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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
Spinoza Scholar Steven Nadler Will Speak At Oakton on March 4th, 2-3:15pm, Rm 1606
Explore why the 17th century philosopher,Baruch Spinoza, received the harshest excommunication ever issued by the Amsterdam Portuguese-Jewish congregation before even publishing a philosophical treatise-and take a closer look at some of the highly controversial ideas which so troubled his contemporaries. Steven Nadler is a Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at University of Wisconsin-Madison. When? Wednesday, March 4th 2-3:15pm, Rm 1606 Des Plaines Campus
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. Michael Smith also organized Oakton's recent pop-up film festival. Micheal's own short films have won numerous awards. Congratulations to both 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).



March 1
Incomplete (I) grades from fall 2014 semester for which faculty have not submitted final grades will become an "F" after this date.

March 13
Last day for filing Graduation Petitions.

March 16 -22
Spring Break.

March 23
Classes resume after Spring Break

March 25
Spring 2015 semester classes begin.

March 29
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 8
Registration opens for fall 2015 semester.

May 14, 15
Evaluation Days.

May 15
Last day of student attendance.

May 18
First summer 2015 interim classes begin.

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