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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
Discover which scientists left their mark on history during the Dark Ages, and which of their works are still studied at great books colleges. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at blog.shimer
Discover the techniques people used in ancient times to improve their memory—no paper or pencil required! Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at blog.shimer
Oedipus Rex by Sophocles is not only a standard for great books colleges—it is also an inherent part of our modern culture. Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at blog.shimer
Shimer is in Illinois. So, why write about Illinois and New York? Is it because we have alumnae and alumni in both places? (Yes, we do. But no, this is not the reason.) Is it because as the "third coast" Chicago-ans (as Shimer is now) always defer to the real... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Evocations
Comps, or comprehensive exams, are an integral part of the liberal arts college experience—but what are they exactly? Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at blog.shimer
How did we at Shimer miss the 'greatest Chicago book tournament' sponsored by the Reader? Really? We missed this? I did at least! The tournament has gone on for months, choosing amongst various books associated with Chicago (from The Jungle and Twenty Years at Hull House to Divergent and The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Evocations
Renaissance philosophy had a huge impact that can still be felt today. Here are four of the most influential thinkers of the era. Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at blog.shimer
Ann Dolinko has been a member of the Shimer faculty since 1996. Her degrees are in philosophy and her teaching includes many of our core courses in the social sciences and humanities. She also offers a host of electives at Shimer, including those that contribute to addressing the question of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at Evocations
Poets can be controversial and dangerously optimistic. Here are five of the most notable status-quo challengers. Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at blog.shimer
Shimer students get free admission to the Art Institute of Chicago, one of the premier museums in the world. Here’s why you should go. Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at blog.shimer
Milton’s Paradise Lost is a part of our culture in more ways than one. Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at blog.shimer
Periodically, I have asked if someone is a Shimerian -- Gertrude Stein? Charles Bradshaw? DuBois? In each instance, I have argued, whether more or less seriously, for their inclusion as a Shimerian. George R. R. Martin. Neil Gaiman (who more recently has tweeted regarding Shimer, which is always a new... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at Evocations
Bev Thurber has been a professor at Shimer since 2009 and has previously written on Evocations here on the topic of Euclidean ice skating. As she puts it here, her main non-academic interests are ice skating (see previous comment) and cats. Meanwhile, read on for a Guest post on .... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2015 at Evocations
Notable scientists both past and present have called Chicago home. Here are a few of the most distinguished. Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2015 at blog.shimer
A liberal arts education helps to develop soft skills, which are in high demand in today’s workforce. Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at blog.shimer
From art to Irish culture to the theater, Chicago has plenty to offer you this spring break. Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at blog.shimer
David Shiner has been a professor at Shimer College for many years, writing on baseball and much more. (For David's previous contribution to Evocations, click here.) He plays chess and vintage baseball; his most recent research interest is classical philosophy. Here David offers "Thoughts on Plato’s Apology." As one of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at Evocations
We continue with great books that are now part of our culture in modern works. For Volume 2, we look at Homer. Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at blog.shimer
Some time ago, I attended a talk and heard someone speak of visits from Gertrude Stein to Chicago in the mid-1930s. The speaker then sent me a terrific article entitled ""An invincible force meets an immovable object": Gertrude Stein comes to Chicago." The article, written by Liesl Olson, appeared in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at Evocations
Yes, absolutely! Your tutorials that you take count for Shimer elective credit (3-5 credits depending on the course); additionally, you’ll also be taking a Shimer course with the Shimer professor who travels with you, so you’ll be gaining core credit (5-7 credits depending on the course) aswell. Please see our academic catalog ( ) if you’re interested in details about credits.
Have you heard about Haymarket? It was the watershed moment for the US labour movement and it happened right in Chicago. Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at blog.shimer
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
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