Library Event Podcasts
Volume 9 Number 19
Presenter Jeff Garza, principal at Garza Consulting in Grand Rapids, Michigan, specializes in sensometrics, connecting sensory perception, mathematics and statistical methods for both product development and quality control. Jeff has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and statistics from the University of Nebraska, and a master’s degree in mathematical statistics from Texas Tech University. This event is part of the STEM lecture series.
Volume 9 Number 18
The value of life is more than the sum total of things. Have you ever had an “aha moment”? Oprah calls the “aha moment” the connect-the-dot moment, “when everything suddenly—somehow changes.” Come with Jermaine Ford on a journey of discovering that “aha moment.” During this journey Jermaine discovered his inner voice and wrote his first book, “More Room to the Pie. . . Living Life Beyond Slices.” Hear how this book, scheduled to be released in 2015, changed his life forever. It might make you cry. It might make you laugh. It might even make you get up and shout hallelujah! Let’s journey together on the track called life to discover how writing this book changed his life forever. “More Room to the Pie. . . Living Life Beyond Slices." This event is part of our TLC: Teaching & Learning Community Event.
Volume 9 Number 17
The need to belong and to be thought of as "normal" can be a powerful, pervasive force. But what happens when you feel as though, no matter what you try, you never truly fit in anywhere? Tommy Hensel shares stories of his life of perpetual wanderlust and serial "non-belonging." He explores the idea that the quest for new experiences can be a valid and empowering life journey despite social pressure to settle down, belong, and fit in. This event is part of our TLC: Teaching & Learning Community Event.
Volume 9 Number 16
The Allegory of the Cave is one of the most recognizable, celebrated, and influential passages in Plato’s Republic. It has been read and pondered by uncounted numbers of people for thousands of years. Jeff Christ discusses this passage and draws some philosophical lessons from it, finding interesting connections to Moraine Valley’s Core Values. This event is part of our TLC: Teaching & Learning Community Event.
Volume 9 Number 15
The American Holistic Nurses’ Association defines Holistic nursing as “all nursing practice that has healing the whole person as its goal”. As a psychiatric nurse, Maryan Jatczak has always felt her patient care met this standard. However, when she started her formal training in Holistic nursing, she was shocked to find that she wasn’t applying this practice to her own life. Come to hear about Maryan’s personal journey. This event is part of our TLC: Teaching & Learning Community Event.
Volume 9 Number 14
Buying a house is stressful enough, but buying a house when black adds more complexity. Delwyn Jones offers a bold but self-reflective performance piece on race and socio-economic status in suburban America. He explores the difficult and sometimes unexpected ways that history influences the present. This event is part of our TLC: Teaching & Learning Community Event.
Volume 9 Number 13
Moraine Valley welcomed special guest Dwight A. McBride, Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Provost of Graduate Education at Northwestern University. Dean McBride is a world renowned scholar who specializes issues relating to race and sexual orientation issues. He is also an expert on the life and influence of James Baldwin. Students, staff, faculty and community members are invited to join us for this special lecture. This One Book, One College event is made possible by the Moraine Valley Democracy Commitment.
Volume 9 Number 12
This panel discussion focuses on the pervading theme of Giovanni's Room: Sexual Identity. Members of the LGBTQ community as well as LGBTQ Allies talk about sexual and gender identity, the coming out process, and how these things impact individuals and those around them. Panel members discuss the reality behind the protagonist's struggle to understand his sexuality, deal with familial and societal pressure to conform, and accept who he is as a person. This event was organized by Moraine Valley's Counseling Department as part of the One Book programming.
Volume 9 Number 11
Debra Gittler, founder and executive director of ConTextos, an educational NGO established in El Salvador and the U.S. explains how ConTextos, a social entrepreneurship initiative, improves education in the Northern Triangle Countries. ConTextos' mission is to transform the educational experience so students go beyond rote, mechanical learning to develop authentic literacy skills such as deep-thinking, interpretation, analysis and creativity. She discusses children migrating from Central America in context of regional history and the importance of increasing investment to improve the quality of education in the countries of origin. The discussion includes current ConTextos initiatives, educational components, organizational structure of social entrepreneurship in a region that has low philanthropy and depends on traditional bilateral aid. This event is organized by MVCC's Global and Diversity Education.
Volume 9 Number 10
Bullying is a problem faced by many students at all levels of schooling. It is a problem that was ignored in the past, but has gained national recognition as many educators, parents, and community leaders work to stop bullying. Join us as education experts define and explore the causes and impacts of bullying. Panel members include: Gail Ditchman, Alieen Donnersberger, Mary Jarka, Stacy Sheerin, Julie Fox.This event is part of the One Book programming.
Volume 9 Number 9
This special event utilized arts to express all aspects of mental health. This reading was part of the larger event. This event was held in the Moraine Valley Library and organized by the Moraine Valley Counseling & Career Development Center. It was part of the One Book programming.
Volume 9 Number 8
Filmmaker and MVCC faculty member Dan Pal presents his short film Scotty Works OUT. This film, which is about finding a connection in a world of isolation, includes the work of actors and crew members from Moraine Valley. This is an opportunity to explore modern relationships, filmmaking, and screen writing. This event is part of the One Book programming and co-sponsored by the MVCC Film Makers Club.
Volume 9 Number 7
Hear about the rewarding profession of engineering and its importance to society and our future. Presenter Michael Murphy, a LEED Green associate engineer with Thornton Tomasetti Inc., earned a bachelor’s degree in architectural studies and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This event is part of Moraine Valley's STEM Lecture series.
Volume 9 Number 6
The "Queer" movement challenges us to think beyond our limited conceptions of gender and sexuality. Sociologist Jeffrey McCully discusses the ways that gender expression and human sexuality are socially constructed based on norms that change from one society to another and across time. Jeffrey also explores how gender and sexuality intersect with other systems of difference, such as class, race, and ethnicity. We also consider the progress that has been made in recognizing the needs of the LGBT community and the challenges that lay ahead. This discussion is part of the One Book program on James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room.
Volume 9 Number 5
Faculty member Jason King explores board games, and why we like them. He thinks about how they connect with learning and how you can find exciting new games.This event was part of the Moraine Valley Library's Graphic Novel Symposium.
Volume 9 Number 4
Literature faculty member Sheryl Bundy discusses graphic novels as a literary genre. She emphasizes books outside of the superhero category emphasizing the breadth and depth of graphic novels.This event was part of the Moraine Valley Library's Graphic Novel Symposium.
Volume 9 Number 3
Artist and Fine Arts faculty member, Erik LaGatutta discusses the art form of comic books and graphic novels. He "draws" on theorists such as Scott McCloud and Will Eisner to approach how comic books interact with the mind to tell a story. Professor LaGatutta also discusses the history and development of the genre. This event was part of the Moraine Valley Library's Graphic Novel Symposium.
Volume 9 Number 2
Faculty members from literature and the library will discuss James Baldwin's classic text. They will offer historical analysis as well as views of the text through various literary texts. This discussion is the opening One Book event that will identify the range of themes within Baldwin's text. This event is part of our One Book series on James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room.
Volume 9 Number 1
This summer (2014) several interns supported by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency did projects at Chicago-area colleges (including Moraine Valley), each focusing on a waste reduction program aimed at increasing recycling and developing zero-waste plans. These interns presented the findings from their work and offer new insight on sustainability efforts in higher education.