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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.

Des Plaines
The 2014 Creating Justice Symposium, which celebrated art in people's movements, had a phenomenal turnout, with 250 attendees. Keynote speaker, Nicolas Lampert, provided an excellent introduction and presenters like Michael Smith (Oakton faculty) and Ricardo Levin Morales inspired the audience with their contributions in art and activism. The event ended with a fantastic musical performance by Ugochi - with Afro-Soul - and Rebel Diaz. Check back in the Fall for information about next year's Creating Justice.
Des Plaines, Skokie
Summer Registration Begins Wednesday
We are offering a variety of humanities and philosophy classes during the summer. There are three sessions you can register for. The first interim is 3 weeks long and runs from May 19-June 5. The second is 7 weeks and runs from June 16-July 31. The last interim is 3 weeks and starts August 4. Please click on "Summer 2014 Classes" link in the side tab to find out more information about the content of classes and particular instructors.

Instructor Profile

Larry Knapp received a Masters in Film Studies from Boston University and a PhD in Film Studies from Northwestern. He is the author of books on Clint Eastwood, Brian De Palma, Ridley Scott, David Fincher, and Kevin Smith. Larry's most recent book "David Fincher: Interviews" highlights Fincher’s unwavering commitment to his craft as he evolves from an entrepreneurial music video director (Fincher helped Madonna become the undisputed Queen of MTV) into an enterprising feature filmmaker.



April 9
Registration opens for fall 2014 semester.

May 15, 16
Evaluation Days.

May 16
Last day of student attendance.

May 19
Grading Day
Faculty on campus and available to students at designated times.

May 19
Summer 2014 interim classes begin.

May 20
Faculty grading due.

May 20

May 26
Memorial Day holiday. College closed.

June 9
Classes begin for summer 2014 eight-week session.

June 9
Three-week First Summer Interim faculty grading due.

June 16
Classes begin for summer 2014 seven-week session.

Full Academic Calendar