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12th Annual Great Books Intercollegiate Student Symposium

April 27, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Celebrate the 60th anniversary of the publication of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road with the last of three events.

Harper College is hosting the 12th Annual Great Books Intercollegiate Student Symposium. The events brings together students from Harold Washington, Oakton, Wright, and Harper. Students from these colleges will celebrate and critically engage with the novel in two student panels. A panel of one or two students from each college will read a brief essay (ca. three pages) on the text. Another panel of one or two students from each college, who have read the essays previously, will engage the first with critical questions and commentary. The event will conclude with a general discussion, including the audience. Lunch will be provided to panelists.

If you will be using the novel in your class(es), consider nominating an exceptional student to participate in the symposium. To do so, please email Brett Fulkerson-Smith (bfulkers@harpercollege.edu) your student’s name, email, and a very brief statement of your support of their work on this text no later than March 17. Please also encourage your students to attend the symposium or consider bringing your class to the event.

Learn more about the other events.

  • Wednesday, April 12: Join Dr. Kurt Hemmer (Harper’s resident Kerouac expert) in class.
  • Wednesday, April 26: Tim Hunt, the preeminent Jack Kerouac scholar in the United States, will give a presentation on the significance of the novel 60 years after its publication.

In addition to these three events, there will be a display from Professor Kurt Hemmer’s collection of Jack Kerouac books in the front window of the HarperStore (bookstore) beginning on March 27.


April 27, 2017
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm


Building L, Room L109 (Drama Lab)


Individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation or who have questions about physical access may contact the event host or Access and Disability Services at ads@harpercollege.edu, 847.925.6266, at least two weeks in advance of the event date.

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Occasionally, the Academy for Teaching Excellence may have to cancel a workshop due to circumstances beyond our control. With the exception of instructor illness and inclement weather, the decision to cancel a workshop will be made 48 hours prior to the scheduled date of the workshop. In the event of a cancellation, the Academy will make every effort to notify registered participants via their Harper College email account. If you have a concern about a workshop you have registered for being cancelled, please contact academy@harpercollege.edu or call 847.925.6174.