2017-2018 One Book to focus on campus sexual assault

Annie E. Clark and Andrea L. Pino’s book We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out has been selected as the 2017-2018 One Book, One College text. Copies of the books are available in the Library for checkout or for sale in the College Bookstore.

The One Book program will focus on a range of themes relating to sexual assault, victim advocacy, healthy relationships, and others. Visit the One Book, We Believe You website for more information. This program is a collaboration between the Library, Counseling and Career Development, and the College Bookstore.

The following events are part of the proposed schedule of events:

It’s On Us… To Create An Environment Where Everyone Feels Safe
Tuesday, September 12, 11am -12:15pm, Building L, Library Lounge
Sexual assault on college campuses is a national issue and we here at Moraine Valley Community College are doing our part to address it. More than one in five women in college are victims of sexual assault and misconduct during their time in university. This workshop will provide an understanding of the dynamics of sexual assault. Additionally students will learn common answers to questions regarding this sensitive topic and learn about bystander intervention and the five steps to safely intervene. Remember, It’s On Us… all of us!

The Hunting Ground Film Screening & Discussion of Campus Sexual Assault
Thursday, September 21st, 12:30pm-1:45pm, Library Lounge, Building L
The Hunting Ground is the 2015 documentary that ignited the national debate about campus sexual assault. It highlights the failings and challenges of colleges and universities as victims seeks support and justice. This event will use a portion of the documentary as a way to talk about campus sexual assault. This will include a discussion of the support services and processes that are in place at Moraine Valley to address sexual assault, harassment, and misconduct.

Building Healthy Relationships & Sexual Health
Thursday, October 12th, 9:30 am-10:45am, Library Lounge, Building L
This program will address sociological, psychological and practical ideas and concerns related to sexual health and relationships. Topics may include sex positivity, obtaining consent, consensual sex, communication, STD/STI prevention and dispelling sexual myths and misconceptions.

Special Event: “Sex Signals” by Catharsis Productions
Tuesday, October 24th, 11am-12:15pm, Moraine Rooms, Building M
“Sex Signals is an interactive, relevant, and often-hilarious exploration of the cultural messaging we receive about gender, sexuality, sexual health and intimate relationships. Sex Signals enables audiences to identify intervention strategies and positively change the way they think, communicate and act by encouraging bystander intervention in all aspects of their life.”

“Understanding Violence within the LGBTQ Community”
Thursday, November 9th, 11am, Library Lounge, Building L
Presenters from the Center on Halsted will review the unique and specific issues of violence within the LGBTQ community and how they differ from heterosexual communities. Presenter will focus on the areas of domestic violence, sexual assault, and hate crimes. Presenter will also provide tips and resources to those working with LGBTQ people who have experienced violence.

Interesting Reads! New Non-Fiction Titles

Sex, Gender, Feminism
By Camille Paglia

A collection of essays from well-known feminist academic, Camille Paglia, who the New York Times Book review calls a “fearless public intellectual…more necessary than ever.” Paglia was recently featured in a cover story by Molly Fisher at the New York Magazine website The Cut titled, “Camille Paglia Predicted 2017: What the ’90s provocateur understands about the Trump era.”

Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test, and the Power of Seeing
By Damion Searls

Read about how in the 1920’s Rorschach created and used his test to identify illnesses of a psychiatric nature and predict the traits of an individual’s personality. The author of the book was interviewed by Robert Seigel for the NPR program All Things Considered on February 17, 2017.

The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked
By Adam Alter

Having trouble putting down your phone? In IRRESISTABLE, Alter, professor of psychology and marketing at NYU, follows the rise of behavioral addiction as it relates to technology and examines why so many of these products are keeping us hooked. Read an excerpt online at Wired.

The Future of the Free Press in the Surveillance State                          Edited by Emily Bell and Taylor Owen. With Smitha Khorana and Jennifer R. Henrichsen

This anthology includes voices from a number of major journalistic players, both online and in print, and provides information on source protection, modern security measures, legal ramifications for journalists, data access, modern interpretations of privilege, and how journalism today is influenced by the Internet and modern telecommunications policy. Read book editor Emily Bells’ interview with Snowden, that was integrated into the book, online at Columbia Journalism Review.

Sex, Religion, and Law from America’s Origins to the Twenty-First Century                                                                                                               By Geoffrey R. Stone

University of Chicago professor and constitutional scholar, Stone, offers insight into how sex became legislated and regulated in America. He includes the topics of obscenity, sodomy, abortion, birth control, and future issues facing the U.S. Supreme Court. Read Stone’s guest blog discussing the book at the Washington Post online.

Orland Grassland


Less than ten miles from the Moraine campus is a Cook County forest preserve that gives visitors a chance to experience nature as it looked centuries before the existence of the Orland Mall, the Marcus Orland Park Cinema, Whole Foods, and various other business that form a commercial corridor on South LaGrange Road. Welcome to the Orland Grassland where a “visitor is transported back in time, to an age when only native plants and animals lived on the land.” This preserve consists of over 900 acres of grasslands, wetlands and oak woods. “Each ecosystem provides a habitat for many threatened and endangered birds of the Chicago Wilderness Region.”

Take some time this summer to visit this southwest preserve.
Check out the MVCC catalog for more information on prairies .





Take some time this summer to visit this southwest preserve.

Check out the MVCC catalog for more information on prairies .


Douglas Gehrke, Retired Economics Faculty Member

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. Each week this semester we will highlight one of the videos.

Douglas Gehrke spent 44 years on the faculty at Moraine Valley and sent all three of his kids here. He tells stories of teaching in the old open-concept temporary buildings with hard to control temperatures and flooding during rainstorms. He reminisces us about the early campus sports teams, how the union began, and about some of the contributions that past presidents made to the college.

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

Douglas Gehrke, Retired Economics Faculty Member

Novels in Verse and Young Adult Readers

Did National Poetry Month pass without your having the chance to read a sonnet or haiku? Maybe you prefer to read novels. Historical fiction? Non-fiction, even? Anything but poetry? If so, novels in verse may be for you.

The library’s Young Adult (YA) and Children’s collection has a number of interesting novels in verse that may help diminish your reluctance to reading poetry. (Critics may argue that novels in verse aren’t really poetry but few will quibble with their ability to resonate emotionally with readers, especially young adults.)  Consider these:

Like interesting rhymes and sports, try Coretta Scott King and Newbery Award winner Kwame Alexander’s The Crossover or Booked, available electronically or in print. Did you see the movie Loving (2016), which recounted the story of the plaintiffs in the Supreme Court Case that invalidated states’ laws prohibiting interracial marriage? If so, maybe you would like Patricia Hruby Powell’s Loving Vs. Virginia, which combines verse with illustration and artwork. Carnegie Medial winning Irish author Sarah Crossan’s One tells the story of conjoined twins forced to make the most difficult choice of their lives.

A catalog search for novels in verse will bring up more titles, including print and e-books. Need help finding the right title or accessing the format that works for you? Ask a librarian.

Icebergs in the Desert

There have been numerous scientific theories on how to transform the deserts of the world into lush farmlands or dense forests.  Scientists have developed numerous permaculture projects specifically designed for dry land desert environments.  These projects range from”conserving scarce water and nutrients, building up fertile soil, and creating cooling micro-climates to protect tender crops from the desert heat.”  Other ideas are”Contour Trenching Technique“, which consists of digging trenches on contour elevation lines in the landscape and trapping precipitation in the trenches” or integrating solar power and desalination technology.

One idea that has been in the news recently is an attempt by the United Arab Emirates to drag an iceberg from the Antarctica (over 5,000 miles) to the coast of Fujairah.  It will be used to provide billions of gallons of fresh water and perhaps, as The Emirates’ weather experts hope, the enormous iceberg will change the weather system of this arid country.  Some scientists question the possibility of this plan harming the global climate.

Quick Facts on Icebergs

More information on the project

More information on icebergs and climate


Free Comic Book Day Tomorrow – May 6

It’s “Free Comic Book Day” tomorrow! Held the first Saturday every May, “the [comic book] industry comes together to give away free comics and encourage fans, both old and new, to flock to the best place in the comic book community: local comic shops. Major publishers such as DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, and Image Comics put out free comics for fans to enjoy at the more than 2,300 local comic shops participating in Free Comic Book Day.” (www.freecomicbookday.com)

You can find local comic book stores near Palos Hills that are participating in the event by using Free Comic Book Day’s locator web page. Nearby participants are:

Also, check out MVCC Library’s graphic novel section. We have books about comics and we also have graphic novels that are bound collections of comic books such as Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man, Marvel’s She-Hulk, DC Comics’ Bombshells, and more!

Popular Science Magazine….Again!

This magazine, Popular Science, is one of my favorites. This is at least my third blog on the good stuff I find there.

The May-June issue is about big machines. You can find out where the second U.S.S. Tripoli is being built on page 69.  The photo is of the finished product; so, it is an artist’s rendering.

When the oil boon dries out, what is Dubai planning to do? Pictures and big ideas for Dubai’s future begin on page 58.


Our perception ability is discussed on page 92 when we look at two orange circles and decide which one is bigger. What’s behind optical illusions? Read the article to find out.

Finally, Tommy Dunne, armorer and weapons master for Game of Thrones, explains on page 84 what it takes to build weapons from Roman and Medieval siege weapons to look and act real, but keeping in mind their safe use for the filming.