News from Oakton March 11, 2014


Start a Bright Career in Radiologic Technology at Oakton
Careers in health care are thriving! Discover the growing field of radiologic technology, which involves producing images of the human body for use in diagnosing medical conditions, at 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 19, at Oakton’s Skokie campus, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue (Room C111).

The College partners with the St. Francis School of Radiography in Evanston to offer a two-year degree in radiologic technology. The Occupational Outlook Handbook reports that employment in this area is expected to grow by more than 22 percent by 2020. Qualified radiologic technologists are needed in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, industry, and public health.

Enroll quickly as seating is limited! Faculty will be on hand to discuss course requirements and industry trends.

Reserve your spot by visiting or calling 847.635.1700.


Closing Time for Romeo and Juliet at Oakton
For more than 400 years, Romeo and Juliet has been connecting audiences by moving them to laughter, tears, and hope. Time is running out to see Shakespeare’s most famous and frequently performed play at Oakton’s Footlik Theater, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines!

Final performances are scheduled:

  • Thursday, March 13, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 14, 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 15, 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 16, 2 p.m.

“This is a new and fast-paced telling of the world’s greatest love story that pulls the characters and audience into a whirlwind of energy, words, and violence,” says director Tony Churchill.

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


Oakton Showcases African-American Cinema Posters
There’s still time to view a rare collection of 40 authentic film posters focusing on black cinema from the 1930s through the 1970s, at Oakton’s Koehnline Museum of Art, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines. Gems from the Koehnline: African-American Movie Posters closes Friday, March 21.

“This exhibition illustrates the struggle of African-American filmmakers to integrate into Hollywood,” says Nathan Harpaz, curator of the Koehnline Museum.

The posters, recently acquired by the museum from a private donor, depict a variety of genres, including Westerns, comedies, dramas, and musicals. View posters from rare films such as Gun Moll (1938), Prison Bait (1939), Racket Doctor (1940), Take My Life (1942), and Harry Belafonte’s first feature Bright Road (1953).

Gems from the Koehnline also includes several video clips from some of the movies that can be viewed in a mini-theater inside the museum.  

The Koehnline Museum of Art is open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday.

For more information, call 847.635.2633, or visit


Oakton Spotlights Gloria Steinem for Women’s History Month
Despite decades of opposition from the Right, as well as personal setbacks, Gloria Steinem remains one of the most outspoken and visible symbols of the women’s movement today. Learn more about this iconic figure during a free screening of the 2011 HBO documentary Gloria: In Her Own Words, Tuesday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m., at Oakton’s Skokie campus, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue (Room P103), and 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 27, at the Des Plaines campus, 1600 East Golf Road (Room 1610).

Produced and directed by Emmy-winning filmmaker Peter Kunhardt, the documentary chronicles Steinem’s life and her rise as a driving force behind women’s liberation. A discussion follows the free screening, which is sponsored by Oakton’s Women’s and Gender Studies. Refreshments will be served.


Summer Registration Begins March 26
While Old Man Winter is still hanging around, it’s not too early to think about those warm, sunny days ahead. Register for summer 2014 classes at Oakton Community College starting on Wednesday, March 26.

Eight-week classes begin Monday, June 9, and seven-week classes start Monday, June 16.

Summer interim classes are from one to six weeks in length; most are offered between the end of spring semester and the beginning of the summer sessions.
Summer class listings may be found online at or in the upcoming Summer 2014 Credit and Noncredit Class Schedule, which will available by the end of the month at the College campuses in Des Plaines (1600 East Golf Road), and Skokie (7701 North Lincoln Avenue).

Register at either campus in person Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Students with a current application on file may register online at

For more information about classes, contact Advising Services 847.635.1741 (Des Plaines), or 847.635.1400 (Skokie).


Make a Joyful Noise: Klezmer Music Comes to Oakton
Discover how the Roma and Jewish cultures intertwine and mirror each other in “A History of Klezmer Music,” featuring Terran Doehrer and his revival Klezmer band Ensemble M’chaiya™, on Thursday, March 27, from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., at Oakton’s Skokie campus, 7701 North Lincoln Avenue, Room A145/152. Originally the Yiddish word for “musician,” Klezmer now describes the secular music played by Jews at joyful celebrations.

Founder of five ethnic bands, including the Balkan Rhythm Band™ and Ensemble M’chaiya™, Doehrer tours internationally and has performed with many notable musicians, including Macedonian singer Esma Redzhepova and Greek clarinetist James Stoynofff.

This free presentation is sponsored by Oakton’s Jewish Studies with a generous grant from Oakton’s Educational Foundation. For more information, contact Wendy Maier-Sarti, Oakton professor of history, at


Oakton International Film Fest Features Academy Award-Winner Life of Pi
Travel the globe without leaving your seat during Oakton Community College’s 27th Modern Language Film Fest, March 31 – April 3. Enjoy a dozen fascinating, highly rated films, including the Academy Award-winning Life of Pi. The movies, presented in their original languages with English subtitles, showcase the 13 languages offered by the College. All screenings are free and open to the public.

This year’s selections include:

  • Life of Pi (Hindu and Urdu, 2012).
    Winner of four Oscars, this film directed by Ang Lee is an adaptation of Yann Marte’s novel that chronicles the 227-day odyssey of a teenager adrift on the Pacific with a Bengal tiger. As the months go by, boy and beast must find a way to adapt and accept each other as they battle the elements and fight for survival.
  • Coco Before Chanel (French, 2009).
    This biopic traces the early life of the legendary fashion designer Coco Chanel. Abandoned by her father, Chanel rises from bar seamstress and singer to successful businesswoman – finding love along the way.
  • Even the Rain (Spanish, 2011).
    Two instances of social justice – set 500 years apart – intertwine and mirror each other in this “film within a film.” In this revisionist movie about Columbus’ voyage to the New World in Bolivia, the poorest country in Latin America, the director and producer try to save thousands of dollars by paying the impoverished locals a pittance to play extras. The crew members get more than they bargain for when they hire a political protester to play a 15th-century native.
  • As One (Korean, 2012).
    Trace the true story of the first post-war united Korean sports team. When North and South Korea hastily create a unified table tennis team to diffuse tension created by the 1987 North Korean bombing of a Korean air flight, athletes from both countries form an uneasy alliance to compete at the 1991 World Table Tennis Championships.

Other scheduled films include: Where Do We go Now (Arabic, 2011); Shower (Chinese, 1999); Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (German, 2005); The Human Resources Manager (Hebrew, 2010); The First Beautiful Thing (Italian, 2011); Always Sunset on Third Street – 3 (Japanese, 2012); Entanglement (Polish, 2011); and The Island (Russian, 2007).

Most of the showcased films aren’t rated by the Motion Picture Association of America and may be suitable for mature audiences only. The 27th Modern Language Film Fest is sponsored by Oakton's Office of Access, Equity, and Diversity, and the Department of Modern Languages.

For more details, including show times, visit or contact Oakton’s Modern Languages Chair Marguerite Solari, Ph.D., at 847.376.7012 or