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blog.shimer: The Shimer College Assembly

blog.shimer: The Shimer College Assembly | Shimer College | Scoop.it

The Assembly represents the entire community of Shimer College. It is run according to democratic rules set down in the Assembly Constitution, presided over by the Speaker (currently faculty Albert Fernandez) and charged with the task of Shimer's moral guardianship.

The Assembly represents the entire community of Shimer College. It is run according to democratic rules set down in the Assembly Constitution, presided over by the Speaker (currently faculty Albert Fernandez) and charged with the task of Shimer's moral guardianship.

From the Preamble of the Constitution: "The Assembly governs by virtue of the moral suasion established by communal deliberation. The Assembly is a democratic legislature; it defines and protects the basic moral law or essential ethos of the College. The form and major responsibilities of the Assembly are symbolic of the Shimer College commitment to the pursuit of truth and intellectual honesty. The Assembly thus serves to nurture the spirit of true dialogue as well as the habits of public responsibility."

As such, the conversational habits and ideas we read about for class that have to do with governance (among other things) are set into action at the Assembly. Among its normal functions, the Assembly delegates certain tasks that help to run the College to its committees, which in turn communicate with the staff and Board of Trustees. These include the Budget Committee, the Admission Committee, the Administrative Committee, the Academic Planning Committee, and the Quality of Life Committee, among others. In each committee there is representation from several of the constituencies of Shimer's internal community: faculty, administrators, weekday students, and weekend students. Each Committee's powers are laid out in the Constitution, and Committees are reelected every year.

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Further thoughts on the new scholarship at Shimer College

If you teach at a community college and know a student with a real passion for books and ideas, I encourage you to let them know about this opportunity. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting videos from previous transfer students who will share their experience at Shimer, but I can tell you from my perspective that our transfers often prove to be among our best students. We’ve also benefited greatly from having a number of students who are older than traditional college age, so older students shouldn’t hesitate to apply.

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Privacy, Surveillance, and the American Constitution: Discussion Presented by Shimer College

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blog.shimer: Pitchfork Music Festival

blog.shimer: Pitchfork Music Festival | Shimer College | Scoop.it
Hi again Shimer community! Sorry for the recent lack of blog posts, I was traveling this summer before classes picked up again. However, now that Shimer is back in full swing for the new school year, I figured I should...
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Bibliochef Outed As Shimerprez - Cooking With Ideas

We all know that an open secret can be an excuse for much that is problematic in today’s world. Unlike the open secrets of who bibliochef is or who Shimerprez is, other kinds of open secrets damaged LGBT people for...
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A College President, Drawn to Uncertainties

A College President, Drawn to Uncertainties | Shimer College | Scoop.it
The president of Shimer College says she has come to understand that she can’t pursue ideas alone, or strive to change the world unless she engages others.
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Seniors in Chicago Can Now Take Classes on Foucault, Marx, Arendt for Free

Seniors in Chicago Can Now Take Classes on Foucault, Marx, Arendt for Free | Shimer College | Scoop.it
People over the age of 60 can now register for classes for free.
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Shimer College opens its classes to senior citizens for free

Shimer College opens its classes to senior citizens for free | Shimer College | Scoop.it
Interested in learning more about the films of Stanley Kubrick or about the philosophies of Martin Heidegger, a German philosopher known for exploring the question of "being"?
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Shimer College and the Future: Shimer symposium at Growling Rabbit in Chicago, August 30

Shimer College and the Future: Shimer symposium at Growling Rabbit in Chicago, August 30 | Shimer College | Scoop.it
The Growling Rabbit Café presents:



Learning About Learning:

The Tumultuous History of Great Books Education in America.



Presented by: Dr. David Shiner,

Dr. Stuart Patterson,

and Dr. Barbara Stone

of Shimer College.
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The "Shadow Resume": A Career Tip for Grad Students

The "Shadow Resume": A Career Tip for Grad Students | Shimer College | Scoop.it
Adam Kotsko is Assistant Professor of Humanities at Shimer College and the author, most recently, of Why We Love Sociopaths: A Guide to Late Capitalist Television. He blogs at An und für sich where this was originally published.
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blog.shimer: Authors of Haymarket Books-Truth-Tellers

blog.shimer: Authors of Haymarket Books-Truth-Tellers | Shimer College | Scoop.it
Dearest Shimerians, Recently at Haymarket Books I have been in close proximity to some amazing and admirable people. It is exciting to be around writers like Gary Younge who writes for the Guardian and authored a Haymarket Books title that...
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Shimer College and the Future: What should be preserved about Shimer College?

I suppose the best answer to the question of what should be preserved is: as much as possible, starting of course with Shimer itself. However, that isn't very helpful.
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Shimer College - Envisioning Shimer’s Future, Part II

So, what do you think?  What is most important about Shimer?  What do you think we should preserve – that is what are the key elements of what you value about Shimer?  Where do we need to improve, and how might we go about doing that?  Where should we innovate, and why?  In short, what is it that, in your opinion, matters most about Shimer, and especially about Shimer’s future?

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New scholarship for transfer students at Shimer College

I'm lucky to be able to teach at a school I really believe in. I've written before about the distinctiveness of Shimer College's pedagogy and about all the ways it cuts against the trends toward na...
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Books to Books: From the Inside Out (A Guest Post) - Evocations

Books to Books: From the Inside Out (A Guest Post) - Evocations | Shimer College | Scoop.it
I met Alex Rosenberg almost as soon as I "met" Shimer as she served on the search committee joined me for a very early introduction to some Shimer alums, served on our Board of Trustees, and ate lunch with me in.
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Shimer College and the Future: Shimer College Assembly to meet August 28

The Assembly of Shimer College will meet at 3:15 PM this coming Wednesday, August 28, in the Cinderella Lounge at Shimer. The agenda is as follows:
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An Alum's Voice: Diogenes the Cynic - Evocations

An Alum's Voice: Diogenes the Cynic - Evocations | Shimer College | Scoop.it
As you know, I recently asked a few people if they'd like to contribute a guest blog for Evocations. Here is a guest blog from Landis Masnor, recent graduate and former student representative to the Shimer College Board of Trustees!
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Make That Paper... Or Two

Make That Paper... Or Two | Shimer College | Scoop.it
I recommend you read this little post by Adam Kotsko, an assistant professor at Shimer College (which sounds like an awesome place, by the way). The following paragraph sums up Kotsko's point, and ...
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New Course on the Ethics of Intellectual Property This Fall at Shimer

This fall, Shimer College will offer a refreshing look at intellectual property, a persistently contentious issue in our contemporary society and one with a rich history in the development of democratic governments. You can explore this topic in the course Ethics of Intellectual Property, taught by Jim Ulrich. The humanities/social sciences course is three credits and offers the IIT equivalent of Hum 300-level.

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Chicago's Shimer College to shine with new state grant

Chicago's Shimer College to shine with new state grant | Shimer College | Scoop.it
This week Illinois Governor Pat Quinn was in Chicago to announce over $50 million in grants to Chicago-area colleges and universities for capital improvements,
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Shimer College and the Future: Monsters University and the rigors of radical uniqueness

Susan Henking's recent post on ChicagoNow directs us to a masterful spoof of the standard university website, courtesy of the movie Monsters University.
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Shimer College and the Future: Shimer seeks your input on the future of the college

From David Shiner: "What is most important about Shimer? What do you think we should preserve – that is what are the key elements of what you value about Shimer? Where do we need to improve, and how might we go about doing that?
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