News from Oakton: October 2, 2012


The Personal is Political: The Transformative Power of Women’s Art Exhibition Opens October 4
It’s an election year – and women’s issues have been high on the political agenda. Gain a new perspective on some of the most controversial topics of our time at The Personal is Political: The Transformative Power of Women’s Art, Oakton’s annual collaboration between the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the Koehnline Museum of Art. Featuring more than 80 women artists from throughout Illinois and across the country, the juried exhibition opens Thursday, October 4, at the College’s Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road.

Ever since American feminist writer and activist Kate Millet coined the phrase “the personal is political” in her landmark 1970 work Sexual Politics, the words have continued to resonate in contemporary feminism. In this election year, the annual collaboration between the Koehnline Museum and Oakton’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program features works in a wide range of styles and media by prominent local and national women artists that engage with and respond to the multiple meanings in Millet’s words.

Meet the artists at a free gala reception with refreshments, 5 – 8 p.m., on opening night. The Personal is Political: The Transformative Power of Women’s Art runs through Friday, October 26.

“The annual women’s juried art exhibition at the museum always proves to be one of our most popular shows,” said Koehnline Manager Nathan Harpaz. “Last year’s exhibition attracted 3,000 viewers and we anticipate even more this year because the event coincides with national elections.”

The exhibition is made possible in part by generous grants from the Oakton Educational Foundation and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

The Koehnline Museum of Art, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines, is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For additional details, visit or contact WGS Program Coordinator Kathleen Carot, 847.376.7061 or


Celebrate Columbus Day… With a Visit to Oakton
If your high school is closed on Columbus Day, now is your chance to find out why Oakton is the ideal place to start or continue your college education. Visit the College’s Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road, on Monday, October 8, at 10 a.m., in Room 1604.

Sponsored by the Office of Student Recruitment and Outreach, the tour will feature information about admission, career and transfer programs, financial aid, student services, and extracurricular activities. Oakton faculty, administrators, staff, and students will be available to answer questions.

Oakton offers associate’s degrees and certificate programs for students planning to move on to four-year colleges or universities, as well as those preparing for employment in a variety of careers. Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the College is recognized by the Illinois Community College Board and is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges.

To register, call 847.635.1835 or visit


Oakton Hosts Health Career Info Sessions in October
We’ve all seen the news: health care is one of the most rapidly growing career fields. Find out where you fit in during two free information sessions during the month of October at Oakton Community College’s Skokie campus, 7701 North Lincoln Ave.

Upcoming sessions include:

  • Nursing
    Tuesday, October 9, 5 p.m.
    Room P103-104
  • Radiologic Technology
    Wednesday, October 17, 2 p.m.
    Room C140

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.

To reserve your place in a session, visit or call 847.635.1700.


Oakton’s Jewish Studies Concentration Presents
Imagined and Guilty Identities: Remembering the Kindertransport
For nearly a year before World War II began, the Kindertransport (children’s transport) saved nearly 10,000 predominantly Jewish children from the growing Nazi threat. Learn more about this extraordinary rescue operation during Imagined and Guilty Identities: Remembering the Kindertransport, featuring Phyllis Lassner, Ph.D., professor, The Crown Family Center for Jewish Studies Writing Program, and Gender Studies, Northwestern University. This special presentation – sponsored by Oakton’s new Jewish Studies Concentration – will take place on Thursday, October 11, at the College’s Skokie campus, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue, at 11 a.m. in Room A145-152. Admission is free.

Lassner will explore the memoirs, plays, and novels of Anglo-Jewish women whose writing commemorates this massive effort to transport children from Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia to the United Kingdom.

Her talk also features The Kindertransport, an exhibition by Anthony Stetina under the instruction of Judy Langston, professor of art and design, and Nathan Harpaz, curator, Koehnline Museum of Art.

And mark your calendar for Friday, November 16, when Zev Garber, Ph.D., professor emeritus and chair of Jewish studies at Los Angeles Valley College, and editor of Shofar, presents The Jewish Jesus from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., in Room P103, at Oakton’s Skokie campus.

For more information, visit or e-mail


Oakton Play Lysistrata Features Battle of the Sexes
“My heart is on fire; I blush for our sex. Men will have it we are tricky and sly.” So begins the classic Greek play Lysistrata. Enjoy this comic account of one woman’s extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War on October 11 – 14, and October 18 – 21, when the Performing Arts at Oakton presents Aristophanes’ Lysistrata at the Footlik Theater, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines.

Originally performed in Athens in 411 BCE, the play tells the story of Lysistrata (literally “Army-disbander”) who persuades the women of Greece to withhold sexual favors from their husbands and lovers as a means of forcing the men to negotiate peace. Her strategy inflames the battle between the sexes – as both men and women face the consequences of going “cold turkey.”

On Saturday, October 13, at 8 p.m., the Oakton Educational Foundation will sponsor a special performance to benefit the Performing Arts Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $20 and include a reception after the show.

Take in a special $5 preview Thursday, October 11, 8 p.m.

Regular performances are scheduled:

  • Friday, October 12, 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 13, 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 14, 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 18, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, October 19, 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 20, 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 21, 2 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for general admission; $10 students and seniors; and $8 for groups of 15 or more. To order, contact the Ticket Box Office at 847.635.1900.


Travel to New Heights by Auditioning for Up at Oakton
Take the stage for a play in which chasing a dream can leave you up in the air! Audition for the Performing Arts at Oakton’s production of Up. Try outs are scheduled 12 – 3 p.m., Sunday, October 14, and 6 – 9 p.m., Monday, October 15, at Oakton’s Studio One, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines. No appointment is necessary.

Sixteen years ago, Walter Griffin soared high above the earth in a lawn chair suspended by weather balloons. Now he tinkers obsessively with failed inventions, trying to recapture his 15 minutes of fame while his disillusioned wife Helen supports the family and his teenage son Mikey languishes.

The director is seeking males ages 15 to 50 and females age 16 to 55. Prepare a contemporary comedic monologue (up to two minutes in length) or read from the script. Monologues need not be memorized.

Up will be performed November 29 – December 2, and December 6 – 9, at Studio One.


Carnauba Screening Highlights Johnson Wax CEO’s Search for His Father
“The Tree of Life” and family dynamics play a pivotal role in the documentary Carnauba: A Son’s Memoir, which will be screened on Wednesday, October 17, from 7 – 8:30 p.m., in Room 1610, at Oakton’s Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road. Admission is free.

Sixty years after his father traveled to Brazil in search of the carnauba palm, the source of wax that became the main ingredient in Johnson Wax, Samuel Johnson – who turned the company into a multi-billion dollar operation – recreated the expedition with his own sons, reflecting on his difficult relationship with his often-absent parent.

Following the screening, sponsored by the College’s psychology department, join a discussion about the film and how it can illuminate our own personal growth.

For more information, contact 847.376.7088 or