On page 51 of my edition of Religions, Values and Peak Experiences (Penguin, 1970) by Abraham Maslow, in the chapter entitled "Values in Education," there appears a set of footnotes that are among my favorite footnotes in the world.
I decided to begin this post not with a standard personal introduction, but with an introduction of a different kind. I decided to begin by confessing my love for comics. An explanation of this love is not only important for...
Why all these academic trappings? Why not cut to the chase and simply put forward his ideas directly, in his own voice? The reason is one of the central convictions of Žižek’s philosophy: truth emerges only out of conflict and contradiction. It is impossible to skip directly to the end goal—the process of working through the “wrong answers” is indispensible. Žižek explains this by means of a joke that becomes a kind of recurring theme:
I have been referencing the kindle single “Gutenberg the Geek” by Jeff Jarvis on and off since my official arrival at Shimer College as the new president. So, I thought I would write just a bit about why I have been doing so.
If one could ever distill the particular quality that makes Shimer special, I think it's that every level of our organization is consistent with itself, these truths. On an interpersonal level, we try to understand each voice in class, including the facilitator’s. On a self-governing level, we work together democratically to make decisions. On an academic level, we try to understand the author of each text we read, and ultimately try to understand all the texts together--which themselves even build upon the inherent subjectivity of everything we think we know.
This may seem paradoxical when examining, for example, our social sciences curriculum, which sort of moves from through philosophy progressing towards post-structuralism. But I think here we try to treat all texts as equally important. We read the feminist critiques of Plato, but we don't necessarily lose respect for Plato. We confront the racist, sexist, and colonialist texts in the western canon, as well as difficult-to-grasp mystical texts, but throughout all of it we learn that in order to actually understand the author, respect is a pre-requisite.
During recent months, a variety of themes have come to the fore to shape decisions as we move forward. These have all centered on matching our academic mission with fiscal realism and responsibility. In support of this, we have made strategic decisions to emphasize increased admissions and focused on visibility and marketing as a core concern. To be blunt, sustainability requires intentional development of a business model that works; this requires more revenue. In part this is about increasing the size of our student body. It is also about imagining other potential revenue streams. Our first goal is to stabilize; our second—and equally important —is to do so in strategic rather than crisis-driven ways. As we move toward the end of 2012 and into 2013, these are our major concerns.
7th Annual Michel de Montaigne Scholars Competition
Saturday, February 16, 2013
The Michel de Montaigne Scholarship will be awarded to first-time applicants to Shimer on the basis of merit in writing and discussion—the activities that Shimer students undertake in the classroom (and beyond!) every day.
The scholarship honors Michel de Montaigne, the French Renaissance author and essayist. Participants read an essay by Montaigne, discuss it in a classroom setting, and write an essay. A committee of faculty members evaluates each participant's performance and selects the scholarship winners.
Things are, it turns out, not very good up in Bay Tourib, the very rural, mountainous area where I work. We have numerous CLM members who lost either livestock or crops to Hurricane Sandy.
If you know people who would like to help, they can send donations to Fonkoze USA. It can be done through the website, www.fonkoze.org. You can specify that you want the donation to go to CLM/Asset Replacement.
I had never heard of Russ Kick until I read a NY Times Book Review of his edited work, The Graphic Canon Volume 1 ( there are 3 volumes; 2 have been published and one is due in April). Probably, I would not have noticed the review had I not...
When I first "met" ShImer, I knew it was a great books school. And I came to know it as a school -- an educational community -- filled with the pursuit of great questions. Hence parts of this blog focusedon questions.
Samuel Henderson's insight:
Susan Henking on some provocative questions indeed.
If you know of a prospective student who may be interested in the competition, please refer them to www.shimer.edu/montaigne. Don't forget the students referred by an alum will have their application fee waived.
No. I am not insulting Shimer – for its aesthetics or its size. Nor would I be insulting liberal education if I simply replaced the word Shimer with that phrase. Rather, I am asking a very important educational question.
Most Chicagoans would probably agree that getting around the city during the winter is far from enjoyable.
Samuel Henderson's insight:
"The 22-year-old sophomore at Shimer College, a small liberal arts college on Illinois Institute of Technology's campus, traded her mountain bike for a road bike when she moved here from the West Coast."
Shimer is pleased to announce that Joseph Fitzpatrick will be joining our staff as Dean of Students.
Joseph worked extensively in Student Affairs at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, including most recently as Dean of Student Life. He brings experience, leadership, and enthusiasm for Shimer’s mission to the position.
As [Shimer College student Dorian Electra's] lyrics lay out, the greatest danger of excessive money creation is that it discoordinates the activities of savers and lenders. Interest rates in market economies serve to signal to producers how patient or impatient the public is. When people save more, rates go down and producers know they can borrow more and take their time in producing things. When saving falls, rates rise and the opposite message gets sent. As the song illustrates, interest rates are like traffic lights that coordinate behavior at intersections.
At Shimer College, we're pretty proud of our community for many reasons, from our self-governance to the unique quality of each person who makes up this community. For me, I was reminded of one of those reasons when I attended...
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