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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 imagination collide.

Des Plaines
Dear Students, Humanities and Philosophy classes in the seven- week summer semester begin on June 15th. Please use the link on the side to view detailed descriptions of our courses and the requirements that they fulfill as well as biographies of our instructors. If you have any questions about our summer classes,please contact Department Co-chair Holly Graff at
Des Plaines, Skokie
Congratulation to Micheal Smith
Film Studies faculty member Micheal Smith's book, Flickering Empire: How Chicago Invented the U.S. Film Industry, has just been published by Wall Flower Press. Smith also organized Oakton's recent pop-up film festival. His own short films have won numerous awards. Congratulations to Michael and his co-author Adam Selzer.

Kristen McCartney

Now in her tenth year of teaching, Kristin received her PhD in Philosophy from DePaul University, where she also held a faculty position in Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies. Her undergraduate degree is in Interdisciplinary Studies, and she especially enjoys teaching courses on contemporary art and questions of social justice as well as courses in applied ethics. Kristin's essays and reviews have been published in Philosophia Africana, International Studies in Philosophy, Hypatia, and Radical Philosophy Review; they address topics such as intergenerational racial trauma, girl-led political philosophies, critical race perspectives on the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and the pursuit of solidarity through experiential learning. Her honors have included a Phi Kappa Phi research fellowship, a Richardson fellowship to study abroad in Dakar, Senegal, the Iris Marion Young Memorial Prize, and the Michael Mezey Excellence in Teaching Award. With her students, Kristin aims to develop complex, critical, and open-ended accounts of justice, violence, identity, happiness, beauty, and so on. She is grateful that the Humanities classroom opens space for students to seriously reflect on the everyday and the extraordinary in their lives. When not in the classroom, Kristin spends her time attending community forums and films, swimming and dancing, and reading (everything from long political biographies to street fashion blogs).



July 2
Last day for filing Graduation Petitions.

July 4
Independence Day holiday College closed.

July 6
Independence Day holiday observance, no classes. College open.

July 7
Last day to withdraw with a "W" (no withdrawals after mid-term). Students will receive a grade in all courses in which they are enrolled after July 7.

July 23
Incomplete (I) grades from spring 2015 semester for which faculty have not submitted final grades will become an "F" after this date.

July 30
Classes end.

August 3
Faculty grading due.

August 3
Second summer interim classes begin.

August 17
Faculty return for fall 2015 semester.

August 21
Second summer interim classes end.

August 24
Fall 2015 semester classes begin.

August 25
Second summer interim faculty grading due.

Full Academic Calendar