News from Oakton: September 11, 2012

Reason Versus Revelation: A Jewish Alternative
Join Oakton for the first of three free fall events that explore varying aspects of Jewish history, culture, and thought. On Thursday, September 13, Ellen LeVee, Ph.D., Scholar-in-Residence, Center for Jewish Law and Judaic Studies, DePaul University School of Law, will speak on Reason versus Revelation: A Jewish Alternative.

Reason and revelation are often seen as conflicting methods for finding truth: knowledge obtained through science or philosophy versus knowledge revealed by God. Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are often represented as relying more heavily on revelation. However, these religions all use reason. Learn more about the central role reason plays in the Jewish tradition and explore the ways in which reason and revelation may not be mutually exclusive.

Professor LeVee’s seminar will run from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Oakton’s Skokie campus, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue, in room P103.

And mark your calendar for these additional events – also at the Skokie campus:

  • Imagined and Guilty Identities: Remembering the Kindertransport
    Thursday, October 11, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Room A145-52
    Phyllis Lassner, Ph.D., professor, writing program, gender and Jewish studies, Northwestern University.
  • The Jewish Jesus
    Friday, November 16, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Room P103
    Zev Garber, Ph.D., professor emeritus and chair of Jewish studies at Los Angeles Valley College, and editor of Shofar.

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Oakton Hosts Health Career Information Sessions in September
Health career opportunities are expanding rapidly.  Learn more about your options throughout September during Oakton’s five free information sessions, including:

  • Radiologic Technology
    Wednesday, September 19, 5 p.m. (Room 2153)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
    Wednesday, September 19, 6:30 p.m. (Room 1604).
  • Health Information Technology
    Wednesday, September 26, 6 p.m. (Room 1610).

All information sessions will take place at Oakton’s Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road. Seminars showcase the College’s degree and certificate programs in these health career programs. Faculty will be on hand to discuss course requirements and industry trends.


Audition for OMG Improv Players
Think fast! Take a chance and try out for the OMG Improv Players, a crazy, wild, and hilarious improvisation troupe.

Auditions are scheduled at 6 p.m., Monday, September 17, in Room 1829, at Oakton’s Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road. No appointment is necessary. Candidates should come prepared to improvise scenes. 

Founded in 2011 by David Nadolski, a Second City Conservatory graduate, OMG Improv Players have performed at Oakton as well as Comedy Sportz in Chicago, the Laughing Chameleon in Glen Ellyn, and the Laugh Out Loud Theater in Schaumburg.

“People should bring energy and be ready to have fun,” said Nadolski.

For more information contact Dan Cunningham at 847.635.1897 or


Patriocracy Examines Washington Dysfunction
As the 2012 presidential campaign heats up, poisonous rhetoric and negative ads are at an all-time high. Can we move beyond polarization and restore civility and functionality to American democracy? Find out by attending the screening and discussion of Patriocracy, a documentary by Denver-based director-producer Brian Malone, on Tuesday, September 18.  

Patriocracy illustrates the forces that drive a wedge into the middle ground of America and the solutions required to move forward. This insightful documentary features top Washington personalities including Senator Kent Conrad, Senator Mark Warner, Ken Rudin (National Public Radio), and Bob Schieffer (CBS News).

Sponsored by the Division of Social Sciences and Business and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Patriocracy will be shown from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m., at Oakton’s Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road. Bring your lunch, dessert will be provided.

Attendees will have the opportunity to register to vote during the screening and discussion. Deputy registrars will be on hand. Bring two pieces of identification (at least one must show your current address).


Music in Person Series Features Master Guitarists
Freddie Bryant, professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and Mesut Özgen, professor at University of California Santa Cruz, join forces for an evening of classical and international guitar selections at Oakton on Friday, September 21.
Bryant, who plays regularly with the Mingus Orchestra, is currently touring and recording with drummer Ben Riley’s Monk Legacy Septet. Özgen has collaborated and toured internationally with such artists as Paul Nauert, Charles Nichols, Pablo Victor Ortiz, Christopher Pratorius, Deepak Ram, Robert Strizich, Yalcin Tura, and Benjamin Verdery.

Presented by the Performing Arts at Oakton, this Music in Person Series takes place at 8 p.m. in Studio One, at the Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road. Tickets are $8 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors. Call (847) 635-1900.

In addition to their concert, Bryant and Özgen will hold a master class at 3 p.m., Friday, September 21 in Studio One. Enjoy a unique opportunity to work and learn from these talented artists. Admission is free.

For more information about the master class, contact Tom Clippert at or 847.635.1937.


Defamation: A Courtroom Drama with a Twist
Race, religion, and class collide in Defamation, a riveting courtroom drama with a twist: the audience is the jury! The play by Todd Logan will be presented Friday, September 21, at Oakton’s Skokie campus, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue. Admission is free.

Since 2010, Defamation has been staged at high schools, universities, law schools, civic and religious organizations, and places of businesses in Chicago and around the country. Each performance is followed by “jury” deliberation. Once a verdict is reached, join the playwright and cast for a question and answer session.   

Sponsored by Oakton’s Diversity Council, Defamation will be staged at 1:30 p.m. in Rooms P103-104. A second performance is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 10 in Rooms 1608-1610, at the Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road.

For more information, contact Krissie Harris at or 847.635.1699.