Campus Events

Fall 2016 Events

Two lectures by Fulbright Scholar Dr. Ghada Hafeez

Date: Thursday, August 25

Lecture One: "Cultural Diversity in the Middle East"

Time: 12:30 -1:30 pm

Location: X210

Audience: Students, faculty

Description: Did you know that the Middle East is made up of various countries, each with their own cultural traditions? Have you wondered about the roles of Middle Eastern women in highlighting social and political justice issues in their countries?  Come explore Middle Eastern and Egyptian culture in a pair of talks by Dr. Ghada Hafeez.  Her first talk will be a primer on the cultural variation within the Middle East.  Her second talk will focus on resistance writing among Egyptian women.  Dr. Hafeez is the chair of the Department of English at Minia University in Egypt.  She is currently a Fulbright Scholar in the English Department of Northeastern Illinois University.  

Lecture Two: "Discourse of Resitance in Egyptian Women's Writing"

Time: 2:10 - 3:10 pm

Location: X210

Audience: faculty


You may find copies of Dr. Hafeez's presentations here:

"Cultural Diversity in the Middle East"

"Discourse of Resistance in Egyptian Women's Writing"


Study Abroad Open House

Date: Wednesday, September 7

Time: 5:30 – 7 pm

Location: A 238

Audience: Students

Description: Have you ever thought about studying abroad? Join us to hear about Harper College’s faculty-led short term study abroad programs for 2016-2017!

Read Around the World: Faculty International Book Discussion Group

Date: Friday, September 16

Time: 12 – 2 pm

Location: D269

Audience: Faculty and staff

Description: Join us this fall as Read Around the World, the Harper Faculty World Book Seminar, reads David Good’s The Way Around: Finding My Mother Among the Yanomami, a true story about an American anthropologist who marries a Yanomami tribeswoman. Together they have three children, then Yarima finds it necessary to return permanently to the Amazon, leaving the children to be raised by their father. Join us for an account of David’s journey to reunite with his long-lost mother.

The book is available from Amazon at the following URL:


Teaching Latin America Today: Faculty International Field Seminar Information Sessions

Date: Tuesday, September 20 from 12:30 - 1:30 pm

Location: D157


Date: Wednesday, September 21 from 5 to 6 pm

Location: X250ab

Audience: Faculty

Description: This program is our second iteration of the Faculty International Field Seminar (the first was to Uganda and Rwanda in 2014). Join us to find out more information about the GEC and field seminar. Learn how to apply for this innovative faculty development seminar.

Study Abroad Open House JUST ADDED

Date: Wednesday, September 21

Time: 12 - 1 pm

Location: L 323

Audience: Students

Description: Have you ever thought about studying abroad? Join us to hear about Harper College’s faculty-led short term study abroad programs for 2016-2017!


How to create a successful Study Abroad program (2 meetings)

Date of meeting 1: Thurs, Sept 22 from 3:30 – 4:45 pm in Z129

Date of meeting 2: Thurs, Oct 13  from 3:30 – 4:45 pm in Z129

Audience: Faculty (full- and part-time)

Description: Ever thought about taking a group of students overseas but didn’t know where to start?  Join us for an interactive two-part series in which you’ll learn about all the considerations necessary to create a successful study abroad program. Attendance at both sessions is required to gain the full benefit of the series.

Please  RSVP to Rich Johnson spaces are limited.


International Education Week

World Languages Roadshow

Date: Monday, October 31

Time: 12 pm - 2 pm

Location: Avante concourse (in front of International display case)

Audience: Harper students, faculty, staff, and community

Description: Explore the diversity of languages with Harper faculty from the World Languages Department. . Learn about their exciting language offerings in an overview and then pick up a few basics of Spanish, German, Japanese, and Chinese from Harper faculty.

“A Just Education in Cambodia: Justice, Genocide, Education and The Humanities”

Prof. Willie Morris, Department of English

Date: Monday, October 31

Time:   2 - 3:15 pm

Location: X250ab

Audience: students, faculty, and staff

Description: Justice comes in many forms including that of Education. Join Professor Willie Morris for a lecture on justice in education in modern Cambodia. Professor Morris will present a historical context for the current strengths and weaknesses of the present education system and influence of arts on social commentary and public discourse developed through these art forms.

Human Rights Expo

Date: Wednesday, Nov 2

SESSION ONE:  ‘Immigration - Know Your Rights – Advocate for Your Community’

Time/Location: 9:30 - 10:45 am in A 238


Devin Chambers, M.A. Community Counseling from Northeastern IL University; Student Development Specialist, AED and CTP, Harper College

Montserrat Duarte-Mejia, Harper College Student, Secretary, Latinos Unidos Student Organization, DACA Recipient

Description: 'Know Your Rights’ will highlight key changes in the immigration regulations such as the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA),Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), and the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP). These programs were announced on November 20, 2014 by President Obama which affect our undocumented communities in differing manners,all of which will be discussed. This training is designed for community advocates that need to be updated with new information. It is also catered to emerging community leaders that want to start having training in their communities, and wish to learn strategies/best practices for advocating for immigrants in their community and college, with particular focus on students. The information in this training DOES NOT substitute legal advice.

Presenter Bios:

Devin works with adult education (ESL and GED students) as well as advising students in career and technical programs at Harper College. He has 8 years of experience working with and advocating for immigrant students.

Montserrat started at Harper College in 2013, receiving her GED diploma and transitioning to college courses towards business. She’s an active member of Phi Theta Kappa, the Honors Program, and Latinos Unidos. In Spring 2016, she had the opportunity to study abroad in Uganda with the Honors Program.

SESSION TWO:  "Being A Voice For Interfaith Peace When Others Preach Fear & Division: Building Skills for Inter-faith Dialogue”

Time/Location: 11 am -12:15 pm in A 238

Presenter: Father Corey Brost, C.S.V., Founder, Children of Abraham Coalition; Past President Saint Viator High School; Organizational Leader, Interfaith Immigration Coalition and Illinois Committee for Detained Immigrants.

Description: Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism is rising in our nation and world. Religious extremists in all traditions are preaching fear, division and hatred while stoking violence. How do we respond? This workshop will provide options.

Presenter Bio: Father Corey Brost is the Founder of the Children of Abraham Coalition, in addition to his previous work at a St. Viator Priest, St. Viator High School President, Youth educator, immigration advocate, lawyer and bartender. The Children of Abraham Coalition is an organization inspired by the peaceful messages of the three Abrahamic traditions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The members of the organization work to spread our traditions’ messages about peace, and we stand in solidarity against hatred, bigotry and violence in our communities and beyond. In addition to events promoting peace, we take part in several service projects to give back to the communities that have been so generous to us.

SESSION THREE: "Working With the Diverse Experiences of Homeless Youth"

Time/Location: 12:30 – 1:45 pm in A238

Presenter: Megan Hoxhalli, MSW, Congregational and Community Relations Coordinator - The Night Ministry; Menachem Cohen, Youth Outreach Rabbi, The Night Ministry

Description: Over 10,000 young people ages 14-21 are homeless in Chicago over the course of a year. The Night Ministry addresses the needs of young people through street outreach and three different shelter programs. Our staff from Youth Outreach and Community Relations will share best practices for working with homeless young people.  We will focus on the intersections of race, class, sexual orientation and gender identity and how those intersections affect the lives of the youth that we serve.

Presenter Bios:

Megan Hoxhalli is the Congregational and Community Relations Coordinator at The Night Ministry, a Chicago nonprofit that provides housing, health care, and human connection to those in the Chicago community facing poverty and homelessness.  She holds a MSW from SSA at the University of Chicago and is completing a Master of Divinity at the Chicago Theological Seminary. Megan works to educate and engage congregations and community groups around the realities of youth homelessness.

Menachem Cohen, Youth Outreach Rabbi at The Night Ministry. He's also the founder of Mitziut, an independent, non-denominational Jewish spiritual community based in East Rogers Park.Cohen grew up in the Chicago area, the son of a social worker and a teacher. He has always worked in social services, but with the Night Ministry he feels he's found his perfect match. "The philosophy of the team is relationship-based," said Cohen. "We call it the 'ministry of presence,’ Menachem offered in a recent interview. Forward has chosen him as one of America's most inspiring rabbis in 2016.  But as Menachem himself points out, most importantly he is a Dad!


Date: Thursday, Nov 3

Time: 12:30 - 1:30 pm

Location: A-building atrium

Audience: Harper faculty, students, staff, and community members

Description: Enjoy free tasting samples of German food from Bavaria Hof restaurant, play trivia, watch some German dances, and listen to German music! German Club will provide information about study abroad and language courses, and give some mini German lessons.

Contact Kim Jaeger for more information, contact

“The Rise of Nationalism in Contemporary Global Politics”

Paul Edelman, Sauk Valley Community College

Date: Thursday, November 3

Time:  11 am – 12:15 pm

Location: X 250ab

Audience: students, faculty, and staff

Description: Dr. Edleman will speak about the recent rise of nationalist movements across the globe.  Taken to their extreme, some argue these movements hold fascist or illiberal characteristics that undermine traditional democratic principles.  The talk will discuss some of the driving forces behind the nationalist movements globally, commonalities across movements, and case studies from individual nations. 


Allies in Deafhood Presentation and Workshop with Marvin Miller

Date: Friday, November 4

Time: 9 am - 12 pm

Location: W218

Audience: Harper faculty and staff

Description: Deafhood is described as a journey that each Deaf person undertakes to discover their true identity and purpose here on the Earth as a Deaf person. This journey is for anybody who is what George Veditz calls “first and foremost, people of the eye”. We are visually oriented in dealing with the environment. We feel most at ease using a signed language rather than a spoken language. The word “Audism” was coined in 1975 by Dr. Tom Humphries, a Deaf scholar currently working at the University of California in San Diego. Audism describes the behavior and/or attitude of an individu-al, profession, or institution that believes that being hearing is superi-or to being Deaf. ( In this workshop you will learn about Deafhood, coloni-zations (linguistic and welfare colonialism) and how to become a better ally.

You can RSVP at the following link:

Read Around the World Faculty World Book Seminar

Date: Friday, November 4

Time: 12 – 2 pm

Location: D269

Description: Join us for the final Read Around the World selection this fall: The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster by Jonathan Katz, Associated Press correspondent in Haiti from 2007 to 2011. Bilal Hussain, Faculty Fellow in the Sociology Department, will moderate Katz’s chronicle of the deadliest earthquake to ever hit the Western Hemisphere. While many worldwide were touched and showed their compassion by sending funds and supplies to relief organizations, who in Haiti actually received them? Join us and find out!

The book is available from Amazon at the following URL:



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