News from Oakton: February 19, 2013


"Come Together"  at Oakton for a Community-Wide Celebration of Greek Culture
“Come Together” at Oakton’s Skokie campus, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue, as the College participates in the community-wide celebration “Coming Together in Skokie,” an annual celebration of the diverse heritages that comprise the Village of Skokie.

This year’s “Coming Together in Skokie” highlights ancient and contemporary Greek culture. The program, now in its fourth year, features book discussions, films, lectures, special events, and more.

Check out these stimulating “Coming Together in Skokie” events sponsored by Oakton’s Library:

  • Greek Festival
    Thursday, February 21, 6:30 - 9 p.m. (Room P103-104)
    Celebrate “philoxenia” – love of strangers – the Greek way, with food, festivities, and fun! A $5 entrance fee includes all food and entertainment (children under 5 are free).
  • The Green Shore Book Discussion
    Wednesday February 27, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., (Room A151)
    Join Oakton librarians for a conversation about Natalie Bakopoulos’ debut novel – a finely-etched portrait of a family whose heartbreaking stories of love and resistance play out against the backdrop of the 1ate 1960s Greek military dictatorship.
  • Plato and Aristotle on the Good Life: Its Meaning for Today
    Friday, March 1, 7 – 8:30 p.m. (Room P103)
    What constitutes a “good life” and how can such a life be achieved? Oakton Humanities and Philosophy faculty members Peter Hudis, professor, and Mark Samberg, instructor, discuss how the works of Plato and Aristotle speak to these enduring questions.
  • Odysseus, Voyager: Past and Present
    Wednesday, March 6, 7 - 8 p.m. (Room P103)
    Constantine Ress, Ph.D., Oakton instructor of geography, explores Odysseus’ adventures and voyages from Troy through the Greek Islands to the island of Lotus, the Sicilian Archipelago, and the Mediterranean Sea. Discuss Home’s epic poem The Odyssey, and share the experiences that bring out the Odysseus – the “voyager” – within you.

Visit for a full list of “Coming Together in Skokie” activities.



Oakton Highlights Holocaust Memorials of Berlin
An estimated 11 million people died between 1933 and 1945 as a direct result of the Holocaust. Examine Berlin’s Holocaust memorials during a free event open to the public at 11 a.m., Thursday, February 21, at Oakton’s Skokie campus, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue (Room P103).

Sponsored by Oakton’s Jewish Studies Concentration, Holocaust Memorials of Berlin turns the spotlight on a range of Holocaust monuments in Germany’s capital – from the famous Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe to the newest monument honoring Roma and Sinti (Gypsy) victims.

Presenter Annette Isaacs, M.A., lecturer and Germany expert, was born and raised in Germany. She received her master’s degree in American studies, political science, and history from Free University of Berlin. Isaacs speaks on a wide range of German historical, cultural, social, and political topics. A frequent instructor for Emeritus Program classes at Oakton, she serves as academic director for Group International Specialty Travel Germany.

For more information, contact Wendy Maier-Sarti, Oakton professor of history and coordinator of Jewish Studies, at 847.635.1458 or


Booth Spotlights Famous Theater Family
Before reality TV stars there were the Booths: the 19th century’s most famous – and infamous – theater family. Trace its tumultuous history in Booth, a staged reading at Oakton Community College’s Studio One, 1600 East Golf Road, at 8 p.m., Saturday February 23, and 2 p.m., Sunday, February 24.

This production by Steppenwolf ensemble member Austin Pendleton follows the career and life of Junius Booth. Despite being the greatest tragic actor of his day, Booth’s success as Hamlet, Lear, and Richard III couldn’t make up for his failure as a father and husband. When Booth takes his son Edwin on tour, the two ambitious men clash as real life mirrors the tragedies they perform. Booth, presented by the Performing Arts at Oakton, chronicles how destruction can ultimately result in progress as Edwin finds his own path.

Tickets are $8 for general admission. Call 847.635.1900.


Start Here. Grow Anywhere. Find Quality Child Care at Oakton’s Skokie Campus
Parents seeking high-quality preschool care for their children are invited to a free open house at the Oakton Community College Early Childhood Education (ECE) Center, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue, Skokie (Rooms C151-152), from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, February 23.

  1. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Skokie center offers part- and full-day programs for 3- to 5-year-olds.

Staff will be on hand to provide tours and answer questions, as well as assist with registration. The ECE center provides a stimulating, individualized curriculum that encourages curiosity and a love of learning.

Families who enroll at the open house will receive a discount on the registration fee. 

For more information, call 847.635.1441 (Skokie) or visit


Begin Your Health Career at Oakton
Your journey toward an exciting care career begins at Oakton. Don’t miss free information sessions at the College’s Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road.

Upcoming seminars include:

  • Radiologic Technology
    Monday, February 25, 5 p.m.
    Room 1605.
  • Pharmacy Technician/Aseptic Pharmaceutical Preparations
    Tuesday, February 26, 6 p.m.
    Room 2109.

Sessions showcase the College’s degrees and certificates in these health career programs and faculty will be on hand to discuss course requirements and industry trends.

To reserve your spot, visit or call 847.635.1700.  


Join the Cast of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Audition for the Pulitzer Prize-winning American classic Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 7 – 9 p.m., Monday, February 25, and 6 – 9 p.m., Tuesday, February 26, at Oakton Community College’s Studio One, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines. No appointment is necessary.

Southern manners collide with greed and deceit at a birthday party for the “Delta’s biggest cotton planter.” Tempers explode as family members fight tooth and nail to come out on top.

Award-winning director Jason Gerace, artistic associate at the American Theater Company, is seeking up to eight men of all ethnicities, ages 25 – 70, and up to five women of all ethnicities, ages 25 – 70, for this Performing Arts at Oakton production.

Prepare a monologue (up to two-minutes in length) preferably from the mid-century American Canon and be ready to read from the script. Monologues need not be memorized.

Performance dates for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof are April 11 – 14, and April 18 – 21, at Oakton’s Studio One.

For more information about auditions, call 847.635.1897.


Oakton Spotlights the Jews of Africa 
Though fewer than two percent of the world’s nearly 14 million Jews live in Africa, some Jewish communities there are among the oldest in the world, originating more than 2,700 years ago. Learn more about this distinctive culture during a free event open to the public at 11 a.m., Thursday February 28, at Oakton’s Skokie campus, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue (Room P103).

The Jews of Africa: An Historical Perspective celebrates Black History Month by exploring what it means to be an African Jew, the group’s influence and contributions to this part of the world, and the future of Judaism throughout the continent.

Presenter Joel Okafor, adjunct instructor of history and African/African-American Studies at Roosevelt University, served as a medic in the Biafran army during the Nigerian Civil War. He received both his bachelor and master of arts degrees in political science from the University of Windsor.

The lecture is co-sponsored by Oakton’s Department of Historical and Policy Studies and Jewish Studies, with a generous grant from Oakton’s Educational Foundation. For more information, contact Wendy Maier-Sarti, Oakton professor of history and coordinator of Jewish Studies, at 847.635.1458 or


How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Features Gender-Bending Twist
Join the “Brotherhood of Man” in a timeless musical comedy – with a new, gender-bending twist – when the Performing Arts at Oakton presents How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying February 28 – March 3, and March 7 – 10, at Oakton’s Footlik Theater, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines.

Determined to get ahead, young and ambitious window washer J. Pierrepont Finch rises from mail room worker to chairman of the board – and finds love along the way – at the World Wide Wicket Company, with the help of an invaluable little book: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

On Saturday, March 2, 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, February 28, at 8 p.m.

Regular performances are scheduled:

  • Friday, March 1, at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 3, at 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 8, at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 9, at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 10, at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for general admission; $10 students and seniors; and $8 for groups of 15 or more. Call 847.635.1900 to purchase.