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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
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 5 days ago 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
Chicago is a great place to spend the holidays. Here are a few ways you can enjoy the windy city over Christmas break. Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2014 at blog.shimer
In 100 years, liberal arts students will study the greats, but just who will those greats be. Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at blog.shimer
Chicago is the home to some truly ground-breaking artists and works of art in the fields of literature, theatre, film, TV and visual arts. Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at blog.shimer
A guide to enhancing your cultural understanding of Chicago - or just something fun to do during those long, cold winter months. Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2014 at blog.shimer
Both the act of reading and the way in which literature is produced has changed quite a bit over the last few years. Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at blog.shimer
We endlessly refer to Mrs. Shimer -- to Frances Wood who married a chap named SHimer and this lead to our college's name: Shimer College. Mrs. Shimer mattered and matters. So too did Cinderlla Gregory (who also married and her last name became Lansing. And this despite controversy about the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Evocations
Mastering debate skills prepares students for both academic and professional challenges. Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at blog.shimer
Kate Bornstein, activist, artist and author will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Representing Trans* symposium, open to Shimer students on the University of Chicago campus. Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at blog.shimer
This article discusses tips to manage stress when delivering classroom presentations. Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at blog.shimer
I have asked whether Poirot was a Shimerian and whether one of my favorite Chicago sculptures is by a Shimerian. In each case, I was showcasing something in popular culture -- or in Chicago -- that allowed me to speak of Shimer in certain ways. What happens when we begin... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at Evocations
This post discusses the struggles of maintaining a student budget and provides tips on how to create and stick with a realistic financial plan. Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at blog.shimer
This article discusses the benefits and advantages of studying abroad, while introducing Shimer’s College-in-Oxford program. Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at blog.shimer
Whether or not you believe people change depending on culture, or whether it shapes a pre-existing personality, there is no doubt that culture plays a role establishing who we are in the world. Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at blog.shimer
Psychology is a wide branch of study with plenty of career opportunities. Psychology can be analyzed in most all aspects of society, including sports, aviation, and criminal investigations. Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at blog.shimer
College life isn’t all about studying and attending class. It is the complementary activities like attending a theater performance or seeing a baseball game with friends that truly rounds out your college and social experiences. Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at blog.shimer
Sometimes it is difficult to know how to react to global events, or even how to situate oneself in a global context. It’s easy to feel lost as you get older and the world gets bigger, but here are helpful ways of becoming a responsible global citizen. Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at blog.shimer