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Faculty Biography - Amy Zumfelde

Faculty Biography - Amy Zumfelde

Amy Zumfelde

Professor of Modern Languages

B.A. Bradley University
Ph.D. Northwestern University 

Room 2712 Des Plaines

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My love for literature and the humanities began early when my parents had the foresight to name me after a literary character: Amy from Little Women (it was she rather than the other March girls who won out because Amy was the artistic one and got Laurie in the end). Although my skills in art are sadly lacking, I make up for it with my pursuit of musical performance and study. I have sung in everything from a professional medieval choir in Europe to a rock band based in St. Louis.

I am currently completing my dissertation in comparative literature at Northwestern University on trauma literature of American Slavery and the Holocaust. I have been teaching part time at Oakton since 2000, and in addition have had the good fortune to teach at Northwestern University and DePaul University. Prior to my graduate studies, I spent a year studying music and literature in Salzburg, Austria on a Fulbright Scholarship. I currently teach German courses in Modern Languages as well as a variety of courses in the Humanities as a full-time faculty member at Oakton. In my free time my husband and I enjoy cooking, gardening, hiking (when I am home in Boulder, CO) and watching our favorite show, "The Simpsons."


Alumni Profile

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Oakton holds a special place for John Nebl, a police officer who took classes at the College during the 1980s. Not only did he find his vocation, he also found his wife.



November 11
Veterans Day holiday. College closed.

November 18
Registration opens for spring 2016 semester.

November 26, 27
Thanksgiving Recess. College closed.

November 28, 29
Thanksgiving Recess. No classes, College open. (Most offices closed.)

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January 11
Faculty return for spring 2016 semester.

January 15
Winterim classes end.

January 18
Martin Luther King holiday. College closed.

January 19
Spring 2016 semester classes begin.

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Winterim faculty grading due.

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