Upcoming Events

(To view past events from 2001-2009 click here.)

Tips for Academic Success
Sept 3, 12:30 pm , Building L, Library Lounge
Academic Adviser, Jeremy Kingery, will discuss important academic policies for students. This session is especially important for new college students who are learning to navigate college for the first time. This event is part of the One Book, One College program.

Film Showing: Foreigners in Their Own Land (Latino Americans Episode 1, 1565-1880)
Sept 8, 12:30 pm, Building L, Library Lounge
Viewing of the PBS Documentary Latino Americans. One hundred years after Columbus' arrival in the Caribbean, Spanish Conquistadors and Priests, push into North America in search of gold and to spread Catholicism. With the arrival of the British in North America, the two colonial systems produce contrasting societies that come in conflict as Manifest Destiny pushes the U.S into the Mexican territories of the South West. A discussion about the film led by Matt Cullen will follow. This event is part of the Celebrating Latino Americans programming.

Conversation with the Author José Ángel N.
Sept 15, 11 am, Building L, Library Lounge
We welcome our One Book, One College author José Ángel N. to campus! MVCC alumni, José Ángel N. will discuss his book Illegal: Reflections of an Undocumented Immigrant and his life as an undocumented immigrant. His story presents a human face to the political and economic debates. This event is part of the One Book, One College program.

Mexican Chicago: A History in Pictures
Sept 17, 7pm, Green Hills Public Library (103rd St. Palos Hills)
Storyteller Rita Jirasek will be presenting stories of the Mexican experience in the Midwest through photographs. The audience will hear stories of many who have lived local Mexican history firsthand and about the importance place of Chicago in the Mexican community. This program is presented as a partnership with the Green Hills Library District as part of the Celebrating Latinos programming.

US Politics and Immigration: Political Science Panel Discussion
Sep 22, 11am, Building L, Library Lounge
As the presidential election gains momentum toward the primaries, Moraine Valley political science faculty discussion issues relating to immigration as part of the One Book program. This discussion will cover topics including reform efforts aimed at immigration policy, the impact immigration will have on the upcoming election, and the changing demographics that will shape our nation. This event is part of the One Book, One College program on Jose Angel N.’s book Illegal: Reflections of an Undocumented Immigrant.

Graphic Novel Symposium
Sep 30 & Oct 1
The Moraine Valley Graphic Novel Symposium is a literary and learning event that supports the curriculum by connecting popular culture, interdisciplinary academic studies, and community development. This event will support the Library’s student scholarship. Visit the Comic Shop Fair where local comic shops will be selling graphic novels, books, and other items.

Chicano/Chicana: Identity and Oppression featuring Ana Castillo
Oct 8th, 11 am, Building L, Library Lounge
Ana Castillo is a celebrated poet, novelist, short story writer, essayist, editor, playwright, translator and independent scholar. Castillo was born and raised in Chicago. Ana Castillo holds an M.A from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D., University of Bremen, Germany in American Studies and an honorary doctorate from Colby College. She received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation for her first novel, The Mixquiahuala Letters. This event is part of the Celebrating Latino Americans programming.

Talking Immigration in the Land of Lincoln Celina Villanueva
Oct 15, 11 am, Building L, Library Lounge
Celina Villanueva, from the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights, will discuss immigration issues in the Chicago region and across Illinois. She will present a regional view of this national view and consider how state and local policy impacts the lives of those arriving from abroad. This event is part of the One Book, One College program.

Mariachi Divas
Oct 17, 7:30 pm Fine & Performing Arts Center (this is a ticketed event)
Grammy award winning, all-female mariachi band from Los Angeles performs at Moraine Valley Community. This band represents the evolution of traditional mariachi music. This event is organized and supported by Moraine Valley's Fine and Performing Arts Center. For ticket information, visit http://www.morainevalley.edu/fpac/

Hurtles and Possibilities: Latino Undocumented Students in Higher Education featuring special guest Maria Luna-Duarte
Nov 10, 11am, Building L, Library Lounge
Featured Guest Maria Luna-Duarte, Interim Director of Northeastern Illinois University’s El Centro. She will discuss issues relating to community outreach and Latinos in higher education as part of the One Book Program.

The Arab Experience Through Graphic Novels: Author Visit and Book Signing Featuring Leila Abdelrazaq and Toufic El Rassi
Nov 17, 11am Building L, Library Lounge
We welcome acclaimed writers Leila Abdelrazaq and Toufic El Rassi to Moraine Valley for this special event. Leila Abdelrazaq is the author of the graphic novel Baddawi which is the story of a young Palestinian boy named Ahmad who is struggling to find his place in the world. Toufic El Rassi is the author of the graphic novel Arab in America which is the story of average Arab-Americans who struggle with their identity in a post-9/11 world.

Film Showing: Screening of "Latino Americans"
Nov 24, 6:30pm, Green Hills Public Library (103rd St. Palos Hills)
Viewing of the PBS Documentary Latino Americans. One hundred years after Columbus' arrival in the Caribbean, Spanish Conquistadors and Priests, push into North America in search of gold and to spread Catholicism. With the arrival of the British in North America, the two colonial systems produce contrasting societies that come in conflict as Manifest Destiny pushes the U.S into the Mexican territories of the South West. This event is part of the Celebrating Latino Americans programming.

Spring 2015

Writing for a Change: James Baldwin and the 1960s
View this event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMF42ksLnsk
February 17, 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm, Oremus Theater, Building F
The 1960s are remembered as an era of popular activism, of people demonstrating and organizing for justice, equality, and peace. Writing was also a key way of making change, and James Baldwin, through his novels and his essays, was on the cutting edge in the 1960s, challenging injustice and inequality based on race and sexuality. This talk featuring the University of Illinois at Chicago scholar John D'Emilio will explore Baldwin's life and work in this important era. This event is part of the One Book program on Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin.

Moraine Valley Library Science Fair
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 1-4 p.m., Building C Atrium
All the details for each of the entry tracks can be found on the new MVCC STEM site! Just click on the Library Science Fair tab

En avant les calories! ("Bring on the calories!)
La gastronomie française: un patrimoine mondial, un goût du paradis.
(French fine cooking: a global heritage, a taste of paradise)
View This event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=2268
February 26th, 11 am to 12:15 pm, Moraine Room 3, Building M
Interested in French culinary and dining customs? Want to learn some useful vocabulary and phrases for ordering various dishes in French restaurants here and abroad? Would you like to sample some fine French food? Then you do not want to miss this culinary and cultural event featuring Michael O'Shea of MVCC's Culinary Arts program and Kevin O'Connell from the Foreign Language Department. This event is part of the One Book program on Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin.

Moraine Valley Authors' Display and Reception
Monday, March 30, 2pm - 3:30pm
Join us for our annual recognition event as we honor MVCC's authors and artists.

GASP! A Discussion by Gender and Sexual Minority Students
View this event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=2292
Thursday, April 2nd, 12:30pm - 1:45pm, Oremus Theater, Building F
Members of Moraine Valley's GASP (Gender and Sexual Progress club) discuss their experiences. They will discuss challenges faced in the world in general, in their lives before they arrived at MVCC, and as MVCC students. This event is part of the One Book program on Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin.

Domestic Violence and LGBT Community featuring Jennifer Nye, Community Educator from Pillars
View this event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=2313
April 16th, 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm, Moraine Rooms, Buidign M
Domestic violence has no boundaries. Domestic violence effects women, men, children of all ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, socioeconomic status, education background, and sexual orientation. Members of the LGBT community face additional barriers in finding resources and support when confronting domestic violence within their relationships. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), “ 1 in 3 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. Jennifer Nye, Community Educator from Pillars, will explore these issues and help us raise awareness. This event is part of the One Book program on Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin.

Psychology Honor Students Poster Sessions
May 5th, 11:00 am - 12:15 pm, Building L, Library Lounge
Students present their research in visual displays. This is a great event for a quick visit to learn about these students' work.

Mystical Arts of Tibet: Mandala Sand Painting by the Drepung Loseling Buddhist Monks
May 6th-7th, Library

Fall 2014

A Summer of Dumpster Diving & Sustainability: IL EPA Interns Present Their Work
View & Listen to this event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/green/?p=767
Monday, August 4th, 1pm – 2:30pm, Building L, Library Lounge
This summer 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 will present the findings from their work and offer new insight on sustainability efforts in higher education. Three interns will be presenting during this time.

Understanding Giovanni's Room: A Faculty Panel Discussion
View & Listen to this event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=2088
Tuesday, Sept 9, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Building L, Library Lounge
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.

Graphic Novel Symposium
September 18-19

What is Queer?: Current and Historic Struggles of LGBTQ People
View and listen here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=2112
Tuesday, September 23rd, 12:30 - 1:45 pm, Building L, Library Lounge
The "Queer" movement challenges us to think beyond our limited conceptions of gender and sexuality. Sociologist Jeffrey McCully will discuss 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 will also explore how gender and sexuality intersect with other systems of difference, such as class, race, and ethnicity. We will also consider the progress that has been made in recognizing the needs of the LGBT community and the challenges that lay ahead.

Engineering: Building, Accomplishing, Connecting
View and listen here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=2120
Wednesday, Sept. 24th, 11 a.m. - noon, Building L, Library Lounge
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.

Scotty Works OUT: Film Screening and Conversation with the Filmmaker
View and listen here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=2123
Wednesday, October 1st, 11 am - 11:50 am, Building L, Library Lounge
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.

All About Bullying: A Faculty Panel Presentation
View and listen here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=2131
Thursday, October 2nd, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Library Lounge, Building L
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.

Suffer in Silence No More: Art Fair for Mental Health Awareness
View and listen here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=2130
Monday, October 6, 10 a.m. -2 p.m., Library Lounge, Building L
This special event will utilize visual arts to express all aspects of mental health. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to create art pieces that will be displayed in this art fair. If creating a piece of art is not your specialty, we invite you to attend this fair. This event is organized by the Moraine Valley Counseling & Career Development Center. For more information, contact Teresa Hannon, Counselor, at 708-974-5722 or hannont@morainevalley.edu.

The Revolution of Space Technology
Wednesday, Oct. 15th , 11 a.m. - noon, Building L, Library Lounge
Learn how math and science play a role in launching advanced rockets and spacecraft. Presenter Theresa Kurth, who earned an aerospace engineering degree at the University of Southern California, is a structures engineer at SpaceX, a California-based company founded to
revolutionize space technology.

Education in Central America: Schooling as a Cause--and Solution--to the Child Migration Crisis a Special Lecture by ConTextos' Debra Gittler
View and listen here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=2143
Wednesday, October 15th, 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Building L, Library Lounge
Debra Gittler, founder and executive director of ConTextos, an educational NGO established in El Salvador and the U.S. will explain 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 will discuss 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 will include 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.

Sexuality, Gender, and the Coming Out Process
View and listen here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=2144
Thursday, October 16th, 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m., Building L, Library Lounge
This panel discussion will focus on the pervading theme of Giovanni's Room: Sexual Identity. Come hear from members of the LGBTQ community as well as LGBTQ Allies about sexual and gender identity, the coming out process, and how these things impact individuals and those around them. Panel members will 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. Our discussion will show how issues the author wrote about in the 1950s are still prevalent today.

Special Lecture on James Baldwin and the Intersection of Race, Gender and Sexuality by Northwestern University’s Dean Dwight A. McBride
View and listen here:
http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=2151
Tuesday, October 21st, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Library Lounge, Building L
Moraine Valley welcomes 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.

TLC: Teaching & Learning Community Event
Wednesday, November 5th, 11am - 1pm, Library Lounge, Building L
Join us as three presenters who are knowledgeable and passionate about intriguing subjects inspire us with ideas worth sharing. Event is free and open to all. Faculty members are encouraged to bring their classes. TLC is a collaboration between the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Library.

Numbers Push Food and Drink Choices
View and listen here:
http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=2166
Thursday, Nov. 6, 11 a.m. - noon, Building L, Library Lounge
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.

How did the Great War Shape the 20th Century? A Faculty Panel Discussion
Tuesday, November 11th, 11 am, Building L, Library Lounge
We will mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I with a discussion of the significance of this immense and horrific global conflict. Moraine Valley History faculty members will discuss the wide-reaching implications of the conflict in terms of life on the front, life on the home front, and the enduring wounds that continued long after the war.

"The Ivory Tower": Panel Discussion on Higher Education
Tuesday, December 3rd, 1 pm - 2:15 pm, & 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm, Building L, Library Lounge
Tuesday, December 4th, 11am - 12:15 pm, & 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm, Building L, Library Lounge
These special events will be student discussions of issues relating to higher education.

Spring 2014

Emergency Responses at Moraine Valley Featuring MVCC Police Chief Patrick O'Connor
Wach this event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=1796
Wednesday, January 29th at 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Library Lounge, Building L
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 programming on World War Z.

How Plagues, Disease, and Outbreaks Have Changed History
Watch this event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=1809
Tuesday, February 4th, 12:30pm - 1:45 p.m., Building L, Library Lounge
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 will consider 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 programming on World War Z.

Modern Muslims: Three Young Muslim Women Finding a Balance at MVCC
Watch this event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=1816 Tuesday, February 5th, 11am - 12pm, Building L, Library Lounge
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.

Democracies and Republics- then and now
Watch this event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=1826Wednesday, Feb 19th, 11:00-11:50 a.m., Building L, Library Lounge
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.

Education and Democracy
Watch this event here:
http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=1852
Wednesday, Mar 5th 12:00-12:50 p.m.,Building L, Library Lounge
Ann Henson

Feminism and Democracy
Watch this event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/
Tuesday, March 18th, 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.,Building L, Library Lounge
Tammarra Coleman-Hill

Reading from the Vagina Monologues
Wednesday, March 19th, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., Building L, Library Lounge
The MVCC Forensics Team (speech team) perform sections of the award winning play The Vagina Monologues. This event is organized by the Women's History Month Committee.

Public Health Preparedness: Whole Community Involvement featuring Jeremy Hirst Office of Risk and Emergency Management at DuPage County Health Department
Watch this event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=1867
Tuesday, March 25th, 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Library Lounge, Building L
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.

Psychology of Zombies
Watch and listen to this event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=1865
Thursday, March 27th at 11a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Building L, Library Lounge.
What do zombies and zombie stories teach us about the human mind, the ways we think, and our emotional responses? Join us as we explore zombies from a psychological perspective. 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.

Science Fair
Watch and listen to the event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=1870
Tuesday, April 1, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Building L, Library Lounge
The MVCC Library, with support from the Physical and Biological Sciences Departments, invites students, faculty, and staff to participate in a Science Fair. This is a great opportunity to show off a class project, give your STEM presentation a trial run, or just try something new. Registration will begin on February 1, and space will be limited. Check back here for additional information and resources, or email Tish Hayes at hayesL45@morainevalley.edu with questions.

Meaning in Destruction: Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Literature
Watch this event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=1890Wednesday, April 2, 11a.m. - 11:50 a.m., Building L, Library Lounge
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 will 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.

Suicide: A Human Condition featuring Dr. Jason Burns
Watch this event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=1890
Thursday, April 3, 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Dr. Burns is a psychiatrist at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He will explore cultural, legal, and ethical issues surrounding suicide as well as a provide contemporary medical prospective on suicide neuroscience, epidemiology, and risk assessment. Your thoughts and questions around this complex issue are encouraged during the question and answer session. This event is part of our One Book, One College programming on World War Z.

"Sounds Like a Whisper," a readers theater event on American poverty
Watch & Listen to this Event Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgYgF3NzvhcWednesday, April 16th, 4:45 pm - 6:15 pm, Building L, Library Lounge

American Winter: Student Panel
Thursday, April 17th, 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. & 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m., Building L, Library Lounge
These are two separate panel discussions featuring Moraine Valley students. Students will discussion the film American winter (
available in the Library). This film will have public viewings during April. This event is organized by the MVCC Demoracy Commitment.

Act Out Volunteer Fair
What Matters Film Discussion, watch here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=1924
Student Service Learning & Poverty Discussion 1, watch here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uMm22l8GYI
Student Service Learning & Poverty Discussion 2, watch here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5uqIceos6sApril 23
For more information visit the
Act Out Now website.

The Truth about Vaccinations and Herd Immunity
Watch & listen this video here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=1935
Tuesday, April 29th, 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m., Library Lounge, Building L
The Internet is full of information and misinformation around the safety of vaccines. The medical community does not debate vaccine safety, but a vocal communities keep the debate alive. How safe are vaccines? What information is available to make decisions about vaccine safety? This faculty panel will discuss some of the issues and present valuable information. This event is part of our One Book, One College programming on World War Z.

Fall 2013

Necessary Fictions: The Hopeful Mythology of World War Z
Watch and listen to this event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=1494
Wednesday, Sept. 11, Noon-1 p.m., Building L, Library Lounge
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.

After Egypt: The Fate of Political Islam in the Middle East
Watch and Listen to this event here; http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=1500
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Library Lounge, Building L
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.

“The Truth about the #1 Job in America” featuring Bryan Bowman
Watch and Listen to this event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=1509
Thursday, Sept 19, 11 a.m. - noon, Library Lounge, Building L
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.

Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse
Watch and Listen to this event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=1517
Tuesday, Sept. 24, 12:30 p.m., Building L, Library Lounge
World War Z presents us with a thought experiment about society. How would governments and institutions stand up to a major societal collapse? We bring 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), Krista Appelquist (Communications)

Am I Really an Individual or Just a Zombie? A Panel Discussion
Watch and listen to this event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=1527
Thursday, Oct. 3, 11 a.m.-Noon, Building L, Library Lounge
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 will discuss the ways that philosophers have thought about the individual and the group. Panel Members: Jeff Christ (Philosophy), Aaron Smith (Philosophy) and Troy Swanson (library).

Evolution of the Blues: A Conversation with the Blues Brothers
Watch and listen to this event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=1539
Friday, Oct 4, 3 p.m., Building L, Library Lounge
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. The Blues Brothers will talk about some of our favorite founding fathers, as well as their progeny (including the impact of Jake and Elwood Blues!) as we discuss the vibrant history of blues evolution.

Zombies, Art and Pop Culture
Watch and listen to this event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=1541
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 1-2 p.m., Building L, Library Lounge
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 Lynn Peters (Fine Arts)

Free Film: World War Z with Brad Pitt
Saturday, Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m., MVCC Gateway Arch (Moraine Rooms if bad weather)
Join us for a free viewing of the 2013 film World War Z featuring Brad Pitt. Bring your blankets! This event is sponsored by College and Community Relations.

“The Role of Mathematics in Predicting Whiplash Injuries and Seat Belt Performance” featuring Michelle Gerrity
Watch and listen to this event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=1557
Wednesday, October 16th, 11 a.m. - noon, Library Lounge, Building L
How is math used in predicting whiplash injuries during rear-end collisions and seat belt fit performance? Michelle will discuss 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.

2013 Pumpkin Contest
Oct. 28th - 31st, Library Lounge, Building L
The pumpkins are back!
Click here for contest rules.

Zombie Math: Real-World Implications of the Numbers
Watch and listen to this event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=1577
Tuesday Oct. 22, 11 a.m.-Noon, Building L, Library Lounge
Mathematicians Jerimi Walker and 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 will be a fun discussion that demonstrates the power of math.

World War M: Humans Vs Zombies (campus-wide game)
Oct. 23-Oct. 30.
A virus is spreading across Moraine Valley! Can you solve the antidote in time? This campus-wide, active learning event will bring together students across campus in an engaging and unique event. Students, faculty,and staff can play for free. Learn more about the event at the WWM website

Free Film: the Night of the Living Dead
Sponsored by Honors and the Film Makers’ Club
Wednesday, Oct. 29th, 3:30pm, Oremus Theater in the FPAC
Join us for the film that started it all, George Romero’s 1967 classic, Night of the Living Dead. This film is widely recognized as the birthplace for the modern zombie in film and literature. The makers of AMC’s hit show the Walking Dead acknowledge that they use Night of the Living Dead as their “bible” for zombie lore. Join the Honors Program and the Film Makers’ Club for this free event. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase.

World War Z and International Relations
Watch and listen to this event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=1612
October 28th 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Building L, Library Lounge
Description: 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.

TLC: Teaching & Learning Community Event
Wednesday, November 6th, 11am - 1pm, Library Lounge, Building L
Join us as three presenters who are knowledgeable and passionate about intriguing subjects inspire us with ideas worth sharing. Event is free and open to all. Faculty members are encouraged to bring their classes. TLC is a collaboration between the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Library.

Job Resource Center Internship Employer Panel
Watch and listen to this event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=1636
November 7th, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m., Building L, Library Lounge
This panel is comprised of employers from various industries discussing their internship program. They will be asked questions from a moderator that will assist students with knowing what the employer looks for in an intern, what the expectations are when working at the internship site, and how to build your network within the internship. The goal for having the panel is 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.

“Statistical Analysis in the Financial Markets” featuring Arthur Urban
Watch and listen to this event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=1648
Tuesday, November 12th, 11 a.m. - noon, Library Lounge, Building L
Are you interested in finance, stochastics, investment banking, and the volatility of assets? Come learn the ins and outs of trading and see how basic statistics serve as a tool in decision making and risk management. Art 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.


Spring 2013

Visit our Library Podcast page to listen to past events.

One Book, One College Public Events: Tony Horwitz's Confederates in the Attic

  • A Soldier’s Life: Service in the Union and Confederate Armies featuring Josh Fulton
    Listen to this podcast here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=1129
    Thursday, January 24th, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Library Lounge, Building L
    We hear often of the leaders of the Civil War, of Lincoln, Davis, and their images. This presentation examines a common soldier's perspective of the conflict in both armies--how they lived, fought, and endured.
  • The Roots of Jazz: An Aural History and Performance featuring Doug Bratt & members of the Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble
    Watch and Listen to this event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=1155
    Thursday, February 21st, 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m., Library Lounge, Building L
    Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble director Douglass Bratt and friends present a musical performance and discussion chronicling the origin and evolution of jazz from its roots in American folk, blues and popular music of the late 19th century to the present day styles found in the clubs, stages and concert halls of today.
  • Grand Strategy North and South: Why the Confederates never had a Chance featuring Jim McIntyre
    Watch and listen to this event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=1169
    Thursday, February 28, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Library Lounge, Building L

    Was the Confederacy doomed to failure? Historian Jim McIntyre says, “yes,” and he intends to tell us why in this lecture on military strategy during the US Civil War.
  • Anti-Slavery Societies, Feminism, and Sophia Peabody Hawthorne featuring Carey Millsap-Spears
    Listen and watch the event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=1178
    Wednesday, March 6, 11 a.m. – noon, Library Lounge, Building L
    Faculty member Carey Millsap-Spears discusses the life of artist Sophia Peabody Hawthorne, wife of noted author Nathaniel Hawthorne. Sophia's life offers us a glimpse into 19th century New England leading up to and through the US Civil War. Sophia’s life illustrates that sometimes a woman’s worst enemy is the idealized character of the Angel in the House who leaves her creative self behind. This is part of the One Book, One College program: Tony Horwitz's Confederates in the Attic.

  • Currency of the Civil War Era: Depictions of the Institution of Slavery on American Currency
    Listen to event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=1228
    Wednesday, April 3rd noon -- 1 p.m.,
    Library Lounge, Building L
    Faculty member Rick Aztlan explores the role of institution of slavery in the US economy during the Civil War era through money. Mr. Aztlan will discuss bank notes used in the North and the South and how these notes depicted slaves and slavery. This view connects economics, imagery, culture, and race into a unique understanding of our past with implications for our present. This is part of the One Book, One College program: Tony Horwitz's Confederates in the Attic.

Poetry Roulette: Poetry Reading with a Twist
Monday, April 15th, 1:00 pm - 3:15 pm, Library Lounge, Building L
This event was composed of a series of readings, from various staff and students that give the audience a feeling of what poetry is and can be. Also, a few classes will be attending in which the students will participate in a game of “poetry roulette.” In this game the students will come prepared with a poem (original or otherwise) and the teacher will select names at random to come up and read there poem. Small prizes will be rewarded. This event is organized by the student literary magazine, The Mastodon.

Young and Arab in America
Wednesday, April 17th, Noon - 1:30pm, Library Lounge, Building L
The Arab Student Union hosted a student panel discussion in the library about being young, first generation Arab-Americans and the challenges of balancing their Arab culture while embracing their American identity. The students discussed topics such as culture, language, religion, and the diversity of Arab family practices and traditions.

Historical Perspectives of the Devil and the White City by Thodos Dance Chicago
Watch and Listen to this event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=1145
Wednesday, February 6th, 11 a.m.- noon, Library Lounge, Building L
In preparation for their MVCC performance, the creative directors of Thodos Dance Chicago will discuss their process of adapting the novel the Devil and the White City to dance. This event is free and open to the public.

Muslim Student Association presents: Islam Up Close
Watch and Listen to this event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=1150
Wednesday, February 13th, 11a.m. – noon, Library Lounge, Building L Students, faculty, and staff are invited to a guest lecture by Iman Kifah Mustapha of the Mosque Foundation who will speak about the basics of Islam. This is a special opportunity to learn about the religion of Islam. This event is free and open to the public.

TLC: Teaching & Learning Community Event
Wednesday, February 20th, 11am - 2pm, Library Lounge, Building L
Join us as six presenters who are knowledgeable and passionate about intriguing subjects inspire us with ideas worth sharing. Event is free and open to all. Faculty members are encouraged to bring their classes. TLC is a collaboration between the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Library.

Uncovering Why We Cover: The Meaning of the Hijab
Watch and Listen to this here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=1202
Wednesday, March 20th, Noon - 1:15pm,Library Lounge, Building L

The Muslim Student Association would like to invite the Moraine Valley community to a panel discussion about why Muslim women wear the Hijab. The community will be hearing from five different Muslim women as they present the meaning of the Hijab from a religious standpoint as well as personal.

Happiness around the World: Comparing Countries in Quality of Life Measurements
Thursday, March 21st 2:00pm - 3:15pm, Library Lounge, Building L
Which countries produce the happiest people and why? Findings from the recent Economist index ranking countries on quality of life measurements and a CBS 60 Minutes segment examining the happiest country in the world and the factors that may account for such happiness will be used to frame a discussion about why certain countries have higher levels of happiness and what governmental policies increase or decrease the happiness of their people This event is organized by MVCC's Global Education.

Sustainability Around the Globe for Folks With Short Attention Spans
Monday, April 22, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm, Library Lounge, Building L
Students of the Intensive English Language Program will be presenting on sustainability initiatives from around the globe in this interactive workshop. Come enjoy museum-style presentations, with several students placing posters around the room so that visitors can walk around and choose various or multiple presentations.

Illinois, Chicago, and the Civil War: Special Lecture on the US Civil War featuring Dr. Theodore Karamanski,
Watch and listen to this event: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=1272
Wednesday, April 24th, Noon- 1 p.m., Library Lounge, Building L

Join us for a special discussion about the US Civil War featuring noted historian Theodore Karamanski of Loyola University Chicago. This event is organized by the MVCC History Department. This is part of the One Book, One College program: Tony Horwitz's Confederates in the Attic.

ActOut! Education Through Action Volunteer Fair
April 30, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. & May 1, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Library Lounge, Building L.
A special service learning event. Learn about local voluntrer & non-profit groups. Read more about this event at the ActOut Website.

Fall 2012

Open Book Discussion

Wed. Sep 5, Noon - 1 p.m., Building L, Library Lounge
Bring your lunch and join our librarians in a discussion of Confederates in the Attic.

Featured Event: Tony Horwitz visits Moraine Valley

Listen to this podcast here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=918
Tue. Sept 11, 11 a.m., Building M. Moraine Business and Conference Center
Join us as we welcome our One Book author, Tony Horwitz to campus for a discussion about his book and the important issues he raises. This event is sponsored by Moraine Valley's Liberal Arts Subdivision. It is free and open to the public.

"What does it mean to be an American?" Identity, History, and Self

Listen to this podcast here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=958
Wed. Sept 26, 11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m., Library Lounge, Building L
Join sociologist Ricky Cobb as he discusses the American identity. What does it mean to be an American?

How Research is Making Healthcare Better: Infection Prevention and Antibiotic Stewardship

Listen to this podcast here:
Vewe this event here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sapVKE7mRIc&feature=plcp
Wed., Oct 10th 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m., Building L, Library Lounge
Join us as we welcome Dr. Emily Landon of the University of Chicago Medicine Antibiotic Stewardship Program. Dr. Landon will discuss current research in preventing the spread of infection and the stewardship of antibiotics.

Job Resource Center Internship Employer Panel

Listen to this podcast here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=1040
Thr., Oct 25th 1 p.m - 3 p.m.
This panel is comprised of employers from various industries discussing their internship program. They will be asked questions from a moderator that will assist students with knowing what the employer looks for in an intern, what the expectations are when working at the internship site, and how to build your network within the internship. The goal for having the panel is 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.

Documentary on Syria: The Suffering Grasses

View this event here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfxEJCHdU3w&feature=plcp
Mon., Oct. 22nd, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
An open viewing of a documentary on the current conflict in Syria.

Understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: causes, diagnosis, and treatments

Listen to this event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=1051
Thursday, Nov. 1, 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Building L, Library Lounge
Join us as faculty members from Moraine Valley's Psychology and Counseling Departments discuss Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. They will explore the sources of the disorder and the views presented by current research. They also will discuss the diagnostic and treatment options.

Global Election Panel

Listen to this event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=1014
Thursday, Oct 18th 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
What do Congo, Egypt, South Korea, Russia, France, Mexico, and the United States have in common? Each of these countries, as well as several dozen others, had or will have presidential or parliamentary elections in 2012. Most of these elections can be described as very competitive and full of significant implications within the country conducting the election. This event will discuss some of the key elections taking place in 2012, the different electoral rules and types of elections throughout the world, and the potential implications of these contests. This event is organized by Moraine Valley Global Education.

International Student Panel Discussion

Listen to this event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=1063
Wednesday, November 14, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pmCome celebrate International Education Week and meet some Moraine Valley international students. Moraine Valley attracts international students from over 45 different countries. This panel discussion will provide a great time to meet a few of them and hear about what it is like to study abroad in the U.S. and be an international student here at Moraine Valley. This event will have student panelists from at least 5 different countries. This event is organized by Moraine Valley Global Education.

Sustainability Around the Globe for Folks With Short Attention Spans

Listen to this event here:
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 11 a.m. - noon, library lounge, L BuildingStudents of the Intensive English Language Program will be presenting on sustainability initiatives from around the globe in this interactive workshop. Come enjoy museum-style presentations, with several students placing posters around the room so that visitors can walk around and choose various or multiple presentations.


Spring 2012

Volunteer Fair

Listen to the podcast here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=847
April 30, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. & May 1, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Library Lounge, Building L.
A special service learning event. Learn about local volunterr & non-profit groups.

Income Inequality: Examining the Divide between the Rich and Poor Throughout the World

Listen to the podcast here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=853
Thursday, May 3rd, 11 am-12:15pm, Library Lounge, Building L
Special event organized by MVCC Global Education.

A Conversation about Being Beautiful: Cosmetics for Men and Women

Listen to the podcast here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=825
Monday, April 23, 2012, Library Lounge, Building L
Faculty member Tamarra Coleman-Hill who has worked with the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics discusses cosmetics for Men and Women.

Special Speaker from National Museum of Mexican Art

Listen to the podcast here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=823
Wednesday, April 18, 1pm-2pm, Library Lounge, Building L
We welcome a speaker from the National Museum of Mexican Art to discuss the art and culture of Mexico.

Human Rights in Iran

Listen to the podcast here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=824
Thursday, April 19th, 12:30pm-1:30pm, Library Lounge, Building L
Join us as we welcome Elise Auerbach, Amnesty International’s Iran Specialist, who will discuss the current state of human rights in Iran.

The Light of Common Day featuring Poet Matthew Brennan

Special Poetry Reading Event
Listen to the podcast here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=820
Wednesday, April 11th, 1pm, Library Lounge, Building L
We welcome Indiana State University professor and poet Matthew Brennan for a special poetry reading. Dr. Brennan will be reading from his newest collection of poems, The Light of Common Day.

Blurred Boundaries: Being Multiracial in a Black & White World

Listen to the podcast here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=790
Thursday, March 8th, 11am-12:30pm, Library Lounge, Building L
Join us as Dr. Amy Williamson, psychology faculty member, discusses racial, ethnic and gender identity and how we understand multiracial/multiethnic identity.

Film Showing: Miss Representation

Wednesday, March 21st, 1pm-2:30pm, Library Lounge, Building L
View the trailer for Miss Representation here. Description: "This film explores how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in influential positions in America and challenges the media's limiting and often disparaging portrayals of women, which make it difficult for the average girl to see herself as powerful."

Chicago and the Civil War

Special Lecture on the US Civil War featuring Dr. Theodore Karamanski, Professor & Public History Graduate Director Loyola Univerisity Chicago
Listen to the podcast here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=812
Thursday, April 5th, 2 p.m., Library Lounge, Building L
Join us for a special discussion about the US Civil War featuring noted historian Theodore Karamanski of Loyola University Chicago. This event is organized by the MVCC History Department.

Special Event: TLC, Changing Our Community Through Teaching & Learning

Thursday, February 16th, Noon-2:30pm, Library Lounge, Building L
Students, community members, faculty, and staff are invited to join us for this unique and innovative public event featuring five mini-lectures (15 minutes each) by MVCC faculty and professional staff. These mini-lectures focus on "ideas worth spreading." The TLC event is a collaboration between the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and the Library and will feature:

One Book, One College: Roxana Saberi's Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran

See: http://www.morainevalley.edu/betweentwoworlds

Hyperlocal or Just Hyper? 21st Century Journalism

Listen to the Podcast here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=758
Tuesday, February 7th, 11:00-12:15, Library Lounge, Building L
Join us as a panel of experts discuss the evolving nature of journalism. This panel will include:

  • Jeremy Shermak, Moraine Valley journalism faculty
  • Rob Hart, Morning host of FM 101.1 FM formerly of WGN Radio
  • Dan Lambert, Editor of the Palos Patch
  • Troy Swanson, Panel Moderator

Fall 2011

One Book, One College: Roxana Saberi's Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran

FEATURED EVENT: Roxana Saberi visits Moraine Valley










November 8th, 7 - 8:30 p.m., Moraine Business and Conference Center (Building M)

November 9th, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Moraine Business and Conference Center (Building M)

Join us as we welcome our One Book author, Roxana Saberi to our campus. Ms. Saberi will discuss her book Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran. This event is generously supported by the Palos Fine Arts Association

Violence Against Women: An International Perspective

Listen to the Podcast here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=656

September 27th, 12:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Library Lounge

Ms. Jessica Teamer from the social services group Pillars, will discuss the issue of violence against women.

No One Knows About Persian Cats: Film Showing

Friday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m., Palos Park Recreation Center, 8901 West 123rd Street, Palos Park

Special film co-written by Roxana Saberi. Two young musicians form a rock band in Iran; depicts the exciting underground music scene and celebrates an entire generation of Iranians striving towards personal and creative freedom. Note: This event is part of Palos Park's Films in the Park series and will be shown at the Palos Park Recreation Center.

A Panel Discussion on Between Two Worlds

Listen to this event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=652

September 13th, 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Library Lounge

Students and the public are invited to join us as Moraine Valley faculty members will discuss Roxana Saberi's book Between Two Worlds. Faculty members from various disciplines will discuss this book from the viewpoint of their expertise.

After bin Laden: Democracy Vs Fundamentalism in the Middle East

Listen to this event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=649

September 12th, 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Library Lounge

Join us as we welcome DePaul University's Dr. Khalil Marrar who will discuss the ongoing challenges in the Middle East. This event is sponsored by Moraine Valley’s Global Education Initiative.

LGBT and DV: Dorian Harris, LGBT Advocate from South Suburban Family Shelter

Listen to Podcast here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=692
October 13, 11am-noon, Library Lounge
As part of the Domestic Violence Awareness Month program organized by the Moraine Valley Counseling Department, Dorian Harris of the South Suburban Family Shelter will discuss domestic violence issues relating to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals and their families.

Internship Employer Panel

Listen to Podcast here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=707
November 3rd, 3:00 pm-5:00 pm, Library Lounge
This panel is comprised of employers from various industries discussing their internship program. They will be asked questions from a moderator that will assist students with knowing what the employer looks for in an intern, what the expectations are when working at the internship site, and how to build your network within the internship. The goal for having the panel is 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.

Arab-American Women Tell Their Stories

Listen to the Podcast here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=708
November 15th, 11am-12:30 pm, Library Lounge
The event will be a moderated panel of Arab-American women (staff and faculty from MVCC) speaking about their experiences growing up, family, career, education, culture, traditions, etc. Organized by the Arab Heritage month planning group.

Global Perspectives: A Conversation with Moraine Valley International Students

Listen to Podcast here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=713
November 16th, 2:30-3:45 pm Library Lounge
Come celebrate International Education Week and meet some Moraine Valley international students. Moraine Valley attracts international students from over 45 different countries. This panel discussion will provide a great time to meet a few of them and hear about what it is like to study abroad in the U.S. and be an international student here at Moraine Valley. Organized by MVCC Global Education

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Summer 2011

One Book, One College: Roxana Saberi's Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran

Administrator, Staff, & Faculty Summer Reading Group Between Two Worlds: My Life & Captivity in Iran by Roxana Saberi
June 21, Noon-1p.m., Library Coffee Bar
July 19, Noon-1p.m., Library Coffee Bar
Begin the discussion! (Bring your lunch!) Get a head start on the fall semester. The library will be hosting two informal book discussions this summer led by librarians Joe Mullarkey and Marea Kahn. We hope you’ll join your colleagues in the discussion of Ms. Saberi’s book Between Two Worlds. Roxana Saberi will be coming to MVCC in November. You can check out a copy of Ms. Saberi’s book in the library or purchase a copy in the bookstore.


Spring 2011

One Book, One College: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

See: http://www.morainevalley.edu/immortallife

Henrietta Lacks, Medical Research, and the Politics of Trust
Listen to this event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=554
February 8th, 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., library lounge
We welcome special guest Dr. Rick Kittles from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Department of Medicine. Dr. Kittles is a human geneticist who studies cancer and is also a pioneer in tracing African-American ancestry through DNA. Dr. Kittles will discuss this year’s One Book text, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and place the Lacks story into the wider context of the ethics of medical research.










Special Guest, Ms. Toni M. Bond-Leonard

Listen to this event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=563

March 23, 1-2 p.m., , library lounge

Join us as we welcome the Executive Director of Black Women for Reproductive Justice, Ms. Toni Bond-Leonard. Ms. Bond-Leonard will draw on her interview with Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, for a discussion of the Lacks case and reproductive justice.

"Where's Daddy?" A Conversation For African American History Month

February 9th, 11a.m. – 12:30 p.m., library lounge
We welcome Moraine Valley Faculty member Delwyn Jones for a conversation about African-American men and family.

Global Aging: Confronting the Challenges of Demographic Changes

February 16th, 2:30-3:45 p.m., library lounge
Throughout the world societies are experiencing dramatic shifts in population demographics due to factors such as the post World War II baby boom, higher life expectancy, and/or lower birth rates. As a result, these societies and governments must deal with an increased proportion of their population being out of the work force while eligible for guaranteed government benefits. This discussion will highlight these global challenges with a special focus on medical spending in the last years of life. The event will highlight a brief video clip from CBS 60 Minutes addressing the cost of medical care for the elderly and will be followed by a discussion examining the varying governmental health care policies for elderly and the ethical dilemmas associated with health care spending.

Mystical Arts of Tibet: Mandala Sand Painting by the Drepung Loseling Buddhist Monks

Listen to this event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=576
March 30 – April 2
Opening Ceremony: March 30, 12:30 p.m.
Special Lecture: Symbolism of the Sand Mandala: Thursday, March 31, 12:30 p.m.

Closing Ceremony: April 2, 1:30 p.m.

The library welcomes Tibetan Buddhist Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery as they share their culture and art with our campus. From March 30th to April 2nd, the monks will construct a sacred mandala sand painting. They will also offer lectures and performances. We invite the students, faculty, staff, and the general public to visit the library and be part of the special event.

The Future of Water in Chicagoland

Listen to Event Here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=588
April 13, Noon - 1p.m., library lounge
We welcome Josh Ellis of the Metropolitan Planning Council who will discuss water use in our region. How long can we continue to rely on Lake Michigan water and what’s the impact of our water? How does our water use impact real estate and industrial development? What are the emerging demands for green infrastructure and water use? What has the impact of invasive species been on the area?

Information Literacy Summit: Inspiring Creativity

April 19, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., M Building
Creativity—designing, planning, producing, and more— is the highest level of thinking on the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy. This year’s Summit asks us to connect creativity with the role of libraries, librarians, and information literacy.

Special Event on Dating Violence

Listen to Event Here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=591
April 20th , 1pm, Library Lounge
Sexual violence is not just a woman’s problem. Nor is it something that happens to someone else or somewhere else. It happens everywhere, everyday and every minute to males and females of all ages. Family and friends of survivors are also affected. This special event focuses on dating violence and is part of a special series on sexual violence.

"The Digging:" A National Poetry Month Special Event

Listen to Event Here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=594
April 21, 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Library Lounge
Join us as we welcome Moraine Valley faculty member and award winning poet Sandra Beauchamp as we celebrate National Poetry Month. Ms. Beauchamp will share her work and discuss her writing process. Ms. Beauchamp's Poem, "The Digging," won the William Stafford Award for Poetry.

Substance Abuse Featuring Dr. Keviv Osten

May 4th, 11:00 am - 12:15pm, Library Lounge
Dr. Kevin Osten, Clinical Psychologist at Chicago Lakeshore Hospital will discuss commonly abused substances impact on the brain and body, the process of addiction, and recovery. This event is organized by the Psychology Department.


Fall 2010

One Book, One College: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Understanding Ethical Dilemmas in Medicine: What Do I Need to Know?










Listen to the podcast of this event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=531
September 22 , 11am, library lounge
We welcome special guest Dr. Bernard Heilicser of Ingalls Memorial Hospital who will discuss ethics in medicine. Dr. Heilicser's specialty is emergency medicine and medical ethics. He has led special responses to the crises in Haiti and following Hurricane Katrina. He is the Deputy Commander and Deputy Medical Director, Illinois Medical Emergency Response Team.

Paying for the Legacy of the Past, a Special Panel Discussion

Listen to the podcast of this event here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/librarynews/?p=535
October 20, 1pm-2pm, library lounge
What responsible do we hold for decisions that were made 50 or 100 years ago? When we benefit from unethical acts of the past, what responsibility do we have to make reparations? Join Moraine Valley faculty members Jim McIntyre, Merri Fefles, Kevin Navratil, and Ricky Cobb as they explore these questions.


Spring 2010

One Book, One College: Studs Terkel's Working

Open Forum on Terkel's Working

Jan. 26, 11 a.m.-Noon, library lounge
Listen to Podcast
Students, faculty and staff are invited to sit down to discuss this year's One Book, Studs Terkel's Working. We hope you will join us to share your views on the book and the world of work.

The Union Movement Today featuring Chicago Federation of Labor Secretary/Treasurer, Jorge Ramirez

Feb. 16, 12:30-1:45 p.m., library lounge
Our special guest, Chicago Federation of Labor Secretary/Treasurer, Jorge Ramirez, will discuss the current status of the union movement (organized labor) in the United States and around the world. How have globalization and shifts in our economy impacted the organization of unions? What is the future of organized labor?

Readings from Terkel's Working featuring MVCC Speech and Theater Students

March 9, 12:30-1:30 p.m., library lounge
Moraine Valley speech and theater students will bring the many voices in Working to life. Join us for this entertaining and engaging reading of Terkel's classic text.

The Future of Work Panel Discussion

March 31, 1-2 p.m., library lounge
How will work change in the future? How will existing jobs be different, and what new jobs will exist that do not exist now? A panel of Moraine Valley faculty and administrators will tackle these questions.

Work and Food in the Economy: Perspectives of an Economist

April 27, Noon-1 p.m., library lounge
Please join us in welcoming Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Economist David Oppedahl in exploring the links between food, employment and our lives.

African-American Women Tell Their Stories

Feb. 24, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., library lounge
In this panel discussion, some of Moraine Valley's African-American women come together to tell their own stories and reflect on the roads they have taken to Moraine Valley. This is a special event to which the larger Moraine Valley community is invited to come together and listen to our friends and colleagues share their own stories. This event is part of the college's African-American History Month activities.

Chicago Hispanic Community Leader sponsored by Multicultural Student Affairs/Alliance of Latin American Students

Listen to Podcast
March 10, 11 a.m.-Noon
Rudy Lozano will be speaking on the importance of community activism in the Hispanic community.

My Journey to Jesus sponsored by the Moraine Valley Christian Fellowship

March 30, Noon-1 p.m.
Featuring Hicham Chehab

A Survivor's Story: A Journey Through Clinical Depression

April 6, 11 a.m.-Noon, library lounge
Join us for this special event as Robert Smola discusses his book, A Waltz Through La La Land: A Depression Survivor's Memoir. This event is organized by the Psychology Department.

Library Annual Authors' Display and Reception

April 8, 2-3:30 p.m.

Information Literacy Summit

See: http://www.morainevalley.edu/infolitsummit
April 13

Honors Spring Showcare

April 15, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Public Event for Mental-Health Awareness Month: Focus on Self-Injury

May 5, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., library lounge
Details for this event will be coming soon.


 

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