Are you looking for something exciting to read over the semester break? You may want to add the new sci-fi novel “Artemis” to your reading list. The book will be added to the MVCC collection soon. The author, Andy Weir, also wrote “The Martian” which was made into a movie starring Matt Damon. Weir wants his novels to be believable, so the author admits that he “did tons and tons of Google searches” to build his moon city and develop the plot for his new novel.
Here are some sites that will help you understand some of the scientific concepts that he explores. Some of the other links discuss the author and his writing process.
Economics of space travel
Building a lunar civilization
Home on the moon
This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Martin Luther, a German monk, felt that numerous practices within the Catholic church needed to be changed. His challenge to Catholicism set off a firestorm of protest, death and eventually reform within the Catholic church.
It is interesting to ponder the role that technology played in this movement. “As with the Internet centuries later,the printing press showed how a new information technology could change the world.” Martin Luther’s ideas spread like wildfire.
Going viral may sound like a modern phenomenon but the printing press and the internet have more in common than most of us think.
For more information on The Protestant Reformation check out the MVCC catalog. Or you might be interested in how technology has influenced history.
How did the world run so smoothly before the age of Ask Jeeves, Google, email, text and other electronic assistance? The internet celebrates its 27th birthday on December 20th.
Happy Birthday to one of the most profound inventions in the history of the world!
Also, here is a timeline
of the birth and growth of the www (world wide web).
On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched the first artificial Earth satellite. That year, the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union commenced.
In 2011, President Obama stated the following in his State of the Union address: “Half a century ago, when the Soviets beat us into space with the launch of a satellite called Sputnik, we had no idea how we would beat them to the moon. The science wasn’t even there yet. NASA didn’t exist. But after investing in better research and education, we didn’t just surpass the Soviets; we unleashed a wave of innovation that created new industries and millions of new jobs.”
Explore the MVCC catalog
and our databases for information on this incredible event in history. Make sure you check out our historical newspapers
to get a real feel on how America reacted to Sputnik.
National Hispanic Heritage Month will run from September 15 to October 15. This month will honor “the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.”
The White House
Check out our catalog for material on Hispanic Americans.
You might also enjoy this PBS documentary on Latino Americans.
The solar eclipse was one of the most anticipated events of the summer. Millions of Americans were “hit” by solar fever. Perhaps the interest in the eclipse will transfer over to other scientific phenomena.
One of these phenomena, the Autumnal Equinox, will take place on September 22, 2017. It may not have the “once in a lifetime” hype that the eclipse did because it takes places every fall, but it is worth promoting an interest in science.
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.
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.
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.
This is part one of a series of blogs that center around places to visit and things to do in Chicago this summer.
The Tribune Tower, constructed in 1923-1925, is an iconic symbol of Chicago. It is less than 25 miles from the Moraine Valley Community College campus. The Tower is an architectural jewel filled with treasures from all over the world. The treasures include rocks from the Colosseum in Rome, the Giza pyramid, the Arc de Triumphe, Aztec Ruins and the Berlin Wall. These are just a few examples of historic rocks that are incorporated in the walls of this building.
Check out more information on the Tribune Tower and other great Chicago architecture from the MVCC catalog.