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Banned Books Week is All About Higher Education

Wesleyan University in Connecticut is in the midst of a controversy about its student newspaper. The controversy is about free speech, on the one hand, and race, on the other hand. There are likely more hands to this complex issue than even Kali has. The issue is embedded in the repeated presence of certain kinds... Read more »

Diversity in the Presidency: LGBTQ

Higher education leadership is in the news a lot lately, including for pay schedules, for commencement remarks, and for much more. The road to such leadership can be a complex one, inflected both by one’s ideals, one’s educational background and one’s identity characteristics. Women, for example, continue to be underrepresented in presidencies and chancellorships, enough... Read more »

Dropping In -- Not Dropping Out

Do I have to finish high school? This question is one that I asked when I was (much) younger.  I have heard it asked — directly and indirectly — by a whole range of people since then.  And, as the high school year draws to a close, I suspect there are those asking it —... Read more »

Indiana Wants Me (or Not)

Recently, Governor Mike Pence of Indiana signed a controversial law (the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act) into effect. Unlike any other such laws in states or at the federal level, the new Indiana law quite directly and specifically allows discrimination against LGBTQ persons (and possibly others, such as unwed mothers, or. . . ) on... Read more »

Higher Education News

For those of you who do not regularly check this site, where Illinois Higher Education News appears, her are a few tidbits to whet your appetite: On the sheer gossip front, Malia Obama is starting the college search project. And it is, indeed, a project, perhaps even more so when a high profile candidate for... Read more »

Chicagoland Presidential Transitions

In coming months, several institutions in Chicago will see changes in leadership at the top. These changes matter — for presidents, many argue, are not only managers but leaders. Here are a few of those changes to watch out for. First: Illinois Institute of Technology President John Anderson is stepping down in 2015. At a... Read more »

Ferguson, Racism and Higher Education

At one point, I had never heard of Ferguson. I do not quite remember that reality. In the same way that Selma and other places have become iconic in the American imaginary, Ferguson has come to carry an enormous amount of symbolic weight. Of course, there are more than symbolic issues at stake here. There... Read more »

Reading Chicago

One in a while I think that Chicago is a toddling town. (Ok, when I first moved to Chicago in the 1970s, everyone — and I mean everyone — sang a song to me that included the phrase “that toddling’ town.” I still do not know what that means. (Here is Tony Bennett singing that... Read more »

Ferguson is. . .

Everywhere I went some time ago, I heard “Ferguson.” Perhaps Ferguson will take its place alongside Selma or Birmingham. Michael Brown, whose funeral is now well past, will take his place alongside, well, too many others. Long before Emmett Till and already after Michael Brown, there are names that represent deaths coming from the failures... Read more »

Huffington Post and Higher Education

As readers may know, I also on occasion blog at the Huffington Post. So do a variety of folks from across higher education, in the effort to elevate the discussion of our “Sector.’ Or, in the effort to be public intellectuals. Perhaps even, presidents do it to keep their hand in in the realm of... 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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