2017-2018 One Book to focus on campus sexual assault

Annie E. Clark and Andrea L. Pino’s book We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out has been selected as the 2017-2018 One Book, One College text. Copies of the books are available in the Library for checkout or for sale in the College Bookstore.

The One Book program will focus on a range of themes relating to sexual assault, victim advocacy, healthy relationships, and others. Visit the One Book, We Believe You website for more information. This program is a collaboration between the Library, Counseling and Career Development, and the College Bookstore.

The following events are part of the proposed schedule of events:

It’s On Us… To Create An Environment Where Everyone Feels Safe
Tuesday, September 12, 11am -12:15pm, Building L, Library Lounge
Sexual assault on college campuses is a national issue and we here at Moraine Valley Community College are doing our part to address it. More than one in five women in college are victims of sexual assault and misconduct during their time in university. This workshop will provide an understanding of the dynamics of sexual assault. Additionally students will learn common answers to questions regarding this sensitive topic and learn about bystander intervention and the five steps to safely intervene. Remember, It’s On Us… all of us!

The Hunting Ground Film Screening & Discussion of Campus Sexual Assault
Thursday, September 21st, 12:30pm-1:45pm, Library Lounge, Building L
The Hunting Ground is the 2015 documentary that ignited the national debate about campus sexual assault. It highlights the failings and challenges of colleges and universities as victims seeks support and justice. This event will use a portion of the documentary as a way to talk about campus sexual assault. This will include a discussion of the support services and processes that are in place at Moraine Valley to address sexual assault, harassment, and misconduct.

Building Healthy Relationships & Sexual Health
Thursday, October 12th, 9:30 am-10:45am, Library Lounge, Building L
This program will address sociological, psychological and practical ideas and concerns related to sexual health and relationships. Topics may include sex positivity, obtaining consent, consensual sex, communication, STD/STI prevention and dispelling sexual myths and misconceptions.

Special Event: “Sex Signals” by Catharsis Productions
Tuesday, October 24th, 11am-12:15pm, Moraine Rooms, Building M
“Sex Signals is an interactive, relevant, and often-hilarious exploration of the cultural messaging we receive about gender, sexuality, sexual health and intimate relationships. Sex Signals enables audiences to identify intervention strategies and positively change the way they think, communicate and act by encouraging bystander intervention in all aspects of their life.”

“Understanding Violence within the LGBTQ Community”
Thursday, November 9th, 11am, Library Lounge, Building L
Presenters from the Center on Halsted will review the unique and specific issues of violence within the LGBTQ community and how they differ from heterosexual communities. Presenter will focus on the areas of domestic violence, sexual assault, and hate crimes. Presenter will also provide tips and resources to those working with LGBTQ people who have experienced violence.

Student Speak Out: A Public Narrative on Social Issues

We are excited to host a series of student presentations on a range of social issues. These discussions are available on the library’s YouTube channel (links below).

These students are in Mike McGuire’s composition classes. They are presenting their research and experiences on their service learning projects.


Student Speak Out: A Public Narrative on Social Issues (Day 1 Session 1)

Student Speak Out: A Public Narrative on Social Issues (Day 1 Session 2)

Student Speak Out: A Public Narrative on Social Issues (Day 2 Session 1)

Student Speak Out: A Public Narrative on Social Issues (Day 2 Session 2)

Student Speak Out: A Public Narrative on Social Issues (Day 2, session 3)

Student Speak Out: A Public Narrative on Social Issues (Day 3, session 1)

Hamilton: The Revolution Co-Author Jeremy McCarter at Moraine Valley

Moraine Valley Community College hosted Jeremy McCarter, co-author of “Hamilton: The Revolution,” Thursday, April 20, 2017 in the Dorothy Menker Theater, Fine Arts and Performing Center. McCarter’s presentation was part of Moraine Valley’s One Book, One College, a collaborative effort between the college’s Library and Bookstore. The event is made possible by Moraine Valley’s Liberal Arts and Student Engagement subdivisions, and the Library.

Hamilton: The Revolution Co-Author Jeremy McCarter at Moraine Valley

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Don’t Fall for Fake News!

This term our library hosted three events focusing on understanding fake news. You can watch them on YouTube and download them as podcasts.


The Big Fake Out: Why Do we Fall for Fake News?

Our world of seamless information sharing and low-attention spans make it easy to spread news stories that are entirely fabricated. An entire industry of fake news sites has emerged generating advertising revenue for their owners. How do preexisting beliefs make us fall victim to outrageous stories? Why can’t we make rational decisions when it comes to evaluating information? How do our Why can’t we resist sharing articles that confirm our views? A panel of faculty members from philosophy, sociology, and psychology discuss these questions. Listen here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/searchtips/the-big-fake-out-why-do-we-fall-for-fake-news/

Playing the Fake News Game: An Interactive Event & Discussion
Join us in playing our own news game that is in the tradition of NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me. Can you separate fake news from actual news stories? Fabricated news stories spread across the internet like wildfire impacting how we understand our world and how we make decisions as citizens. This event will discuss ways we can prevent ourselves from falling victim to online falsehoods. Listen here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/searchtips/playing-the-fake-news-game-an-interactive-event-discussion/

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. Listen here: http://ext.morainevalley.edu/searchtips/fake-news-journalism-and-media-with-the-chicago-tribunes-margaret-holt/

The Big Fake Out: Why Do we Fall for Fake News?

Our world of seamless information sharing and low-attention spans make it easy to spread news stories that are entirely fabricated. An entire industry of fake news sites has emerged generating advertising revenue for their owners. How do preexisting beliefs make us fall victim to outrageous stories? Why can’t we make rational decisions when it comes to evaluating information? How do our Why can’t we resist sharing articles that confirm our views? A panel of faculty members from philosophy, sociology, and psychology discuss these questions.

The Big Fake Out: Why Do we Fall for Fake News?

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Be the Change featuring “Raptivist” JoeyFineRhyme

Freestyle rhymes calling for action from “Raptivist” JoeyFineRhyme!
This interdisciplinary discussion looks at climate and waste, parallels these crises with other great challenges that have been met, draws inspiration from what previous movements have accomplished, and imparts knowledge to students on what they can do. This event is part of Moraine Valley’s Earth Month programming.

Be the Change featuring “Raptivist” JoeyFineRhyme

The audio of this discussion is available below:

The U.S. Banking System and Your Finances

We were excited to welcome Dr. Mitra of Purdue University Northwest who discussed banking basics as part of our One Book program on Hamilton. Dr. Mitra also touched on some sound personal finance approaches for college students. This event was supported by the Social Action Club and the International Women’s Club.

The U.S. Banking System and Your Finances

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Local Views on the Situation in Syria and Syrian Refugees

Two weeks ago, the MVCC Arab Student Union hosted an event in the Library on the crisis in Syria. Last night the US attacked a Syrian airbase in response to a chemical attack on the Syrian people (see BBC’s page referencing the Syrian War for coverage of these issues). After these events, it seems appropriate to reshare the conversation held in the library.


Syrian Refugee Discussion

Earth Month Events!

We are excited to be part of MVCC’s earth month celebration.

JoeyFineRhyme is coming to the library April 12, 11am and Noon!
Taking on our collective eco-challenges requires we each embody an ethos of action. This interdisciplinary and participatory presentation educates students on climate and waste, parallels these crises with other great challenges that have been met, draws inspiration from what previous movements have accomplished, and imparts knowledge to students on what they can do. He has a unique style of free-style rap to help keep the audience engaged!! Check out Joey’s work here: (really amazing and fun).

Here’s the full Earth Month line up!

  • JoeyFineRhyme is coming to the library: April 12
  • ActOut 2.0 – “Our Common Ground: A Space for Civil Discourse”: April 21
  • GO Green! Club Swap-A-Thon: April 26
  • 50th Anniversary Tree Planting – Arbor Day & Tree Campus USA: April 28

For more informatio on these events, click here!

Playing the Fake News Game: An Interactive Event & Discussion

Join us in playing our own news game that is in the tradition of NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me. Can you separate fake news from actual news stories? Fabricated news stories spread across the internet like wildfire impacting how we understand our world and how we make decisions as citizens. This event will discuss ways we can prevent ourselves from falling victim to online falsehoods.

Playing the Fake News Game: An Interactive Event & Discussion

The audio of this discussion is available below: