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

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.

Chicago area libraries


The Chicago area supports a number of literary wonderlands. If you feel yourself drawn to literature for entertainment, life-long learning, or  comfort, use libraries in our area to support your interests. Often these organizations offer free or low-cost literary events and workshops. Following organizations on Facebook and other social media platforms will help keep you in the loop. Click on the links below to get started.

Moraine Valley Community College Library https://lib.morainevalley.edu/

Moraine Valley Library events https://lib.morainevalley.edu/about/libraryevents.html

Poetry Foundation Library https://www.poetryfoundation.org/programs/library

Poetry Foundation events https://www.poetryfoundation.org/programs/events

Newberry Library  https://www.newberry.org/

Newberry Library events https://www.newberry.org/programs-and-events

Other interesting libraries in the Chicago area http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/secret-libraries-of-chicago

 

 

 

Break Video: The Broadway Musical

Happy winter break! Kick back and watch a video from our fall public events.
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The Broadway Musical is an American invention that has moved across the world. With roots in the nineteenth century, the Broadway Musical fused together theater traditions, pop culture, pop music, and big production values into a new American standard. Faculty members Tommy Hensel and Craig Rosen explore this art form’s roots and impact. This is part of our One Book, One College program on the musical Hamilton.

The Broadway Musical: The Quintessential American Art Form

Break Video: Leaving My Arab Homeland for the US

Happy winter break! Kick back and watch a video from our fall public events.
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Hear the diverse stories of Moraine Valley students who previously lived in Arab countries and have found a new home in the Chicago area. Each with their own unique journey, the students will discuss their transition to living in the US and share some of the challenges they have overcome and hopes for the future.

Resilient Journey: Leaving My Arab Homeland for a New Life in the US