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2012 – Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction – Novella Winner

2012 – Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction – Novella Winner | Shimer College alumni | Scoop.it
We are pleased to announce the Novella Winner for the 2012 Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction: The Book of Jotham by Arthur Powers. Mr. Powers has written a powerful and significant story.
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Five poems by Peter Cooley | Superstition Review

Five poems by Peter Cooley | Superstition Review | Shimer College alumni | Scoop.it

I've written this poem while I've shaved and showered.

Now I'm dressing myself in Rembrandt's lines,

lies which I couldn't jamb into the frame.


They're ordinary, brown and gray. They'll do—

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Van Wie Davis, “Ruling, Resources and Religion in China”

Van Wie Davis, “Ruling, Resources and Religion in China” | Shimer College alumni | Scoop.it
China is not an easy country to rule: it is experiencing rapid growth and with it rapid social change. Resources and religion are two of the most difficult of its challenges, and their combination with ethnicity is not unique to China. It may well be one of the major underlying currents of the 21st century, and is present throughout Asia—with the Baloch of Pakistan, the Kurds of Iraq and Turkey, and the Timorese of the former island of East Timor in Indonesia, now Timor-Lest. In all these nations, as in China, ethnic identity, often united with religious differences, is driven by the presence of valuable resources to create a nationalism with economic underpinnings. With China, however, the outcome is vital, as how it copes with the pressures for good governance with the Asian economic model, treats its ethnic minorities under scrutiny, and gathers resources to fuel its dynamic economy impacts us all.
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Anna de Cavalieri - Vissi d'arte - Tosca, de Puccini

Grandes momentos do Municipal do Rio - Anna de Cavalieri, cantando Tosca de Puccini, em 1961;...
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Shimer College - Ben Pardo '10 in One-Act Play

The Meisner Performance Class
Fri., Nov 2 SOLD OUT
Sat., Nov 3
8pm
640 N. LaSalle Drive
Suite 535
Chicago, IL 60654

Reservations required
Call 312.787.9384 312.787.9384 for tickets

 

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HanigsDesign Searches for Next Innovative Shoe Designer (fashion.broadwayworld.com)

HanigsDesign Searches for Next Innovative Shoe Designer (fashion.broadwayworld.com) | Shimer College alumni | Scoop.it

Peter Hanig, who has been recognized as one of the top 100 global industry influencers by Footwear News, a subsidiary of Women’s Wear Daily, leads Hanig’s Footwear. Hanig’s reputation is based on a keen eye for recognizing innovative design and new concepts that meld style, function and comfort. Hanig’s Footwear has been influential in being one of the first to bring new design concepts to market with brands such as Vibram’s Fivefinger, Timberland, ECCO and Thierry Rabotin.

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Shimer College - Shimer co-sponsors Seneca Falls Dialogues

Shimer College - Shimer co-sponsors Seneca Falls Dialogues | Shimer College alumni | Scoop.it

Allison Savage writes about the conference: "It is difficult to imagine a better locale for a conference like Dialogues. Seneca Falls is home to the historic 1848 Women’s Rights Convention, where the influential speeches of Lucretia Mott, Frederick Douglass, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton exposed the vast inequalities faced by women of the time. Many of the words spoken in the debate on women’s suffrage are familiar to Shimer students, as Stanton, Mott, Douglass, and Susan B. Anthony’s arguments are a part of Shimer’s Social Sciences 2 curriculum. Engaging in critical dialogue on contemporary civil rights issues in what is arguably the birthplace of women’s rights should inspire new perspectives and enlightening insights into an ever-evolving conversation."

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Five Questions for Oct. 12, 2012: Joe Starzyk

The play “Wedding Secrets,” by Brunswick playwright Joe Starzyk, won the 2012 McLaren Memorial Comedy Playwriting Competition in Midland Texas. Originally from Chicopee, Mass., Starzyk studied liberal arts at Shimer College in Illinois and now lives in Brunswick, where he is a sales and marketing manager at Riverside Enterprises, a division of the Rensselaer County ARC. He is married and has three children.

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Patrick Murfin: Photo Archeology—The IWW in Chicago in the ‘70’s

Patrick Murfin: Photo Archeology—The IWW in Chicago in the ‘70’s | Shimer College alumni | Scoop.it

Here we are gathering in honor of Sam Dolgoff, the big man in the plaid shirt with the beer. Sam was a New York Wobbly and career house painter who was also one of the elders of the American Anarchist movement. A committed advocate of anarcho-syndicalism he had edited and translated the definitive English compilation of Russian anarchist Mikhail Bakunin’s writings. On this visit he was introducing his classic, The Anarchist Collectives: Workers’ Self-Management in the Spanish Revolution, 1936-1939. Sam took delight in mentoring new generations—and discouraging them from abandoning class conscious anarchism in for Nihilism and knee jerk street violence.

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Shimer College alum Peter Cooley: The travelling monostich | Axon

This paper argues that form, particularly the monostich, usually considered part of the conscious aspect of the writing process, is actually an expression of the unconscious. To illustrate, three kinds of ekphrastic poetry, the ‘denotational’, the ‘connotational’ and the ‘associative’ are defined and exemplified by the author’s own poems about Michelangelo’s sculpture.

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Is the Canon Dead?

Is the Canon Dead? | Shimer College alumni | Scoop.it

To illustrate his point, Keohane tells an apocryphal tale about Robert Maynard Hutchins,once chancellor of the University of Chicago and dean of the Yale law school. Reputedly, Hutchins once entertained former president William Howard Taft.


Thinking of Yale as left-wing, Taft said to Hutchins, "At Yale, I understand that you teach your students that all justices are fools."


Hutchins replied, "No, Mr. Taft, at Yale we teach our students how to find that out forthemselves."

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The Quietus | Reviews | Laurie Spiegel

The Quietus | Reviews | Laurie Spiegel | Shimer College alumni | Scoop.it

These two discs collect pieces made inside this maze of invention: elegant brittle miniatures, swirling inner-space epics and uncanny percussion pieces in one mammoth set. This is real-life cosmic music - one of its tracks was sent into orbit, carved into the Voyager Space Programme's famous Golden Record. Strangely, though, it wasn't received at first like material transmitted from the future. In 1980, no modern composition label would take it, so four of the tracks here were released by Philo, which specialised in folk.

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Keeping It 700: Poet Jacqueline Harris Interview 9/24/12

Keeping It 700: Poet Jacqueline Harris Interview 9/24/12 | Shimer College alumni | Scoop.it

Interview with poet and Shimer College alum Jacqueline Nicole Harris.

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Read Me Deadly: Book Review of Stephen Dobyns's The Burn Palace

Read Me Deadly: Book Review of Stephen Dobyns's The Burn Palace | Shimer College alumni | Scoop.it

All of the characters are so well drawn that they seem like familiar people from your own hometown. Most of them are likeable in one way or another, and if this were the start of a series I would wait with bated breath for the next story. As it is, I will keep this book to reread in the future.

Stephen Dobyns is a very prolific writer, with 30 books to his credit, including some poetry collections. I know him best from his racing books with Saratoga in the the title. But I am going to look at his other books like an unexpected treasure I have just unburied.

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Encounters with AIRR: Miss catherine yronwode | Milagro Roots

Encounters with AIRR: Miss catherine yronwode | Milagro Roots | Shimer College alumni | Scoop.it

Catherine Yronwode started writing online about Hoodoo and Conjure back in 1994. She wrote the widely acclaimed Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic, founded Lucky Mojo Curio Company-a traditional candle shop and spiritual supply house in Sonoma County, California, Missionary Independent Spiritual Church-a church that welcomes ALL Deities to its altars, the Crystal Silence League-where prayer is free, and runs the very popular Hoodoo Rootwork Correspondence Course. Catherine has taught thousands of students and published hundreds of pages online providing free information on Hoodoo, Conjure and the workers, traditions, authors, and merchants associated with it-she is a living master in the tradition and folks can go and visit her, learn from her, and apprentice with her (as I have) still today! She is one of my dear mentors and friends and when I set down with her to ask some questions I learned much-as always.

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Rediscovering the Electronic Music Godmothers

Rediscovering the Electronic Music Godmothers | Shimer College alumni | Scoop.it

“I WAS lucky in that when I was 8 or 9 and might have gotten music lessons or a doll, my father gave me a soldering iron instead,” the composer Laurie Spiegel wrote in the extensive liner notes included in “The Expanding Universe,” a new anthology of the electronic works she created at Bell Laboratories from 1973 to 1977. A generous, overdue sampling of a body of work as groundbreaking as it is listenable, the album is the newest arrival in a recent wave of CDs and LPs meant to rescue from oblivion the work of pioneering female electronic composers.

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Heretic, Rebel, a Thing to Flout: Committing Accidental Poetry

Heretic, Rebel, a Thing to Flout: Committing Accidental Poetry | Shimer College alumni | Scoop.it

Yesterday morning my old Shimer friend Teri Loeb casually wrote in a Facebook status entry, “On my way home from Idaho. Didn’t realize that it was a real place. LOL” More than a little groggy from an overnight shift, I posted a reply.

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Why We Like It: Peter Cooley’s “Possible Body” « The Cincinnati Review

Here at the CR, we like our editorial assistants to have extra skills (in addition to perceptive reading acumen, superior letter-opening talents, and a...
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Jacqueline Nicole Harris & Koto Murphy (Music) | My Time: the Words of Jacqueline Nicole Harris | CD Baby Music Store

Jacqueline Nicole Harris & Koto Murphy (Music) | My Time:  the Words of Jacqueline Nicole Harris | CD Baby Music Store | Shimer College alumni | Scoop.it
Listen to and buy Jacqueline Nicole Harris & Koto Murphy (Music) music on CD Baby. Download My Time: the Words of Jacqueline Nicole Harris by Jacqueline Nicole Harris & Koto Murphy (Music) on the independent record store by musicians for musicians.
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"God is the Gift of Desperation": Shimer College alum Marcia Z. Nelson interviews Anne Lamott

"God is the Gift of Desperation": Shimer College alum Marcia Z. Nelson interviews Anne Lamott | Shimer College alumni | Scoop.it

Anne Lamott fans who can’t get enough of her trademark humorous-neurotic-spiritual voice will thank their Higher Power for a second book this year from the essayist and novelist.

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blog.shimer: Carefully Cultivated Confidence: An Introduction

blog.shimer: Carefully Cultivated Confidence: An Introduction | Shimer College alumni | Scoop.it
Hello, internet. I suppose introductions are in order: my name is Ryan Taylor-Davis, and I’m a first-year transfer student at Shimer from Sebastopol, California. Blogging is something fairly new to me; I haven’t really done it very often.
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Anne McKnight (Shimer College '43): Opera star with Aurora roots dies in Switzerland - Aurora Beacon News

Anne McKnight (Shimer College '43): Opera star with Aurora roots dies in Switzerland - Aurora Beacon News | Shimer College alumni | Scoop.it


Anne McKnight, an international opera star who was raised in Aurora during the World War II years, has died in Lugano, Switzerland.

McKnight, who lived in Lugano, a small town near Switzerland’s border with Italy, for the last five decades, died Wednesday at the age of 88. She had suffered a massive stroke.

McKnight was born in Aurora on July 27, 1924. She started her singing career locally with the Fox Valley Symphony and Aurora churches.

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Poets Before Edit: A Shimer Alumni Project

Poets Before Edit: A Shimer Alumni Project | Shimer College alumni | Scoop.it
"I'm not saying I'm not sad. She was a lovely girl. But what can you do? Rail and be bitter? That's not me, man."--- Catullus, pre-edit.
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