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Friday, August 12, 2022

At Northeastern Illinois University, there’s always something new to learn and explore. If you’re still deciding what classes you should take this term, the College of Arts and Sciences has several new courses you can consider. Read about these new offerings, upcoming events and faculty members making the news in this edition of Noteworthy at Northeastern. 

Around the Commons

New College of Arts and Sciences courses 

The College of Arts and Sciences is excited to announce several new courses for students to consider adding to their schedules for Fall 2022: 

  • EDFN 314L-1: Gender, Race, Class and Ability in Education
  • SOC 332-1: Schools, Domination and Liberation
  • WGSS 311-1: Power, Knowledge and Communities: Feminist Engagements with Education
  • SOC 305: Sociology of (Dis)Ability 
  • AFAM 324/CAST 324/WGS 324: Black Girlhood Studies
  • HIST 374: Plagues and Peoples: Epidemics and Populations in History 
  • LING 316-1 Languages and Cultures: Middle East and North Africa
  • LING 416-1 Languages and Cultures of the Middle East and North Africa
  • LING 325-1 Language and Disability: Comparative Language Development
  • SPAN 470: Feminismos decoloniales desde Abya Yala (taught in Spanish)
  • LLAS 384: Drugs, Intoxication and Addiction in the Americas
  • MATH 357: Financial Mathematics for Actuaries with Actuarial Exam Preparation
  • DANC 204: Dance Performance Ensemble (Hip Hop) 

Fall 2022 registration is open. Read course descriptions and register for courses through NEIUport. Classes begin Aug. 22. 

And there’s more!

To do

“The Criminal Code”

The Chicago Film Society presents “The Criminal Code,” directed by Howard Hawks from Sony Pictures at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17 in the Auditorium of the Main Campus. The screening is preceded by the 1936 short film, “Pan Handlers,” which will be presented on 16mm film. Tickets cost $5 with a Northeastern ID and $10 for the general public. “The Criminal Code” will be presented on 35mm film. This event is sponsored by the Department of Communication, Media and Theatre. All audience members are encouraged to wear a face mask and be socially distanced while seated.

Japanese American Art Exhibit

NEIU Libraries hosts “Diversity within a Microcosm: Varieties of Expression in Japanese American Art,” an art exhibit featuring Japanese American artists with connections to Chicago. They will show their creative endeavors, beginning with Issei in Chicago before World War II as well as Issei arriving later. The exhibit will be open during regular library hours through Aug. 15 on the main floor of the Ronald Williams Library located on the Main Campus. Come see the art of Issei photographers Jun Fujita and Shoji Osato, Issei calligraphy teacher Yoshinobu Matsumoto and Issei ink painting teacher Ryozo Ogura, and the Nisei art treasures of Mary Koga, Tak Murakami, Shinkichi Tajiri and Art Towata as well as the art of more recent teachers, Laura Kina, Joyce Nagata, Akemi Nakano Cohn and Sarah Nishiura. Enjoy the glass work of Sharon Fujimoto, jewelry of Donna Kato, porcelain work of Yukiko Sakata Nylan and many more Chicago Japanese American artists. 

In the Media

Supporting Latinx Students

Northeastern Illinois University Professor of Educational Inquiry and Curriculum Studies Isaura Pulido was part of a panel discussion on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices. The interview centered on the national decline of Latinx students enrolling in higher education and what institutions can do to better recruit and retain Latinx students.  

Also in the media

  • Assistant Professor and Interim Director of the Master’s in Social Work Program Aissetu Ibrahima was interviewed by MSW Online about what students should consider when applying for MSW programs in Illinois and what they can do with their degrees upon graduation.

COVID-19 update

From Aug. 3-10, 2022, three employees and two students reported positive COVID-19 tests. One student was on campus. The employees were not on campus. Since March 2020, a total of 262 employees and 482 students have self-reported to the University that they tested positive for COVID-19. Employees and students who feel sick should stay home. If you test positive for COVID-19, students should immediately notify Student Health Services, and employees should notify their supervisors and the Office of Human Resources. Additionally, faculty and staff are required to report positive and presumptive student COVID-19 cases and exposures to Student Health Services. When someone who has been on campus tests positive, Northeastern works with the Chicago Department of Public Health to determine the appropriate response, which differs greatly depending on the situation. We continue to follow Chicago Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines as we ensure proper protocols and preventative measures are in place for the health and safety of our students and employees.

Other COVID-19 updates

  • Northeastern Illinois University highly recommends wearing masks indoors, as Chicago remains at the high COVID-19 transmission risk level per CDC guidelines. Northeastern has free surgical, KN95 and/or N95 masks available for students and employees. Masks have been distributed to offices and classrooms and are also available at the Welcome Desk at the Main Campus, the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies and El Centro. 
  • Campus vaccination clinics are now closed. Please review the Guidance for Coronavirus Vaccinations page to find vaccination sites.
  • The federal government is offering free at-home COVID-19 tests through the U.S. Postal Service. 

Stay up to date on everything regarding COVID-19 by visiting the COVID-19 Response website. 

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