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Preservation Chicago recently held a photography contest.  The organization was asking Chicagoans to photograph a favorite building, machine or object that they felt deserved recognition or should be landmarked.  Oksana Filatova, a student here at Oakton, made it to the finals in the People's Choice portion of the contest.  The People's Choice portion is asking everyone to vote for their favorite. Oksana’s entry is the photo of the Loyola Museum of Art on the bottom row, far left hand side of the screen.  It’s not too late to vote!

On Thursday, March 8th, 2012, here in the Performing Arts Center, Peter Hudis of the Humanities and Philosophy Department, and co-author of The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg, gave a presentation on Rosa Luxemburg.  This extraordinary and influential woman was a feminist, activist, radical socialist, and one of the best-known revolutionaries of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The program included a performance by Donna Blue Lachman and her acclaimed one-woman show!  The event was a complete success with over 200 people in attendance!

From March 1st through the 11th Oakton featured a production of Kita y Fernanda in the Preforming Arts Center.  This remarkable work, written by one of Chicago’s most important new playwrights, Tanya Saracho, deals with issues of class, immigration, and women’s friendship and struggles.  The production was directed by Kathleen Carot of the Humanities and Philosphy department.  The show was sold out and a complete success!

On Thursday, March 1st, 2012, there was an Interfaith Forum held in room 1604-06 here at the Des Plaines campus.  The forum was a complete success and dealt with Judiasm, Islam, Hinduism, Christianity, as well as other major religious faiths.  It focused on the commonalities of these major faiths as well as how they differ.  The forum was presented by the Honors Student Organization, the Oakton chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the Oakton Library, and UNICEF.  The faculty panel consisted of Mary Hope Griffin, instructor of Speech and Theater, Eugene Mohammed, instructor of Philosophy, Michael Paradiso-Michau, instructor of Philosophy, and Mohammed Mehdi, Assistant Professor of Philosophy. 

Michael Smith, of the humanities department, will have his new short film, THE CATASTROPHE, premiering at The Illinois International Film Festival on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 3 p.m. at the Viaduct Theater in Chicago (3111 North Western Ave.). The film features a scene shot right here on Oakton's campus! We hope to see you there in show of support for this up-and-coming filmaker and proud member of the Oakton community! For more information on the film and its premiere visit

Angela Koon, instructor of humanities, directed a staged reading of Cat's Paw on October 15 and 16 at the Performing Arts Center.

Our department's very own Peter Hudis has been receiving worldwide recognition for his work as co-editor of The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg. This is the first volume in a projected 14-volume edition of which Peter is the general editor and is part of a decade long endeavor to collect all of this extraordinary woman's writings in English translation. Critics have praised the timing of its release as crucially relevant to this historic period of revolution that our world is currently experiencing. The response to this volume continues to grow with reviews appearing in such renowned publications as The Guardian, The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, and the London Review of Books. You can also see Peter Hudis giving a lecture at the NYU book launch on YouTube.

Vincent J. Samar, professor of philosophy, has just finished a piece entitled A Preface to World Government: A Comparison of the Current State of International Governance with the State of Governance that Followed Adoption of the American Articles of Confederation. It is to be sent out to law reviews for publication consideration the first week of August. Also, a piece on The Analytic Aposteriori and a New Understanding of Substantive Due Process that is Exhibited in the Lived Experiences of Those Seeking to Marry Someone of the Same-Sex will be published by St. Louis University Public Law Review. Finally, a piece that was published in 2004 in the William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law entitled Autonomy, Gay Rights and Human Self-Fulfillment: An Argument for a Modified Version of Liberalism in Public Education will be reprinted next year in a book called QUEER PHILOSOPHY. Vincent is also an adjunct professor of law at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law and an adjunct professor of philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.

We would like to say goodbye to the following faculty members: Hrishi Ingle, Ryan Preston, and Brett Fulkerson-Smith. After spending the spring semester at Oakton as a visiting professor from Hyderabad University, Hrishi will be returning home to India. Ryan Preston is leaving to teach humanities at Tan Tao University in Vietnam and Brett Fulkerson-Smith is leaving to take a full-time job at Harper in the fall. We wish them luck in their future endeavors!

Students, faculty, and scholars from India, Germany, and Hong Kong attended the conference, Teaching South Asia Critically,  on April 21 and 22, 2011. This conference featured a variety of international scholars, as well as Peter Hudis, Anil Lal, and Hrishikesh Ingle from our department. The conference was organized by Mohamed Mehdi and Madhuri Deshmukh and funded by a Title 6A grant from the Department of Education.

Kathleen Carot organized a successful Women's and Gender Conference, At the Border: Transformation and Transition in Contemporary Feminism. Highlights included a keynote by Julia Serano, as well as a plenary session featuring Tanya Saracho.  Humanities and philosophy students also participated in the conference. Jeannine Perkins, Karin Spears, and Catherine Aranas presented their autobiographical work on the student panel, Writing Women’s Lives: The Transformative Power of Auto/biography.

Angela Koon, faculty member in the humanities department directed a successful production of the Vagina Monologues.

Our department was honored to have Hrishikesh Ingle, a visitingp rofessor from Hyderabad, India, with us for the spring semester. He is an assistant professor of film studies at the English and Foreign Languages University in Hyderabad, India. He specializes in Third Cinema and did his doctoral dissertation on Indian, Chinese, and Iranian Cinema. Dr. Ingle is currently teaching courses in fiction and film.

It was an honor to have Professor Javeed Alam come speak on April 7. Over 200 people came to hear his talk, Can We Humanize Modernity? Professor Alam is Chairman of the Indian Council for Social Science Research. He is retired from English and Foreign Languages University and Himachal Pradesh University, and is the founding chairman of the Alam Khundmiri Foundation. This event was sponsored by the Humanities and Philosophy Department in conjunction with the Honors Student-Faculty Seminar.

Congratulations to Katrina Underwood who won the 2009-2010 Humanities and Philosophy Student of the Year Award. Katrina did outstanding work in both an Honors core seminar and in the student/faculty seminar. Her writing is particularly impressive. She has been active in Students for Social Justice and was recently voted into office as the new president of the Honors Student Organization.

Michael Smith's new short film, "At Last, Okemah!" will be screening at the Chicago International Music and Movies Festival on March 6. Michael teaches film classes in our humanities department.

Congratulations to Lilith Bat-Leah who received the Departmental Award for Outstanding Achievement in Humanities and Philosophy for the 2008-2009 academic year. Lilith has completed two student-faculty philosophy seminars. Lilith was also named Honors Student of the Year.

In honor of Women's Histroy Month, on Tuesday, March 30, Cheryl-Lynn May shared from her master's thesis on the work of American portrait miniaturist Mary Way (1769-1833). Cheryl-Lynn May is a former Oakton student who is currently a Lois F. McNeil Fellow at the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture and the University of Delaware. The event was sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies Program.

Congratulations to Amy Zumfelde who has just received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University.    

On March 4, the Women's and Gender Studies Program sponsored a talk by Barbara Ransby, Ph.D. The talk was entitled, "Race and Gender Myths in the Age of Obama," and over 150 people attended.

Claudia Remirez, Director of the Association of Women of the Highlands, spoke at an Oakton forum on September 17. Over 150 students attended and heard Claudia speak about the Mayan Cosmovision and the continuing struggle of the Mayan people against the legacy of colonialism. Kirsten Gundersen, an American student who recently graduated from Lawrence College and who works for AMA, translated for Claudia. Claudia also spoke about the service trips to Guatemala that the Highland Support Project sponsors. Oakton students are currently discussing the possibility of a service trip to Guatemala. If you are interested, please contact Holly Graff.

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