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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
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Make the great decision to join Shimer College taking humanities courses and you automatically are granted the opportunity to visit the Art Institute of Chicago. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at blog.shimer
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Are you interested in receiving a liberal arts education from a great books college? If so, read on to find out about the man behind the movement. Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at blog.shimer
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How can you contribute to progress for social equality? Social science courses are a great place to start! Here are 3 strategies to consider. Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at blog.shimer
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China has just committed to cutting their meat intake in half! Find out why and what this means with lessons learned in natural sciences courses. Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at blog.shimer
Here and Hereafter, the Eternity Connection From Joy Ibsen: What are we doing here? What do we know about the hereafter? I didn’t intend to write a memoir—that was an accident. I wanted to share some stories about what I’ve... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at blog.shimer
Seasons in My Garden on sale March 25, 2016. In Seasons in My Garden, award-winning writer Sr. Elizabeth Wagner reveals how tending to a garden in her Maine hermitage brought her to a deeper understanding of what it means to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at blog.shimer
There are many ways to join Shimer in reading along and reading together, for we are also about conversation and discussion, whether in the classroom, the hallways, in coffee shops or online. Dear Shimerians: In a small book called The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at blog.shimer
Steve Zolno ’71, President of the Alumni Association shows how you can do it from an armchair We know that you don’t want to be just an armchair observer of Shimer alumni events. There are many opportunities for you to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at blog.shimer
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Jane Ripley ’68 sends in 1967 Shimer basketball photos. Barrie Cowan Coach Kiwi Ellen Lucas, Louise Ripley, Dave Moore Furman O'Neill Furman O'Neill Pat McLaughlin Vall Letton '75 Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at blog.shimer
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Lou Linden and Jonathan Goldman staffed the Shimer table at Northern Virginia Regional College Fair Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at blog.shimer
Spring brings along with it many things, most powerful of all is hope. Dear Shimerians: Spring has sprung and the sun is shining in Chicago. Here, we are just starting to see tulips pushing up from the ground after a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at blog.shimer
Steve Zolno ’71, President of the Alumni Association, on the purpose of higher education and dialogue. William O. Douglas served on the U.S. Supreme Court from 1939-1975. He was a friend of Robert M. Hutchins from 1927, when, as President... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at blog.shimer
A look into the past and well wishes for the future. Dear Alumni and friends, Welcome to May 2016. As you read this, we are just past Shimer’s graduation, an event filled with a bittersweet joy. As with all graduations,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at blog.shimer
Steve Zolno ’71, President of the Alumni Association, on Shimer’s present and future. Dear Shimerians, Leading the alumni board is always both fun and challenging. It gives me the opportunity to sit down with people from across generations of Shimerians... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at blog.shimer
President Henking reflects on the history of Shimer, and speaks to the future of the institution. Dear Shimerians: Today, across the globe, we are experiencing dramatic calls for change in higher education. Indeed, I recently spoke at a conference focused... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at blog.shimer
Shimer Alumni Association President Steve Zolno on how to connect with fellow alumni. For recent grads – and not so recent – there are a couple of ways that you can receive support for your career path and keep in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at blog.shimer
Lou Linden ’69 writes about the recent alumni meeting. A dozen or so Shimer alumni spanning more than forty years of the College’s history met on June 4th in New York City. Mary Dohnalek ’66 organized the gathering held at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at blog.shimer
A poem by Young Kim ’73 Examining the husk on the stainless steel table The internal organs already bagged and weighed No bullet lodged in the T12 vertebra. Ah, to believe in a spirit, soul or metaphysical fancy now departed.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at blog.shimer
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How does Shimer foster an atmosphere of collaboration, not competition? And how does this benefit students of small liberal arts colleges? Find out here. Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at blog.shimer
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Politicians, graphic novelists, & the aviator who taught Amelia Earhart to fly—all are Shimer alumni who took liberal arts studies with us! Discover them here. Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at blog.shimer
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‘Poetics’ by Aristotle is history’s oldest surviving work of literary criticism & analysis—the foundations of great books studies! Learn about it here. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at blog.shimer
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Read this blog to discover how curiosity, creativity, work ethics, and employability combine to make small liberal arts college a choice any parent can support! Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at blog.shimer
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Where do liberal arts studies belong in the age of big data? Discover why data management fields need creative and analytical thinkers like you! Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at blog.shimer
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Humanities studies are known for being heavy on the books! Here’s our guide to managing and organizing your readings/coursework in liberal arts college. Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at blog.shimer
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Have you read Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment? This masterpiece is worth a second look! Check out which modern works it has gone on to inspire. Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at blog.shimer