Humanities and Philosophy
Humanities and Philosophy
Philosophy and the humanities are more than academic disciplines: they are fundamental - and sometimes beautiful or even horrific - expressions of the human condition. Artists and lovers of wisdom share the space where reason and the imagination collide.
This year Tommy Young received the Honors Program’s Public Intellectual Award for his devotion to education and social justice. As the Honors Student Organization president and co-leader of the Students for Social Justice, Tommy has made a commitment to raising awareness across campus on issues such as: sustainable food and water resourcing, bringing down the cost of textbooks and converting to a cost-effective and sustainable trade system, and support for the Adjunct Faculty. He courageously spoke at an Oakton Board meeting about the looming economic and social hardships facing adjunct faculty and ran an awareness campaign throughout the prior week. He also directed and filmed the student produced zombie film, ACE. In addition, Tommy has also attended two national SPEP conferences, and recently graduated with his B.A. in Philosophy from Loyola University in Chicago. This summer he will be going on to the European Graduate School in pursuit of his PhD in philosophy and multimedia humanities, and will be publically intellectualizing with some of the world’s greatest contemporary Humanities’ academics.
This year Oskar Bednarek received the Humanities and Philosophy Department Award for outstanding academic achievement and extracurricular involvement in the department. Oskar is a wonderful student whose philosophical abilities have bloomed during his time at Oakton. His thoughtful commentary in class and participation in debate has been a great addition to the student body. Additionally, his participation in the Students for Social Justice as co-leader and his role as a contributing writer for the OCCurrence newspaper have given dimension and support to his voice as an academic and activist. Last summer, Oskar spoke in front of a large group at the People’s Summit in Chicago regarding student activism at Oakton and their work towards building a more sustainable cafeteria with local produce, vegetarian options and ethically raised meat. Oskar also led a campaign to eliminate plastic water bottles from the campus. He also starred in the student produced zombie film, ACE, where he portrayed Tom Bowen. We are very proud of Oskar, and look forward to witnessing future pursuits of his along his sparkling path!
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