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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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Getting a jump on readings, planning out your academic calendar, and joining a club or two can help students start the school year off right. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at blog.shimer
A tad early for ice skating, perhaps, given the current weather in Chicago, but not for Shimer! Bev Thurber is a Shimer faculty person who holds a variety of degrees, from MIT to Cambridge University to Cornell, and from Nordic... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 22, 2014 at blog.shimer
A tad early for ice skating, perhaps, given the current weather in Chicago, but not for Shimer! Bev Thurber is a Shimer faculty person who holds a variety of degrees, from MIT to Cambridge University to Cornell, and from Nordic languages to math and other fields. Here's what she has... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Evocations
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Students considering a career in law should aim to build key competencies like exemplary communication skills, technological awareness, and the ability to work well in a team. Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at blog.shimer
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While reaping the benefits of a close-knit academic family, Shimerians get to enjoy and experience all that IIT has to offer, including student clubs, campus resources, courses, and career services. Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at blog.shimer
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Moving from the philosopher-scientists of the 6th century, to modern molecular biology, natural science students at Shimer explore and debate the human quest to better understand the world around us. Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at blog.shimer
In many ways, murder mysteries have a lot in commn with Shimer. In fact, they have an enormous amount in common with liberal education more generally, and I do not mean only because there are so many set on campuses -- or so many set in Chicago. What then do... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Evocations
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Whether you’re searching for courses your current school can’t supply, or looking for a more open-minded culture, Shimer accepts a range of transfer students interested in redefining their educational experience. Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at blog.shimer
There are some classics that are, indeed, must reads. And by classics, I do not mean greeks or romans, though many of them deserve our attention as well. In this case, I mean works that shape and shaped our understanding of what it is to be human, raise essential questions,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at Evocations
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From the 16th century to the 1980s, humanity’s greatest thinkers often withstand persecution as heretics in their desire to push beyond conventional thought and the status quo. Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at blog.shimer
Is it possible to construct an entire course that is constructed out of "great books" by using only texts that are in some sense from Chicago or connected to Chicago? I think the answer is yes. See if you agree. Here are some potential people to include. Let's get to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at Evocations
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 Jul 18, 2014 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 Jul 17, 2014 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 Jul 17, 2014 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