Dr. John Donahue, former Board of Trustees Chairman

Moraine Valley Community College celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. To learn more about and to re-live some of what those five decades have been like, the college has been collecting oral histories. Throughout the semester we will be highlighting these videos.

“What we focused on was making sure the community knew they could get a quality education here.”

Former Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. John Donahue speaks about the college’s 25 year plan and how the college has become a tremendous asset for the suburban community. A good board, teachers who care about their students, and quality education are reflected in a great student body.

To enjoy more of these oral histories, along with historic photos and documents, visit the MVCC College Archives.

Dr. John Donahue, former Board of Trustees Chairman

Jesmyn Ward Wins National Book Award Again

Author Jesmyn Ward won the National Book Award for her newest novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing. It’s the story of a family in rural Mississippi that has drawn comparisons to The Odyssey and examines the brutal history of the South.   Ward gave a fantastic interview on the book to NPR’S Terry Gross on Fresh Air, which can be listened to or read here.

Although Ward is only 40, this is the second time she’s won the prize.   In 2011 she won for the outstanding Salvage the Bones. It also examines issues of race, poverty and family in Missisippi, but this time the action centers on Hurricane Katrina.  Ward herself grew up in Mississippi in a town that her family has lived in for generations called DeLisle (in her fiction it’s called Bois Sauvage).  The author examines the role the places plays in her fiction in this fascinating article called Writing Mississippi.

 

 

Student Podcasters Giving Voice to Issues

Have you caught the recent wave of podcasts on the Moraine Valley Broadcasting Channel? They are great! You can listen at the links below or subscribe in many podcasting apps.

Here are direct links to the recent podcasts:

Women Musicians Transcending Boundaries

Seven Minute Radio: Diversity in Music and Art

AB Podcast: Topics of Domestic Violence and Gentrification

The Art of Being Muslim

Middle Eastern Artists and Their Audiences

50 Years of Women’s Voices: Oral Histories of Moraine Valley

Meet some of the women who have shaped Moraine Valley over the last 50 years. They tell their stories of overcoming many challenges as they worked to establish this college as a nationally recognized institution.

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

50 Years of Women’s Voices: Oral Histories of Moraine Valley

360 video: Petra Jordan

The New York Times’s online Travel section has a great series entitled, “The ‘New Seven Wonders of the World” which provides a 360 degree view of amazing locations around the globe. The video on Petra Jordan is just stunning.

Description: The city of Petra was built by the Nabateans, who lived in the Wadi Musa valley for more than 400 years, in a spot strategically located along early silk and spice trade routes. The city fell to the Roman Empire in A.D. 106.

The Hellenistic facades are carved directly into the canyons and use the natural terrain as guides. Today, the monuments are vulnerable to flash flooding in the Wadi Musa and continuing erosion from wind and rain.

The number of visitors to Petra has decreased in recent years, in part because of instability and violence in the Middle East.

360 Video: Seven Wonders of the World, Petra Jordan

MLA and APA Citation Help

It’s that time of the year again. As you are finishing your paper, you will need to properly format your citations using MLA or APA style. Help is available on the library website on the Research Tools page. Click “Citing Sources” in the middle of the Research Tools page (under Featured Services). The Citing Sources Guide has a variety of links that show citation examples for journal articles, web pages, books, and many other sources. As always, help is also available from the librarians or from the Speaking and Writing Center.

Gretchen Carlson: How We Can End Sexual Harassment at Work

With the recent revelations of sexual harassment and assault in politics, the media, and entertainment, the following talk from Gretchen Carlson highlights issues and connects with our One Book program on the book We Believe You.

Description from TED: When Gretchen Carlson spoke out about her experience of workplace sexual harassment, it inspired women everywhere to take their power back and tell the world what happened to them. In a remarkable, fierce talk, she tells her story — and identifies three specific things we can all do to create safer places to work. “We will no longer be underestimated, intimidated or set back,” Carlson says. “We will stand up and speak up and have our voices heard. We will be the women we were meant to be.”

How We Can End Sexual Harassment at Work

2017 National Book Award Winners

Check out the 2017 National Book Award winners in our collection:

Fiction winner: Sing, Unburied, Sing / by Jesmyn Ward; located on our main floor lounge area in our Afterclass collection.

 

 

Nonfiction winner: The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia / by Masha Gessen; temporarily located on our main floor in the lounge area.

 

Poetry winner: Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 / by Frank Bidart; temporarily located on our main floor in the lounge area.

 

 

 

Visit the National Book Foundation’s website to watch the National Book Awards ceremony and to see the other finalists.