Miss Navajo Nation

November is National Native American Heritage Month. Learn a little more about the rich history and traditions of the Native Americans here.

This past September the Diné, or Navajo people, crowned a new Miss Navajo Nation, Miss Autumn Montoya. See some pictures of that journey and the week long celebration that accompanied it here. And congratulations to Miss Montoya!

I personally had the pleasure of living in Flagstaff, AZ for a little over a year and was able to work for and volunteer with many members of the Navajo Nation and I couldn’t be more grateful for my time there. Some of the things I learned from them was patience, stopping and seeing the beauty in all things, and true and genuine kindness. What are some things that you have learned from another person or group of people?

The Time Stan Lee (Marvel Legend and Father of Superheroes) Talked to a Room Full of Librarians

In honor of Stan Lee’s passing, here is video footage of his 2014 speech at the American Library Association in Las Vegas. Hear the stories behind legendary comic characters, then check out one of our many Stan Lee titles we offer both in print and online.

Main speech

On Villains

Creative Process

Writing

 

 

80th Anniversary of Kristallnacht: Ghosts and the Holocaust and the Suitcase of Documents

Over the weekend, the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht (Nov 9-10, 1938) was observed. This night 100s of people died as 1000s of Jews were put in concentration campus, businesses were burnt, and families were separated. This marked an escalation of the Holocaust which would not end until the end of World War II.

Here is a story from faculty member Craig Rosen where he talks about Kristallnacht and how his family lost their business. He shares his story of the Ghosts he’s carried with him in a leather brief case. He had explored the documents inside, but the documents found him. Craig shares his family’s story that brings to life voices of the holocaust’s victims and survivors.

Family Matters: Ghosts and the Holocaust and the Suitcase of Documents

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and the City of Chicago: Special Guest Dr. John Low

Dr. John Low from the Ohio State University will be speaking about this book Imprints: the Potawatomi Indians & the City of Chicago (2016, Michigan State University Press). Dr. Low will examine the ways some Pokagon Potawatomi tribal members have maintained a distinct Native identity in Chicago, their rejection of assimilation and their desire for inclusion without forfeiting their “Indianness.” This event is part of our campus programming to commemorate the Illinois bicentennial.

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and the City of Chicago: Special Guest Dr. John Low?

The audio of this discussion is available below:

My Struggle to Feel Normal: How an Invisible Illness Forced Me to Take Charge of My Health

Amanda Sidorowicz never wanted to be a burden to her family, friends, and coworkers, so she hid her health struggles for years. It wasn’t until she hit a breaking point in 2017 when she decided to put her health first and seek answers to her medical mystery. In this talk, Amanda will discuss her struggle to feel normal, including coming to terms with the symptoms of the autoimmune disease Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, her breaking point, and how she’s feeling today.

My Struggle to Feel Normal: How an Invisible Illness Forced Me to Take Charge of My Health

The audio of this discussion is available below:

To Sikh Understanding: My Faith as a Sikh

Sumeet Singh grew up the Northwest Suburbs of the Chicago land area. He had a pretty normal childhood and grew up in a house filled with love, care, and an actual white picket fence. He felt like everyone else except the fact that he looked different. Sumeet shares his experience about embracing his Sikh identity and his unique perspective on life.

To Sikh Understanding: My Faith as a Sikh

The audio of this discussion is available below:

My Culinary Journey: From a Truffle to a Teacher

Do you believe that one event, one person or one moment in your life change your life? Did you go to college for one major, yet found another passion in life that changed your journey? Rose Deneen shares her journey starting with the single chocolate truffle that changed her life. This one truffle led to her becoming a chef and eventually to a culinary teacher today.

My Culinary Journey: From a Truffle to a Teacher

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Art Institute Online

The Art Institute of Chicago has recently enhanced the online availability of its digital archives, making much more of its collection available for online viewing. More than 44,000 images of its collection are now available online with unrestricted access. The images are all downloadable under a Creative Commons license. Image viewing has also been enhanced, allowing the user to see the image in much greater detail, even down to the brushstroke level.

Explore the collection here. You can browse through varies genres or use the search function to look for more specific pieces.

To find out even more about the collection of the Art Institute check out these books from the MVCC library.