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Humanities and Philosophy

Humanities and Philosophy

Des Plaines
Late-Start Spring Registration
There is still time to sign up for a Humanities or Philosophy Class. The Humanities and Philosophy Department will be offering a wide variety of classes including Philosophy of Religion, Ethics, World Religions, Intro to Art, Intro to Philosophy, and Asian Humanities. We recommend that you check out Philosophy of Religion, PHL 240-050. To learn more about these classes, please click on the 'Spring 2016' link located on the left hand side and then click "Spring 2016 Late Start Courses" that is below it. 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 ".



February 14
Last day to withdraw from 16-week courses and have course dropped from record*.

February 15
Presidents Day holiday, College closed.

February 16
Last day to change to audit for 16-week courses.

February 28
Incomplete (I) grades from fall 2015 semester for which faculty have not submitted final grades will become an "F" after this date.

March 11
Last day for filing Graduation Petitions.

March 14 -20
Spring Break

March 21
Classes resume after Spring Break.

March 23
Registration opens for summer 2016 semester.

March 27
Last day to withdraw with a "W" from 16-week courses; Students will receive a grade in all courses in which they are enrolled after March 29.

April 6
Registration opens for fall 2016 semester.

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