MVCC Library Podcast

Volume 12 Number 37

Real Talk: Climate & Advocacy

Date: April 24, 2018    
Length: 50 minutes

Dr. Jim Angel, Illinois State Climatologist will present the real science and facts about climate change and its impacts on the Chicagoland region. Lincoln Cohen will speak about his experience in the Climate Reality Project, an intensive advocacy and awareness training program first developed by Al Gore. He will also discuss opportunities for the audience to engage in climate policy advocacy. This event is sponsored by the Moraine Valley Center for Sustainability. 

Volume 12 Number 36

Male Victims of Rape and Survivorship 

Date: April 5, 2018    
Length: 72 minutes

Brendan Yukins from Rape Victim Advocates discusses the most common reason for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in men: sexual violence. Society at large stigmatizes men who have been raped, from joking about them in the media to denying male victimization in the criminal justice system. Brendan will be delving into American masculinity, how it compounds trauma for male survivors, and how we can redefine masculinity as a society to create a world free of shame for the 1 in 6 men who will survive sexual violence in their lifetime. This event is part of our One Book, We Believe You program.

Volume 12 Number 35

Pursuing Creativity with a Purpose: Filmmaker Qasim Basir

Date: April 4, 2018  
Length: 72 minutes

For over 100 years of film and TV, the narrative of this country, and much of the world, has been controlled by a small group of people. And it has shaped the way people see different cultures, faiths, and communities - many times, in an imbalanced way. It has only been in the last 20-30 years that more diverse voices have been able to speak their truths and contribute to the re-education of a portrayal that's been one-sided for far too long. This is the day to hear and tell the truth about who we are, in whatever medium you choose, to create a country that is meant to be "United.” Acclaimed film maker Qasim Basir will visit Moraine Valley to discuss his work and process. Special event that is part of the Mosaics: Muslim Voices in America program.

Volume 12 Number 34

Taking Nanotechnology from Cleanroom to the Classroom

Date: March 22, 2018 
Length: 63 minutes

Do you know how diamond and graphene are created in the lab? Would you like to know how they’re applied and how they are changing our world?  Learn from Argonne National Laboratory's Anirudha Sumant. Nanotechnology ("nanotech") is manipulation of matter on an atomic, molecular, and supramolecular scale and is being utilized in many scientific areas right now. This event is part of Moraine Valley's STEM Lecture Series. 

Volume 12 Number 33

Readings from We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out

Date: March 7, 2018
Length: 41 minutes

The MVCC Forensics Team (speech team) perform sections of the book We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out by Annie E. Clark and Andrea L. Pino. This event is intended to give voice to the survivors in the book. This event is part of our One Book, We Believe You program.This event is part of our One Book, We Believe You program.

Selections Performed: 
The Teal Forks Timeline – Fabiana Diaz read by Haley Carrero
From “The Elegy of I” – Sari Rachel Forshner read by Natalie Jurcik
Accepting Entropy: How My Dad Used the Second Law of Thermodynamics to Teach Me How to Survive – Liz Weiderhold  read by Abby Hanrahan 
Surprising Bravery of Others – Anonymous V read by Stephanie McFann
From “The Elegy of I” – Sari Rachel Forshner read by Natalie Jurcik
Dear Abuelita – Andrea Pino read by Jennifer Gutierrez
Slowly, You Start Forgetting – Anonymous V read by Stephanie McFann
The After – Sari Rachel Forshner read by  Natalie Jurcik
The Unoptional Journey – Isabella Calderonread by Isabella Calderon
How to Become an Activist – Annie Clark and Andrea Pino read by Jennifer Gutierrez Abby Hanrahan, Stephanie McFann, Natalie Jurcik, & Isabel Calderon

Volume 12 Number 32

The Underground Church in North Korea: Experiencing Life Across the 38th Parallel

Date: March 6, 2018
Length: 39 minutes

Special guest Dr. Augustine Sohn, physician and associate professor at the University of Illinois, discusses his experience as a missionary in Korea. He will talk about the background, history, politics, religion, and the separation of North and South Korea. He will connect Christianity to the underground church, and talk about the connection with his church and North Korea. This event is organized by Moraine Valley's Christian Fellowship.  

Volume 12 Number 31

Sexual Violence in America's 20th Century

Date: February 22, 2018    
Length: 60 minutes

Sexual violence has been an often present and yet often little recognized component of American history.  Associate Professor Josh Fulton examines the role gender has played in the American story in the 20th century, and how prevalent sexual violence was throughout key periods in this time in America--from the 'Jazz Age,' the Jim Crow South, the Great Depression, World War II, and beyond.  This event is part of our One Book, We Believe You program.

Volume 12 Number 30

Live Museum and Monologues Project

Date: February 21, 2018   
Length: 50 minutes

Hear their stories. Learn about prominent black historical figures followed by a discussion on the history, role and impact they had on society. Figures include: Katherine Johnson, Barack Obama, The Supremes, James Baldwin and Misty Copeland. This event is part of MVCC's Black History Month Celebration.

Volume 12 Number 29

Why Suffer in Silence? Questioning Mental Illness Stigmas and Empowering the African-American Community 

Date: February 15, 2018  
Length: 90 minutes

Moraine Valley students will hear about emotional suffering as well as mental stigmas in the African-American community. The session discusses how to empower one another and begin the path to healing and hope. This event is part of MVCC's Black History Month Celebration.

Volume 12 Number 28

Hot, Warm, & Cool: Healthy Romantic Relationships

Date: February 14, 2018 
Length: 41 minutes

Over the centuries love has been described and defined in many different ways.  Intimacy, passion and commitment are the warm, hot and cool elements of a healthy romantic relationship.  Join us for an overview and discussion about what comprises a healthy romantic relationship and learn what prevents you from having the relationship you want and deserve. This event is being organized by the Counseling and Career Development Center  as part of our One Book, One College, We Believe You program.

Volume 12 Number 27

The Role of the House of Wisdom: Translating, Preserving and Creating New Knowledge in Mosques, Schools, and Libraries

Date: February 13, 2018 
Length: 45 minutes

This interactive lecture introduces the value placed on libraries, mosques, schools, and the House of Wisdom during the Golden Age of Islam, for this is where the vibrant culture of learning and discoveries thrived. It looks at the respected place given to librarians, translators, scientists, philosophers, and thinkers who translated and studied books from different lands, and created more knowledge and advanced understanding. Audiences will hear about a few of the many developments that occurred in these important places of learning. Special event that is part of the Mosaics: Muslim Voices in America program. 

Volume 12 Number 26

Progress in Stopping Sexual Assault? #MeToo, Public Outcry  Finding a New Normal

Date: February 8, 2018
Length: 74 minutes

Recent high-profile sexual assault/harassment revelations in politics, entertainment, and journalism has shifted the national conversation, asking us to reckon with the structures that normalize harassment, protect abusers, and silence victims. This faculty and staff panel will discuss this current wave of accusations and its roots in rape culture, taking into consideration how we arrived at this historic moment and what possibilities exist for a more just future. This event is part of the One Book, One College, We Believe You program.

Volume 12 Number 25

Are You A "Sexpert"? Sexual Health for College Students

Date: February 1, 2018
Length: 73 minutes

We welcomed special guest Patty Murphy, M.S. CADC to speak about sexual health. Topics may include consensual sex, communication, STD/STI prevention, obtaining consent, and dispelling sexual myths and misconceptions. This event is part of the One Book, One College, We Believe You program.

Volume 12 Number 24

Announcing Black History Month Events

Date: January 25, 2018
Length: 2 minutes

Members of the Black Student Association outline the upcoming 2018 Black History Month events.

Volume 12 Number 23

Understanding Violence within the LGBT Community 

Date: November 9, 2017        
Length: 1 hour 3 minutes

Rachel Tillman from the Center on Halsted reviews the unique and specific issues of violence within the LGBTQ community and how they differ from heterosexual communities. She focuses on the areas of domestic violence, sexual assault, and hate crimes. She also provides tips and resources to those working with LGBTQ people who have experienced violence. This event is part of the One Book, One College, We Believe You program.

Volume 12 Number 22

Make Your Statement! SGA Student Feedback Panel 

Date: November 16, 2017       
Length: 1 hour 7 minutes

SGA hosted an open panel for students to talk about what they want to see on campus. At the panel students had the opportunity to voice their ideas as well as their concerns. Learn more about the Student Government and what it has to offer. 

Volume 12 Number 21

What is left of QUEER?

Date: November 14, 2017      
Length: 1 hour 7 minutes

This discussion will trace a brief history of a radical queer politics and discuss the relevance of such to the contemporary political landscape. Dr. Yasmin Nair is a writer, activist and academic in Hyde Park. She is the co-founder of the queer radical editorial collective Against Equality and a member of Gender JUST Chicago. This event is organized by Celebrating Diversity LGBTQ Subcommittee.

Volume 12 Number 20

Climate, Energy, Our World, Our Future featuring Rick Knight 

Date: November 14, 2017       
Length: 58 minutes

The science of global warming has been known for nearly 150 years, and we are now starting to experience tangible impacts on the world’s climate. We humans perceive these changes as gradual, but compared to natural cycles, they are unprecedentedly rapid. Fossil fuel combustion is closely linked with the development of a modern industrial society, coinciding with rapid growth of global population. But the buildup of greenhouse gases is creating serious side effects that have now become crystal clear. These facts present humanity with a monumental challenge. We need to bring all of our technological and philosophical wisdom to bear if future generations are to inherit a manageable global system.  This lecture explains the basic science of climate change, our energy systems and technologies, the role of agriculture, and what kinds of things we must do to secure a brighter future.  Special event part of our STEM series. 

Volume 12 Number 19

No Ban, No Wall: Standing With Immigrant Communities

Date: November 8, 2017     
Length: 1 hour 7 minutes

Organizers from the Arab American Action Network and Organized Communities Against Deportation will join us to discuss President Trump’s issued executive orders targeting immigrants, refugees and Muslims. In the face of these threats and uncertain times we will come together to unpack the implications of these executive orders and the strategies being implemented to protect members of our campus, families, and communities. This event is part of MVCC's Arab Heritage Month Celebration.

Volume 12 Number 18

The Arab/Arab American Experience:  Featuring Authors Sahar Mustafah and Nevien Shaabneh

Date: November 7, 2017    
Length: 1 hour 7 minutes

We welcome acclaimed writers Sahar Mustafah and Nevien Shaabneh to Moraine Valley for this special event. Sahar Mustafah’s debut, prize-winning Code of the West is a short story collection that spans two continents and follows native Palestinian and Palestinian American characters as they navigate displacement and loss, while battling hatred and fear. Nevien Shaabneh is author of Secrets Under the Olive Tree which is a haunting, mesmerizing novel that touches on the depths of the human spirit and unbreakable bonds that transcend tragedy. It is a story about the power of hope, second chances, and faith in the midst of tribulation. This event is part of MVCC's Arab Heritage Month Celebration.

Volume 12 Number 17

The Newspaper Headline Read, “This Was a House.” Keyword, “Was”

Date: November 1, 2017   
Length: 17 minutes

Jodi Marneris' science teacher said it was near impossible for a tornado to hit the Chicago area. It wasn’t too long after that teacher was proven dead wrong. Jodi's house was among the ruins of that day of devastation. This event is part of our TLC: Teaching & Learning Community series

Volume 12 Number 16

Living Life on the Hyphen: Exploring My Identity and Belonging Amidst Being a Bi-Racial, Caribbean-American Woman

Date: November 1, 2017   
Length: 21 minutes

Have you ever felt as though you don’t quite belong? As though you cannot be put into one particular box? If so, then this talk is for you. In this talk, Shanya Gray shares what it was like growing up bi-racial in the Caribbean and what it was like migrating to the United States and living in a culture that was foreign to her. Shanya also shares how she wrestled with not belonging and the process of ultimately becoming comfortable with who she is. Ultimately, in giving this talk, Shanya hopes to share valuable lessons learned from her life’s experiences that can be of encouragement to anyone who has wrestled with not belonging. This event is part of our TLC: Teaching & Learning Community series

Volume 12 Number 15

GraFEETi, Growth, and Grief: Impact of an Author Friend

Date: November 1, 2017  
Length: 16 minutes

Erika Deiters started as a fan of Chicago author Amy Krouse Rosenthal; then the author became the subject of her composition class; eventually Erika and Amy formed a friendship. They supported each other through their cancer diagnoses. Unfortunately, Amy did not survive. This event is part of our TLC: Teaching & Learning Community series

Volume 12 Number 14

Leadership and Law: Careers in the Courts & Law Enforcement

Date: October 27, 2017 
Length: 1 hour 20 minutes

Interested in pursuing a law degree, working in criminal justice or even one day becoming a judge? Check the video from this event. Officials shared stories from the courthouse based on perspectives of those working in law and law enforcement. Guests will included:

  • Colleen Hyland, Associate Judge, Fifth Municipal District, Cook County Circuit Court
  • Jerry Barrido, Public Defender, Felony Trial Division
  • Naheda Zayyad, Assistant State’s Attorney, Felony Trial Division
  • Kathleen Lanahan, Assistant State’s Attorney, Felony Trial Division
  • Sam Dajani, Detective, Tinley Park Police Department
  • Bajis Karim, Sergeant, Burbank Police Department 

This event was organized by the Arab Student Union.

Volume 12 Number 13

Industrial Applications of 3D Printing

Date: October 19, 2017
Length: 61 minutes

This presentation will focuses on how 3D printing (or additive manufacturing) is being used in industry including automotive, aerospace, and medical.  We also discuss additive manufacturing processes, current technologies and future directions in 3D printing.  This event is part of ourSTEM series.

Volume 12 Number 12

Bringing Mystical Sufi Music to Modern Audiences

Date: October 18, 2017
Length: 79 minutes

Panel discussion on the Fourth Light Project. 
"Notable electroacoustic group Niyaz presents a multimedia show unlike any other. This ground-breaking and immersive experience combines live musical and sacred dance performance with interactive technologies and advanced projection/body-mapping techniques that respond to sound and movement in real time. At the center of The Fourth Light Project is the work of Rabia Al Basri, the first female Sufi mystic and poet. Born in the 8th century in what is now Iraq, she served as the main source of inspiration for the production. The group’s musical and personal heritage lies in the mysticism and allure of the East, but Niyaz was formed in California and one of their aims has long been to build a bridge between East and West – a sanctuary from a modern world of polarized ideologies." Special event that is part of the Mosaics: Muslim Voices in America program.

Volume 12 Number 11

Building Healthy Relationships & Sexual Health

Date: October 12, 2017                   
Length: 67 minutes

This program addresses sociological, psychological and practical ideas and concerns related to sexual health and relationships. Topics may include sex positivity, obtaining consent, consensual sex, communication, STD/STI prevention and dispelling sexual myths and misconceptions. This event is part of the One Book, One College, We Believe You program.

Volume 12 Number 10

Science & Computer Science in the Argonne Leadership Computer Facility

Date: October 11, 2017                   
Length: 36 minutes

His talk focused on supercomputers at Argonne National Laboratory's Leadership Computer Facility which help  solve problems within the world, from physics to medicine. This is part of our STEM Series

Volume 12 Number 09

Dungeons & Dragons: The Game, the Myth the Legend

Date: September 28,  2017                  
Length: 16 minutes

An estimated 20 million people worldwide have played Dungeons and Dragons – the original roleplaying game of adventure, treasure, and camaraderie. We will briefly talk about the game’s history, influence, and a brief discussion of gameplay. This event is part of our Graphic Novel Symposium.

Volume 12 Number 08

Artist & Writer Dan Dougherty Shares His Creative Process

Date: September 28,  2017                 
Length: 1 hour 15 minutes

Award-winning illustrator and author visits Moraine Valley to share his creative process. Dan is a Moraine Valley alum who has written graphic novels, comic books, newspaper articles, and comic strips. His work has been featured online and in print. This event is part of our Graphic Novel Symposium.

Volume 12 Number 07

Talking About Things We Love: Finding Community in Fandom

Date: September 27,  2017                
Length: 75 minutes

Faculty members discuss their own fan subcultures from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, to Glee, to Star Trek, to 70s sports, and more. How do fans come together to share ideas? How do fans expand on meanings and themes found within stories, time periods, or genres that they love? This will be a fun discussion about pop culture, hobbies, games and other realms of fandom. This event is part of our Graphic Novel Symposium.

Volume 12 Number 06

Following a Sexual Assault Information for You or Your Loved One

Date: September 21,  2017               
Length: 75 minutes

A panel discussion on how to support survivors following a sexual assault. This includes perspectives from advocates, health professionals, counselors, and college staff.  This event is part of the One Book, One College, We Believe You program.

Volume 12 Number 05

It’s On Us… To Create An Environment Where Everyone Feels Safe

Date: September 12,  2017              
Length: 60 minutes

Sexual assault on college campuses is a national issue and we here at Moraine Valley Community College are doing our part to address it. More than one in five women in college are victims of sexual assault and misconduct during their time in university. This workshop will provide an understanding of the dynamics of sexual assault. Additionally students will learn common answers to questions regarding this sensitive topic and learn about bystander intervention and the five steps to safely intervene. Remember, It’s On Us… all of us! This event is part of the One Book, One College, We Believe You program.

Volume 12 Number 04

Moraine Valley Support Services for Sexual Assault Victims

Date: June 13,  2017             
Length: 10 minutes

A short discussion about services available to students who are victims of sexual assault. This podcast with Counselors Souzan Naser and Sharon Brennan was held in preparation for the One Book program on the book, We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out. For more information visit

Volume 12 Number 03

Changing the Narratives on Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence

Date: June 13,  2017             
Length: 14 minutes

A short discussion about the myths related to sexual assault. This podcast with Counselors Souzan Naser and Sharon Brennan was held in preparation for the One Book program on the book, We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out. For more information visit

Volume 12 Number 02

Fall Preview: We Believe You

Date: June 13,  2017             
Length: 5 minutes

Preview of the 2017-2018 One Book Program on We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out by Annie E. Clark & Andrea L. Pino. For more information visit:

Volume 12 Number 01

Fall Preview: 2017 Graphic Novel Symposium

Date: June 13,  2017            
Length: 3 minutes

We preview the 2017 Graphic Novel Symposium which will be held on September 27 and 28, 2017. This event will feature artists, writers, gamers, and topics on pop culture. Learn more at:

Volume 11 Number 42

Hamilton: The Revolution Co-Author Jeremy McCarter at Moraine Valley

Date: April 20, 2017           
Length: 1 hour 5 minutes

Moraine Valley Community College hosted Jeremy McCarter, co-author of “Hamilton: The Revolution,” Thursday, April 20, 2017 in the Dorothy Menker Theater, Fine Arts and Performing Center. McCarter’s presentation was part of Moraine Valley’s One Book, One College, a collaborative effort between the college’s Library and Bookstore. The event is made possible by Moraine Valley’s Liberal Arts and Student Engagement subdivisions, and the Library.

Volume 11 Number 41

The Big Fake Out: Why Do We Fall for Fake News? 

Date: April 18, 2017          
Length: 1 hour 10 minutes

Our world of seamless information sharing and low-attention spans make it easy to spread news stories that are entirely fabricated. An entire industry of fake news sites has emerged generating advertising revenue for their owners. How do preexisting beliefs make us fall victim to outrageous stories? Why can't we make rational decisions when it comes to evaluating information? How do our Why can't we resist sharing articles that confirm our views? A panel of faculty members from philosophy, sociology, and psychology discuss these questions.

Volume 11 Number 40

Be the Change Featuring "Raptivist" JoeyFineRhyme

Date: April 12, 2017         
Length: 51 minutes

Freestyle rhymes calling for action from "Raptivist" JoeyFineRhyme! 
This interdisciplinary discussion looks at climate and waste, parallels these crises with other great challenges that have been met, draws inspiration from what previous movements have accomplished, and imparts knowledge to students on what they can do. This event is part of Moraine Valley's Earth Month programming. 

Volume 11 Number 39

The U.S. Banking System and Your Finances

Date: April 11, 2017        
Length: 54 minutes

Dr. Amlan Mitra of Purdue University Northwest discusses banking basics as part of our One Book program on Hamilton. Dr. Mitra also touched on some sound personal finance approaches for college students. This event was supported by the Social Action Club and the International Women's Club. 

Volume 11 Number 38

Playing the Fake News Game: An Interactive Event & Discussion

Date: April 6, 2017       
Length: 50 minutes

Join us in playing our own news game that is in the tradition of NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me. Can you separate fake news from actual news stories? Fabricated news stories spread across the internet like wildfire impacting how we understand our world and how we make decisions as citizens. This event will discuss ways we can prevent ourselves from falling victim to online falsehoods.

Volume 11 Number 37

Moraine Valley Student Trustee Debate

Date: April 3, 2017      
Length: 51 minutes

Candidates for MVCC Student Trustee discuss issues impacting students. This event sponsored by Student Life and the Student Government Association.

Volume 11 Number 36

50 Years of Women’s Voices: Oral Histories of Moraine Valley

Date: March 29, 2017     
Length: 51 minutes

As part of its 50th Anniversary, Moraine Valley has collected oral histories from the people who have helped make it into the quality institution it is today. Meet some of the women behind those recordings and hear them tell the college’s story through their own experiences.

Volume 11 Number 35

Forgotten History: Myths & Oddities of the American Revolution 

Date: March 28, 2017    
Length: 38 minutes

As a part of the college’s year-long engagement with Hamilton, Moraine Valley History Professor Jim Mc Intyre will de-bunk some of the myths and share some of the lesser-known facts about the American Revolution, the War of Independence, and the Founding Fathers.

Volume 11 Number 34

Fake News, Journalism, and Media with the Chicago Tribune's Margaret Holt 

Date: March 23, 2017   
Length: 1 hour 12 minutes

Margaret Holt, Standards Editor with the Chicago Tribune, discusses her career as a journalist and editor. She also discusses the impact of fake news and the state of journalism. 

Volume 11 Number 33

Syrian Refugee Discussion 

Date: March 22, 2017  
Length: 60 minutes

Discussion organized by the Arab Student Union on the causes of the Syrian refugee crisis and the needs of refugees in the United States. 

Volume 11 Number 32

A Dakota Access Pipeline Primer & the Standing Rock Movement

Date: March 21, 2017 
Length: 1 hour and 12 minutes

Activities that impact the environment usually require environmental impact statements.  They also, typically, require public participation.  Why didn’t this happen for DAPL (Dakota Access Pipeline)? Or did it?  Who are the DAPL stakeholders?  Why did the law fail the Standing Rock Indian Reservation?  What is it like living in the protest camp?  Why should this matter to everyone in Illinois? Learn what you can do to protect your water supply.  Water is Life!  Join our panel for a look at the DAPL timeline, one Native American’s view, and the personal experiences of a local Water Warrior at Standing Rock.

Volume 11 Number 31

Rise Up! Women's Marches Start a Movement

Date: March 8, 2017 
Length: 57 minutes

Moraine Valley faculty and staff who attended the Women's March in Chicago discuss their experiences and reasons for marching. Learn about the history of women marching for their rights from Merri Fefles, associate professor of History and Political Science; gain an understanding of how the Women's March became a platform for many issues from Sustainability manager Stephenie Presseller; and see the march through the photo lens of Maura Vizza, communications specialist in Marketing and Communications. This event is part of the Women's History Month programming.

Volume 11 Number 30

Fact, Fiction, or Something Else: What Does the Artist Owe to History?

Date: February 23, 2017 
Length: 1 hour 13 minutes

The musical Hamilton draws directly from the historical record, but it clearly is not a documentary, which many historians have noted. Writers and artists such as Shakespeare, Dan Brown, and Anne Rice dramatize historic settings, characters, and famous events in their works. Sometimes they bring history to life and sometime they perpetuate historical myths. What does it mean to be “true” to the historical record? How do artists get it right? How can they get it wrong? What do they owe to the record? A panel of history and literature faculty will come together to explore these questions.

Volume 11 Number 29

“Quiet mouse don’t get fed:” race and oppression today

Date: February 9, 2017
Length: 1 hour 11 minutes

We will discuss the impact of the last presidential election, micro-aggression, black lives matter and the meaning of race in today’s society. We will also look at racial discrimination and immigration as it is playing out in our world today.

Volume 11 Number 28

Black Excellence in Literature: A Black History Month Event

Date: February 7, 2017
Length: 1 hour 10 minutes

This will be an interactive dialog for Moraine Valley students to hear about the positive influences Black writers and poets have on society. This event is organized by the Celebrating Diversity Committee and the African-American Literature course. 

Volume 11 Number 27

Oh, the Places You'll go with Civil Engineering

Date: November 15th, 2016       
Length: 31 minutes

Civil Engineering is a diverse profession that offers you variety in multiple sub-disciplines involving critical thinking, problem solving, team work and adventure. This lecture will discuss the science, mathematics, exploration of different components and benefits of becoming a Civil Engineer. Kimberly Hastings is Resident Engineer with an emphasizes in Structural Engineering. Currently managing and overseeing construction of a large rail project for the largest inland port in the United States. This event is part of the STEM series.

Volume 11 Number 26

Resilient Journey: Leaving My Arab Homeland for a New Life in the US

Date: November 10th, 2016       
Length: 1 hour 15 minutes

Hear the diverse stories of Moraine Valley students who previously lived in Arab countries and have found a new home in the Chicago area. Each with their own unique journey, the students will discuss their transition to living in the US and share some of the challenges they have overcome and hopes for the future. 

Volume 11 Number 25

Ball is Life: How I Used Basketball and Did Not Allow It to Use Me

Date: November 3rd, 2016      
Length: 28 minutes

For DeWitt Scott, basketball was everything. It shaped his cultural, professional, and intellectual destiny as a young man. Ironically, it was during a break from basketball where he discovered a world beyond the court.  This is part of our TLC: Teaching & Learning Community Event.

Volume 11 Number 24

My Career Development Without a Plan: How a Passion Became a Profession 

Date: November 3rd, 2016      
Length: 14 minutes

Moraine Valley videographer Matt Grotto discusses crisscrossing the United States as a professional photographer working in journalism. From taking shots of Michael Jordan in Seattle, to photographing fisherman on the beaches of Florida, he will explore the relevance of every life experience.This is part of our TLC: Teaching & Learning Community Event.

Volume 11 Number 23

Skateboarding, Hip Hop, and Hatha Yoga: How I Became a Hindu

Date: November 3rd, 2016     
Length: 17 minutes

How does a serious skateboarder and hip-hop artist use Yoga to become a Hindu? Panshula Gaeshan explains how this confluence of activities that allowed for a new spiritual identity to emerge. This is part of our TLC: Teaching & Learning Community Event.

Volume 11 Number 22

"This is not a moment, it's the movement": Taking action for positive change

Date: October 27th, 2016    
Length: 60 minutes

When Alexander Hamilton first arrived in New York, he quickly found a cause to become devoted to, as well as comrades who shared this passion. They recognized that a movement was building and that their participation would help to revolutionize the colonies. This kind of change often only seems possible in history books, but this panel will discuss how each of us can find the causes we're passionate about, connect with others who feel the same, and effect change on our campus and in our communities.  This is part of our One Book, One College program on the musical Hamilton.

Volume 11 Number 21

The Broadway Musical: The Quintessential American Art Form

Date: October 13th, 2016   
Length: 60 minutes

The Broadway Musical is an American invention that has moved across the world. With roots in the nineteenth century, the Broadway Musical fused together theater traditions, pop culture, pop music, and big production values into a new American standard. Faculty members Tommy Hensel and Craig Rosen explore this art form's roots and impact.  This is part of our One Book, One College program on the musical Hamilton.

Volume 11 Number 20

Hamilton and the Use of Language: A Faculty Panel Discussion

Date: October 11th, 2016   
Length: 52 minutes

Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton is a musical and major Broadway production, but it is also a text of poetry and a country's shared language. Miranda notes that Alexander Hamilton wrote in dense, elaborate prose, and that the musical's use of rap and hip hop allowed Miranda (as a song writer) to pack layers of meaning into the musical. This panel discussion explores lyrics and text of Hamilton as literature, writing, and poetry.  This is part of our One Book, One College program on the musical Hamilton.

Volume 11 Number 19

Connecting to Hamilton the Musical: A Lin-Manuel Miranda Lovefest (Check It Out Podcast)

Date: October 10th, 2016  
Length: 21 minutes

What is Lin-Manuel Miranda's special genius? What do we love about his musical Hamilton? Special guests Amanda and Angelo join Tish and Troy for a conversation about our One Book selection, Hamilton. This special Check It Out Podcast is part of the library's One Book Program on Hamilton.

Volume 11 Number 18

Higher Education Funding in Illinois: A National Day of Action featuring Senator Pat McGuire

Date: October 6th, 2016 
Length: 46 minutes

This special event is part of a national effort to examine the state of higher education funding. Schools across Illinois are taking special focus on the impact of the current budget crisis facing Illinois. As part of this event, we will hear from a panel of Moraine Valley students who will share their stories about how the Illinois budget crisis and lack of MAP funds have impacted them. Our featured speaker will be Senator Pat McGuire, Chair of the Illinois Senate Higher Education Committee.

Volume 11 Number 17

You Get What You Ask For: The Good and Bad Uses of Statistics

Date: October 6th, 2016 
Length: 48 minutes

Each week a new poll about the 2016 elections comes out telling us who is ahead and who is behind. Each candidate promotes the polls that make them look best. Polls can be very useful, but most of us know that polls can be manipulated. Can we trust polls? Can we recognize the good and the bad? Faculty members from math and psychology look at how polls should be put together and how they can be biased. This is part of the One Book program on Hamilton. 

Volume 11 Number 16

Comics Journalism: Depicting Unseen Connections Between Sex and Garment Trades Worldwide

Date: September 29th, 2016       
Length: 48 minutes

Artist and activist Anne Elizabeth Moore talks about her graphic novel Threadbare which explores the ways the garment industry exploits workers. Moore is an award-winning journalist who uses comics to document the world by “showing” us what she sees.This event is part of our Graphic Novel Symposium.

Volume 11 Number 15

Artist & Writer Gene Ha Shares His Creative Process

Date: September 29th, 2016       
Length: 1 hr 15 minutes

Eisener Award winning creator Gene Ha discusses the process behind his art and writing. Ha has worked on the biggest characters in comics including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, and others. His new, independent title Mae was released by Dark Horse Comics in June of 2016. This event is part of our Graphic Novel Symposium.

Volume 11 Number 14

Graphic Novels in the Classroom

Date: September 28th, 2016      
Length: 48 minutes

Description: Educators and comics experts Ronel Whitaker and Eric Kallenborn talk about the comics they use in the classroom with high school students. They will discuss the ways that comics support literacy, enhance learning, and engage students in all parts of the curriculum. This event is part of our Graphic Novel Symposium.

Volume 11 Number 13

Crowd Funding and Publishing Comics 

Date: September 28th, 2016     
Length: 37 minutes

Description: Writer and comics creator Carmelo Chimera discusses the funding of Magnificent, his new comics title with artist Steven Brown. How do creators successfully crowd fund a project? What works and what doesn’t? How does crowd funding open up opportunities for creators that didn’t exist in the past? This talk is part ofMVCC’s Graphic Novel Symposium.

Volume 11 Number 12

"Straight Outta Hamilton": The Impact of the Musical Hamilton

Date: September 21st, 2016    
Length: 41 minutes

Description: Hamilton: The Musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda has been taking the country by storm. This panel explores the musical’s many themes such as the history, musical influences, and pop-cultural connections just to name a few. This panel included an interdisciplinary group of faculty, staff, and administrators. This is part of our One Book, One College program on the musical Hamilton.

Volume 11 Number 11

X-ray Crystallography: Shining a Light on Protein Structure

Date: September 15th, 2016   
Length: 53 minutes

Description: Proteins carry out many important cellular functions such as cellular signaling, molecular transport, and catalyzing metabolic reactions. The structure of a protein can often give useful insights into how it carries out its function. X-ray crystallography is a technique used by biologists to determine the atomic structure of proteins. Dr. David Neau describe the technique and show some examples of how a protein's structure reveals insights into its function.  David B. Neau, Ph.D. is Staff Scientist, Northeastern Collaborative Access Team, Dept. of Chemistry, Cornell University. This event is part of the STEM series. 

Volume 11 Number 10

The 2016 Elections: A Faculty Panel Discussions

Date: September 13th, 2016  
Length: 1 hour 9 minutes

The 2016 election has been one for the history books. At the national level, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are two of the most recognizable, controversial, and historic candidates in US history. At the local, state, and national level we face many challenges. Political Science faculty come together to discuss this historic election. This is part of our One Book, One College program on the musical Hamilton.

Volume 11 Number 09

How 9/11 Affected Me: A Panel Discussion

Date: September 12th, 2016  
Length: 48 minutes

Members of the MVCC community from diverse backgrounds come together to share their stories from September 11th, 2001 and the time after. This event is being held as part of the 15th Anniversary Commemoration of 9/11. 

Volume 11 Number 08

Commemorating the 15th Anniversary of 9/11

Date: September 12th, 2016  
Length: 15 minutes

This special event commemorates the 15th Anniversary of 9/11 with a ceremony that includes reading of the victims' names and a keynote talk. A beam of from the towers will be on display. 

Volume 11 Number 07

The History of 9/11 and the War on Terror

Date: September 8th, 2016 
Length: 51 minutes

Jim McIntyre, assistant professor of History, presents background from the early 1990s, the rise of Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda, the attacks on 9/11, and resulting War on Terror. This event is being held as part of the 15th Anniversary Commemoration of 9/11.

Volume 11 Number 06

The Importance of Hamilton: Examining the History

Date: September 7th, 2016    
Length: 36 minutes

How does Hamilton the musical measure up to history? The musical won 11 Tony Awards (and a Pulitzer Prize) but how many awards does it get for historical accuracy? Who was Alexander Hamilton? How do historians view his legacy? This is part of our One Book, One College program on the musical Hamilton.  Learn more at

Volume 11 Number 05

Gaming Day 2016 Preview

We are excited about our 2016 Gaming Day (September 29th) that will be part of our Graphic Novel Symposium. Learn more at

Volume 11 Number 04

Graphic Novel Symposium 2016 Preview

Check out the line up for our Fall Graphic Novel Symposium. Learn more at

Volume 11 Number 03

Fall Preview: Hamilton the Musical & American Musicals (Check It Out Podcast

Date: June 27, 2016  
Length: 23 minutes

Dr Craig Rosen (Coordinator of Academic Theater) and Tommy Hensel (Directer of the Fine and Performing Arts Center) talk with librarians Tish Hayes and Troy Swanson about Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical Hamilton. Learn more at

Volume 11 Number 02

Fall Preview: The History Behind Hamilton the Musical (Check It Out Podcast)

Date: June 27, 2016     
Length: 16 minutes

Faculty member and historian Jim McIntyre chats with librarians Tish Hayes and Troy Swanson about Hamilton the Musical & the history. This is a preview of the One Book program on Hamilton the Musical. Learn more at

Volume 11 Number 01

Fall Preview: Hamilton the Musical as the 2016-2017 One "Book" (Check it Out Podcast)

Date: June 27, 2016   
Length: 14 minutes

How can a musical be our One Book, One College Text? Librarians, Tish Hayes, Natalie Hall, and Troy Swanson discuss the themes, programs, and their excitement over the musical Hamilton and the One Book Program.