Being an American Baby

I am listening to a presentation by Ricky Cobb & Troy Swanson in the library about being a citizen in America: “What Does It Mean to Be An “American”?: Identity, History and Self”. It’s part of the Confederates in the Attic: One Book One College event series.

The discussion has just begun, but is building to what is American Identity. How is the identity created or instilled? In essence, we learn it as we grow up… And, while listening, I am multitasking with email checking. This just came in:


Panel Discussion Online: How Green is MVCC?

The library hosted our final One Book, One College event. This event was a panel discussion featuring members of Moraine Valley’s Green Team who discussed the successes and obstacles facing our campus in terms of sustainability. The discussion is available online:

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  • Listen in iTunes
  • Download the MP3 audio

  • Panel Members discuss successes and obstacles at Moraine Valley

    The honors economics class created a fair trade poster display for viewing during the event.

    Earth Week Activities

    It’s Earth Week, and there are many things happening around MVCC.

    • All Week
      • Recycling Project Donate used towels, sheets, blankets, comforters, and rugs (without rubber backings) for local animal shelters. Collection boxes around campus.
      • Bookstore Sale Save 25 percent off (almost) everything green, including green clothing, DVDs, CDs, pens, recycled products, and more! (Exceptions: textbooks and reference books) 
      • Student Club HappeningsStudent clubs will host activities during the week. Stop by the Student Life Office in Building U.
      • Carpool with CyridesCarpool with Moraine Valley’s ride-sharing program and you’ll automatically be entered in a raffle for a chance to win a $50 gas gift card.
      • Beverage Discounts—Bring your own cup!Café Moraine – 50 percent off 12 and 16 oz. coffee or 20 and 30 oz. fountain drinks.
      • Espresso Love – 50 cents off 16 and 20 oz. coffee
      • Online Ecological Footprint QuizDo you know how much of an impact you as an individual make on the environment? Take this short quiz and find out.
      • Wear Green—show your support!
    • Monday, April 20
      • Guided Tree Walks – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Building T (canceled due to weather) Presented by the Morton Arboretum staff. Learn more about the fascinating aspects of Moraine Valley’s beautiful trees. Meet at Building T front entrance. Walks depart every 30 minutes. 
    • Tuesday, April 21
      • Prairie Path – 9 a.m., Building PLearn about the native vs. exotic plant species on the Nature Study Area. Presented by Professor Janet Kotash. Presented by professor Janet Kotash. Meet at the big rock by Building P.
      • Information Booth 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Building G, Cyclone CenterHave lunch at the Taste of Moraine Valley and be sure to visit our table with information about green cleaning products, environmentally friendly Bookstore items, and more. Free seedlings while supplies last. Tickets to the Taste are available at the door for $5.
      • Geography Bee2 p.m., Building L, LibraryCorrectly answer multiple-choice questions and move on to the next round. Miss one—you’re out. Pick up a registration form and rules in Building B, Room B244, or just come by to watch!
    • Wednesday, April 22
      • Green Team and Sustainability Update: What’s Happening at Moraine Valley and What Lies Ahead – Panel Discussion1 p.m., Building L, LibraryMembers of Moraine Valley’s Green Team discuss the sustainability efforts going on around campus and challenges the lie ahead. Also view interesting fair-trade projects created by Instructor Anette D’Silva’s economics students. 
    • Thursday, April 23
      • Geography Fair10 a.m.-3 p.m., Building B, second floor bridgePresent a poster, research project, or the use of maps to cover one of the following topics: sustainability, globalization, water issues, international conflicts, migration, or fair trade. Pick up a registration form and rules in Building B, Room B244, or just come by to see the displays!
      • Nature Study Area Stewardship Walk3:30-5 p.m., Nature Study AreaHelp beautify our prairie while learning about fire’s effect on biodiversity. Wear long pants and boots or closed-toed shoes. Sponsored by the Biology Club and Biology Department.
    • Friday, April 24
      • Composting11 a.m.-2 p.m., Student UnionLearn all about it! Conducted by the University of Illinois Extension Service.

    Questions? Call (708) 974-5412 or (708) 974-5710.

    Carbon Market Podcast

    The library was happy to welcome Dr. Gregory Sierra, professor of accounting and former bank regulator at the Federal Reserve Board. Dr. Sierra spoke about the use of markets to regulate carbon emissions as part of the library’s One Book, One College program. You can listen to all of our library’s public events at our Library Event Podcast page. You can listen to Dr. Sierra’s lecture here:

    Dr. Gregory Sierra discussing CO2 as a pollutant.

    Students volunteered to create their own mini-carbon trading market.

    Climate Change Teach In Podcast

    The library was happy to hosts the Biology Club’s showing of the National Teach In‘s Solutions for the First 100 Days, a student panel discussion, and a letter writing campaign to President Obama. You can watch the video Solutions for the First 100 Days online. You can listen to the student panel discussion here:

    Showing of the onlne Video, Solutions for the First 100 Days.

    Student Panel Discussion

    Letter wrtiting campaign outsident the library.

    Other Colleges Succeed with A Reading Program

    Like our One Book One College program spear-headed by library extraordinaire Troy Swanson, other colleges are going with the sustainability theme as well.  This year Troy’s One Book pick is Garbage Land by Elizabeth Royte.  Surrounding this book, Troy has organized really great program offerings of speakers, panel discussions, and film showings.  Other colleges, like Rice University, have also found similar success in a book themed program.  Rice chose Elizabeth Kolbert’s Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change.  For a listing of the events they held log onto

    Spring 2009 One Book Events

    We are happy to announce our 2009, One Book, One College Events: Garbage Land Open Book Discussion for Students, Community Members, Staff and FacultyJan 28, 2-3:30 p.m.You are invited to join librarian Joe Mullarkey in an open discussion about Garbage Land and the themes presented in Garbage Land.  No lectures, no professors, no panel discussion at this event.  We want to hear your views!  Controlling Carbon Emissions with Trading MarketsFebruary 12, 2009, 12:30 p.m.Ever heard of a market for carbon emissions? Carbon markets offer great promise in regulating and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  Dr. Gregory Sierra, Profess of Accounting at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and former Economist for the Federal Reserve System, will discuss how these markets are structured, the possibilities they represent, and alternative policies to carbon markets such as tax laws.Striving for Sustainable Communities: Area Leaders Discuss Green Efforts in our RegionMarch 25, 2009, 1 p.m.Students, community members, faculty and staff are invited to attend this panel discussion focusing on sustainability initiatives in the Southwest Suburbs.  How do we build sustainable communities?  Panel members will discuss their successes and consider the obstacles that are ahead.  Panel members will include: 

    • Jerry Bennett, Mayor of Palos Hills
    • Daniel J. McLaughlin, Mayor of Orland Park
    • Reggie Greenwood, Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation
    • David Chandler, Center for Neighborhood Technology 
    • Chris Slattery, The Delta Institute 

    What’s Happening at MVCC and What Lies Ahead: Green Team UpdateApril 22nd, 1 p.m.Join us as members of Moraine Valley’s Green Team discuss the sustainability efforts going on around campus and challenges the lie ahead.

    The Cycle Stuff Podcast

    Today, the library hosted the second event in our One Book, One College program on Garbage Land. Today’s event was a panel discussion entitled the Cycle of Stuff: How the Things We Consume Impact our World. This event can be downloaded three ways:

    Nearly 120 students, staff, and faculty joined us for today’s event.

    Scott Murdoch makes a point while moderator John Nash takes down some notes.

    Faculty members Jana Svec and Michille Zurawski

    Understanding Climate Change: New Podcast

    The Library welcomed physicist Dr. Jan Hessler to our library on September 24th as he presented Understanding Climate Change. This presentation was the opening program for the 2008-2009 One Book, One College program on Elizabeth Royte’s book Garbage Land.You can download that audio from Dr. Hessler’s presentation in iTunes or you can Listen to MP3: Understanding Climate Change.To listen to all of the library’s past events, visit our Library Event Podcast page.

    Garbage Land Image

    We are making this image available and asking that faculty members, bloggers, or other interested parties copy this image and link back to our One Book Web site:

    If you want to copy this, right click on this image (on a windows machine) and click on save picture as. Save this where you can find it. Open up your own Web site and upload the image. I know that some instructors are linking this in their Black Board course pages.