Category: Local/Global

Bringing it to Scale

Everywhere we turn these days, we hear about “scale.’ Scale seems to mean something quite specific in these contexts. The speakers (or writers) do not mean the scale that blind statues of justice hold, weighing deeds. Nor does scale mean those that fall from our eyes to permit us accurate sight. Indeed, scales do not... Read more »

Chicagoland Graduates Make Good -- the Public Good

I love looking across our institutions to see who our graduates are and what they are doing. The focus on social justice across the institutions of Chicago(land) is also something of which we ought all be proud. Here are a few ways to make yourself smile as you read this — As many of you... Read more »

Buzz Words and Beyond

Buzz words — not words about bees (though there is plenty of noise about bees these days in higher education and beyond) — but words and phrases that get reiterated often enough that when one hears them one of two things happens: a kind of droning, buzzing sound occurs such that the word  disappears and... Read more »

Liberal Education in What Places?

Sunday’s New York Times included a piece by Jim Sleeper entitled “Liberal Education in Authoritarian Places,” which examined the implications of the recent spate of exporting of liberal education institutions to places like, well, Shanghai. Concerns around academic freedom, censorship and much else swirl around such enterprises (using the term in a variety of senses)... Read more »

Summer Time and the Living is Easy

Or not. It is a myth — in the sense of a powerful story that shapes lives — that colleges close down in the summer. Not so much. Nor is it true that faculty are not working. Campuses are increasingly 12 month facilities — if for no other reason than that it is expensive to... Read more »

Bully for You: Schapiro Speaks Out

College presidents have a lot to say these days, as we are pushed to return to the bully pulpit. In this case, the issue is not bullying in the 21st century meaning — those folks (even in the 20th century) who stole my lunch money or made fun of you. Or engaged in more serious... Read more »
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    Shimerprez is the 14th president of Shimer College at 35th and State. She also blogs at the Huffington Post and at a Shimer Blog called Evocations which can be found on line at She is a University of Chicago Ph.D. who works on religion, the social sciences, gender and sexuality. She reads murder mysteries, is fascinated by the world of food, and also loves the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York.

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