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Shimer College - Letter from the President

As we move through the summer, I am thinking back across my first year as a Shimerian with gratitude to you all and excitement about our future.  We continue to be a community of criticism, generosity and hope—and my hope comes in large measure from you. Thank you for welcoming me so wholeheartedly into your community.

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Shimer College - Stories in Uniform

Stories in Uniform

Congratulations to Thomas Vincent Nowaczyk '97 on the publication of his story in the anthology Marine at War which has been published by Press 53, Winston-Salem, NC.

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blog.shimer: Prelude to Revolution and Marx's Kapital!

blog.shimer: Prelude to Revolution and Marx's Kapital! | Shimer College | Scoop.it
Netiya Shiner and Maria Gomez are Shimer students participating in the Shimer Internship/Mentorship (SIM) Program. They regularly post updates about their internship experiences. This post is from Maria, who is interning with Haymarket Books.
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"Shimer College: ________ ________ ______ ______"

Why not sidestep the zero-sum aspect of the problem entirely, and take the issue to a higher and more playful level?
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Chicago Chess Center - News - Preview Open Winners Aren't the Usual Suspects

Chicago Chess Center - News - Preview Open Winners Aren't the Usual Suspects | Shimer College | Scoop.it

June 29 was a day for newcomers, up-and-comers and comebacks. David Shiner, a Shimer College associate dean coming off a 10-year hiatus from rated chess, won first place in our preview open at the Illinois Institute of Technology, with a score of 3.5/4.

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Small Campus, Big Books - New York Times

Small Campus, Big Books - New York Times | Shimer College | Scoop.it
At Shimer College, there are no lectures. Books, not professors, are considered the teachers, and the path to learning relies on the Socratic method of discussion.
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blog.shimer: Beach Canvassing/Summer Festivities

blog.shimer: Beach Canvassing/Summer Festivities | Shimer College | Scoop.it
Netiya Shiner and Maria Gomez are Shimer students participating in the Shimer Internship/Mentorship (SIM) Program. They regularly post updates about their internship experiences.
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Shimer College - Alum Jason Blaesing Receives Award

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Jason Blaesing '00, who will be a doctoral candidate at Cornell in the fall, has won won the 2013 Raymond Fogelson Prize for the best MAPSS M.A. thesis in the ethnological and historical sciences submitted in the previous academic year. The prize entails a $1000 award and will be listed in the Spring convocation program's "Award of Honors."

Jason's  thesis is entitled "The Hidden Geography of Healing: Ontologies of Number in Northern Peru and the Political Arithmetic of the Inka."

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Essay on how professors can deal with assessment | Inside Higher Ed

Essay on how professors can deal with assessment | Inside Higher Ed | Shimer College | Scoop.it

I have to admit that part of my sanguine attitude stems from the fact that Shimer’s pedagogy embodies what independent researchers have already demonstrated to be “best practices” in terms of discussion-centered, small classes — and so if we take the trouble to come up with a plausible way to measure what the program is doing for our students, I’m confident the results will be very strong. Despite that overall optimism, however, I’m also sure that there are some things that we’re doing that aren’t working as well as they could, but we have no way of really knowing that currently. We all have limited energy and time, and so anything that can help us make sure we’re devoting our energy to things that are actually beneficial seems all to the good.

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Shimer College and the Future: Agenda for the Shimer College Assembly meeting of April 21, 2013

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Shimer College students perform ‘Eurydice,’ more shows added | TechNews

Shimer College students perform ‘Eurydice,’ more shows added | TechNews | Shimer College | Scoop.it

The relationships depicted in the play are made stronger no doubt by the close community that the actors all belong to as Shimer students. .... With a spectacular cast, wonderful dialogue, and ingenious staging and lighting; Eurydice is not the play I expected to see, it was even better. I strongly recommend this tragic and sweet play for anyone who has an interest in mythology or romance with a slight tinge of horror. For those who are kicking themselves for not seeing the play when it initially ran this past weekend director Josh Sobel has decided to add two more dates to the run this coming weekend.

 

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Shimer College and the Future: Finding new Shimerians

Shimer College and the Future: Finding new Shimerians | Shimer College | Scoop.it
I got an email from a place called Shimer College in Chicago. The whole thing was basically about Star Trek and I kinda want to go there now.
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Shimer College and the Future: The forgotten crisis of 1927

In a recent post, I dropped the year "1927" into the familiar list of crisis years in Shimer College history. I was, I'll confess, hoping that somebody would ask "what happened at in 1927?
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Shimer College and the Future: Dangerously optimistic?

As much as Shimer stands for the great books (and for smallness, intentional community, dialogical pedagogy, and various other good things), it stands also for a kind of glorious bloody-mindedness without which the school's existence—past 1853, or...
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Shimer College and the Future: Real reviews of Shimer College

A popular review site has been systematically filtering out positive reviews of Shimer. So here they are: 28 real, positive reviews of Shimer by real Shimerians.
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blog.shimer: Recently at Haymarket...

blog.shimer: Recently at Haymarket... | Shimer College | Scoop.it
Netiya Shiner and Maria Gomez are Shimer students participating in the Shimer Internship/Mentorship (SIM) Program. They regularly post updates about their internship experiences. This post is from Maria, who is interning with Haymarket Books.
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How to write about books in a college essay: Shimer College

Shimer College Director of Admissions Elaine Vincent talks about the Great Books college of Chicago, and offers advice for how to write about books in a coll...
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Chicago's Shimer College graduates 26

Chicago's Shimer College graduates 26 | Shimer College | Scoop.it
Saturday was a banner day for Shimer, Chicago's tiny Great Books college. The school graduated a whopping total of 26 graduates, nearly doubling the previous y
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Heretic, Rebel, a Thing to Flout: National Poetry Month—Marge Piercy "To Be of Use"

Heretic, Rebel, a Thing to Flout: National Poetry Month—Marge Piercy "To Be of Use" | Shimer College | Scoop.it
I got to see Marge Piercy last night at the toney, old money Standard Club in Chicago in a setting replete with dark wood paneling, plush furniture, and hushed club attendants at an event for alumni and the community of one of my alma maters—tiny Shimer College.  It was a wonderful evening in a slightly incongruous setting.
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