St. John's College is a small Great Books college with campuses in Maryland and New Mexico. It has many curricular similarities to Shimer College in Chicago. Many students interested in a rigorous Great Books program apply to Shimer as well as St. John's.
Points of connectionEdit
- As of 2011, Christopher Nelson serves as both the Chairman of the Shimer College Board of Trustees and President of St. John's.
- Michael Weinman of the Shimer College class of 1998 taught for a time at St. John's
- official website
- on Wikipedia
- Reflections by a Shimer alum who became a tutor at St. John's:
Shimer and St. John’s are both very dear to me. I find them endearing, of course, for what they share (which I would parse thus: a commitment to shared inquiry in small groups of people who know one another well and care deeply for both the texts under discussion and those discussing them). But I love them just as much for how they differ—which is in their cultures, far more than in their curricula: Shimer has long insisted on a different, and more difficult, understanding of the unity of theoretical and practical wisdom (of sophia and phronesis) than the one practiced at St. John’s.
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