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Humanities and Philosophy

Humanities and Philosophy

Des Plaines
Spring Registration
Registration for spring 2016 classes begins Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 8:30 a.m The Humanities and Philosophy Department will be offering a wide variety of classes including Logic, Ethics, World Religions, Intro to Art, Intro to Philosophy, and World Mythologies. To learn more about these classes, please click on the 'Spring 2016' link located on the left hand side. On the schedule all faculty names link to faculty biographies.
Des Plaines, Skokie
Toward a New Separation of Church and State
Vincent Samar, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy at Oakton. He is the author of numerous book and articles. He is a long time LGBT activist and has spoken at a number of forums on behalf of same-sex marriages and related LGBT issues . Vince Samar will speak about the landmark Supreme Court Ruling Obergefell vs. Hodges that allowed same-sex marriage. Samar also will provide a brief account of why public officials cannot assert religious freedom as a reason not to officiate or issue a marriage license to same-sex couples based on how the two rights should be understood.

Des Plaines, Skokie
New Classes in Des Plaines
Our department is proud to announce two new classes Introduction to LGBTQ studies (HUM 141),taught by Lindsey Hewitt and Topics in Philosophy:Human Nature and Ethics (PHL 290),taught by Tom Bowen. Topics in Philosophy:Human Nature and Ethics is a student-faculty seminar that offers a unique opportunity for Philosophy students.
Des Plaines, Skokie
Congratulation Michael Smith
Michael Smith's feature film, COOL APOCALYPSE, is screening at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago in November.It's a comedy/drama about relationships between post-collegiate, creative young people on the north side of Chicago. COOL APOCALYPSE screens on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 8:00pm and Monday, Nov. 23 at 8:15pm. Ticket info and showtimes here: You can learn more about the film via the official website here:

Congratulation to Peter Hudis

Peter Hudis's new book "Frantz Fanon: Philosopher of the Barricades" has just been published by the University of Chicago Press. The publishers website describes the book as follows. "Peter Hudis presents a penetrating critical biography of the activist’s life and work. Countering the prevailing belief that Fanon’s contributions to modern thought can be wholly defined by an advocacy of violence, Hudis presents his work instead as an integrated whole, showing that its nuances—and thus its importance—can only be appreciated in light of Fanon’s efforts to fuse philosophical theory and actual practice. By taking seriously Fanon’s philosophical and psychological contributions, as well as his political activism, Hudis presents a powerful and perceptive new view of the man and his achievement ".



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.)

December 24 - January 3
College closed.

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.

January 20
Winterim faculty grading due.

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