Library Event Podcasts
Volume 8 Number 31
Dr. Burns is a psychiatrist at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He explores cultural, legal, and ethical issues surrounding suicide as well as a provides contemporary medical prospective on suicide neuroscience, epidemiology, and risk assessment. This event is part of our One Book, One College programming on World War Z.
Volume 8 Number 30
Why do so many people find stories about the end of society to be fascinating? How do authors use the end of civilization to tell stories? In what ways have authors rebuild society after the end of the world? A panel of Moraine Valley Faculty members address these questions and much more as they discuss the meaning, value, and history of post-apocalyptic literature. This event is part of our One Book, One College programming on World War Z.
Volume 8 Number 29
Interviews with participants in the Library's first annual Science Fair. Projects included the science of baking, homemade microscopes, chemical free pesticides, all-natural cosmetics, and more.
Volume 8 Number 28
Public Health Preparedness: Whole Community Involvement featuring Jeremy Hirst DOWNLOAD MP3 FILE
The need for public health preparedness and collaboration at the community level is paramount. Public health emergencies may impact the economic viability of a community, debilitate business operations, or cause major concern among citizens. Regardless of the event, public health is a critical component to emergency preparedness planning. Join us as Jeremy Hirst, Chief, Office of Risk and Emergency Management at DuPage County Health Department, discusses these topics. This event is part of our One Book, One College programming on World War Z.
Volume 8 Number 27
What do zombies and zombie stories teach us about the human mind, the ways we think, and our emotional responses? Moraine Valley Psychology faculty members will discuss resilience, evolution and survival, obedience, the nature of fear, PTSD, and many other topics that relate to zombies! This event is part of our One Book, One College programming on World War Z.
Volume 8 Number 26
Faculty member Tamarra Coleman-Hill looks at the Feminist Movement in America and considers the way in which "feminism" as a political perspective have shaped our society and affected change and progress for women and men. She focuses on feminism as a necessity to a democracy that promises equality for all. This event is part of the MVCC Democracy Commitment's Faculty Lecture Series.
Volume 8 Number 25
Faculty member Ann Henson focuses on the idea that education at its best means transformation and then move into how we create democratic classrooms. Within this, Ann will discuss how education is more important to democracy than to any other social organization. Democracies don't work unless the crucial quality of caring about the common good is present among the majority; it is in our classrooms that we share knowledge and educate for democracy. This event is part of the MVCC Democracy Commitment's Faculty Lecture Series.
Volume 8 Number 24
Commonly when a loved one dies we receive a few items in a small box that is meant to serve as a lasting remembrance of the departed individual. Traditionally those boxes are filled with photos, papers, and maybe a few other physical keepsakes. However, the traditional remembrance box often does not effectively preserve an individual’s voice, their mannerisms, or their personalities. In this presentation, John Neff discusses some ways that he utilizes cloud storage and social media to create a digital drop box that is designed to preserve a more encompassing memorial of his life.This event was part of the TLC: Teaching & Learning Community event: http://www.morainevalley.edu/TLC.
Volume 8 Number 23
Growing up painfully shy and introverted, Maura Vizza’s hidden singing abilities were a mystery to the world. Through some life experiences and a chat with Eddie Vedder, she found some strength and her voice. This event was part of the TLC: Teaching & Learning Community event: http://www.morainevalley.edu/TLC.
Volume 8 Number 22
History faculty member Jim McIntyre opens up the MVCC Democracy Commitment faculty lecture series. He will present a historical perspective on the way we (and other countries) operate our government.
Volume 8 Number 21
All of us will face tragedies in our lives. Beverly McLaughlin tells her story of overcoming the death of her daughter. She and her husband chose to raise her daughter's two children and start an organization to help orphans in Kenya. This event was part of the TLC: Teaching & Learning Community event: http://www.morainevalley.edu/TLC.
Volume 8 Number 20
This is a special event organized by the MVCC Muslim Student Association. Event description: "Islam is a loving yet disciplined religion. Keeping ones’ path is a rewarding challenge in any environment, particularly at an American Community College. These young women will share their day-to-day experiences navigating two worlds as they embrace their faith in this uniquely diverse and complex culture."
Volume 8 Number 19
The fear of plagues and outbreaks has been part of literature and storytelling for many years. World War Z uses a zombie virus to end one civilization and bring about a new one. This panel considers the role of disease, plagues, and outbreaks throughout history. What major outbreaks have shaped history? How did they change the societies and cultures they affected? How have outbreaks & diseases impacted populations, living conditions, formations of communities, and migrations? How do historians view outbreaks and pandemics? This event is part of our One Book, One College program on World War Z.
Volume 8 Number 18
MVCC Chief O'Connor will discuss emergency preparedness at MVCC.This will include a range of scenarios and preparedness responses that are in place. Students, staff, and faculty are invited to attend to learn what they can do to be prepared on campus. This event is part of our One Book, One College program on World War Z.
Volume 8 Number 17
Modern humans have greatly extended life spans with the advent of agriculture, industry, and medicine. Scott Murdoch invites us to go further. Combining wise lessons from ancient elders with data from modern research, he discusses ways we can add yet more happy years to our life. This event is part of our TLC: Teaching and Learning Community Event.
Volume 8 Number 16
From History to Mystory: My Journey to the 2009 Presidential Inauguration featuring Charmaine Sevier DOWNLOAD MP3 FILE
What happens when historic events suddenly become your living events? Charmaine Sevier takes us on the journey of how history became a part of her personal story as she planned for and attended the 2009 presidential inauguration. This event is part of our TLC: Teaching and Learning Community Event.
Volume 8 Number 15
“Statistical Analysis in the Financial Markets” featuring Arthur Urban DOWNLOAD MP3 FILE
Financial trader Art Urban discusses the ins and outs of trading and to see how basic statistics serve as a tool in decision making and risk management. Mr. Urban works for WH Trading as a Senior Trader and he has a degree in Mathematics from the University of Michigan. This event is part of the STEM Speaker series.
Volume 8 Number 14
Job Resource Center Internship Employer Panel DOWNLOAD MP3 FILE
This special event was held in the Moraine Valley Library. The panel was comprised of employers from various industries discussing their internship program.The goal of the panel was to educate the MVCC student on the benefits of obtaining an internship and how it can contribute to their academic, professional, and personal success. This event is organized by the MVCC Job Resource Center.
Volume 8 Number 13
World War Z and International Relations DOWNLOAD MP3 FILE
Assistant Professor of Political Science Kevin Navratil will discuss how theories and concepts in international relations apply to the book World War Z. Several passages from the book will be analyzed through the lens of international relations and applications to current events in world politics. This event is a collaboration between One Book One College and Global and Diversity Education.
Volume 8 Number 12
The Politics of Food: Building Community Through Local and Sustainable Food DOWNLOAD MP3 FILE
This panel was part of Sustainability Day, at Moraine Valley Community College . It included local growers, farmers and activists in the area of sustainable food systems, agriculture and food policy. They focused on the importance of food and food production from a perspective that considers people and the environment. This event is part of the MVCC Democracy Commitment and was held in the Moraine Rooms.
Volume 8 Number 11
Zombie Math: Real-World Implications of the Numbers DOWNLOAD MP3 FILE
Description: Mathematicians Jerimi Walker & Brian Kurth and biologist Peter Porter use a fictional zombie outbreak as a way to explore real-world mathematical models used to predict disease outbreaks, "predator/prey" models in nature, the spread of gossip, and other network-theory applications. This was a fun discussion that demonstrates the power of math. This event is part of our One Book, One College program on World War Z.
Volume 8 Number 10
The Role of Mathematics in Predicting Whiplash Injuries and Seat Belt Performance DOWNLOAD MP3 FILE
Description: How is math used in predicting whiplash injuries during rear-end collisions and seat belt fit performance? Alumnus Michelle Gerrity discusses this in her role as an Automotive Safety Engineer at Honda Research & Development. She has a degree in Mechanical Engineering with Biomedical Concentration from Bradley University. This event is part of the STEM Speaker series.
Volume 8 Number 09
Zombies in Art and Popculture DOWNLOAD MP3 FILE
Description: The creepy, brain-hungry zombie has become a symbol across art, film and literature. How is the image of the zombie used? Where did it come from? Why does it resonate with audiences? Panel Members: Craig Rosen (Theater), Erik LaGattuta (Fine Arts), Jason King (Math and Geography), and Carel Millsap-Spears (Literature), Tish Hayes (Librarian), and Troy Swanson (Librarian). This event is part of our One Book, One College program on World War Z.
Volume 8 Number 08
The Evolution of the Blues: A Conversation with the Blues Brothers DOWNLOAD MP3 FILE
Description: The blues music genre -- forged in the fire of racial oppression, slavery and war -- was shaped by pivotal moments in American politics and power struggles, by shifts in industry, technology and transportation and by a population explosion and age demographic shift. Members of the Official Blues Brothers Review discuss about some of our favorite founding fathers and mothers, as well as their progeny (including the impact of Jake and Elwood Blues!) as we discuss the vibrant history of blues evolution. This event is sponsored by the Fine and Performing Arts Center.
Volume 8 Number 07
Am I Really an Individual or Just a Zombie? A Panel Discussion DOWNLOAD MP3 FILE
Description: People are social creatures, and as such, we naturally join groups, conform to social pressures, and seek to fit in. Yet, we also value the individual who is willing to stand apart and be different. Philosophy faculty members discuss the ways that philosophers have thought about the individual and the group. They also discuss the philosophical implications of zombie narratives. Panel Members: Jeff Christ (Philosophy), Aaron Smith (Philosophy), and Troy Swanson (moderator). This event is part of our One Book, One College program on World War Z.
Volume 8 Number 06
Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse DOWNLOAD MP3 FILE
Description: World War Z presents us with a thought experiment about society. How would governments and institutions stand up to a major societal collapse? We brought together faculty members to answer this question and to challenge them to think about how they would survive. Panel Members: Michelle Furlow (Criminal Justice), Nick Hackett (Anatomy and Physiology), Jason King (Math and Geography), and Krista Syrup (Natural Science), and Krista Appelquist (Speech). This event is part of our One Book, One College program on World War Z.
Volume 8 Number 05
The Truth about the #1 Job in America featuring Bryan Bowman DOWNLOAD MP3 FILE
Description: What do actuaries do and why does this profession consistently rank as one of the best careers? Come learn about a day in the life of an actuary. Bryan works for Milliman FRM, an independent consulting firm with offices located around the globe. He holds a degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. This event is part of the STEM Speaker series.
Volume 8 Number 04
Naming My Ghosts and Taming My Myths: A Narrative of Adoption, Discovery, and Reunion featuring Sandra Beauchamp DOWNLOAD MP3 FILE
Description: After spending several years of her adult life searching for answers surrounding her closed adoption, Sandra Beauchamp shares the struggle to locate her birth parents and simultaneously honor the authentic parents who lovingly raised her. This brief narrative is an introduction to her ongoing journey and the role storytelling plays in her quest for answers.This event was part of our TLC: Teaching & Learning Event.
Volume 8 Number 03
After Egypt: The Fate of Political Islam in the Middle East DOWNLOAD MP3 FILE
Description: Moraine Valley proudly welcomes Dr. Khalil Marrar, who will discuss the time period after the toppling of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamad Morsi. Interest in Middle East politics has turned toward the future of Islamist political parties throughout the region. Will they be forced to secularize? Can they stay the course and seek the accomplishment of their multifaceted visions of societies in the Middle East? Which way will the pendulum swing in the epic battle between Islamist and Modernist political thought? Dr. Marrar looks at those and other questions as he examines the foreign policy implications of the Arab Spring and the subsequent Islamicization and reactions in the emerging politics of the contemporary Middle East.
Volume 8 Number 02
The Hopeful Mythology of World War Z DOWNLOAD MP3 FILE
Description: Literary scholar Mairin Barney of Roosevelt University takes us on an exploration of World War Z and "zombie literature." She will define the characteristics of the genre and how Max Brooks' work fits into the larger discussions this genre brings forth.This event is part of our One Book, One College program on World War Z.
Volume 8 Number 01
There and Back Again: My Journey from Teacher to Nursing Student and Back featuring Sam Chen DOWNLOAD MP3 FILE
Description: As students, we may wonder if the professor understands how what they do affects us. Sam Chen, who taught anatomy and physiology to prospective nursing students, explores his journey following his decision to become a become a nursing student. Sam discusses his new perspective on what a student feels, expects, and hopes for in a course.This talk was part of the TLC: Teaching & Learning Community Event.