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The Changing Face of Philosophy in the 21st Century

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Philosophy has been around pretty much as long as thinking has. It is at the core of any liberal arts education and has been for centuries.

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blog.shimer: Chicago Holiday Fun Tips 2014

blog.shimer: Chicago Holiday Fun Tips 2014 | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
Chicago is a great place to spend the holidays. Here are a few ways you can enjoy the windy city over Christmas break.
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Oh, the weather outside is frightful. Well, not exactly. In fact, it’s kind of nice in Chicago this week, just before the start of the holiday break. 

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blog.shimer: “Dangerously Optimistic” Art and Literature from Chicago’s Sister Cities

blog.shimer: “Dangerously Optimistic” Art and Literature from Chicago’s Sister Cities | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
Chicago has 28 sister cities, and they all have a culturally daring streak.
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blog.shimer: What Will Liberal Arts Students Study in 2114?

blog.shimer: What Will Liberal Arts Students Study in 2114? | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
In 100 years, liberal arts students will study the greats, but just who will those greats be.
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Students attending liberal art colleges today study, among other things, the classics. The great works of literature, art, poetry, science and the theater. 

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blog.shimer: Reading Chicago: Cool Poetry and Lit Events Happening Around Town

blog.shimer: Reading Chicago: Cool Poetry and Lit Events Happening Around Town | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
A guide to enhancing your cultural understanding of Chicago - or just something fun to do during those long, cold winter months.
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blog.shimer: 3 Essential Debating Skills: In the Classroom and Beyond

blog.shimer: 3 Essential Debating Skills: In the Classroom and Beyond | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
Mastering debate skills prepares students for both academic and professional challenges.
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blog.shimer: Tips for Nailing In-Class Presentations

blog.shimer: Tips for Nailing In-Class Presentations | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
This article discusses tips to manage stress when delivering classroom presentations.
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blog.shimer: The Advantages of Studying Abroad

blog.shimer: The Advantages of Studying Abroad | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
This article discusses the benefits and advantages of studying abroad, while introducing Shimer’s College-in-Oxford program.
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blog.shimer: Pursuing Careers in Psychology

blog.shimer: Pursuing Careers in Psychology | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
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.
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blog.shimer: Becoming a Responsible Participant in the World

blog.shimer: Becoming a Responsible Participant in the World | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
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.
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Today, we are all global citizens. Globalization has made homogeneity a concept of the past; we are exposed to people, products, foods and arts from countries all over the world, we speak multiple languages and we understand the news of what is happening in countries other than our own. 

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blog.shimer: Thriving as an Early Entrant Student at Shimer

blog.shimer: Thriving as an Early Entrant Student at Shimer | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
If you’ve decided to enter college early, you’ve already proven to have a passion for learning and the determination to excel academically. Shimer College establishes a unique educational environment which encourages early entrant students to thrive.
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For those who excel academically and find their high school courses don't offer sufficient challenge, early entrance to our small liberal arts collegemay be an option.

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blog.shimer: Essential Skills for Legal Careers

blog.shimer: Essential Skills for Legal Careers | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
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.
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Mainstream media and popular culture often portray lawyers as ruthless money-making machines, motivated primarily by financial gain and the prospect of “making partner.”

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blog.shimer: Exploring the Natural Sciences at Shimer

blog.shimer: Exploring the Natural Sciences at Shimer | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
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.
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Pursuit of a liberal arts degree entails a close examination of human society - the forces that unite and divide us; our political, cultural, and philosophical legacies; the trajectory of the path we’re on now.

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blog.shimer: 4 Innovative Art Forms Created in Chicago

blog.shimer: 4 Innovative Art Forms Created in Chicago | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
From Improv Theater to its own form of the blues, Chicago has created some truly innovative art forms.
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A liberal arts education is all about studying great works in their original form, generating original insights, and thinking outside the box.

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blog.shimer: Controversial Mayors Who Helped Shape Chicago History

blog.shimer: Controversial Mayors Who Helped Shape Chicago History | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
Chicago politics can serve as a look into the American political system. Here are a few of the windy city’s most controversial mayors.
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A liberal arts education includes a look at the western political tradition with all its drama, intrigue and fascinating anecdotes.

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blog.shimer: Literary Censorship in the 21st Century

blog.shimer: Literary Censorship in the 21st Century | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
From the Chinese pun ban to Arizona banning books, literary censorship is alive and well in the 2st century.
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Many of the historic tomes we turn to today were banned in their time for being too controversial - think Lord of the Flies, The Grapes of Wrath, or Tropic of Cancer. Maybe they were taught secretly at the equivalent of an alternative liberal arts college, but it took years for the general public to be able to read and learn from them.

But did censorship of classics and literature in general stop when these works became available and widely read? A couple of recent examples show the contrary.

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blog.shimer: Chicago: Home of Edgy Art and Ground-breaking Creatives

blog.shimer: Chicago: Home of Edgy Art and Ground-breaking Creatives | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
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.
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A liberal arts education gives students an appreciation for great works of art, literature and music that push at the boundaries of convention - the edges of “normal.” Attending liberal arts college in Chicago puts you right in the heart of a community that has a history of embracing, breeding and inspiring such unique and sometimes dangerous talent.

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blog.shimer: Three 21st Century Trends in Reading

blog.shimer: Three 21st Century Trends in Reading | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
Both the act of reading and the way in which literature is produced has changed quite a bit over the last few years.
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When you go to liberal arts college in Chicago or anywhere for that matter, you’re bound to do quite a bit of reading. That’s why you’re here after all, because reading is one of your treasured pastimes. But both the act of reading and the way in which literature is produced has changed quite a bit over the last few years. And no one knows better than liberal arts students how literary production both influences and reflects the state of society at large!

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blog.shimer: Representing Trans* Symposium Welcomes Keynote Speaker Kate Bornstein

blog.shimer: Representing Trans* Symposium Welcomes Keynote Speaker Kate Bornstein | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
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.
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By its very nature, a liberal arts education invites students to explore and engage with a wide range of ideologies, cultural artefacts, and ways of being in the world. Increasingly, college campuses across the country are representing the trans* and queer population through community-gathering events, and students at Shimer are lucky to have the Representing Trans* Symposium right here on campus.

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blog.shimer: 5 Tips for Sticking to your Student Budget

blog.shimer: 5 Tips for Sticking to your Student Budget | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
This post discusses the struggles of maintaining a student budget and provides tips on how to create and stick with a realistic financial plan.
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blog.shimer: Culture's Role in Developing Personality

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.
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blog.shimer: Wonder and Wisdom in the Windy City

blog.shimer: Wonder and Wisdom in the Windy City | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
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.
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blog.shimer: Pursuing Profound Knowledge with Fascinating Courses

blog.shimer: Pursuing Profound Knowledge with Fascinating Courses | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
Are you the type who is always looking to soak up knowledge and learn more about the world? If this is you, it sounds like a liberal arts college with an assortment of fascinating and varied courses is the right choice.
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If you’ve chosen to attend a small liberal arts college, it's likely because you enjoy focused classes where your opinions are challenged and you can expand your knowledge through discussion.

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blog.shimer: Getting a Good Start on the New School Year

blog.shimer: Getting a Good Start on the New School Year | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
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.
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Students getting set to start liberal arts programs at Shimer have plenty to be excited about.

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blog.shimer: A Campus Within A Campus

blog.shimer: A Campus Within A Campus | Liberal Arts | Scoop.it
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.
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Typical university campuses are large, somewhat intimidating to the geographically challenged, and often populated with towering buildings filled with unfamiliar faces.

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