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Growling Rabbit hosts lively discussion of Great Books education

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As the storm clouds cleared on Friday evening, a crowd gathered in the Growling Rabbit café in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood to discuss the history of Grea
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Bright Spots in the Bubble: The Case of St. John’s College

Bright Spots in the Bubble: The Case of St. John’s College | Great Books education | Scoop.it
When I was in Santa Fe a week or two ago, I had occasion to drop in on a seminar about Henry V at St. John’s College. (St. John’s maintains two campuses, the original one in Annapolis and the Land
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Chasing After Windmills: A Response to Charley Dewberry's "Not All Great Books Colleges Are Alike"

Chasing After Windmills: A Response to Charley Dewberry's "Not All Great Books Colleges Are Alike" | Great Books education | Scoop.it
"When I was an undergrad at Gutenberg College, I heard a lot about 'the other' Great Books schools. I put the other in quotation marks because they were always referred to in a sort of cautious, ot...
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Shimer College and the Future: When is a Great Books program not a Great Books program?

From the perspective of a classic Great Books college like St. John's, Shimer's curriculum can appear as, at best, a compromise.
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The Emerging Importance of Core Curricula in Changing the Way We Look at the Paradigm of American Education in the 21st Century

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The Emerging Importance of Core Curricula in Changing the Way We Look at the Paradigm of American Education in the 21st Century
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Beaufort County Now » The Scenic Route to Self-Knowledge

Beaufort County Now » The Scenic Route to Self-Knowledge | Great Books education | Scoop.it

 Almost by chance I stumbled across an advertisement for a small “Great Books” school, Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California. A great books school covers many of the traditional subjects but does so all through the reading of the original works. To learn chemistry you read Lavoisier and Mendeleev, for calculus, Leibniz and Newton, and so on.

   Because of my search for something more, I was intrigued. But I was also initially skeptical about such an unusual and apparently “obsolete” course of study. Still, I could see that the method of the program had millennia of practice behind it and I liked the fact that students took 4 years of math and science, albeit using an unorthodox method. Thus, though I found it strange, I had to give it a shot. I met some alumni, visited the school, and was accepted the following year.

 

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At Zaytuna College, Western Traditions Alongside Koran

At Zaytuna College, Western Traditions Alongside Koran | Great Books education | Scoop.it
At Zaytuna College in California, the Greeks, the scholastics and the whole Western tradition are being taught alongside the Koran.
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Chicago College in USA Today (April 6, 2013)

Chicago College in USA Today (April 6, 2013) | Great Books education | Scoop.it
Is it better to go to a trade school or a college? Is it better to major in English or major in engineering? How can I choose best to ensure I get a job after graduation? How can I choose to ensure that I can be employed 5 years from now, or 10?
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MOOCs and "The Great Books"

Shimer's president, Susan Henking, linked this morning to an interesting, if cranky article on the Great Books. The author makes the obvious, if oft-overlooked, point that the Great Books approach ...
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Great Books and Business

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Occupational training is not Gutenberg’s ultimate goal. Our ultimate goal is for our students to seek and embrace truth. But there are fringe benefits to that goal. Those fringe benefits — especially today — make great books students especially attractive to employers.

 

 

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Shimer College - President's Update

Samuel Henderson's insight:

"Perhaps you, too, have resolutions for Shimer and for your personal engagement with Shimer’s future. Perhaps you, too, have celebratory reflections for us as we move into 2013. I hope you will share both as well as your time, talent, and treasure with Shimer in coming months. We will identify our priorities together, remembering our responsibility to students, faculty, and staff of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. "

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2013 Montaigne Scholarship Competition at Shimer College

2013 Montaigne Scholarship Competition at Shimer College | Great Books education | Scoop.it
On February 16, 2013, Shimer College will welcome prospective students from around the country to its Chicago campus for the Michel de Montaigne Scholars Compet
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The Great Books Foundation

You probably don’t recognize the man on the Time magazine cover above.  His name is Mortimer J. Adler.  Adler, who was born in New York City in 1902, became a philosopher, educator, and author amon...
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Flipping Great Books, Vindicating Tradition

Flipping Great Books, Vindicating Tradition | Great Books education | Scoop.it
There's nothing "white" about reading Rousseau or Tocqueville or visiting Paris. This isn't getting above your raising. It's burning down the Big House, the caveat being that you can bring some of ...
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Education and the Art of Reading | By Chris Berger | UDaimonia Online

Education and the Art of Reading | By Chris Berger | UDaimonia Online | Great Books education | Scoop.it
Cicero is sometimes held to have said that a home without books is akin to a body without a soul.  While the quote itself is not likely to be accurate (its popularity on the Web would seem to count against it), it is nonetheless pleasing to imagine – probably accurately – that its spirit reflects that of a mind of Cicero’s potency and love of learning.  If books constitute the soul of a home, imagine their importance for the vivacity of a school, the home of the mind that educates and nurtures the development of the human soul itself.  All the more regrettable it is, then, that books seem not to be held in particularly high esteem amongst students or their teachers.
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The Great Books Summer Program Expands to England

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In its twelfth year, the summer educational program, The Great Books Summer Program will expand to England with a program at The University of Oxford.
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Alexander Meiklejohn - Evocations

Alexander Meiklejohn - Evocations | Great Books education | Scoop.it
I have always loved this chap's surname. I just do. No good reason, just the sound of it.
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Great Books, Great City

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The phrase “great books” has an odd resonance in Chicago. Why? Because it has a specific meaning — and a specific history in the Windy City.
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MOOCs and "The Great Books"

Shimer's president, Susan Henking, linked this morning to an interesting, if cranky article on the Great Books. The author makes the obvious, if oft-overlooked, point that the Great Books approach ...
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Mark Gillingham's curator insight, March 28, 2013 12:35 PM
Were Penguin Classics and Great Books of the Western World the MOOCs of yesterday?
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Get An Education First

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The common view of college as vocational training—“must prepare to get a job”—is a hurdle prospective Gutenberg students (and their parents) must jump. But, if Tim Berry’s experience is any indication, a liberal arts education like Gutenberg’s may be the best way to win the race.

 

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Shimer College - ACTC Student Conference

We're hosting this student conference for the first time, and it's the largest ACTC has ever convened. The theme of the conference is “The Liberal Arts and Student Reflections on Core Texts.”

Forty-eight student were nominated by ACTC member institutions (with a core curricular program similar to ours) to submit paper proposals; forty proposals were accepted, and, as of today, we expect 37 students to attend. Students will be coming from more than twenty-five colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. Two Shimer students will also be presenting papers at the conference. This promises to be an exciting weekend!

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Great Books, Black College Style

Great Books, Black College Style | Great Books education | Scoop.it
Many colleges and universities across the nation have Great Books curricula, but unfortunately, all too often, these curricula are not inclusive and merely showcase Western thinkers and mainly men.
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Mark Gillingham's curator insight, January 24, 2013 4:05 PM

Books are the chief escape for boys and girls from all reaches of the world. 

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Shimer College Alumni Speak: Eric Nicholson on Great Books education

Samuel Henderson's insight:

"Great Books, in the hands and eyes of an active reader, are Self Organizing Learning micro-Environments. The greatness of the books is a function of the capacity of their ideas and and arguments to accommodate the self organized expansion of the reader's understanding."

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