World Down Syndrome Day

“World Down Syndrome Day is observed annually on the 21st of March. This date is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. Why this date?  Because it is the 21st day of the 3rd month. The numbers represent the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.”

There are many organizations that help “raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.”

A recent indie film, My Feral Heart, gives a positive portrayal of a young adult with Down syndrome.

 

 

 

 

#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.

Transgender & Gender Identity

Explore our library’s collection of materials on transgender people, gender, and identity. You can browse the call number HQ77.95.U6 for materials on transgender people in the United States and HQ1075 for works on sex role and gender identity, located on the first floor of the library. Also, here is a list of five documentaries and motion pictures recently added to our collection to open the dialogue on transgender experiences, one of the current topics making headlines:

  • American Transgender originally aired on the National Geographic Channel in May 2012. This documentary follows the different lifestyles of three transgender individuals, addressing topics like identity and relationships.
  • Boy Meets Girl is a 2014 film regarding the changing relationship between Robby and his best friend, Ricky, a transgender girl.
  • The 2015 film by Tom Hooper, The Danish Girl, is based on the true life story of a transgender Danish painter, Lili Elbe.
  • I Am the Queen is a documentary examining the Vida/Sida Cacica Pageant in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood, where transgender participants compete in a pageant with support from the larger Puerto Rican community.
  • Sex, Lies & Gender is another National Geographic Channel documentary, originally broadcast in September 2009. The program explores how doctors and parents face gender decisions and the options in traditional and controversial therapies for transgender individuals.

 

 

ORWELL’S 1984 on AMAZON’S BESTSELLER LIST

 

 

The 2016 election may have helped propel Orwell’s 1984 to Amazon’s bestseller list.  The book, published in 1949, continues to be read especially at this time when everyone’s talking about fake news and ‘alternative facts’.

The MVCC library contains an interesting array of formats of 1984.

A visual history of the book covers of 1984.

View the Apple 1984 Super Bowl Commercial.

 

The 75th Commemoration of the Pearl Harbor Attack

It has been 75 years since a surprise attack on the U.S. naval base in Hawaii.  The air strike claimed the lives of more than 2,400 people and injured hundreds of people.  The Pacific fleet was severely damaged by the Japanese air force.  Franklin Roosevelt stated the “date which will live in infamy,”prompted Congress to declare war on Japan.

Click here for more information on Pearl Harbor

Click here for video of the actual attack.

Coming around again?

Are LPs making a comeback? For those of us with stacks of them in the basement, they never left. But statistics show that there seems to be renewed interest in the format. In 2015, revenues from vinyl sales were $416 million, the highest level since 1988. RIAA keeps these statistics and has other information about music sales on its website. And there’s a historical connection for this time of the year—Edison demonstrated the hand-cranked phonograph for the first time near the end of the year in 1877.

Can a divided America heal?

How can the US recover after the negative, partisan presidential election of 2016? Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies the morals that form the basis of our political choices. In conversation with TED Curator Chris Anderson, he describes the patterns of thinking and historical causes that have led to such sharp divisions in America — and provides a vision for how the country might move forward.

Jonathan Haidt: Can a divided America heal?

Three’s a Crowd?

Were there 5 million people at the Cubs rally downtown last week? Everyone agrees that there were a lot of people there, but just how do they decide on a number? One estimation method was developed by journalism professor Herbert Jacobs in the 1960s. The method is described by msnbc in an article that discusses estimating crowds and some recent historical gatherings. And in 2011, Popular Mechanics magazine talked about some of the science behind crowd estimation.

 

The Return of the Green-Eyed Refugee

 

refugeeThe refugee crisis has been in the forefront of world news for the last two decades. The flow of people escaping from war and poverty numbers in the millions.  Today one of these refugees, made famous by National Geographic, was arrested.  This 12-year old girl was pictured on the June 1985 cover of the magazine and “captured the world’s attention.” Her story, like many of the refugee stories, was a combination of horror and bravery.   Read her story and perhaps you may want to find out more information on this world-wide problem. The MVCC library has an interesting selection of books and articles that address this issue.