Disco Demolition Exhibit

This is part three in the series of things to do in Chicago this summer.

In the exhibit “Disco Demolition: The Night Disco Died,” the Elmhurst History Museum has gathered memorabilia from an infamous July 1979 event during a doubleheader at Comiskey Park in Chicago. That day, radio station WLUP sponsored a promotion featuring DJ Steve Dahl, and anyone who brought a disco album to the park got in for 98 cents. The plan was to blow up the disco albums on the field after the first game. The albums were blown up, and then thousands of fans went out on the field and would not leave until the police showed up. The Sox had to forfeit the second game because of the condition of the field.

The book from 2016 about the historic night is available in the library. The Elmhurst History Museum is at 120 E. Park Avenue in Elmhurst. www.elmhursthistory.org

Ask the FCC to Support Net Neutrality

Libraries across US are speaking up today in support of Net Neutrality. The FCC is moving to create a two-tiered system (fast lane vs slow lane) on the Internet. For decades, libraries and librarians have stood up for privacy and fairness in accessing information. You can contact the FCC and lawmakers here: Battle for the Net.

This impacts all of us and will have implications for Moraine Valley students who may not have access to technology at home or who cannot pay additional money to access the fast lane. This is an important issue, and we should take note.

What is net neutrality?
“Net neutrality is the principle that Internet providers like Comcast & Verizon should not control what we see and do online. In 2015, startups, Internet freedom groups, and 3.7 million commenters won strong net neutrality rules from the US Federal Communication Commission (FCC). The rules prohibit Internet providers from blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization—”fast lanes” for sites that pay, and slow lanes for everyone else” (from Battle for the Net website).

Here are a couple of videos that explain the issue:

Why Net Neutrality Makes the Internet Great

Net Neutrality: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (from 2014, for mature viewers)

Here Comes the Eclipse

 

On August 21, 2017, the United States will experience a solar eclipse. This solar event will range from a partial eclipse (Chicago) to a total eclipse (Carbondale, IL).  One of our Summer in the City museums to visit in anticipation of this eclipse is the Alder Planetarium.  The museum is planning numerous events to celebrate the fact that it has been 92 years since Chicago has experienced this scientific phenomenon.

Check out the NASA site and Dyer Observatory (Vanderbilt  University) for more information.

 

COMPLETE: Wednesday, 7/5, 3PM: Library System Down for Scheduled Maintenance

Update: The system upgrade has been completed!

Thank you for your patience and have a great day!

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Access to the library’s resources, including the catalog and subscription research databases will be down for a couple of hours on Wednesday, July 5th beginning at 3PM so we can perform a needed system update.  Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you need any assistance, please Ask a Librarian!

Thanks!

Summer in the City – Art Museums

This is part two  of a series of blogs that center around places to visit and things to do in Chicago this summer.

Add the Art Institute of Chicago to your list of must see Chicago sights. Current exhibitions include Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist and Along the Lines: Selected Drawings by Saul Steinberg.

You might want to include the Museum of Contemporary Art if you want to include a museum that emphasizes contemporary works of art.

There is a student discount at both museums.

Don’t forget to use the MVCC library for additional information on your favorite artist or art history.

 

Hamilton: Social Justice Lessons from Critical Race Theory

We were honored to welcome Dr. Tony Dunbar this past February to offer perspectives on the musical Hamilton as part of our One Book program. Now, Dr. Dunbar has transformed his talk into a series of videos to share.

Event description: Using Critical Race Theory (CRT) as a lens and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton as the context, we can begin to understand the importance and impact of Social Justice. The success of Hamilton as performance art, popular culture phenomenon, as well as a successful business franchise lends opportunity to identify, discuss, and perhaps even embrace the spirit of Diverse forms of expression along with better utilizing the cultural, political, and economic benefits of more Inclusive practices.This talk was given as part of our One Book program on the musical Hamilton.

Hamilton: Social Justice Lessons from Critical Race Theory (Part 1 of 3)

Hamilton: Social Justice Lessons from Critical Race Theory (Part 2 of 3)

Hamilton: Social Justice Lessons from Critical Race Theory (Part 3 of 3)

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Services

Our 2017-2018 One Book Program focuses on the book We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out by Annie E. Clark & Andrea L. Pino. As are preparing for our fall program of events, we have updated the resources page on the One Book website.

We have added sexual assault and domestic violence services on campus and off campus. One of our goals of the One Book program is to make students, faculty, and staff aware of these services so that anyone who needs them can access them.

Fall 2017: Comics, Fandom, and Dungeons and Dragons #comicsculture

We are excited to announce our schedule for the 2017 Graphic Novel Symposium. This is a fun event which is free and open to the public. In addition to the talks listed below, we will have local artists and comic shops selling books, manga, games, toys, and more. Something for everyone!

Talking About Things We Love: Finding Community in Fandom
Wednesday, Sept 27, 1pm – 1:50pm, Library Lounge Building L
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.

Featured Event: Artist & Writer Dan Dougherty Shares His Creative Process
Thursday, Sept 28, 9:30pm-10:45pm, Library Lounge, Building L
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.

Dungeons and Dragons: The Game, the Myth the Legend
Thursday, Sept 28, 12:30pm-1:30pm, Library Lounge, Building L
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. Questions welcome!

“Turning life into a game”

The MVCC library is promoting board games this week.  There are various games in the display cases and they all have different game pieces, number of players, goals, etc.  But they all have one thing in common: human interaction.  I may not have noticed this particular exhibit had I not just read an article on “gamification.”  The board game with those colorful, old-fashioned game boxes are the polar opposite of the games that are described in the article.

Read this article on how “marketers are trying to make life easier by borrowing techniques from the gaming industry.” It is a fascinating theory and it will certainly make you ponder the pros and cons of the gamification saturation in our world. Check out the links in the article. The MVCC library owns one of the books mentioned: Irresistible. Why not check out the list of board games that are located in the MVCC catalog.

Moraine Valley Support Services for Sexual Assault Victims

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 onebook.morainevalley.edu.

Moraine Valley Support and Services for Sexual Assault Victims

The audio of this discussion is available below: