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Shimer College and the Future: Report of the Ad Hoc Governance & Constitutional Committee

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Abraham Maslow's Footnotes - Evocations

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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.
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Meet Dorian Electra, Hip-Hop’s “Libertarian Lolita” | The Northwestern Chronicle

Meet Dorian Electra, Hip-Hop’s “Libertarian Lolita” | The Northwestern Chronicle | Shimer College | Scoop.it
By: Dana Driskill (This article was featured in our print issue, which was published on Nov.
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blog.shimer: My First Semester Project

blog.shimer: My First Semester Project | Shimer College | Scoop.it
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...
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Adam Kotsko: "Less Than Nothing: Žižek’s Theory of Everything" | GlobalComment

Adam Kotsko: "Less Than Nothing: Žižek’s Theory of Everything" | GlobalComment | Shimer College | Scoop.it

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:

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Shimer College - Shimer-in-a-Box Reading Group to Meet in Minneapolis--NEW DATE!

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Shimer-in-a-Box Reading Group
Wed, January 16th
(Previously scheduled for Thu, Jan. 17. Please note change of date)

7:30pm
 Magers and Quinn Booksellers
3038 Hennepin Avenue South in Minneapolis, MN

Please RSVP to yael@yaelwrites.com

 

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Community of Criticism? - Evocations

Community of Criticism? - Evocations | Shimer College | Scoop.it
I have been calling Shimer a community of inquiry, criticism, generosity and hope almost since my arrival in July 2012.
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More on the Shimertopia project:

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Was Gutenberg a Shimerian? - Evocations

Was Gutenberg a Shimerian? - Evocations | Shimer College | Scoop.it
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.
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blog.shimer: Roots & Branches

blog.shimer: Roots & Branches | Shimer College | Scoop.it
"To learn is to love, I have come to see."
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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.

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Shimer College - President's Update for December 2012


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.

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Montaigne Scholars Competition

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MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE SCHOLARSHIP

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.

 

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Sun times shimer college campbell library 1950.jpg

Sun times shimer college campbell library 1950.jpg | Shimer College | Scoop.it

Photograph of four students in front of the Campbell Library at Shimer College in 1950, by Sun-Times photographer Carmen Reporto.

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Shimer College - Response to Note from the President

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.

 

Thanks,

Steven

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Is Russ Kick a Shimerian? - Evocations

Is Russ Kick a Shimerian? - Evocations | Shimer College | Scoop.it
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...
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blog.shimer: Winter Break is Almost Over

blog.shimer: Winter Break is Almost Over | Shimer College | Scoop.it
Hello everyone, I hope your winter solstice and whatever holiday celebrations you participated in were wonderful and refreshing. I participated in my church's Advent celebrations.
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Shimer College and the Future: Video of Shimer College banned books reading

Video of Shimer College banned books reading from October 2012, as featured on CAN-TV.
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Questions Quoted - Evocations

Questions Quoted - Evocations | Shimer College | Scoop.it
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.
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Susan Henking on some provocative questions indeed.

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Shimer College - 7th Annual Michel de Montaigne Scholars Competition

Shimer College - 7th Annual Michel de Montaigne Scholars Competition | Shimer College | Scoop.it

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.

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Bewilderment as a Journey (to Learning) - Evocations

Bewilderment as a Journey (to Learning) - Evocations | Shimer College | Scoop.it
As a teacher, I often think that confusion is a good thing. It is not the aim of education, of course, but it is a place along the journey which ought not be frightening.
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Is Shimer a Hole in the Wall? - Evocations

Is Shimer a Hole in the Wall? - Evocations | Shimer College | Scoop.it
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.
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Student bikers on campus: Bring on the cold

Student bikers on campus: Bring on the cold | Shimer College | Scoop.it
Most Chicagoans would probably agree that getting around the city during the winter is far from enjoyable.
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"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."

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Shimer College - Second Meeting of Shimer in a Box, Minneapolis

Join Yael and other alumni and friends of Shimer
for the second Shimer-in-a-Box event

Thursday, January 17th
7:30pm

Magers and Quinn Booksellers
3038 Hennepin Avenue South in Minneapolis, MN

Please RSVP to yael@yaelwrites.com

The second meeting will be a spirited discussion of male and female power, and the relationship between parents and children to the natural world.

Readings comprise the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, Margaret Atwood's Surfacing, and the poems "Demeter," "At Eleusis," "The Mysteries," and "Psyche" by HD (Hilda Doolittle).

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Shimer College - Shimer Hires Dean of Students

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.

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FA$T CA$H: Easy Credit & the Economic Crash : The Freeman : Foundation for Economic Education

FA$T CA$H: Easy Credit & the Economic Crash : The Freeman : Foundation for Economic Education | Shimer College | Scoop.it

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.

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blog.shimer: Of Orange Horse, Power Outages, and Missing Blog Entries

blog.shimer: Of Orange Horse, Power Outages, and Missing Blog Entries | Shimer College | Scoop.it
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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