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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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Have you heard about Haymarket? It was the watershed moment for the US labour movement and it happened right in Chicago. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at blog.shimer
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Shimer gives students a chance to complete a part of their studies abroad in Oxford. Find out more. Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at blog.shimer
Adam Kotsko has been at Shimer College as a professor since 2011. He has published a variety of works, including, this year, a book on creepiness from Zero Books. (Click here for information.) For more on Adam's teaching and much more, click here. Today, he is looking at the following... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Evocations
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More fascinating mayors of Chicago and what they tell us about the political process. Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at blog.shimer
As some of you know, Shimer has a Social Reading Program that allows us to read together -- even when we are apart. This month, we are reading some material from African American authors, including DuBois, recently discovered to be a Shimerian (kidding, but see here). We hope you will... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Evocations
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Shakespeare is one of the many Great Books authors whose work has repeatedly inspired others. Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at blog.shimer
Daniela Barberis has been a professor of history of science and social sciences at Shimer College since 2011. For some insight into what Daniela teaches and her published work, click here. Below, Daniela reflects on Henry James' Portrait of a Lady -- as well as Jane Campion's film of that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Evocations
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Interested in science in Chicago? Head down to Lake Shore Drive. Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at blog.shimer
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The way we think about philosophy is changing. How will this evolution change the way we see ourselves and our society in the years to come? Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at blog.shimer
There has been a lot of chat about W.E.B. Du Bois at Shimer lately. His work appears in our courses. And, yet, how and whether we actually read that work has been the matter of some very interesting discussion. And, since today is Martin Luther King Day, focusing on Du... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Evocations
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Chicago politics can serve as a look into the American political system. Here are a few of the windy city’s most controversial mayors. Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at blog.shimer
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Chicago has 28 sister cities, and they all have a culturally daring streak. Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at blog.shimer
Mark Benney was born Henry Ernest Degras, and lived from 1910 until 1973. He was most definitely a Shimerian. And, in this case, I do not mean this in some distant figurative way. As you will learn here, he taught at Shimer, and as I learned some time ago, he... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Evocations
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From the Chinese pun ban to Arizona banning books, literary censorship is alive and well in the 2st century. Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at blog.shimer
When I arrived Shimer, there were odd connections between the Shimer curriculum and my reading of murder mysteries. And, this was especially true when it came to the appearance of famous (aka Shimerian) authors in murder mysteries and detective stories. Nietzsche or Freud or Aristotle or Wollstonecraft . . .... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at Evocations
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From Improv Theater to its own form of the blues, Chicago has created some truly innovative art forms. Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2014 at blog.shimer
Do you remember the novel, Love Story? Or the film which involved, well, those people? If so, the name Erich Segal may be familiar. (So too might the phrase "love means never having to say you're sorry.") If neither the book, the film, nor these tidbits seem familiar, try clicking... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at Evocations
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Chicago is a great place to spend the holidays. Here are a few ways you can enjoy the windy city over Christmas break. Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2014 at blog.shimer
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In 100 years, liberal arts students will study the greats, but just who will those greats be. Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at blog.shimer
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Chicago is the home to some truly ground-breaking artists and works of art in the fields of literature, theatre, film, TV and visual arts. Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at blog.shimer
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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 Nov 27, 2014 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