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Comic Books & the Art of Visual Story Telling Featuring Erik LaGatutta (online video)

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Artist and Fine Arts faculty member, Erik LaGatutta discusses the art form of comic books and graphic novels. He “draws” on theorists such as Scott McCloud and Will Eisner to approach how comic books interact with the mind to tell a story. Professor LaGatutta also discusses the history and development of the genre. This event was part of the Moraine Vally Library’s Graphic Novel Symposium, http://www.morainevalley.edu/comiccuture.

Comic Books & the Art of Visual Story Telling Featuring Erik LaGatutta

The audio of this event is available below:

Engineering: Building, Accomplishing, Connecting (Sept 24 STEM Lecture)

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Tomorrow is the first lecture in our STEM series:

Engineering: Building, Accomplishing, Connecting
Wednesday, Sept. 24th, 11 a.m. – noon, Building L, Library Lounge
Hear about the rewarding profession of engineering and its importance to society and our future. Presenter Michael Murphy, a LEED Green associate engineer with Thornton Tomasetti Inc., earned a bachelor’s degree in architectural studies and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

One Book Event: What is Queer? (Sept 23rd)

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Join us tomorrow for this One Book event:

What is Queer?: Current and Historic Struggles of LGBTQ People
Tuesday, September 23rd, 12:30 – 1:45 pm, Building L, Library Lounge
The “Queer” movement challenges us to think beyond our limited conceptions of gender and sexuality. Sociologist Jeffrey McCully will discuss the ways that gender expression and human sexuality are socially constructed based on norms that change from one society to another and across time. Jeffrey will also explore how gender and sexuality intersect with other systems of difference, such as class, race, and ethnicity. We will also consider the progress that has been made in recognizing the needs of the LGBT community and the challenges that lay ahead.

Library System Offline Today, 4 – 8pm

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

system maintenance

Access to the Library’s electronic resources, including the catalog and all of its subscription databases, will be unavailable today from 4pm to about 8pm, as IT will be making upgrades to the network.

 

We will update you when access to our electronic resources has been restored.

 

Library System Offline 4 – 8pm, Saturday 9/20

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

 

system maintenance

Access to the Library’s electronic resources, including the catalog and all of its subscription databases, will be unavailable from 4pm to about 8pm on Saturday, September 20th, as IT will be making upgrades to the network.

 

We will update you when access to our electronic resources has been restored.

 

Understanding Giovanni’s Room: A Faculty Panel Discussion (online video)

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

We were excited that faculty members from literature and the library discussed James Baldwin’s classic text Giovanni’s Room. This event is part of our One Book series on James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room.

Understanding Giovanni’s Room: A Faculty Panel Discussion

The audio of this event is available below:

Graphic Novel Symposium Starts Tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Stop by the library tomorrow and nerd out with us! Visit the Comic Shop Fair. Learn about the impact and influence of comics and graphic novels. Join a game.

Don’t miss Graphic Novel Symposium, September 18-19.

Comic Books & the Art of Visual Story Telling
Faculty Lecture, Erik LaGattuta, Professor of Fine Arts
Thursday, Sept. 18th, 11 a.m. -12:15 p.m., Building L, Library Lounge

 

Graphic Novels as Literature
Faculty Lecture, Sheryl Bundy, Professor of Communications and Literature
Thursday, Sept. 18th, 12:30-1:45 p.m.. Building L, Library Lounge

Gaming and Learning
Faculty Lecture, Jason King, Professor of Development Ed. & Geography
Friday, Sept. 19th, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Building L, Library Lounge

Congrats to Meg!

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

We are excited and sad that today is Meg Hixon’s last day here at the MVCC library. Meg has been one of our librarians specializing in cataloging. She has done a great job. She even wrote standards for cataloging board games for our Graphic Novel Symposium.

Meg is taking a super cool archival job at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. We can’t wait to hear about her new work, but she will be missed.

meg

Explore comics, gaming at Moraine Valley Graphic Novel Symposium

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Press release from MVCC’s Deparmtent of College and Community Relations

Explore comics, gaming at Moraine Valley Graphic Novel Symposium

Comic books, gaming and pop culture will rule at Moraine Valley Community College’s Graphic Novel Symposium on Thursday, September 18, and Friday, September 19, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Most events will take place in the Library, on the second floor of Building L, on campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. The symposium is free and open to the public.

Over two days, symposium participants can play games and learn about gaming, engage in cosplay (costume play), buy comics and other gaming items, and attend faculty lectures.

“While superheroes and sci-fi do have fun and flashy sides, the Graphic Novel Symposium has more depth to it. Comic books offer a whole range of storytelling that brings together visual and text literacies in unique ways that are relevant to the online world,” said symposium co-creator Dr. Troy Swanson, teaching and learning librarian and Library department chair. “Our hope is people will show up and learn something new. There’s something there for everyone.”

The symposium kicks off Thursday, Sept. 18, with two featured speakers in the Library Lounge. Erik LaGattuta, professor of Fine Arts, will present “Comic Books and the Art of Visual Story Telling” from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and Sheryl Bundy, professor of Communications and Literature, will follow with “Graphic Novels as Literature” from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
The Comic Shop Fair will be open throughout the symposium. Chimera’s Comics and Tenth Planet, both from Oak Lawn, and Amazing Fantasy Books & Comics, from Tinley Park, will set up shop outside the Library to sell comics, games, figures, and other items.

Moraine Valley’s Student Life Office and the student Anime Club are hosting a cosplay contest on Thursday at 3 p.m., in Building U. Entrants should dress as a favorite comic, superhero or sci-fi character from movies, TV shows and comic books. Sign-up for cosplay will be from noon to 2 p.m., outside the Library. Rules for cosplay costumes and the contest can be found on the website: morainevalley.edu/comicculture/cosplay.html.

Gaming is the focus on Friday. Jason King, professor of Developmental Education and Geography, will present “Gaming and Learning” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Library Lounge. The Library also will have six strategy board games set up to play: Ticket to Ride, Carcassone, The Settlers of Catan, Tsuro—the Game of Path, Blokus, and Hey, That’s My Fish. Anyone is welcome to walk up and play or reserve a time slot with friends. Information about the games and reservations for time slots can be found on the web site: morainevalley.edu/comicculture/gaming.html.

Understanding Giovanni’s Room: A Faculty Panel Discussion (Tue, Sept 9)

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Don’t miss tomorrow’s One Book, One College event:

Understanding Giovanni’s Room: A Faculty Panel Discussion 
Tuesday, Sept 9, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Building L, Library Lounge
Faculty members from literature and the library will discuss James Baldwin’s classic text. They will offer historical analysis as well as views of the text through various literary texts. This discussion is the opening One Book event that will identify the range of themes within Baldwin’s text.