about serious ideas we all can learn to live, work, and think together to help build a better world.
The Great Books Foundation
The Great Books Foundation has been gathering avid readers in discussion groups across the country for six decades. Its extensive publications program includes the Junior Great Books, widely used in schools, and titles for older audiences. Its magazine, The Common Review, which has featured writings by Shimer faculty, has been nominated for the Utne Independent Press Awards.
Association of Core Texts and Courses
An organization devoted to the study and teaching of core texts and Great Books in undergraduate liberal arts program, the Association for Core Texts and Courses has a long history of cooperative work with Shimer Colllege. Read more about this unusual teaching- and curriculum-oriented academic professional association by clicking on the link above.
The Center for the Study of the Great Ideas
The Center for the Study of the Great Ideas, founded by Mortimer Adler and Max Weisman, has served as a long-standing and valuable resource to students of all ages. Its stated mission is that philosophy is everybody's business, and to continue functioning as THE resource for, access to, and the on-going interpretation of Mortimer Adler’s work.
The Great Books Summer Program
The Great Books Summer Program is “an exceptional summer experience for bright minds,” led by a distinguished faculty. Students in grades 6-8 and 9-12 gather at Amherst College in Massachusetts and Stanford University in California for one-week and two-week sessions. If you are (or you know) an eager reader who’d like to tackle enduring questions and classic texts, click on the link above.
The I L O Institute
Founded by Shimer College Trustee and Columbia University Great Books faculty member Peter Temes, the I L O Institute provides dialogue and research focused on the arts of innovation for senior executives in large corporations, and regularly brings to the table Nobel Prize winners, presidential cabinet members, and interesting thinkers of all stripes.
The International Baccalaureate Organization
This organization provides an exemplary (and, like it says, world-wide) curriculum for primary and secondary schools. It is comprehensive and challenging—and strong preparation for the Great Books college education that Shimer offers. The “IB movement” is growing fast in the United States.
National Writing Board
The National Writing Board provides external assessment of history research papers for high school students. Students receive a three-page report of the evaluation and can then decide which college admissions officers should receive the report. The assessment of the National Writing Board has been endorsed by Shimer College and many other colleges and universities including Amherst, Boston University, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Illinois Wesleyan, Northwestern University, Notre Dame, Princeton, Reed, Sarah Lawrence, Smith, Stanford, and Yale.
For those who enjoy linking their travel to the books they read, Classical Pursuits offers interesting “learning vacations” in the Americas and Europe. Classical Pursuits promises “Great Books, Great Conversation, Great Places.”
Kenneth Rexroth Archive
Shimer alum Ken Knabb presents a website dedicated to the works of poet, essayist and social critic Kenneth Rexroth (1905-1982). Rexroth wryly described his main themes as “sex, mysticism and revolution,” and was the leading inspiration behind the San Francisco Renaissance of the fifties and sixties.
Alternative Education Resource Organization
The Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO) is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 to advance learner-centered approaches to education. AERO is considered by many to be the primary hub of communications and support for educational alternatives around the world.