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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
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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 2 days ago 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 5 days ago at Evocations
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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
When I saw the title -- well, when I heard the title in an interview with Edwidge Danticat -- of her book entitled Create Dangerously, I already knew that she was Shimerian. Then, I IIL-ed the book, read it -- and was even more convinced. No, of course she did... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Evocations
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Attending classes and making sure you take great notes isn’t the end of the road when it comes to learning while attending college. Community involvement is a great way to learn valuable skills. Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at blog.shimer
Musings to come in the next month or so: Is Edwig Danticat a Shimerian? What does a recent book on teens and social media teach us about higher education? What does National Poetry Month have to do with. . . . Shimer? What is happening in social reading for Shimer?... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Evocations
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Despite an increasingly large push towards digitizing education, some small liberal arts schools are resisting the move. There are solid arguments for and against education digitization. Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at blog.shimer
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Although in our current society we’re inclined to think that we’ve reached a point where we have equality, there are still a lot of injustices and prejudices that need our attention, ones that famous feminists can help give perspective on. Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at blog.shimer
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Chicago is heralded is a hub of art and culture, and the wonderful city features some of the best museums that the country has to offer - from science and technology to stained glass. Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at blog.shimer
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Creativity is what fuels the world’s innovation, expansion and improvement. Thinking outside of the box is essential to progress, so what’s the best way to foster that creativity? Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at blog.shimer
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Challenging the norms and dreaming up big ideas can scare people. Ideas – especially great ones – can be dangerous, so find out what you can learn from history’s most dangerous thinkers. Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 at blog.shimer
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Reading literature is often regarded as an unproductive task that’s just meant to distract us from the real world, but that couldn’t be less true, as reading helps us hone many necessary life skills. Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at blog.shimer
My verdict: yes. Who is Alastair Reynolds? He writes science fiction and I have read a range of what he has written. First, I have read a series that includes the terms revelation, absolution, and redemption in the titles of various novels. So, who could fail to be drawn in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2014 at Evocations
This book, authored by David Mikics, is both wonderful and frustrating. Wonderful? Because it says what many of us seem to be thinking -- slow down, think, pause, read. Frustrating? Because it reads in a kind formulaic fashon and as though the author's main idea is that the people he... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2013 at Evocations
As some of you know, Shimerprez also blogs at Chicago is Our Campus, which is a Chicago Now blog. Rhonda Stern also blogs on Chicago Now, on a blog that focuses on gifted matters. (Indeed, the blog's title is. . . gifted matters.). Rhonda recently visited Shimer's campus and attended... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2013 at Evocations
Marc Edmundson is a professor who has written a new book entitled Why Teach? Having just read it, I concur with those who have celebrated it -- and believe that those who teach are not the only folks who might wish to read it. Those who administer institutions might want... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2013 at Evocations
Some of you will remember that we launched a social reading opportunity in a test way some months ago. We return to that enterprise now, on the anniversary (the sesquicentennial!) of the Gettysburg Address. Here is a primary text that shaped, for example, the more recent (though itself not young!)... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2013 at Evocations
As many of you know, Doris Lessing, recipient of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature recently died. Below is a guest post from a Shimer faculty member, Ann Dolinko, reflecting on the impact of the book upon her thinking, her experience, and her teaching. Susan’s recent post to Shimer’s Bulletin... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at Evocations
I recently saw Wicked in Chicago. I admit that some time ago I read the novel upon which the musical is based, by Gregory Maguire (whose name often comesup when you google our beloved Cinderella Gergory). I am hoping the some time ago is actually a relatively long time ago,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at Evocations
I ask this question for three main reasons: 1) because Shimer is now located on a campus that is linked with van der Rohe, including the building in which we currently hold classes, read and think (and, truly mportantly, what some view as hte "crown" [pun intended] of his career,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2013 at Evocations
Some time ago I purchased a treat for myself: a small book containing Neil Gaiman's graduation address given at Philadelphia's University of the Arts. The book is a tribute in some sense to the speech, having been rendered into an artistic form by Chip Kidd. A lovely small hardback, whcih,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2013 at Evocations
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In coming days and weeks, I will write on the following items: 1. A book on teaching by Marc Edmundson. Why, you might ask, a book on teaching? Hmmm. 2. Neil Gaiman's graduation address to the Philadelphia Institute for the Arts -- because it has a lot of things to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2013 at Evocations
There are 6 Hispanic serving institutions in Illinois. They include: Morton College; Northeastern Illinois University; St. Augustine College; Triton College; Richard J. Daley College of the City Colleges of Chicago; and Waubosee Community College. Six. Four percent of American Hispanics live in Illinois. (See here for this and other data.)... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2013 at Evocations
Sometimes the titles of books tell you all about the field of inquiry. Sometmes, not so much. And, of course, one cannot (they say) tell e book by its cover. Having said that, here are three that I find both humorous i terms of titles, and important in terms of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2013 at Evocations
Here are five things I have learned from the new website: 1. The first female delegate to the American Medical Association went to Shimer. 2. The percentage of early entrants at Shimer has been as high as 80%. 3. Half of Good Dust teaches at Shimer. 4. We believe you... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2013 at Evocations