Race: What’s all the fuss about?

The topic of race and race relations has increasingly been in the forefront of news topics, social media post, classroom content, workplace chats, and family conversations. Some of the interactions have ranged along a continuum from the intellectually engaging to violently confronting. Regardless of your beliefs or position on the topic of race and race relations, have you considered that the concept of race may not actually exist?
Some scientist, biologist, and geneticist believe race is a concept created by man to serve personal purposes and intentions. For those that might want to explore further the topic of race as a social man-made concept I offer readings from the MVCC catalog and videos from You Tube to get you started.

BOOKS AVAILABLE AT MVCC

    Faibanks, D. J. (2015). Everyone is African: how science explores the myth of race. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books. Call Number: GN289 .F35 2015

    Sussman, R. W. (2014). The Myth of Race: the troubling persitence of an unscientific idea. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. Call Number: HT 1521 .S83 2014

    Taylor, P. C. (2013). Race: a philosohical introduction (2nd Edition ed.). Cambridge, UK: Polity Press. Call Number: HT 1521 .T36 2013

    YOU TUBE VIDEOS

Science Says: There Is No Such Thing As Race!
The myth of race: debunked in 3 minutes

National Hispanic Heritage Month

 

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 Fall Equinox

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.

 

DACA, Immigration & Illinois

The Trump Administration’s move to cut the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has been making headlines. In 2015, our Library held a talk by Celina Villanueva about immigration in Illinois which included a discussion about DACA. This talk is very relevant to issues today.

 

Talking Immigration in the Land of Lincoln with Celina Villanueva

HURRICANE HARVEY

Not too many people in the Houston, Texas, area will forget August 26, 2017! Just as forecasted, Hurricane Harvey made landfall bringing with it a lot of rain and wind, and spawning many tornadoes. The devastation is enormous.

Want to give a helping hand by means of a donation? Check out this article by The New York Times. There are any number of groups or associations that are providing assistance. Even a modest amount such as $10 will help someone who perhaps has lost everything. Click here for the link to the article.

Ask the FCC to Support Net Neutrality

Libraries across US are speaking up today in support of Net Neutrality. The FCC is moving to create a two-tiered system (fast lane vs slow lane) on the Internet. For decades, libraries and librarians have stood up for privacy and fairness in accessing information. You can contact the FCC and lawmakers here: Battle for the Net.

This impacts all of us and will have implications for Moraine Valley students who may not have access to technology at home or who cannot pay additional money to access the fast lane. This is an important issue, and we should take note.

What is net neutrality?
“Net neutrality is the principle that Internet providers like Comcast & Verizon should not control what we see and do online. In 2015, startups, Internet freedom groups, and 3.7 million commenters won strong net neutrality rules from the US Federal Communication Commission (FCC). The rules prohibit Internet providers from blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization—”fast lanes” for sites that pay, and slow lanes for everyone else” (from Battle for the Net website).

Here are a couple of videos that explain the issue:

Why Net Neutrality Makes the Internet Great

Net Neutrality: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (from 2014, for mature viewers)

Here Comes the Eclipse

 

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.

 

Graphic Novel Reporting in New York Stories

The New York Times Magazine is long-standing icon in reporting and story telling, and each year it releases its “New York Stories” issue focusing on stories around New York City. This past week it did something different. New York Stories was done as a comic book. It was a graphic novel version of New York stories (read the online version here). 

For perspective this, read this AdWeek piece, “New York Times Magazine Goes All Comics for Its Latest Issue.”

Interesting Reads! New Non-Fiction Titles

FREE WOMEN, FREE MEN
Sex, Gender, Feminism
By Camille Paglia

A collection of essays from well-known feminist academic, Camille Paglia, who the New York Times Book review calls a “fearless public intellectual…more necessary than ever.” Paglia was recently featured in a cover story by Molly Fisher at the New York Magazine website The Cut titled, “Camille Paglia Predicted 2017: What the ’90s provocateur understands about the Trump era.”

THE INKBLOTS
Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test, and the Power of Seeing
By Damion Searls

Read about how in the 1920’s Rorschach created and used his test to identify illnesses of a psychiatric nature and predict the traits of an individual’s personality. The author of the book was interviewed by Robert Seigel for the NPR program All Things Considered on February 17, 2017.

IRRESISTIBLE
The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked
By Adam Alter

Having trouble putting down your phone? In IRRESISTABLE, Alter, professor of psychology and marketing at NYU, follows the rise of behavioral addiction as it relates to technology and examines why so many of these products are keeping us hooked. Read an excerpt online at Wired.

JOURNALISM AFTER SNOWDEN
The Future of the Free Press in the Surveillance State                          Edited by Emily Bell and Taylor Owen. With Smitha Khorana and Jennifer R. Henrichsen

This anthology includes voices from a number of major journalistic players, both online and in print, and provides information on source protection, modern security measures, legal ramifications for journalists, data access, modern interpretations of privilege, and how journalism today is influenced by the Internet and modern telecommunications policy. Read book editor Emily Bells’ interview with Snowden, that was integrated into the book, online at Columbia Journalism Review.

SEX AND THE CONSTITUTION
Sex, Religion, and Law from America’s Origins to the Twenty-First Century                                                                                                               By Geoffrey R. Stone

University of Chicago professor and constitutional scholar, Stone, offers insight into how sex became legislated and regulated in America. He includes the topics of obscenity, sodomy, abortion, birth control, and future issues facing the U.S. Supreme Court. Read Stone’s guest blog discussing the book at the Washington Post online.