Special Lecture: Sustainability Is Good Business (in U Building)

November 20th, 2014

Here’s a special shout out to the Business, Finance, and Entrepreneur Club. They are hosting a special lecture in the U Building (U111). Even though this is not in the library, it looks cool, and we wanted to help spread the word. Here are the details:

Sustainability is Good Business
A special lecture by Stephenie Presseller, General Manager of the MVCC Center of Sustainability
December 3rd, from 3pm to 4pm.
U111

How did the Great War Shape the 20th Century? A Faculty Panel Discussion (online video)

November 19th, 2014

We 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.

How did the Great War Shape the 20th Century? A Faculty Panel Discussion

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Not Quite White: U.S. Census Race Classification and Arab-Americans (online video)

November 19th, 2014

How many Arab-Americans live in the United States? This question cannot be answered accurately because there is no federal survey that counts all Arab-Americans. According the U.S. Census, people of Arab descent are classified as “White”…yet many Arab-Americans would consider themselves “not quite White”. Nina Shoman-Dajani will discuss the diversity that exists within the Arab-American community while providing a bit of the history of Arab-Americans in the U.S.—including their early “fight to be white” in order to gain U.S. citizenship and the current struggle of Arab-Americans to be recognized with their own category on the U.S. Census. This event is part of our TLC: Teaching & Learning Community Event.

Not Quite White: U.S. Census Race Classification and Arab-Americans

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James Baldwin, French Food, Arab Spring, GASP!, and Domestic Violence

November 17th, 2014

We are excited to announce our Spring 2015 schedule of events. Please note that these events will NOT be held in the library due to our remodeling project. These events will be held in Building F or Building M.

The Arab Spring: Successes and Failures featuring University of Michigan’s Atef Said
Thursday, February 12th, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Oremus Theater, Building F
We welcome University of Michigan sociologist Atef Said for this special lecture. Atef Said has worked as a human rights attorney and has authored books on torture in Egypt. He is currently studying the Egyptian revolution of 2011. This event is organized by Moraine Valley’s Global and Diversity Education.

Writing for a Change: James Baldwin and the 1960s featuring speical guest John D’Emilio
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., Library
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)
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.

GASP! A Discussion by Gender and Sexual Minority Students
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
April 16th, 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm, Location TBA
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.

Numbers Push Food and Drink Choices (online video)

November 17th, 2014

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.

Numbers Push Food and Drink Choice

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Am I Paranoid? Buying A Home While Black (online video)

November 14th, 2014

Buying a house is stressful enough, but buying a house when black adds more complexity. Delwyn Jones offers a bold but self-reflective performance piece on race and socio-economic status in suburban America. He explores the difficult and sometimes unexpected ways that history influences the present. This talk is part of our TLC: Teaching & Learning Community Event.

Am I Paranoid? Buying A Home While Black

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Terribly Toxic to Terrifically Tranquil (online video)

November 14th, 2014

The American Holistic Nurses’ Association defines Holistic nursing as “all nursing practice that has healing the whole person as its goal”. As a psychiatric nurse, Maryan Jatczak has always felt her patient care met this standard. However, when she started her formal training in Holistic nursing, she was shocked to find that she wasn’t applying this practice to her own life. Come to hear about Maryan’s personal journey. This talk is part of our TLC: Teaching & Learning Community Event.

Terribly Toxic to Terrifically Tranquil

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Plato’s Cave and Moraine’s Core Values (online video)

November 14th, 2014

The Allegory of the Cave is one of the most recognizable, celebrated, and influential passages in Plato’s Republic. It has been read and pondered by uncounted numbers of people for thousands of years. Jeff Christ discusses this passage and draws some philosophical lessons from it, finding interesting connections to Moraine Valley’s Core Values. This talk is part of our TLC: Teaching & Learning Community Event.

Plato’s Cave and Moraine’s Core Values

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“To Thine Own Self Be True”: Stories from a Life of Perpetual Wanderlust (online video)

November 14th, 2014

The need to belong and to be thought of as “normal” can be a powerful, pervasive force. But what happens when you feel as though, no matter what you try, you never truly fit in anywhere? Tommy Hensel shares stories of his life of perpetual wanderlust and serial “non-belonging.” He explores the idea that the quest for new experiences can be a valid and empowering life journey despite social pressure to settle down, belong, and fit in. This talk is part of our TLC: Teaching & Learning Community Event.

“To Thine Own Self Be True”: Stories from a Life of Perpetual Wanderlust

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More Room to the Pie. . . Living Life Beyond Slices (online video)

November 14th, 2014

The value of life is more than the sum total of things. Have you ever had an “aha moment”? Oprah calls the “aha moment” the connect-the-dot moment, “when everything suddenly—somehow changes.” Come with Jermaine Ford on a journey of discovering that “aha moment.” During this journey Jermaine discovered his inner voice and wrote his first book, “More Room to the Pie. . . Living Life Beyond Slices.” Hear how this book, scheduled to be released in 2015, changed his life forever. It might make you cry. It might make you laugh. It might even make you get up and shout hallelujah! Let’s journey together on the track called life to discover how writing this book changed his life forever. This talk is part of our TLC: Teaching & Learning Community Event.

“More Room to the Pie. . . Living Life Beyond Slices”

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