We are excited to announce our Fall 2014 One Book events centered themes related to Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin. Get more information at our One Book website: http://www.morainevalley.edu/giovannisroom/
Understanding Giovanni’s Room: A Faculty Panel Discussion
Tuesday, Sept 9, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Library Lounge, Building L
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.
What is Queer?: Current and Historic Struggles of LGBTQ People
Tuesday, September 23rd, 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m., Library Lounge, Building L
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.
Scotty Works OUT: Film Screening and Conversation with the Filmmaker
Wednesday, October 1st, 11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m., Library Lounge, Building L
Filmmaker and MVCC faculty member Dan Pal presents his short film Scotty Works OUT. This film, which is about finding a connection in a world of isolation, includes the work of actors and crew members from Moraine Valley. This is an opportunity to explore modern relationships, filmmaking, and screen writing. This event is part of the One Book programming and co-sponsored by the MVCC Film Makers Club.
All About Bullying: A Faculty Panel Presentation
Thursday, October 2nd, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Library Lounge, Building L
Bullying is a problem faced by many students at all levels of schooling. It is a problem that was ignored in the past, but has gained national recognition as many educators, parents, and community leaders work to stop bullying. Join us as education experts define and explore the causes and impacts of bullying.
Suffer in Silence No More: Art Fair for Mental Health Awareness
Monday, October 6, 10 a.m. -2 p.m., Library Lounge, Building L
This special event will utilize visual arts to express all aspects of mental health. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to create art pieces that will be displayed in this art fair. If creating a piece of art is not your specialty, we invite you to attend this fair. This event is organized by the Moraine Valley Counseling & Career Development Center. For more information, contact Teresa Hannon, Counselor, at 708-974-5722 or email@example.com
Sexuality, Gender, and the Coming Out Process
Thursday, October 16th, 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m., Library Lounge, Building L
This panel discussion will focus on the pervading theme of Giovanni’s Room: Sexual Identity. Come hear from members of the LGBTQ community as well as LGBTQ Allies about sexual and gender identity, the coming out process, and how these things impact individuals and those around them. Panel members will discuss the reality behind the protagonist’s struggle to understand his sexuality, deal with familial and societal pressure to conform, and accept who he is as a person. Our discussion will show how issues the author wrote about in the 1950s are still prevalent today.
Special Lecture on James Baldwin and the Intersection of Race, Gender and Sexuality by Northwestern University’s Dean Dwight A. McBride
Tuesday, October 21st, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Library Lounge, Building L
Moraine Valley welcomes special guest Dwight A. McBride, Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Provost of Graduate Education at Northwestern University. Dean McBride is a world renowned scholar who specializes issues relating to race and sexual orientation issues. He is also an expert on the life and influence of James Baldwin. Students, staff, faculty and community members are invited to join us for this special lecture. This One Book, One College event is made possible by the Moraine Valley Democracy Commitment.