books college you’ll unpack culture’s fascination with the white whale! Dive in and get started with this blog. Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2016 at blog.shimer
One of my favorite entertainments since "meeting" Shimer is a game I call (yes, with the obvious pop culture referent and perhaps slightly less obvious theoretical referent -- see here) Six Degrees of Shimer. There are many ways to play, like having someone name a figure and then trying to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2016 at Evocations
If you’re interested in pursuing liberal arts studies, check out which concepts and trends are on the cutting edge of the liberal arts scene! Here’s our guide. Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2016 at blog.shimer