MVCC Library Podcast


Volume 15 Number 11

The Bubonic Plague: The Ultimate Pandemic

Date: December 4, 2020          
Length: 28 minutes

History faculty member Jim McIntyre provides an overview of the history of one of the most deadly pandemics in history, the bubonic plague or the black death. This discussion reviews key outbreaks and the impacts they had in history. This is set in light of the current, Covid-19 pandemic.


Volume 15 Number 10

Eve Ewing’s 1919: A Critical Conversation with Dr. Janice Tuck Lively

Date: November 20, 2020         
Length: 58 minutes

A discussion on Eve Ewing's poetry in her book "1919." In this
interview, MVCC Counselor Shanya Gray interviews Dr. Janice Tuck Lively
of Professor of English at Elmhurst College and author of fiction and
non-fiction. This talk is part of our One Book, One College program on
Ewing's 1919.  


Volume 15 Number 09

2020 Post-Election Panel

Date: November 10, 2020         
Length: 76 minutes

Political Science professors Merri Fefles-Dunkle and Kevin Navratil discuss the results from the 2020 Presidential, House, Senate, and Graduated Income Tax Amendment.


Volume 15 Number 08

2020 Pre-Election Panel

Date: October 27, 2020         
Length: 87 minutes

Political Science professors Merri Fefles-Dunkle, Dr. Deron Schreck, and
Kevin Navratil will discuss the 2020 Presidential, House, Senate, and
Graduated Income Tax Amendment.


Volume 15 Number 07

The Electoral College: How does it work and should it be updated?

Date: October 20, 2020         
Length: 75 minutes

Political Science professor Kevin Navratil will discuss why the Electoral College was created, the process of electing the president, and benefits and drawbacks of this electoral system versus electing the president by a nationwide popular vote. This event is organized by the MVCC Democracy Commitment. 


Volume 15 Number 06

Ironheart, Champions, and Ms. Marvel: Eve Ewing's Comics

Date: September 30, 2020        
Length: 43 minutes

In addition to being a sociologist and poet, Eve Ewing also writes for Marvel comics. CBR calls Ewing's Ironheart "a breath of fresh air", and The Mary Sue celebrates Ewing's development of Riri Williams: "We get to really see the psychological weight of what it means to be young, gifted, and black". This discussion will dig into Ewing's impact on the Marvel universe.



Volume 15 Number 05

History, Epidemics, and How Governments Respond

Date: September 16, 2020        
Length: 45 minutes

With concern over the Covid-19 Pandemic dominating all aspects of society, join political science and history faculty members Kevin Navratil, Jim McIntyre and Josh Fulton for a discussion of how the United States has grappled with disease outbreaks in the past.  From Yellow Fever to Spanish Flu, come understand how Americans coped and how governments sought to combat the threats of disease. 



Volume 15 Number 04

Poetry as the Voice of Experience: A Discussion of Eve Ewing's 1919

Date: September 10, 2020       
Length: 45 minutes

Literature faculty discuss poems in Eve Ewing’s book 1919. This discussion will explore history through the lens of poetry while connecting Ewing’s works to other historic and contemporary poets and artists.This event is part of our One Book, One College Program.


Volume 15 Number 03

Radically Unchanged: Reading Eve Eweing's 1919

Date: September 3, 2020      
Length: 35 minutes

Faculty and staff were invited to record their reactions to Eve Ewing's book 1919. Thanks to Dewitt Scott, Amani Wazwaz, Merrie Fefles, and Shanya Gray for offering this thoughts on 1919. 


Volume 15 Number 02

Race, Protest, and the History of Street Violence in Chicago: A Faculty Panel

Date: August 28, 2020      
Length: 43 minutes

History faculty explore the historic context of Eve Ewing’s book 1919. They will look at the early 20th Century but also connect Ewing’s work to broader Chicago & US history. This event is part of our One Book, One College Program.


Volume 15 Number 01

Racial Health Disparities: Equity in Light of COCID-19

Date: July 21, 2020    
Length: 43 minutes

Health science, psychology, and history faculty will discuss the racial health disparities and inequities that the Covid-19 pandemic has revealed. They will discuss access to healthcare, culturally appropriate healthcare and the legacies of the past that still impact community health today.  This event is part of our One Book, One College Program.


Volume 14 Number 36

Our Shared Shelf: Episode 1, Dinner and a Movie

Date: May 11, 2020   
Length: 4 minutes

Librarians Sharon and Hannah recommend items from the MVCC Library digital collections! In this episode we talk about:

  1. "Dinner for everyone : 100 iconic dishes made 3 ways-- easy, vegan, or perfect for company by Mark Bittman (https://encore.morainevalley.edu/iii/...)
  2. "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" directed by Taika Waititi (https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/1...
  3. "Dark Waters" directed by Todd Haynes (https://encore.morainevalley.edu/iii/...)

Volume 14 Number 35

Self Care During Social Isolation Part 2: Mental Illness, Suicide Prevention, and  Domestic Violence

Date: April 24, 2020  
Length: 60 minutes

Librarians host a discussion with MVCC Counselors about staying mentally healthy during this time of social isolation. This is part 2 of the discussion which focuses on Mental Illness, Suicide Prevention, and Domestic Violence.


Volume 14 Number 34

Self Care During Social Isolation Part 1

Date: April 1, 2020 
Length: 45 minutes

Librarians host a discussion with MVCC Counselors about staying mentally healthy during this time of social isolation. The Counselors offer tips and insight for keeping focus, managing time, and dealing with the lack of social contact.