“The Perfect Crime”


Earlier this year, PBS aired an episode on Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb’s murder case as a part of the American Experience television series. The episode titled “The Perfect Crime” examines how Leopold and Loeb murdered a 14-year-old Chicago boy in 1924 and the significance of the trial that followed. Broader issues of morality and capital punishment were brought to light in the heated debate amongst Cook County Prosecutor Robert Crowe and defense attorney Clarence Darrow. You can now check-out this episode on DVD from our library, and further explore this case in fact and popular imagination.

This case has been an inspiration for numerous other works, including:

  • Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope, starring James Stewart, John Dall, and Farley Granger, released in 1948.
  • Meyer Levin’s novel, Compulsion, published in 1956.
  • Richard Fleischer’s 1959 movie, Compulsion, starring Orson Welles, Dean Stockwell, and Diane Varsi.
  • Swoon, a 1992 film by director Tom Kalin, starring Daniel Schlachet, Craig Chester, and Ron Vawter in lead roles.

Each adaptation adds something unique to the original story, while providing a true depiction of the original “thrill-seeking” motive of the crime.

Thanksgiving

The MVCC Library loves to help you find answers to your questions. But sometimes, for some questions, there is a better way. For all your Thanksgiving turkey related questions, there is Butterball.

Butterball’s Turkey Talkline (1-800-BUTTERBALL) began in 1981 and answered 11,000 questions that holiday season. Now, the experts at Butterball answer more than 12,000 questions on Thanksgiving Day alone. And for the first time ever this year, you can text them your turkey questions at 844-877-3456.

The MVCC Library will be closed for the holiday from Wednesday, November 23rd through Sunday, November 27th. Enjoy your break!

Oh, the Places You’ll Go with Civil Engineering! (video)

Civil Engineering is a diverse profession that offers you variety in multiple sub-disciplines involving critical thinking, problem solving, team work and adventure. This lecture will discuss the science, mathematics, exploration of different components and benefits of becoming a Civil Engineer. Kimberly Hastings is Resident Engineer with an emphasizes in Structural Engineering. Currently managing and overseeing construction of a large rail project for the largest inland port in the United States. This event is part of the STEM series.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go with Civil Engineering!

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Interested in Civil Engineering? Attend our free talk!

Don’t miss this special event:

Oh, the Places You’ll Go with Civil Engineering!
Nov 15th, 12:30pm, Building L, Library Lounge
Description: Civil Engineering is a diverse profession that offers you variety in multiple sub-disciplines involving critical thinking, problem solving, team work and adventure. This lecture will discuss the science, mathematics, exploration of different components and benefits of becoming a Civil Engineer. Kimberly Hastings is Resident Engineer with an emphasizes in Structural Engineering. Currently managing and overseeing construction of a large rail project for the largest inland port in the United States. This event is part of the STEM series.

Can a divided America heal?

How can the US recover after the negative, partisan presidential election of 2016? Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies the morals that form the basis of our political choices. In conversation with TED Curator Chris Anderson, he describes the patterns of thinking and historical causes that have led to such sharp divisions in America — and provides a vision for how the country might move forward.

Jonathan Haidt: Can a divided America heal?

Don’t Miss Our Final STEM Lecture on Engineering

Interested in engineering? Don’t miss our final STEM lecture for the fall semester, which will be next week.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go with Civil Engineering!
Nov 15th, 12:30pm, Building L, Library Lounge
Description: Civil Engineering is a diverse profession that offers you variety in multiple sub-disciplines involving critical thinking, problem solving, team work and adventure. This lecture will discuss the science, mathematics, exploration of different components and benefits of becoming a Civil Engineer. Kimberly Hastings is Resident Engineer with an emphasizes in Structural Engineering. Currently managing and overseeing construction of a large rail project for the largest inland port in the United States. This event is part of the STEM series.

Resilient Journey: Leaving My Arab Homeland for a New Life in the US (video)

Hear the diverse stories of Moraine Valley students who previously lived in Arab countries and have found a new home in the Chicago area. Each with their own unique journey, the students will discuss their transition to living in the US and share some of the challenges they have overcome and hopes for the future.

Resilient Journey: Leaving My Arab Homeland for a New Life in the US

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Remove Fines and Help Others, Food for Fines Begins Monday, 11/14

Starting Monday Nov 14 – Nov. 22 the library will be collecting food in exchange for student library fines for Elsie’s Food Pantry.
One food item= one fine.

In an effort to help out the food pantry at a particularly difficult time, we also encourage campus staff and faculty to contribute non-perishable food items or make a monetary donation to help in the effort. All food and monetary donations are accepted at the library circulation desk. We’d like to raise at least $300.00 this year for the pantry along with the food donations, even $1 will help them in their effort to supply food for hungry families.

We look forward to seeing all of you in the library and hope that you will help us help families in need.