Greetigns from Shimer College! I am going to begin a new theme across Evocations called "Reading Chicago" which will focus on several matters.
First: For those of us in the "great books" or "great conversation" community, both at Shimer and beyond, we must reflect on what we read that has its roots where we are. IN the case of Shimer, this is asking what "great" books or art works or texts have their roots in Chicago (or, more broadly) Illinois. There are, in fact, many, I would argue. And that is part of what I intend to indicate here.
Second: Are there texts (or art works or music) that are, in some sense, required readings for all Chicago-ans? I woudl argue yes Why? Because we ought to understand and reflect upon our surroundings in an informed way. Here too, I will offer some reflections -- and ask you to do so as well!
So: moving beyond "One Book One Chicago," we must ask: what does it mean to read Chicago?