Today we are sad to bid farewell to one of our awesome catalogers, Tessie! We have been happy to call her our friend and colleague. Tessie started as a practicum student as a graduate student. After she finished her degree, she came on as a cataloger who has classified hundreds of books, DVDs, music, and electronic resources.
It is a sad but also exciting day! Today we bid farewell to Liz Garcia, who has been a librarian at MVCC for almost eight years. We are excited that Liz is moving on to the next phase of her career, but we will definitely miss her. She has taught many classes, worked days and nights, and been part of our library through many changes. Thanks, Liz!
Happy Ramadan to our students, faculty, staff, and community members who celebrate this holiday!
If you are not familiar familiar with Ramadan, check out this post: Ramadan 2015: Facts, History, Dates, Greeting And Rules About The Muslim Fast.
We are excited to announce our fall 2015 event schedule. The Library is partnering with the MVCC Democracy Commitment for the Celebrating Latino Americans program. Additionally, we will be workign with the Green Hills Public Library and Blue Island Public Library to host events. For more information, visit out website.
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.
Films Showing: Prejudice and Pride (Latino Americans Episode 5, 1965-1980)
Oct 8, 9:30 am, Building L, Library Lounge
Viewing of the PBS Documentary Latino Americans. In the 1960s and 1970s a generation of Mexican Americans, frustrated by persistent discrimination and poverty, find a new way forward, through social action and the building of a new “Chicano” identity. The movement is ignited when farm workers in the fields of California, led by César Chavez and Dolores Huerta, march on Sacramento for equal pay and humane working conditions. This event is part of the Celebrating Latino Americans programming.
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.
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/
Film Showing: Peril and Promise (Latino Americans Episode 6, 1980-2000)
Nov 10, 9:30, Building L, Library Lounge
Viewing of the PBS Documentary Latino Americans. Is a new Latino world being created here as the Latino population and influence continues to grow? Alternatively, will Latinos in America eventually assimilate into invisibility, as other groups have done so many times? Latinos present a challenge and an opportunity for the United States. A conversation about the film with special guest Maria Luna-Duarte will take place following the film. This event is part of the Celebrating Latino Americans programming.
Discussion led by special guest Maria Luna-Duarte from NEIU
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.
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.
The library’s podcasts have merged into a single, awesome podcast. This includes audio from events and discussions with faculty and staff. The podcasts focuses on a range of topics surrounding our curriculum, the college, and larger community. This new podcast feed includes content from 2006 to the present. You can link directly to the podcast in iTunes here.
Happy Memorial Day!
We say thanks to all who served and remember those who did not come home.
In honor of this holiday, we are closed today. We will be open tomorrow at 7am.
We are saddened to say farewell to Elena Maans who worked her last day as one of our librarians today! She will be taking an awesome job at a library in Yakima, Washington among the mountains and vineyards of the Northwest. We are very excited for her, and we are grateful for her work and friendship. She has had been a great librarian who diligently served our students.
Marea Kahn (left) and Elena Maans (right)
Khentul Rinpoche of the Drepung Loseling Monastery discusses the meaning of the sand mandala in Tibetan Buddhism. This event was supported by the MVCC Fine and Performing Arts Center as a part of Mystical Arts of Tibet performance and residency.
The audio of this event is available below:
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.
The audio of this event is available below:
Remembering the T in LGBT: Creating Transgender Awareness
Tuesday, April 28, 11am-12:15 in Building M. Moraine Room 3. Presentation by Kelly George, LCPC, psychotherapist at Live Oak in Chicago.
Topics will include:
- understanding of the vocabulary and terms
- understanding gender identity
- issues facing trans-identified individuals