Author of “Hamilton: The Revolution” Jeremy McCarter to Speak at MVCC

We are very excited to share this announcement as part of our One Book, One College program on Hamilton.

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Moraine Valley hosting “Hamilton: The Revolution” co-author

Moraine Valley Community College will host Jeremy McCarter, co-author of “Hamilton: The Revolution,” Thursday, April 20 in the Dorothy Menker Theater, Fine Arts and Performing Center, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. The presentation will be from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

The book, co-written with Lin-Manuel Miranda, who created and starred in “Hamilton,” follows the musical’s development from a performance at the White House to its opening night on Broadway; and includes behind-the-scenes glimpses of the show.

“It is exciting to have Jeremy McCarter present to our college community,” said Dr. Walter Fronczek, Liberal Arts dean. “This talented writer, director and producer will give our students and staff an insight on the arts and how they play an active role in our society.”

McCarter’s presentation is part of Moraine Valley’s One Book, One College, a collaborative effort between the college’s Library and Bookstore started in 2004 to encourage reading and conversation. The college selected the musical “Hamilton” as its One Book text for the 2016-17 academic year.

“The faculty, staff and administration on this campus work every day to inspire our students in the same way “Hamilton” has inspired so many young people,” said Dr. Linda Brandt, a counselor, who helped to bring McCarter to campus. “The stories from this book will provide our students with a glimpse of their own strength and resilience and knowledge that together we can be a powerful force in creating a better, more just world.”

The event is made possible by Moraine Valley’s Liberal Arts and Student Engagement subdivisions, and the Library. For more information, call the Moraine Valley Box Office at (708) 974-5500.

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For news media inquiries, contact Jodi Marneris, Marketing and Communications, at (708) 974-5272 or marnerisj@morainevalley.edu.

Fake News, Journalism, and Media with the Chicago Tribune’s Margaret Holt

Margaret Holt, Standards Editor with the Chicago Tribune, discusses her career as a journalist and editor. She also discusses the impact of fake news and the state of journalism.

Fake News, Journalism, and Media with Margaret Holt from the Chicago Tribune

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Syrian Refugee Discussion

We were excited to host this discussion today about the causes of the Syrian refugee crisis and the needs of Syrian refugees in the United States. This event was organized by the MVCC Arab Student Union.

Syrian Refugee Discussion

The audio of this discussion is available below:

A Dakota Access Pipeline Primer

Activities that impact the environment usually require environmental impact statements.  They also, typically, require public participation.  Why didn’t this happen for DAPL (Dakota Access Pipeline)? Or did it?  Who are the DAPL stakeholders?  Why did the law fail the Standing Rock Indian Reservation?  What is it like living in the protest camp?  Why should this matter to everyone in Illinois? Learn what you can do to protect your water supply.  Water is Life!  Join our panel for a look at the DAPL timeline, one Native American’s view, and the personal experiences of a local Water Warrior at Standing Rock.

A Dakota Access Pipeline Primer

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Dakota Access Pipeline Talk on March 21st

Don’t miss this upcoming event:

A DAPL Primer: Pipeline Law, Water Warriors and the Standing Rock Movement
Tuesday, March 21st from 12:30 to 1:45 pm in the Library lounge
Activities that impact the environment usually require environmental impact statements. They also, typically, require public participation. Why didn’t this happen for DAPL (Dakota Access Pipeline)? Or did it? Who are the DAPL stakeholders? Why did the law fail the Standing Rock Indian Reservation? What is it like living in the protest camp? Why should this matter to everyone in Illinois? Learn what you can do to protect your water supply. Water is Life! Join our panel for a look at the DAPL timeline, one Native American’s view, and the personal experiences of a local Water Warrior at Standing Rock.

Panel:
Dawn Wrobel, MVCC Adjunct Faculty, Geography, former Public Participation Coordinator for the Illinois EPA
Joseph Standing Bear Schranz (Ojibwe), President of Midwest SOARRING Foundation and former MVCC student
Jann Mahaffey, nurse, district resident and Water Warrior who has participated in the protests at Standing Rock

#TryPod: The Podcasts We Love

Our Librarians love podcasts, and we are joining the #TryPod effort to promote podcasts during the month of March 2017.

 

Don’t miss the Library’s two podcasts:

  1. The MVCC Library Podcast: Audio from library events and discussions with faculty.
  2. The Moraine Valley Broadcasting Channel: Student-created podcasts on a range of topics.

Here are some recommended podcasts from our Librarians

Sharon Byerly

  1. Filmspotting: Reviews of films and interviews with actors and others.
  2. Chewing: Discussions of food and health.
  3. Sound Opinions: Great music reviews and interviews.

Tony Dunbar

  1. CodeSwitch: Discussions about race, ethnicity, and culture and how they play out in the real world.
  2. Counter Stories: Discussions of culture, race, identity.

Terra Jacobson

  1. Women of the Hour: Lena Dunham talks about a range of topics aimed at women but definitely open for everyone.
  2. Radio Lab: Award winning show about curiosity and ideas.
  3. Dear Sugar: Honest advice on love, relationships, and all kinds of other stuff.

Tish Hayes

  1. CodeSwitch: Discussions about race, ethnicity, and culture and how they play out in the real world.
  2. Myths and Legends: Ever wonder where popular fairy tales come from? This podcast explores the bizarre and crazy origins of these stories.
  3. Invisibilia: About the invisible forces that control human behavior.

Barb Keleher

  1. Serious Eats/Special Sauce: Interviews with chefs and others about food.
  2. Stuff You Missed in History: Fills in the historic gaps.
  3. Maltin on Movies: Discussion of great films (many you haven’t heard of).
  4. Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History: This ain’t no joke! Serious history.
  5. You Must Remember This: History about the forgotten history of Hollywood.

Marie Martino

  1. Nerdette: Interviews with artists, authors, and others about nerdy stuff.
  2. Serial: Listen to a story unfold as the investigators follow the info.
  3. Bad at Sports: Interviews, discussions, and other stuff. Sorta art. Sorta journalism.

Troy Swanson

  1. FiveThirtyEight Podcasts: 538 focuses on using data to understand our world. They analyze politics, sports, and other stuff with numbers.
  2. Nerdist Podcast: Chris Hardwick interviews actors, writers, directors, musicians and tons of other people.
  3. iFanboy: The leading comic book podcast. These guys are funny.
  4. History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps: A full history of Western philosophy starting with the ancient Greeks and moving forward.
  5. I was There Too: Each week Matt Gourley interviews someone who was in the background of a famous movie.

Rebecca Tull

  1. New York Times Book Review: The most well-known book review source.
  2. Guardian Books Podcast: Books with an international flair.
  3. Slate’s Podcasts: Smart and timely topics from Culture Gabfest, DoubleX Gabfest, etc.
  4. The Axe Files: David Axelrod out of U of Chicago’s Institute of Politics talks with political leaders and thinkers.

If you are interested in listening to podcasts but are not sure how, check out this article from Digital Trends.

Rise Up! #WomensMarch Start a Movement #IWD2017

We were happy to host this discussion today in honor of #IWD2017 & #InternationalWomensDay.

Moraine Valley faculty and staff who attended the Women’s March in Chicago discuss their experiences and reasons for marching. Learn about the history of women marching for their rights from Merri Fefles, associate professor of History and Political Science; gain an understanding of how the Women’s March became a platform for many issues from Sustainability manager Stephenie Presseller; and see the march through the photo lens of Maura Vizza, communications specialist in Marketing and Communications. This event is part of the Women’s History Month programming.

Rise Up! Women’s Marches Start a Movement (video)

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Women’s March, Dakota Pipeline, Syrian-American Issues, American Revolution

The Library’s March 2017 public event line up is great! We have topics for everyone. Check them out!
All are free and open to the public.

Rise Up! Women’s Marches Start a Movement
Wednesday, March 8, 11 a.m., Library Lounge, Building L
Moraine Valley faculty and staff who attended the Women’s March in Chicago will discuss their experiences and reasons for marching. Learn about the history of women marching for their rights from Merri Fefles, associate professor of History and Political Science; gain an understanding of how the Women’s March became a platform for many issues from Sustainability manager Stephenie Presseller; and see the march through the photo lens of Maura Vizza, communications specialist in Marketing and Communications.

A Dakota Access Pipeline Primer: Pipeline Law, Water Warriors and the Standing Rock Movement
Tuesday, March 21st, 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m., Library Lounge, Building L
Activities that impact the environment usually require environmental impact statements. They also, typically, require public participation. Why didn’t this happen for DAPL (Dakota Access Pipeline)? Or did it? Who are the DAPL stakeholders? Why did the law fail the Standing Rock Indian Reservation? What is it like living in the protest camp? Why should this matter to everyone in Illinois? Learn what you can do to protect your water supply. Water is Life! Join our panel for a look at the DAPL timeline, one Native American’s view, and the personal experiences of a local Water Warrior at Standing Rock.

Special Guest: Suzanne Akhras Sahloul founder of the Syrian Community Network
Wednesday, March 22nd, 12 p.m.- 2:30 p.m., Library Lounge, Building L
Suzanne Akhras Sahloul is the founder and Executive Director of the Syrian Community Network, a refugee support network, which promotes the spirit of community, family and Syrian culture. Suzanne is also the founder of the Syrian American Medical Society’s Midwest Foundation serving as its President from 2004-2006 and as SAMS National Foundation President from 2005-2007. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of Illinois and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Lewis University. Suzanne is currently pursuing a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership at the Kellogg School of Management. This event is organized by the Arab Student Union.

Forgotten History: Myths & Oddities of the American Revolution
Tuesday, March 28th, 12:30pm-1:45pm, Library Lounge, Building L
As a part of the college’s year-long engagement with Hamilton, Moraine Valley History Professor Jim Mc Intyre will de-bunk some of the myths and share some of the lesser-known facts about the American Revolution, the War of Independence, and the Founding Fathers.

50 Years of Women’s Voices: Oral Histories of Moraine Valley
Wednesday, March 29th, 11am -noon, Library Lounge, Building L
As part of its 50th Anniversary, Moraine Valley has collected oral histories from the people who have helped make it into the quality institution it is today. Meet some of the women behind those recordings and hear them tell the college’s story through their own experiences.

Fact, Fiction, or Something Else: What Does the Artist Owe to History?

The musical Hamilton draws directly from the historical record, but it clearly is not a documentary, which many historians have noted. Writers and artists such as Shakespeare, Dan Brown, and Anne Rice dramatize historic settings, characters, and famous events in their works. Sometimes they bring history to life and sometime they perpetuate historical myths. What does it mean to be “true” to the historical record? How do artists get it right? How can they get it wrong? What do they owe to the record? A panel of history and literature faculty will come together to explore these questions.

Fact, Fiction, or Something Else: What Does the Artist Owe to History?

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Happy Founders Day!

On this date 50 years ago, district residents approved a referendum to create Moraine Valley Community College. This effort was spearheaded by the Oak Lawn Rotary. Moraine Valley will thank the Rotary for its efforts long ago by presenting the current members with a thank-you banner signed by faculty, staff and students (from the MVCC Public Relations Department).