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Creating Justice Symposium

Creating Justice Symposium

April 11, 1 - 8pm
TenHoeve Center, Des Plaines campus



12 - 12:30 p.m. Registration & refreshments

12:30 - 2 p.m.
#LetUsBreathe Collective and Lost Voices

Join #LetUsBreathe Collective and Lost Voices for a multidisciplinary performance of protest and theatrical reimaginings of the weeks after Mike Brown's death. Hear first hand from the group of youth that vowed to camp in the protest area until Darren Wilson was indicted, how they sustained the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and how their fight for justice has transformed the Ferguson community as it begins to heal.


Workshops, Panels and Presentations

2:15 - 3:30 p.m.

Session 1
Panel: From Ferguson to Ayotzinapa with Ivan Arenas and Lizbeth Lopez
From Ferguson to Ayotzinapa, from Occupy to Oaxaca, arts-based resistance offers a space of reflection that produces both new insight and project-based solidarities that sustain and propel social movements forward. Curator of “28, 43” and “Chicagoaxaca,” Arenas explores how taking time to create political art with others affirms creative powers and life-giving energy. Oakton student and photographer Lizbeth Lopez also shares and discusses images from her multimedia project, “My Heart is with Ayotzinapa.”.

Session 2
Maria Gaspar

Gaspar is an artist, educator, and organizer who interrogates established histories through individual and collective interdisciplinary methods. She is interested in subverting and mediating notions of power and place. Gaspar discusses recent collaborations, including and “96 ACRES,” a series of community-based site-responsive art projects that examine the impact of the Cook County Jail, located in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood.


3:45 - 5 p.m.

Session 1
Faheem Majeed
Majeed is a Chicago artist educator, curator, and community facilitator. The former executive director of the South Side Community Art Center, Majeed’s first solo exhibit is at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Majeed is artist in residence for Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. His presentation focuses on the Shacks and Shanties project, a multifaceted South Side installation initiative that served as a collaborative platform for artist interventions, civically engaged community members, and organizations to temporarily inhabit.

Session 2
Susan Nussbaum
Nussbaum reads from her novel Good Kings Bad Kings, winner of the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, followed by discussion. A playwright, award-winning novelist, and longtime disability rights activist, she recently received the Chicago Foundation for Women 2015 Impact Award. This is a Chicago Writers’ Series Event.


5:15 - 6:15 p.m.

Session 1
Zashagi, The Echo Maker
Screening and discussion by Hypha Films, featuring Nikos Pastos, a tribal person from the Salish - Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation in Montana, and Chicago-based artist, filmmaker, and farmer Steve Zieverink. As an environmental sociologist, Nikos is involved with tribal environmental policy analysis, advocacy and litigation to protect and enhance human rights, cultural rights, and food and water sovereignty.

Session 2
Mike Ervin
Chicago playwright and leader of disability culture, Ervin is the author of the Smart Ass Cripple blog and founder of Crip Slam – a series of performances, readings, movies, and other events that promote, explore, and celebrate disability culture – at Victory Gardens on Chicago's North Side.


6:30 - 8 p.m. Cafeteria

Live music performance by Kobo Town
Calypso, roots reggae, and acoustic instrumentation meet innovative production techniques, social commentary, and indie rock attitude in this internationally acclaimed Toronto-based band, which played at Millennium Park with legendary singer Calypso Rose at the 2014 Chicago World Music Festival. Kobo Town’s performance at Oakton combines original material with a journey through the fascinating history of Calypso music.


Register here for free.


Academic Program

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November 11
Veterans Day holiday. College closed.

November 18
Registration opens for spring 2016 semester.

November 26, 27
Thanksgiving Recess. College closed.

November 28, 29
Thanksgiving Recess. No classes, College open. (Most offices closed.)

December 24 - January 3
College closed.

January 11
Faculty return for spring 2016 semester.

January 15
Winterim classes end.

January 18
Martin Luther King holiday. College closed.

January 19
Spring 2016 semester classes begin.

January 20
Winterim faculty grading due.

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