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Women's History Month

Women's History Month

Celebrate Women’s History Month at Oakton
Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment
March, 2014

Join Oakton for a host of free special events and activities marking Women’s History Month. Open to all.

One Book, One Oakton
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women
March 3, 10, 24, and 31: Des Plaines, Room 1604
March 6, 13, 27, and April 3: Skokie, Room C140
12:30-1:45 p.m.
Though an ancient proverb claims that women hold up half the sky, the global struggle for women's equality remains one of our great moral challenges. Read and discuss Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's best-selling book and watch the PBS documentary it inspired. Bring your lunch; drinks and dessert provided.
Sponsored by Women's and Gender Studies, Oakton's Chapter of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges, and the Oakton Library.

Korean Comfort Women of World War II: Past and Present
March 5: Skokie, Room P103
11 a.m.
Bonnie Oh, Ph.D., professor emeritus, Georgetown University, discusses the estimated 200,000 girls and women forced to serve as sex slaves for the Japanese during World War II.
Sponsored by the Oakton Library as part of the 2014 Coming Together in Skokie and Niles Township Celebration.
An Evening with Rebecca Skloot
Author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
March 5: Des Plaines, TenHoeve Center
7 p.m.
Join Oakton for a special lecture, question and answer session, and book signing with the author, whose #1 New York Times bestselling book traces the story of a poor black tobacco farmer's cells -- taken without her knowledge in 1951 -- and how they became one of the most important tools in modern medicine.
Sponsored by Women's and Gender Studies; the STEM Program; the Office of Access, Equity, and Diversity; the Oakton Library; and the Chicago Writers Series.

March 11: Skokie, Room P103-104
March 12: Des Plaines, Studio One
5:30 p.m.
Over a cup of tea, five very different Muslim women in a post-9/11 world reveal what lies beneath their veils and in their hearts. Rohina Malik's critically-acclaimed one-woman play interweaves racism, hate crimes, love, Islam, culture, language, and life.
Sponsored by the Office of Access, Equity, and Diversity; Women's and Gender Studies; the Office of Student Life; Global Studies; and Oakton's Chapter of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges.

Gloria: In Her Own Words
March 25: Skokie, Room P103
March 27: Des Plaines, Room 1610
6:30 p.m.
Despite decades of opposition from the Right, and recent personal setbacks, Gloria Steinem remains one of the most outspoken and visible symbols of the women's movement today. HBO's 2011 documentary chronicles Steinem's life and her emergence as a driving force behind women's liberation. A discussion follows the screening; refreshments served.
Sponsored by Women's and Gender Studies.

For more information, contact Women's and Gender Studies coordinator Kathleen Carot at

Alumni Profile

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In spite of having a bachelor’s degree, Anita Taylor ’86 wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with her life. She found her niche at Oakton.



April 9
Registration opens for fall 2014 semester.

May 15, 16
Evaluation Days.

May 16
Last day of student attendance.

May 19
Grading Day
Faculty on campus and available to students at designated times.

May 19
Summer 2014 interim classes begin.

May 20
Faculty grading due.

May 20

May 26
Memorial Day holiday. College closed.

June 9
Classes begin for summer 2014 eight-week session.

June 9
Three-week First Summer Interim faculty grading due.

June 16
Classes begin for summer 2014 seven-week session.

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