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.

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.

Quiet Mouse Don’t Get Fed: Race and Oppression

Discussion the impact of the 2016 presidential election, micro-aggression, black lives matter and the meaning of race in today’s society. We will also look at racial discrimination and immigration as it is playing out in our world today.

“Quiet mouse don’t get fed:” race and oppression

The audio of this discussion is available below:

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: The Language of Hamilton

Happy winter break! Kick back and watch a video from our fall public events.
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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton is a musical and major Broadway production, but it is also a text of poetry and a country’s shared language. Miranda notes that Alexander Hamilton wrote in dense, elaborate prose, and that the musical’s use of rap and hip hop allowed Miranda (as a song writer) to pack layers of meaning into the musical. This panel discussion will explore lyrics and text of Hamilton as literature, writing, and poetry. This is part of our One Book, One College program on the musical Hamilton.

Hamilton and the Use of Language: A Faculty Panel Discussion

Break Video: Hamilton and History

Happy winter break! Kick back and watch a video from our fall public events.
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How does Hamilton the musical measure up to history? The musical won 11 Tony Awards (and a Pulitzer Prize) but how many awards does it get for historical accuracy? Who was Alexander Hamilton? How do historians view his legacy? This is part of our One Book, One College program on the musical Hamilton.

The Importance of Hamilton: Examining the History

Fake News, the American Revolution, Race & Oppression, Artists, Banking, and more

We are excited to announce our Spring 2017 event schedule. We will cover a wide range of topics: fake news, the American Revolution, race & oppression, artists, banking, and more.

All events are free and open to the public.

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The Meaning of the Trump Presidency
Tuesday, January 24th, 2017, 11am – 12:15pm, Library Lounge, Building L
This panel is a follow up to the discussion leading into the 2016 presidential election. The polls and media called it wrong as Donald Trump shocked the establishment. Inauguration day is January 20th. This event will follow. What comes next? How will Trump keep his campaign promises? What will be the key legislative initiatives?

“Quiet mouse don’t get fed:” race and oppression today
Thursday, February 9th, 11am-12:15pm Library Lounge, Building L
We will discuss the impact of the last presidential election, micro-aggression, black lives matter and the meaning of race in today’s society. We will also look at racial discrimination and immigration as it is playing out in our world today. This part of our One Book series on Hamilton.

Hamilton: Social Justice Lessons from Critical Race Theory
Wednesday, February 15th, 11am-11:50am Library Lounge, Building L
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 part of our One Book series on Hamilton.

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. This part of our One Book series on Hamilton.

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. This part of our One Book series on Hamilton.

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.

Playing the Fake News Game: An Interactive Event & Discussion
Thursday, April 6th, 11am-12:15pm, Library Lounge, Building L
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.

Challenges to the U.S. Banking and Financial System: What would Hamilton Do?
Tuesday, April 11th, 11am-12:15pm,Library Lounge, Building L
The financial crisis of 2008, rooted in the over-borrowing and over-lending of bad mortgages which resulted in a credit crisis after various financial institutions failed, has led to a rancorous debate about the role of the Federal Reserve. The purpose of this lecture is to highlight the current status of the U.S. Banking and Financial System and the challenges faced by the Federal Reserve. The significance of this lecture is to better understand the current debate centered largely on the impact of Wall Street bailout and the national debt. What would Hamilton do to reform our financial system? This part of our One Book series on Hamilton.

The Big Fake Out: Why Do we Fall for Fake News?
Tuesday, April 18th, 12:30pm-1:45pm, Library Lounge, Building L
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 and psychology will discuss these questions.