North Central College - Naperville, IL

Upcoming Non-Credit Verandah Activities

These non-credit verandah activities are open to all students on a first come, first serve basis.  Contact instructor listed for additional information and to sign up.


 February 12, 2016 Instructor: Fukumi Matsubara
Retro Is the New Japan 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

The group will participate in an event, Retro is New in Japan, and learn Japanese culture through contemporary and traditional arts, crafts and food.  Craftsmen invited from Kyoto will demonstrate their craft making such as Kimono pattern painting (Yuzen zome).  Demonstrations of traditional tea ceremony as well as flower arrangement will also be held.  The participants will be able to experience Japan through hands-on activities such as making rice balls and folding paper as well as appreciate various contemporary craft arts that will be exhibited. Contact Fukumi Matsubara for more information and to sign up.


 February 19, 2016 Instructors: L. Azarbad, P. Schacht, C. Silkaitis
Body/Courage & Talk Back 6:00 - 11:00 p.m.

As explained on the theater’s website, this play explores facets of race, sexuality, body image, and gender identity.  The writer of this show has created various characterizations of interviews with people ranging from former Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon Scott Shepherd to transgender surgeon Dr. Marci Bowers to Patricia Krentcil, also known as "Tan Mom."  Following the play, the actress will provide a talk back with the group, whereby students can ask questions, discuss the themes and content portrayed in the play, and discuss emotional reactions to the play. For more information and to sign-up, contact Trish Schacht.


 February 27, 2016 Instructor: Esra Tasdelen
 Experiencing Middle Eastern Cultures in Chicago  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

This activity will take students to the heart of Chicago to experience and observe different manifestations of Islamic art, architecture and culinary traditions. The students will have the opportunity to witness the diversity of the histories, cultures and religions of the Middle East through viewing select objects at the New Galleries for Islamic Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. They will sample the products of exquisite Persian culinary traditions at Reza’s restaurant, and will also have a chance to observe Medinah Temple, one of the most prominent examples of Moorish Revival Architecture right at the heart of downtown Chicago. For more information and to participate, please contact Esra Tasdelen.