Shimer College

Faculty Expert Guide

Areas of expertise and presentations in the sciences, languages and literatures, culture, and Great Books learning.

SCIENCES

Gender and science, Science and public policy, Science and religion, Controversial science, Human Experimentation
Daniela Barberis
Assistant Professor of History of Science and Social Sciences
d.barberis@shimer.edu
312-235-3520

“Cosmology: A Meditation on Beauty and Physics”
Many people in our society consider science, and especially physics, to be dull, dry, and irrelevant to anything personal or emotional. It need not be so, and cosmology—the study of the universe as a whole—best exemplifies how the frontiers of physics can be exciting, personally moving, and even beautiful.
How Does a Scientist Think?”
Studies show that the average layperson views scientists as lab-coat-wearing eggheads who gather data, explain things, and generally think differently than the rest of us. But how do they think?
Jim Donovan
Professor of Natural Sciences
j.donovan@shimer.edu
312-235-3534

LANGUAGES AND LITERATURE

The Past and Future of Reading; What is a Metaphor?; Plato’s Phaedrus: Speech, Identity and Love; On Making Things Up
Stuart Patterson
Associate Professor of Liberal Arts
s.patterson@shimer.edu
312-235-3529

Germanic linguistics; Old English & Old Norse literature
Bev Thurber
Associate Dean and Assistant Professor of Humanities and Natural Sciences
b.thurber@shimer.edu
312-235-3550

What is Poetry? ; W.H. Auden; Jacques Lacan; T.S. Eliot
Aron Dunlap
Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts
a.dunlap@shimer.edu
312-235-3542

Modernity; Deconstruction; Jacques Derrida; Cervantes and Don Quijote; The Spanish Civil War
Albert Fernandez
Professor of Cultural History and Humanities
a.fernandez@shimer.edu
312-235-3517

CULTURE

“The Past and Future of Reading”
A brief overview of the history reading from ancient Mesopotamia to the future.
“Leonardo Between Heaven and Earth”
An interpretation of the “Annunciation” attributed to a young Leonardo Da Vinci, who painted it most likely in collaboration with his master Andrea Del Verrochio in the early 1470s.
“New Deal Utopias”
A discussion of a little known but fascinating episode of US history involving the creation by the US federal government of some few dozen ideal communities around the country during the 1930s. 
Stuart Patterson
Associate Professor of Liberal Arts
s.patterson@shimer.edu
312-235-3529
 
Chess, Baseball (Chicago baseball; Black baseball in Chicago)
David Shiner
Professor of Humanities and the History of Ideas
d.shiner@shimer.edu
312-235-3538

“That Audenesque Feeling that Something is Wrong: A Life of W.H. Auden in Seven Songs”
A one-man show on the life and poetry of the British/American poet W.H. Auden featuring seven of his lyrics set to music (guitar and voice).
Aron Dunlap
Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts
a.dunlap@shimer.edu
312-235-3542

Feminism, Poststructural philosophy
Ann Dolinko
Professor of Philosophy and Social Sciences
a.dolinko@shimer.edu
312-235-3516

“The Bone Age of Ice Skating”
Ice skating has a long history, which starts with skates dating to about 2500 BC. Skates like these, made from animal bones and requiring a different skating technique than modern skates do, remained in use until fairly recent times, but were most popular during the Middle Ages.
Bev Thurber
Associate Dean and Assistant Professor of Humanities and Natural Sciences
b.thurber@shimer.edu
312-235-3550

Creepiness; Awkwardness; Sociopathy in popular culture; Film and television
Adam Kotsko
Assistant Professor of Humanities
a.kotsko@shimer.edu
312-235-3547

GREAT BOOKS AND DIALOGIC LEARNING

Jacques Lacan (and how he is relevant to the Great Books)
Aron Dunlap, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts
a.dunlap@shimer.edu
312-235-3542

Plato’s dialogues; Stoic joy
David Shiner
Professor of Humanities and the History of Ideas
d.shiner@shimer.edu
312-235-3538

Theorizing discussion-based pedagogy
Albert Fernandez
Professor of Cultural History and Humanities
a.fernandez@shimer.edu
312-235-3517

Poststructuralism and the Great Books; Women, people of color, and the Great Books
Ann Dolinko
Professor of Philosophy and Social Sciences
a.dolinko@shimer.edu
312-235-3516