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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
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 yesterday 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 yesterday at Evocations
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
Is it possible to construct an entire course that is constructed out of "great books" by using only texts that are in some sense from Chicago or connected to Chicago? I think the answer is yes. See if you agree. Here are some potential people to include. Let's get to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at Evocations
I recently met someone who recommended the book High Rise Stories. And, then there it was at a bookstore I was visiting. So, I purchased it, carried it around for a bit, and have now read it. I would say it is must reading for Shimerians -- at least those... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at Evocations
Shimer’s accelerated B.A. to J.D. Great Books + Law Program shaves one entire year off your legal training, allowing successful students to graduate with both a B.A. and a law degree in only six years. Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at blog.shimer
Greetigns from Shimer College! I am going to begin a new theme across Evocations called "Reading Chicago" which will focus on several matters. First: For those of us in the "great books" or "great conversation" community, both at Shimer and beyond, we must reflect on what we read that has... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Evocations
Blogging is supposed to be something done regularly, dear readers, and I have been negligent. The last post was in May and . . . well, it is July. So, here is an alert that I am getting back to writing these, and I hope you will find what I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Evocations
Your senior thesis can be a daunting and seemingly herculean task, but these coping strategies will have you writing up a storm in no time at all. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at blog.shimer
Whether through artistic expression, grass-roots movements, or volunteering, Shimerians possess the drive and ability to pursue a range of humanitarian causes. Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at blog.shimer
The benefits of internships are incredibly vast for students. Find out some of the best advice for landing a great one while studying at Shimer College. Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at blog.shimer
These days employers want to hire people with drive and a vision of the future. Find out how to be an innovator and not a follower! Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at blog.shimer
Presenting in front of a class can be a nerve wracking experience, but with these tips you’ll be an expert orator in no time at all. Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at blog.shimer
Literature is not only one of the most enduring art forms, it’s also useful for informing the future. Learning from the past of literature, we can better understand how to forge ahead. Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at blog.shimer
Novel writing is a noble and fulfilling pursuit, but it can also be infuriating and difficult at times. Here are some strategies to beat writer’s block. Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at blog.shimer
The non-verbal communication skills you possess can be even be more important than how you speak. Find out how to be the most effective in your non-verbal communication. Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2014 at blog.shimer
Even the most creative individuals can suffer from a mental block every now and then. Here’s how to harness your inner creativity when you’re feeling a bit exhausted. Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2014 at blog.shimer
Pushed to the fringes of society based on their beliefs or their gender, we can learn a lot from the writings and ideas of subaltern figures. Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2014 at blog.shimer
It's Complicated: the social lives of networked teens is a swell book by danah boyd, "Principal researcher at Microsoft Research, Research Assistant Professor at New York University, and Fellow at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society." So, despite the lower case in name and subtitle, this book has... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at Evocations
If you’re looking for a rewarding career doing what you love, critical thinking is an absolutely essential skill, and a liberal arts education can provide you with that skill and more. Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at blog.shimer
The month is almost over, but the celebration of poetry continues, right? SO, for those of oyu whose love is poetry -- and whose love is Shimer -- here are a few things to look at 1. A poetry reading by Shimerian Peter Cooley is available here. Peter is a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2014 at Evocations
Irony and cynicism are far too easy to hide behind in this day and age – it takes real courage to be honest, open and positive in the face of adversity. Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2014 at blog.shimer
Contrary to popular belief, philosophy doesn’t end with the Greeks, here are some great modern philosophers who are still pushing the boundaries of thought. Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2014 at blog.shimer
As you drive (or walk) along Michigan Avenue, heading north from Roosevelt Road, turn your head a tad to your right. (I think.) What do you see? What appears to be a gathering of legs. Yes, I said legs. There are 106 of them. They are tall. And they are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Evocations
Image Source In a small liberal arts college, there are many opportunities for working together on projects, whether it is for class work or extracurricular activities. Working as part of a team is a great way to ensure that the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at blog.shimer