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Adam Kotsko: Saving Freud from himself

I just got through a couple weeks of teaching Freud, which was a lot of fun. It was particularly interesting to do as I’ve been spending so much time with Lacan lately — it seems to me ...
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Shimer College - Shimer-in-a-Box Reading Group in Minneapolis

Shimer-in-a-Box Reading Group: Politics and Kinship

Thursday, November 8, 2012, 7:30 PM

Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55408


If you're interested in approaching the pervasive questions of today with a sophisticated understanding of their philosophical origins, this book group is for you. The first of three events will be a spirited discussion of politics, morality and kinship. Readings include Sophocles' Antigone and contemporary feminist Judith Butler's book, Antigone's Claim. (Future book club meetings will include a discussion on parental memories, and one on Darwin, language and lingodroids.) All viewpoints welcome.


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blog.shimer: Introducing Lena, a fourth-year student

blog.shimer: Introducing Lena, a fourth-year student | Shimer College | Scoop.it

he Weekend Program is very unique in its kind. We meet on average, one weekend every three weeks. We still do the same amount of work as the Weekday students but without the daily time limits. I might even say it's more difficult, especially since you have to retain all that information for three weeks and then discuss it all in one or two days. Right now we’re on a block schedule, which means that my Integrative Studies Five class meets on Saturday for six and a half hours while my Child Psychology and Education class meets on Sunday for three hours. Sometimes it's exhausting, but I wouldn’t trade it for any other type of education in the world. The Weekend Program caters to my lifestyle and challenges my intellect in the most perfect of ways.

Honestly though, I think that’s what makes Shimer College such a beautiful and wondrous place. If you feel like something isn’t working, whether it is your class, your social “status”, or even your program, Shimer works with you to find the place where you fit in. Shimer has a place for any and every person that walks through its doors. I believe this is because Shimer College is exactly what it advertises- it is supportive, challenging, loving, motivational, community driven, and inspirational. It is a place for book lovers, for people who thirst for knowledge…and most importantly, it is a place for people to evolve.

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Shimer prof Adam Kotsko on "Learning science again for the first time"

It’s hard to believe, but I’m at the halfway point of the semester already. As part of my training, I’ve been taking Shimer College’s Natural Sciences 1, The Laws and Models of Chemistry. It seems unlikely that I’ll be teaching it any time soon, but I wanted to see how Shimer’s Great Books approach works with a hard science class — and so far, I think it has much to recommend it.

 

Basically, it seems that the trade-off compared to a traditional science course is that you get a lot less information about the current state of science and a lot less practice in the technical ins-and-outs of skills like balancing chemical equations, operating lab equipment, etc. — but you get a lot better understanding of the problems scientists (both pre-modern and modern) have grappled with in trying to get some kind of handle of “what stuff is made of” and a much more vivid grasp of the basic principles that are discussed.

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blog.shimer: An Introduction of Sorts

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Out of the blue one beautiful Summer afternoon my mom comes home from work and hands me a printed portion of an e-mail she recieved from a college. The brochure had taglines the likes of which would have you believe Hutchins had somehow come back from the dead to start a school. I kind of dismissed it at first, thinking that school like this couldn't possibly exist. There's no such thing as a college that teaches from the Great Books and employs the Socratic method of dialogue as their modus operandi for class. There's just no way that such an institution could exist. 

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blog.shimer: ¡Melanie! A first year student.

I wound up at Shimer after 4 years at a two year college and a favorite teacher who teaches almost exclusively Great Books courses. This combination led to me taking 6 separate Great Books or Great Books-emphasis classes and doing better in them then I had in any other class I’d taken in my life.
When the transfer counselor at my school told me there was an entire school run the way Professor Richardson’s classes were taught, I knew I had to go there.
Taking as long as I did to figure myself out my seem like a waste of time, but if it hadn’t been for that time spent I might never have found Shimer or if I had I never would have thought I’d be able to succeed there.

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Big Ideas Tiny Shimer College has survived for 135 years on great books, high hopes, and very little money.

Big Ideas  Tiny Shimer College has survived for 135 years on great books, high hopes, and very little money. | Shimer College | Scoop.it

Shimer is a very small liberal arts college devoted to a rigorous Great Books core curriculum like the one Robert Maynard Hutchins imposed in the 1930s and '40s on the University of Chicago undergraduate college. Mathematics 1, for instance, starts not with a textbook but with Euclid's Elements--and everybody has to take it.


"I saw that they admitted people before high-school graduation, and that it was far away from home," recalls Groth. "I didn't know anything about the Great Books." She applied in the fall, was promptly accepted and slated to start in February 1971. "My father was a little dubious about this place. What if it was a funny farm? He drove me across the country, thinking that he might have to drag me back home. The first thing when we arrived on campus, a long-haired guy jumped out of the bushes flapping his arms like a bird." Her father left her there anyway.

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Dean of Students - HigherEdJobs

Shimer College, a four-year "great books" liberal arts college in Chicago, seeks a highly-qualified student services/student life professional to support and enhance the student co-curricular experience. Experience with retention, programming, compliance, working with diverse populations and one-on-one student support required. The successful candidate must have the capacity to collaborate extensively with IIT and VanderCook College of Music (the institutions with which Shimer shares a campus), manage budgets and lead student staff. For more information about Shimer College, please visit www.shimer.edu.

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Shimer College - Shimer Days 2012: Great Books Pub Trivia Night

QUIZ TIME!

Who killed Achilles?

Who said “Curiouser and curiouser . . .”?

Which came first, Picasso’s blue or pink period?

Know the answers without glancing at Google? Join Shimer College for
Great Books Pub Trivia Night with Shimer students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends!


Saturday October 13, 5pm
at Hermann Hall
3241 S. Federal Street on the Shimer/IIT campus

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Shimer College and the Future: Text of David Shiner's Euthyphro lecture

Every Shimer student in the Weekday program reads Plato’s Euthyphro as their first assignment in preparation for Orientation.  This is appropriate, because Platonic dialogues such as the Euthyphro are typical of the sorts of texts that work particularly well in the Shimer classroom.  The meanings of such texts are rarely immediately obvious, or at least not completely so; because of this, they reward close reading, critical investigation, and deep reflection. By contrast, a technical manual, such as the ones included with cars and DVD players, aims to plainly communicate a single meaning that can be contradicted only by statements that are patently incorrect.  That’s one reason why we don’t study technical manuals at Shimer, or their first cousins, textbooks.  With that in mind, I’m going to explore some aspects of the Euthyphro in an effort to uncover at least part of the meaning of the dialogue.


Via Keith Wayne Brown
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blog.shimer: In Which There is Much Fun and Chaos

blog.shimer: In Which There is Much Fun and Chaos | Shimer College | Scoop.it

This year, so far, has been pretty epic. Granted, it’s only been approximately three weeks, but I’d like to think the rest of the year is going to continue on in this vein. I’m taking Social Sciences 1, Natural Sciences 1, and a film course on the French New Wave. In Soc, we just started reading Suicide by Emile Durkheim. It’s a little denser in comparison to the anthropology we were just reading (Benedict and Ortner), so my mind tends to wander, especially when we get to the hard statistical parts. I really do enjoy the conversation in the class, though, and people bring up some of the most interesting points that I would have never thought about. In Nat Sci, we’re reading Lucretius after having just finished the Pre-Socratics. We’re trying to work out a way of viewing the world and how it works from the viewpoint of someone who doesn’t have the same technology we do in the modern world. I’m increasingly impressed with their abilities to get so close to the truth without tools like microscopes.

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Shimer College bids farewell to B David Galt

Shimer College bids farewell to B David Galt | Shimer College | Scoop.it
Shimer College, Chicago's tiny Great Books college, announced today that current Dean of Students B David Galt will depart at the end of September.
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Shimer College - President's October Challenge

This month, I want to challenge you to become a Wikipedia editor. Wikipedia recently acknowledged its rather paltry coverage of notable women (and its number of female editors, currently a measly 9 percent).

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Agamben on Liturgy & Politics, Wed., Oct. 17, 7pm

The Paul of Tarsus Working Group presents: ADAM KOTSKO, Professor of Humanities at Shimer College and current translator of Giorgio Agamben’s Opus Dei (Homo Sacer, II.5), forthcoming from Sta...
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Wikipedia:WikiProject Shimer College - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Wikipedia:WikiProject Shimer College - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia | Shimer College | Scoop.it

WikiProject Shimer College is a WikiProject which aims to improve Wikipedia's coverage of Shimer College and related topics, and also to facilitate participation on Wikipedia by members of the Shimer community.


Please ensure that articles relating to Shimer and Shimerians are written from a neutral point of view, and are free of both academic boosterism and its opposite.


Please help this project evolve by providing your own modifications, comments and suggestions. (Leave a message).

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Shimer College prepares for Banned Books Week

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Shimer College, the Great Books college of Chicago, is preparing a series of events for Banned Books Week, the first week of October.
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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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Come to a Shimer Open House

Come to a Shimer Open House | Shimer College | Scoop.it

COLLEGE FOR A DAY
OCTOBER 8, 2012


The faculty and students of Shimer invite you to visit us on Columbus Day, Monday, October 8, 9:30am to about 2:00pm (or later if you'd like to sit in on afternoon classes).

You will tour the campus, meet Shimer faculty, students, and staff, and get a chance to experience a Shimer class: a class with no more than twelve students discussing a text that has been pivotal to the development of civilization.

Feel free to bring your parents, a friend, or both.

Complete this online registration form to let us know that you are coming.

Call 312.235.3504 or email us with any questions you have. We hope you can join us in the Great Conversation.

Shimer College

Office of Admission
3424 S. State Street
Chicago IL 60616


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Dr. Susan Henking on Out of Bounds Radio

Dr. Susan Henking on Out of Bounds Radio | Shimer College | Scoop.it
09/20/12: Dr. Susan Henking trained in Religious Studies, receiving her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Divinity School. In 1988 she joined the faculty of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY, where she taught Religious Studies. Dr. Henking was recently elected to be the 14th President of Shimer College, located on the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology. Her academic career is distinguished by an extensive publication record of scholarly works on religion, psychology, the history of sociology, gender, sexuality, HIV/AIDS, diversity, and leadership in higher education.
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One Book, One Chicago - Liberate Banned Books - Events - Now Is The Time

One Book, One Chicago - Liberate Banned Books - Events - Now Is The Time | Shimer College | Scoop.it

Shimer College and Chicago Read Out: Liberate Banned BooksThursday, October 4, 6:45 – 8pm

Shimer College, Cinderella Lounge

3424 S. State St.

Shimer College invites Chicago to participate in an evening of short readings from the (sadly) long list of books that have been banned, burned and otherwise barred from the public. Reflecting on the history of book burnings as depicted in The Book Thief, this event coincides with the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week. Come read from your own favorite once- or currently-threatened book or from one selected by the students, staff and faculty of Shimer. For more information call (312) 235-3529 or email s.patterson@shimer.edu.

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blog.shimer: Constitution Day

blog.shimer: Constitution Day | Shimer College | Scoop.it

Every institution of learning has its strengths and its weaknesses. One of Shimer's not-so-strengths is modern politics. In Social Sciences 2 we learn all about the formation of the founding documents and the various definitions and aspects of liberty, but Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau can only take you so far in understanding current political debates.

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blog.shimer: Figuratively Speaking

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Part of what is so amazing about metaphors is how often we utilize them in our speech. It is almost impossible to communicate without them. And in class they are often essential to conveying the thoughts in your head into the thoughts in others heads. Since the end of the summer and the beginning of my fall classes I have thought a great deal about the metaphors present in all Great Books and how much the greatness of their ideas has to do with the greatness of their metaphors.

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Shimer College Early Entrance Program

Shimer College Early Entrance Program | Shimer College | Scoop.it
Early Entrants at Shimer take the same college level courses as all other students at the college. The Great Books core curriculum, which immerses students in the major works, questions, and methods of more than 2000 years of the Western intellectual tradition, accounts for about two-thirds of the course work. The other third consists of elective courses that go in-depth in a particular subject or field. The study of primary texts, in discussion classes of 12 students or fewer, offers a unique environment for intellectual and personal growth, and fosters engaged, independent, and careful thinkers.
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Who Chris McBride Was (And Why You Should Care) - Yael Writes

Who Chris McBride Was (And Why You Should Care) - Yael Writes | Shimer College | Scoop.it
Who Chris McBride Was (And Why You Should Care) - Yesterday, I told you about how I’m running a fundraiser for Children of the Night in memory of Chris McBride. Today, I want to tell you a little bi...
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