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Voices of Presidents

In the 19th century, and possibly before, when one said president (of college, university, etcetera), one was also saying “important public voice.” One might even have been saying “moral compass.” In the intervening years, and most especially perhaps in the pst few decades, we have both developed a label “the public intellectual” and  in some... Read more »

More than Debt, Sexual Assault and Accountability

Those of us choosing colleges or working in higher education — or the just plain curious and/or addicted to news — know that higher education has been in the news a lot lately. The president (yes, Obama) has been taking very clear and vocal stands on matters as diverse as student debt and campus sexual... Read more »

Still Choosing? Transfers, Late Admits, and More

As we approach May, likely many people across Chicago(land) are tensely awaiting admissions letters from their colleges of choice. Some, though, are just starting to think about what college might be good to approach for the fall. Some of these are high school juniors, just entering the fray. Others are sophomores, as colleges and universities... Read more »

Graduation Speakers Coming in 2014

As recently noted, Spring is here. And we know that not only because of the Shamrock Shuffle’s opening of the spring running season. We know this because all over Chicago-land colleges and universities are announcing commencement speakers. Here are a few, just in case you want to change form wedding crasher to commencement crasher and... Read more »

Gorey -- Really Really Gorey

Ok, I associate Edward Gorey with PBS and its show, Mystery. I do not, not, not, associate Edward Gorey with Chicago. And, I am, of course, wrong. Why? Edward Gorey is a Chicagoan by birth. and studied briefly at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This makes me see him in a whole... Read more »

Who Went Where -- Again!!

I still find the ways that we all “market” ourselves by identifying “famous” graduates — a tad, well, off putting. On the other hand, I have fun thinking about this — and love meeting Shimerians who are amazing. In fact, I have yet to meet a Shimerian who is not amazing. That is one reason... Read more »

American Indian Heritage Month

Federal celebratory months abound. Each seems, in my view, to focus on a ‘minority’ — and I use the scare quotation marks intentionally, given the complex politics and realities of the use of this term. This month, November, is the one that honors Native Americans/American Indians as well as those of Alaska native heritage. In... Read more »

Voices of Hispanic HIgher Education in Chicago(land) and Illinois

To think further about Hispanic Heritage month, is to think about the presence (and absence) of Hispanic leaders in higher education. Among the college and university presidents in our region, here are a few: 1. Patricia Granados is president of Triton College, one of the 6 HSI (Hispanic Serving Institutions) in Illinois. As reported in... Read more »

Higher Education News Around the City

In recent weeks, days, hours, minutes, Chicago has been a city filled with news. Some of it is news about higher education. So here are a few snippets, with some relevant commentary: 1. New and not so new presidents abound in our city. Columbia College has a new president in Kwang-Wu Kim and Shimer College... Read more »

Sex Matters

Across the United States, there are paradoxes around rights and responsibilities. Yes, “gay marriage” is legal in some places. Yes, there continue to be hate crimes. Yes, women now lead Ivy League universities. Yes, there remains misogyny in the work place. Yes, we have an African American president. His name is not Trayvon Martin.  ... 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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