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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
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 4 days ago at Evocations
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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 5 days ago 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 5 days ago 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 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
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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