Library Event Podcasts
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.