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Volume 13 Number 43

Student Tribute Speeches

Date: May 7, 2019        
Length: 53 minutes

MVCC Honors students give speeches in tribute to family, friends, caffeine, and other topics! 


Volume 13 Number 42

Hero’s Journey & the Power of Myth 

Date: April 23, 2019       
Length: 65 minutes

The comic book, Ms. Marvel is a kind of hero’s journey where the teenage Kamalah Khan becomes the superhero Ms. Marvel. The hero’s journey is a mythological template common across cultures. This panel will define this mythology and discuss what it teaches us in literature and popular culture. This event is part of our One Book, One College program on the book Ms. Marvel.


Volume 13 Number 41

Climate Change & the Mechanics of Skepticism: How Can we KNOW Better? 

Date: April 18, 2019      
Length: 68 minutes

To some, climate change is a simple scientific question to be answered with data while to others climate change is a misguided hoax that could cost our country jobs and hurt out economy. The question is why do some people end up on one side of this debate and others end up on the other? This talk by Librarian Troy Swanson will focus on climate change but also ask participants to think about how they make decisions about other charged topics. What processes are at work and how can we step in and make better decisions?  This event is part of MVCC's Earth Month Celebration. 


Volume 13 Number 40

Baking with Vegetables: Fro the Garden to the Oven with Chef Rose Deneen

Date: April 16, 2019     
Length: 26 minutes

Join the chef as she demonstrates how vegetables can be used for a variety of baked goods. Learn about her new cookbook, Baking With Vegetables: From the Garden to the Oven.


Volume 13 Number 39

Impacts of Factory Farming 

Date: April 15, 2019    
Length: 90 minutes

Special guest Stephanie Domingo, Chicago Director of the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition will discuss the ecological and public health impacts of industrial agriculture, and the power of our food choices. This event is part of MVCC’s Earth Month Celebration and is organized by the MVCC Center for Sustainability and the Earth Science Department.


Volume 13 Number 38

G. Willow Wilson author of Ms. Marvel Visits Moraine Valley  

Date: April 10 & 11, 2019   
Length: 60 minutes

We were very excited to welcome G. Willow Wilson to campus last week. Wilson, who is the author of our One Book text Ms. Marvel, gave two lectures on campus. She had much to say about heroes, identity, pop culture, and much more. She is currently the writer for Wonder Women, one of DC Comic’s premier titles. She has a new comic series out called Invisible Kingdom, and a new novel called The Bird King.
Additionally, Wilson explores the background and development of the character Ms. Marvel. She talks about the difference in writing a new character and writing a legacy character (such as Wonder Women). She offers advice to writers and talks about her writing process.

These events were made possible by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals; Building Bridges: Arts Culture and Identity, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.


Volume 13 Number 37

A Biologist from Long Ago: The Accomplishments and Work of Al-Jahiz, a Ninth Century Polymath  

Date: April 4, 2019  
Length: 54 minutes

This lecture introduces the early Biological and Evolutionary theories of Al Jahiz along with the observations of early Biologists. The session introduces a brief history in the many chapters of the history of Biology. This lecture is part of the MOSAICS Building Bridges Program. This lecture is part of the MOSAICS Building Bridges Program.


Volume 13 Number 36

Inspiring Insight from Arab American Women: Professional, Passionate and Proud

Date: March 28, 2019  
Length:  76 minutes

Celebrating Women's History Month, the Arab Student Union held this panel discussion in the library. Women leaders from our local Arab-American community came together to share their stories. The discussion was inspiring and instructional. 
Panelists are: 


  • Reem Ali - Clinician Counselor,  Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System
  • Naheda Zayyad- Assistant State's Attorney at Cook County State's Attorney's Office
  • Iba Ello - Senior Environmental Chemist, Exelon Corporation 
  • Shadin Maali - Principal in Allen Austin/Gaines International’s Architecture, Engineering and Construction practice 
  • Suzanne Amra - Assistant Principal, Peck Elementary School, Chicago Public Schools
  • Dr. Lena Hussein PharmD - Pharmacy Manager at Walgreens

Volume 13 Number 35

Making Podcasts: A Conversation by MVCC Staff and Faculty on Learning College Day

Date: March 7, 2019 
Length:  45 minutes

Join us for more of MVCC’s Learning College Day. We got together and recorded our conversation about podcasts and podcasting! We share our pod recommendations, talk a bit about what goes into making your own podcast, and some ideas for creative use of podcasting on campus. We also share our favorite takeaways from Learning College Day.


Volume 13 Number 34

World War I in American Memory: The Legacy of the Forgotten War

Date: March 5, 2019
Length:  60 minutes

Members of the Muslim Student Association and the Arab Student Union discuss their religion, serving others, life as students and challenging stereotypes.  This event is part of 


Volume 13 Number 33

Young and Muslim in America: A Panel Discussion

Date: March 4, 2019
Length:  38 minutes

Members of the Muslim Student Association and the Arab Student Union discuss their religion, serving others, life as students and challenging stereotypes.  This event is part of our One Book, One College Programming.

Glossary of terms:

  • Allah: Arabic Word for God
  • Asalamo Alaikum: Arabic for Peace be upon you
  • Zikir: remembrance of God 
  • Quran: Holy book of Islam
  • Hadith: Traditions, sayings and daily practices of Prophet Muhammad from his daily life (Sunna)
  • Ayb: Arabic term used to describe something that might be culturally inappropriate 
  • Deen/Din: Arabic word that encompasses judgment, custom, and religion. This term is used by Muslims and Christian Arabic speakers. 

Volume 13 Number 32

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom

Date: February 21st, 2019    
Length:  65 minutes

Moraine Valley Community College students will learn about the oldest known holiday to commemorate the ending of slavery in the United States.   The session will focus on the historical significance and cultural traditions of the forgotten holiday.  This discussion is part of the Black History Month Celebration.


Volume 13 Number 31

Monologues from African-American History

Date: February 12th, 2019   
Length:  65 minutes

Hear their stories. Learn about prominent black historical figures followed by a discussion on the history, role and impact they had on society. 
Featured figures include: 

  • Mary Eliza Mahoney 
  • Jean Baptiste du Sable 
  • Gwen Ifill
  • Aretha Franklin 
  • Muhammad Ali
  • Shirley Chisholm 
  • Thurgood Marshall 
  • Dr. Mae C Jamieson
  • Alvin Ailey 

Volume 13 Number 30

Measuring, Mapping and Observing the World: House of Wisdom Scientists

Date: February 7th, 2019  
Length:  55 minutes

This presentation discusses the quest of ninth century House of Wisdom scholars to check early scientific observations and to develop new methods of scientific research. It looks at the methods they used to calculate the circumference of the Earth as well as the position of the earth, planets, stars, and the moon. The place of the observatories in the Muslim world is also addressed.  This lecture is part of the MOSAICS Building Bridges Program.


Volume 13 Number 29

A Short History of Modern Pakistan

Date: February 6th, 2019  
Length:  43 minutes

Pakistan’s history has impacted global events. This complicated story is often misunderstood. This talk will explore this history. This event is part of our One Book, One College Programming.


Volume 13 Number 28

Dear Mama, Are you Alight? 

Date: February 5th, 2019 
Length:  1 hour 10 minutes

A discussion to understand the exhaustion experienced by black mothers in the face of multilayered oppression. The discussion will provide strategies of support such as: self-preservation and self-care for black mothers within society. This event is organized by the Black History Month committee.


Volume 13 Number 27

Pop Culture & Social Change: Faculty panel

Date: January 29, 2019 
Length:  1 hour 9 minutes

Movies, TV, comic books, novels, and music have helped to drive social change. Discussions about civil rights, LGBTQ rights, protesting war, supporting veterans, and many other topics have been explored through popular culture. The “entertainment” industry has been a form of self-reflection for society. What kinds of changes have been driven by popular culture? When we use popular culture in the classroom, what can we learn? This event is part of our One Book, One College program on the book Ms. Marvel.


Volume 13 Number 26

The Alchemist Chemist: The Unnecessary Divide in the Life of Jabbir Ibn Hayyan

Date: January 24, 2019 
Length:  45 minutes

In this lecture, Dr. Amani Wazwaz presents the life and achievements of the eighth century Muslim scholar Jabir Ibn Hayyan. The lecture introduces the role that the alchemist has played in cultural imagination and the place that Jabir ibn Hayyan has in the history of chemistry. This lecture is part of the MOSAICS Building Bridges Program.


Volume 13 Number 25

Happy 200th Birthday,  Illinois: A Progress Report on the Preamble of the State Constitutio

Date: December 3, 2018
Length:  45 minutes

The preamble of the Illinois state constitution talks about the maintenance of the health, safety and welfare of its citizens through a representative and orderly government. It aims to eliminate poverty and inequality, provide social and economic justice, and the fullest development of the individual. What grade does the state of Illinois deserve for their performance in this 200th year, particularly with regard to its “orderly” government? Professor of History, Political Science and Sociology Merri Fefles and Political Science Professor Kevin Navratil will lead a discussion examining these and other topics. The event is part of our campus programming to commemorate the Illinois bicentennial and sponsored by the Democracy Commitment.


Volume 13 Number 24

Report from the Frontlines: USPCN Delegation to Palestine

Date: November 13, 2018                
Length:  62 minutes

The US Palestinian Community Network as shares reports from their all Palestinian & Arab delegation to Palestine this summer. Their reports will focus on answering: Who are the leading organizations in Palestine defending political prisoners, preserving culture, resisting land theft, and more? What are the increasingly repressive conditions they face from Israeli occupiers? And how can we support them? 


Volume 13 Number 23

Democracy Hour Presents 2018 Election Analysis

Date: November 12, 2018               
Length:  53 minutes

The 2018 Election was one of the most pivotal mid-term elections in history. It flipped control of the House of Representatives, as well as which party controls the statehouse across dozens of U.S. states. Professor of History, Political Science and Sociology Merri Fefles and Political Science Professor Deron Schreck will analyze the 2018 Election and discuss the implications of the election results. This event is organized by the Democracy Commitment.


Volume 13 Number 22

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and the City of Chicago: Special Guest Dr. John Low

Date: November 8, 2018              
Length:  17 minutes

Dr. John Low  from the Ohio State University will be speaking about this book Imprints: the Potawatomi Indians & the City of Chicago (2016, Michigan State University Press). Dr. Low will examine the ways some Pokagon Potawatomi tribal members have maintained a distinct Native identity in Chicago, their rejection of assimilation and their desire for inclusion without forfeiting their "Indianness.” This event is part of our campus programming to commemorate the Illinois bicentennial. 


Volume 13 Number 21

My Culinary Journey: From a Truffle to a Teacher  (TLC video)

Date: November 7, 2018             
Length:  17 minutes

Do you believe that one event, one person or one moment in your life change your life? Did you go to college for one major, yet found another passion in life that changed your journey? Rose Deneen shares her journey starting with the single chocolate truffle that changed her life. This one truffle led to her becoming a chef and eventually to a culinary teacher today.


Volume 13 Number 20

To Sikh Understanding: My Faith as a Sikh  (TLC video)

Date: November 7, 2018             
Length:  19 minutes

Sumeet Singh grew up the Northwest Suburbs of the Chicago land area.  He had a pretty normal childhood and grew up in a house filled with love, care, and an actual white picket fence.  He felt like everyone else except the fact that he looked different.  Sumeet shares his experience about embracing his Sikh identity and his unique perspective on life. 


Volume 13 Number 19

My Struggle to Feel Normal: How an Invisible Illness Forced Me to Take Charge of My Health (TLC video)

Date: November 7, 2018             
Length:  16 minutes

Amanda Sidorowicz never wanted to be a burden to her family, friends, and coworkers, so she hid her health struggles for years. It wasn’t until she hit a breaking point in 2017 when she decided to put her health first and seek answers to her medical mystery. In this talk, Amanda will discuss her struggle to feel normal, including coming to terms with the symptoms of the autoimmune disease Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, her breaking point, and how she's feeling today.


Volume 13 Number 18

Engineering a Super X-ray Strobe Light for Science

Date: November 6, 2018            
Length:  46 minutes

If you have had a medical or dental X-ray, you know they are good at penetrating objects. Now imagine making those X-rays more intense by a billion times a billion and focusing them down to a size smaller than the point of a pin. What science could you do? Learn about the engineering involved in building large X-ray microscopes at Argonne National Laboratory. These football-field length instruments harness intense X-rays for use by every scientific discipline. Find out forefront examples of the resulting X-ray imaging created from STEM fields as diverse as entomology, medicine, biology, energy, environmental science, physics, materials chemistry and geology. This talk is part of our STEM Lecture Series. 


Volume 13 Number 17

Energy for a Sustainable Future: What is it? How do we make it happen?

Date: November 1, 2018           
Length:  53 minutes

Energy is a multidisciplinary subject touching each of our daily lives, yet its governing concepts remain abstract to most.  This presentation will promote energy literacy to a wide audience. We will discuss the credibility of information about energy and communicate about energy and energy use in meaningful ways. This knowledge will allow us to make informed decisions based on an understanding of impacts and consequences. This will provide the audience a greater understanding why we need to thoroughly understand our current energy systems to cope with the sustainability issues we are facing. Dr. Jin Ho Jo is Associate Professor of Technology at Illinois State University, teaching in the Renewable Energy program. This event is organized by the MVCC Center for Sustainability. 


Volume 13 Number 16

Improving Energy Materials Using Quantum Physics and Machine Learning

Date: October 18, 2018          
Length:  50 minutes

Materials are useful – they store energy for cell phones and electric cars, turn sunlight into electricity, and track your movements while you exercise. How do scientists understand and improve materials at the level of atoms? And what does machine learning and quantum physics have to do with all of this? Maria Chan, a scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, will explain the state of the art of materials discovery and improvement. This event is part of our STEM lecture series.


Volume 13 Number 15

Life & Education in the Netherlands

Date: October 17, 2018          
Length:  50 minutes

Dutch faculty members who are part of the CCID exchange partners discuss Dutch society and working in Dutch higher education. Speaker Ingrid Koers is from Gorinchem, Netherlands which is about one hour outside of Amsterdam and teaches health care professionals at Da Vinci College in Dordrecht.  Speaker Herman Hofmeije is from Leusden, Netherlands which is about 40 minutes from Amsterdam.  He teaches math and calculus at ROC Midden Nederland located in Utrecht.


Volume 13 Number 14

Me or We:  A Panel Discussion on the Responsibilities Individuals have to Society and Others

Date: October 12, 2018          
Length:  66 minutes

Joined by Psychology Professor Dr. Amy Williamson and Sociology Professor Dr. Jeffrey McCully we will consider questions such as: Do individuals have responsibilities to society? If so, what are they? If not, what is the role of individuals in a society? What responsibilities do heroes and leaders have to society? Are individuals becoming increasingly egocentric, and if so, what are the implications of this? What is the social contract that we hold with each other? This event is a collaboration between One Book One College  and the Democracy Commitment.


Volume 13 Number 13

200 Years of Illinois History in 75 Minutes

Date: October 9, 2018         
Length:  73 minutes

Honest Abe, Prairie settlement, steel plows, Jane Adams, the blues, urbanization, labor riots, the Black Hawk War, protests, railroads, Barack Obama, and more! Faculty members discuss the history of Illinois to commemorate the Illinois bicentennial and sponsored by the Democracy Commitment.


Volume 13 Number 12

Ms. Marvel, Meaning & Modern Storytelling : A Faculty and Student Panel 

Date: September 27, 2018        
Length:  54 minutes

In preparation visit of author G. Willow Wilson, faculty and students will the significance of the award winning comic Ms. Marvel, which is the 2018-2019 One Book selection. This event is part of the  One Book, One College program on Ms. Marvel and the Graphic Novel Symposium.


Volume 13 Number 11

Iva-Marie Palmer & Marta Kissi: Their Partnership as Writer and Illustrator

Date: September 27, 2018        
Length:  66 minutes

Iva-Marie Palmer, author of the Gabby Garcia's Ultimate Playbook series, will talk about writing middle-grade novels with a graphic component. Attendees will hear about how this process differs from the typical novel, as well as the nuts and bolts of working with an illustrator. The illustrator of Gabby Garcia's Ultimate Playbook, Marta Kissi, will join via Skype to talk about her side of the story. This event is part of the One Book, One College program on Ms. Marvel and the Graphic Novel Symposium.


Volume 13 Number 10

The Magnificent: The Creative Journey of Comics 

Date: September 27, 2018       
Length:  50 minutes

Writer for the graphic novel The Magnificent share their collaborative process and talk about their production process.  This event is part of the One Book, One College program on Ms. Marvel and the Graphic Novel Symposium.


Volume 13 Number 09

What's Next for Illinois? Special Guest Senator Bill Cunningham

Date: September 25, 2018     
Length:  48 minutes

Moraine Valley is honored to host State Senator Bill Cunningham. Cunningham represents several communities in the Moraine Valley District. He has been a Senator for the past 5 years and was previously a member of the Illinois House of Representatives from 2011-2013. Senator Cunningham will talk about his legislative experience in Illinois and some of the opportunities and challenges he envisions for our state in the future such as Illinois budget issues,  higher education funding, and the state's economy. The event is part of our campus programming to commemorate the Illinois bicentennial and sponsored by the Democracy Commitment.


Volume 13 Number 08

Conflict, Assassination, & Assimilation on the Prairie: Nauvoo & Bishop Hill in Illinois History

Date: September 19, 2018    
Length:  48 minutes

The stories of Navoo & Bishop Hill both focus on religious settlements that struggled for survival. Both of these colonies flourished and also faced disaster. But, for all of the ways that their stories are similar, their outcomes couldn’t be more different. Learn about Illinois’ prairie life and the challenge of identity and Americanization in the mid-1800s. The event is part of our campus programming to commemorate the Illinois bicentennial.  three-fold benefit by improving energy conservation and systems performance,


Volume 13 Number 07

Materials Tribology featuring Kaylan Mutyala

Date: September 11, 2018   
Length:  58 minutes

Great strides made in the last 50 years in tribology research helped us conserve energy more efficiently and effectively. Learn more about tribology, future direction of the research, and how it can yield three-fold benefit by improving energy conservation and systems performance, increasing the lifetime of the components, thereby reducing downtime, and replacing the use of oils and greases, thereby reducing hazardous waste and greenhouse gas emissions into the environment. This event is part of the STEM Lecture Series.


Volume 13 Number 06

The Early Days of Hollywood and the Women Who Built It

Date: August 22, 2018  
Length:  13 minutes

Two MVCC librarians have a lively discussion on the bestselling novel, The Girls in the Picture.  Listen to their description of the early days of Hollywood and the women who played an enormous role in this fledgling industry.


Volume 13 Number 05

Illinois Bicentennial Special Events 

Date: July 11, 2018 
Length:  6 minutes

We are excited to be part of Illinois' bicentennial celebration. This discussion with Jessica Crotty, MVCC's Bicentennial Event Planning Committee, outlines the special events coming in the fall semester. 



Volume 13 Number 04

The Mosaics Program, G. Willow Wilson, and Ms. Marvel

Date: July 11, 2018
Length:  13 minutes

Tommy Hensel, Director of the Fine and Performing Arts Center, discusses the program Mosaics: Muslim Voices in America. He discuses previous and upcoming programming with a special emphasis on    This is part of our One Book programming and our Graphic Novel Symposium


Volume 13 Number 03

The Identities of Ms. Marvel

Date: June 27, 2018
Length: 19 minutes

Sundus Madi-McCarthy and Nina Shoman-Dajani club advisers for the Arab Student Union and the Muslim Student Association discuss G. Willow Wilson's graphic novel Ms. Marvel and the ways that it presents main character Kamala Khan's identity as a Muslim woman superhero. This is part of our One Book programming and our Graphic Novel Symposium


Volume 13 Number 02

Why Study Pop Culture? 

Date: June 26, 2018
Length: 7 minutes

Faculty member Carey Millsap-Spears discusses the importance of studying popular culture in preparation for the upcoming One Book program on the graphic novel Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona. This is part of our One Book programming and our Graphic Novel Symposium


Volume 13 Number 01

Ms. Marvel Review, One Book 2018-2019

Date: June 26, 2018
Length: 5 minutes

Librarians Tish and Troy give a brief overview of Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona, which is the 2018-2019 One Book text. They also discuss the program themes. This program will run from September 208 to May of 2019. This is part of our One Book programmingand our Graphic Novel Symposium