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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From the Chinese pun ban to Arizona banning books, literary censorship is alive and well in the 2st century.
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.
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.
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.
Both the act of reading and the way in which literature is produced has changed quite a bit over the last few years.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.