Shimerprez is Susan Henking, the 14th President of Shimer College, located at 3424 S. State Street, Chicago, Illinois. Susan is a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago (1988) and has publiished extensively in her field of religious studies and on higher education. She blogs at blog.shimer.edu/provocations as well as periodically for the Huffington Post.
What about Shimer? Shimer is a 4 year undergraduate college (that also accepts non-degree seeking students) that emphasizes small group discussions of great works. Visit us on line at www.shimer.edu -- or on State Street.
What about Chicago is Our Campus? Years ago, there was a marketing campaign for Philadelphia. The campaign focused on the many colleges and universities in the area, and identified the city itself as the campus. It was the city as campus, rather than the colleges and universities using the city. So, when I have been thinking about Chicago, and seeing how many colleges and universities there are in the Windy City and its environs (aka Chicagoland), the notion of Chicago as Our Campus was born. And, no, I do not just mean the museum campus. I mean the whole city. Your streets, my streets, and beyond.
So, this blog is an encounter -- between one college president and one city -- and you.