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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
Exam season is getting closer! For liberal arts education students, study strategies can be both creative and effective. Read on to learn our top 5 study tips. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at blog.shimer
Find out how advanced research skills, thoughtful analysis, and integrity can all lead liberal arts grads to successful investigative journalism careers. Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at blog.shimer
Professors of humanities studies have begun to place magic tricks in cultural and historical context - discover the spellbinding secrets their research reveals! Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at blog.shimer
Want to know where a degree from a social sciences college can take you, other than careers in academia and research? Some options may surprise you! Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at blog.shimer
Dear Shimerians and Friends: As we enter December, there is much to be thankful for and much to grieve. Violence abounds – both in Chicago and in various places around the globe. Racism and other forms of exclusion persist in horrifying ways. Poverty is more characteristic of the world we... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2016 at Evocations
Dear Shimerians and Friends, Some weeks ago, the new Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, was asked by a journalist why he had chosen a cabinet that was 50% women. His answer was short: “Because it’s 2015.” In the few seconds of Trudeau’s answer, I heard a kind of “it’s... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2016 at Evocations
Stuart Derbyshire, Researcher and Academic, visited and wrote about Shimer for Spiked Online, "‘The worst college in America’? The Washington Monthly could not have got it more wrong, Shimer might just be the best." Read more here. Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2016 at Evocations
Shakespeare's Hamlet has inspired great books and films for centuries since its first publication—including a number of interesting adaptations. Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2016 at blog.shimer
With international expansion and U.S. satellite schools opening throughout Asia, liberal arts colleges are poised to become the great export of the 2010s. Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at blog.shimer
The world-renowned Field Museum has divested from fossil fuel companies—read why, how, and what’s next for natural science museums worldwide. Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2015 at blog.shimer
From mass environmental degradation to self-governing skyscrapers, discover how these social science PhD candidates envision the world fifty years into the future. Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2015 at blog.shimer
From the city’s great food and low cost of living to its rich radical history and beyond, learn why it makes sense to take liberal arts classes in Chicago! Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2015 at blog.shimer
It’s not just our wonderful students and beautiful campuses – find out what makes American humanities education the best in the world! Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2015 at blog.shimer
Collaboration or competition? Textbooks or classic texts? Do you know which values and practices set the top liberal arts schools apart from the mainstream? Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2015 at blog.shimer
Uncovered over years of natural sciences studies, learn five facts about evolution that may surprise you - from hobbits to body hair and beyond. Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2015 at blog.shimer
From heroes and hobbits to dragons and wizards, discover which modern great books were inspired by the epic Old English poem, Beowulf. Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at blog.shimer
Steve Jobs is one of the greatest minds of our time—and he honed his craft, critical thinking, and creativity in liberal arts college. Learn how you too can make a difference with a liberal arts degree! Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2015 at blog.shimer
From creativity to diversity, flexibility and beyond, find out which valuable tech-industry qualities you'll get with a liberal arts degree. Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2015 at blog.shimer
From MFAs to MBAs, MSCs and beyond, discover how a liberal arts degree can prepare you for a variety of post-graduate paths to professional success. Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2015 at blog.shimer
From ex-communicated slugs to imprisoned pigs, discover how animal trials laid the foundation for the legal principles taught in modern liberal arts education. Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2015 at blog.shimer
From familiar money woes to a love of the social sciences, learn what a collection of medieval students’ letters reveal about college life in the Middle Ages. Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2015 at blog.shimer
Harry Dresden is a fictional character appearing in books within the "Dresden Files," written by Jim Butcher. Dresden, the recipient of a GED, is labeled the "only wizard in the Chicago phone book" in the novels. And, yes, he is a wizard -- and something of a wise ass. The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2015 at Evocations
Find out how modern business schools are trying to emulate the learning methods, analytical skills, and cultural awareness offered by liberal arts colleges. Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2015 at blog.shimer
Annually, there is an event called Banned Books Week, sponsored by, among others, the American Library Association (I think). The year the relevant week is September 27 through October 3. This year's theme is Celebrating the Freedom to Read, and includes specific attention to YA (Young Adult) books. As you... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2015 at Evocations
Find out how poetry offers improved critical analysis, writing skills, and other rewarding benefits for those pursuing a well-rounded liberal arts education. Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2015 at blog.shimer