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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
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 2 days ago at Evocations
Notable scientists both past and present have called Chicago home. Here are a few of the most distinguished. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago 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
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
Interested in science in Chicago? Head down to Lake Shore Drive. Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at blog.shimer
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
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
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
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
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