Hamilton: Social Justice Lessons from Critical Race Theory

We were honored to welcome Dr. Tony Dunbar this past February to offer perspectives on the musical Hamilton as part of our One Book program. Now, Dr. Dunbar has transformed his talk into a series of videos to share.

Event description: Using Critical Race Theory (CRT) as a lens and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton as the context, we can begin to understand the importance and impact of Social Justice. The success of Hamilton as performance art, popular culture phenomenon, as well as a successful business franchise lends opportunity to identify, discuss, and perhaps even embrace the spirit of Diverse forms of expression along with better utilizing the cultural, political, and economic benefits of more Inclusive practices.This talk was given as part of our One Book program on the musical Hamilton.

Hamilton: Social Justice Lessons from Critical Race Theory (Part 1 of 3)

Hamilton: Social Justice Lessons from Critical Race Theory (Part 2 of 3)

Hamilton: Social Justice Lessons from Critical Race Theory (Part 3 of 3)

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:

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:

Forgotten History: Myths & Oddities of the American Revolution

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.

Forgotten History: Myths & Oddities of the American Revolution

The audio of this discussion is available below:

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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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:

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

Don’t miss this event next week! It is part of our One Book program on Hamilton. Here’s the info:

Fact, Fiction, or Something Else: What Does the Artist Owe to History?
Thursday, February 23 11am-12:15pm, Library Lounge, Building L
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.