Shimer College

Barbara Stone

My favorite part of my job is talking to others about Shimer College. Whether you are a prospective student, an alum, or just want to learn more about Shimer College, give me a call at 312-235-3510 or email me at I look forward to hearing from you and having a conversation.


Professor of German and Humanities

In Brief

Barbara Stone has been a member of the Shimer faculty since 1985. She was a Lecturer in German at the University of Chicago from 1983 to 1985, and at Northwestern University from 1980 to 1981.

Why Shimer?

At Shimer “thinking” is not primarily a solitary activity; we share our thoughts with one another, and this helps me to contemplate things in new and interesting ways.


Ph.D., German Language and Literature
Northwestern University, 1985

M.A., German Language and Literature
Northwestern University, 1976

B.A., Psychology
Distinction in Psychology, Honors in Psychology, cum laude
University of Massachusetts, Boston, Mass, 1972


At Shimer I have taught the following Core Courses: 

Recent Shimer Core Classes:

  • Humanities 1: Art and Music
  • Humanities 2: Poetry, Drama, and Fiction
  • Humanities 3: Philosophy and Theology (Ancient to Early Modern)
  • Humanities 4: Critical Evaluation in the Humanities, Enlightenment to Present
  • Integrative Studies 2: The Nature and Creation of Mathematics
  • Integrative Studies 5 and 6: History and Philosophy of Western Civilization
  • Natural Sciences 2: Evolution, Genetics and Animal Behavior  
  • Social Sciences 1: Society, Culture and Personality
  • Social Sciences 3: Modern Theories of State and Society
  • Social Sciences 4: Methodology of the Social Sciences

Recent electives:

  • German Language: Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced; German for Reading
  • Latin Language: Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced
  • Adolescent Psychology
  • Freud
  • Psychopathology
  • Psychological Anthropology
  • Women from a Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • Women in Fiction: From Jane Austen to Virginia Woolf
  • American Literature: Selected Readings
  • Women’s Voices in American Fiction: Short Novels
  • German Literature in Translation: Masterpieces of the 19th and 20th Centuries
  • The German Novella in Translation
  • Goethe
  • Thomas Mann: Short Novels

Other Interests

I also do German-English translation, especially of 19th and 20th century texts in the humanities and social sciences.

Research Activity

NEH Project Director, NEH Curriculum Development Grant, “Great Books, Great Art: Integrating Art History into the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum,” 2005-2006.

Participant, The Literary Canon and Beyond: German Popular Culture Reconsidered, Sponsored by DAAD and Cornell University, Summer, 1991

Awards and Honors

Joint Germanic Society of America/Fulbright-Hays Travel Grant, Constance, Germany, 1978-1979

Adalbert Stifter and the Idyll: A Study of “Witiko”. American University Studies, Series I, Germanic Languages and Literature, 80. Bern: Peter Lang, 1989