‘The right to be handsome’: Clothing for gender non-conforming people on the rise

July 29th, 2014

I wanted to share this video that touches on some of the topics that we will be examining for our One Book, One College program on Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin. This video touches on ideas of gender identity, how we represent ourselves, and how we understand ourselves.

From the PBS Newshour: Companies that offer custom-made clothing for transgender and gender non-conforming people are coming to the forefront, as more diverse models gain visibility in the fashion industry – and redefine the parameters of gender identity. Ivette Feliciano reports.
‘The right to be handsome’: Clothing for gender non-conforming people on the rise

Gaming in the Classroom

July 29th, 2014

We are excited for our gaming day that will be part of our Graphic Novel Symposium (September 18-19). This event will connect gaming and learning…and we hope it will be fun!

I wanted to send along a link to this post: ProfHacker: Gaming in the Classroom (A Game a Day at Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching).

This post would be especially useful for faculty who are thinking about using gaming as a way to engage their course content.

This Week’s Shakespeare Performance Featured in Tribune

July 28th, 2014

It was exciting to see Moraine Valley’s theater department get a write up on the Tribune’s site. This weekend (Thursday, July 31-Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014), MVCC’s theater department will perform William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure (free admission starting at 7pm at the Outdoors at the Gateway). Here’s the piece from the Tribune:

Tribune: Gender swaps allow for fresh look at play
Moraine Valley Community College’s Theater Department has students and others cross-dressing in the latest production of “Shakespeare Under the Stars.”

Starring a woman as a lord and a man as a nun, “Measure for Measure” will be staged outdoors Thursday through Saturdayfor the 11th anniversary of the series. Admission is free and attendees are invited to bring picnic dinners, blankets and lawn chairs.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. each night at the college, 9000 W. College Parkway in Palos Hills, near the Gateway Arch. Bathrooms and vending machines are located nearby inside the Fine and Performing Arts Center…(read entire story here)

Through the Years: MVCC’s 30th Anniversary Video (from 1997)

July 24th, 2014

Back in 1997, the college produced this video to commemorate MVCC’s 30th Anniversary. The library has been working to digitize the College Archives. We came across this video and thought we’d share. It is fun to hear the stories from the college’s founding.

Through the Years: Moraine Valley Faculty & Staff Look Back After 30th Anniversary

Quick Guide to Citing using MLA, APA, & CMS

July 24th, 2014

If you are looking for quick guidance on citing your sources using MLA, APA, or CMS, you may find this citation style chart from Purdue University’s OWL helpful. It offers an overview on citing various types of sources in a side-by-side format, allowing you to compare the ways in which each citation style differs.

Black Orpheus

July 23rd, 2014

Currently available at the library is the 1959 Portuguese language film Orfeu Negro, or Black Orpheus. The film was directed by Marcel Camus and re-imagines the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice.  In Greek mythology, Orpheus is the son of Apollo, “whose mellifluous singing voice transfixes those around him and who must travel to the land of the dead to reclaim his lover;” this film offers a modern rendition of the Greek myth and mostly takes place during carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

The film was the recipient of numerous awards, including an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film in 1960. Recently, Arcade Fire used scenes from the film in videos for songs from their latest album, Reflektor. One of the Arcade Fire videos that offers a view of Black Orpheus is Afterlife:



To read more about the story of Orpheus, check out our book Greek and Roman Mythology. If you are interested in learning more about Greek mythology, check out our collection of books on the topic.

Avoid Slow Mo Charging

July 17th, 2014

How many hours does it take to charge your iPad, iPhone or tablet? This article  explains how to increase the efficiency of your charge.

Also, don’t forget your friendly MVCC library has a charging station (located near the front door) for thirsty iPads or iPhones.


What Bigfoot Can Teach Us About Belief?

July 17th, 2014

Knowledge and belief are intertwined in surprising ways. Troy Swanson discusses how the mythic creature Bigfoot can teach us about knowledge and belief. This lecture was part of our TLC: Teaching & Learning Community event.

What Bigfoot Can Teach Us About Belief

Giving the IMF a Run for its Money

July 16th, 2014

Ever hear of the BRICS group of Nations? They are Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, and they have just established a development bank with billions of dollars to help these and other nations with their monetary issues. Read this article from the South China Morning Post.

Cooler Than Google Maps

July 10th, 2014

Travel in 2014 is fast and fairly safe.  Cheap prices can be found on the internet. Compare our mode of travel to the ancient Romans.  Walter Schneidel, a historian from Stanford University, “created the interactive ‘Orbis: The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World’ that lets you explore the Empire, and see how long it would have taken – and how much it would have cost – to travel the world in 200 CE. ”

Try out the interactive map