Making Podcasts: A Conversation by MVCC Staff and Faculty on Learning College Day

Join us for more of MVCC’s Learning College Day. We got together and recorded our conversation about podcasts and podcasting! We share our pod recommendations, talk a bit about what goes into making your own podcast, and some ideas for creative use of podcasting on campus. We also share our favorite takeaways from Learning College Day.

Making Podcasts: A Conversation by MVCC Staff and Faculty on Learning College Day

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World War I in American Memory: The Legacy of the Forgotten War (video)

Associate Professor of History Josh Fulton tackles the legacy of the Great War. A conflict often forgotten in recent decades due to shifting US interests and the importance of World War II, he argues that it’s a powerfully significant event for understanding the world in the 21st century.

World War I in American Memory: The Legacy of the Forgotten War

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Being Young and Muslim in America: A Panel Discussion

Members of the Muslim Student Association and the Arab Student Union discuss their religion, serving others, life as students and challenging stereotypes. This event is part of our One Book, One College Programming.

Glossary of terms:
Allah: Arabic Word for God
Asalamo Alaikum: Arabic for Peace be upon you
Zikir: remembrance of God
Quran: Holy book of Islam
Hadith: Traditions, sayings and daily practices of Prophet Muhammad from his daily life (Sunna)
Ayb: Arabic term used to describe something that might be culturally inappropriate
Deen/Din: Arabic word that encompasses judgment, custom, and religion. This term is used by Muslims and Christian Arabic speakers.

Being Young and Muslim in America: A Panel Discussion

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New Arrivals to the Collection This Week

Check out some of these new arrivals to our collection located in the Library lounge!

#NeverAgain by David Hogg and Lauren Hogg: “From two survivors of the Parkland, Florida, shooting comes a declaration for our times, and an in-depth look at the making of the #NeverAgain movement. On February 14, 2018, seventeen-year-old David Hogg and his fourteen-year-old sister, Lauren, went to school at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, like any normal Wednesday. That day, of course, the world changed. By the next morning, with seventeen classmates and faculty dead, they had joined the leadership of a movement to save their own lives, and the lives of all other young people in America. It’s a leadership position they did not seek, and did not want–but events gave them no choice.”–Publisher (Random House) description.

Your Rights in the Workplace by Attorney Sachi Barreiro: “‘Your Rights in the Workplace’ is an invaluable reference for every employee. Whether you have questions about your paycheck, discrimination, layoffs, or benefits, you’ll find answers here. Get the facts on drug and other workplace testing; sexual harassment; wrongful termination; wages and overtime; sex, race, age, and disability discrimination; family and medical leave; on-the-job safety and health; health insurance and retirement plans; and unemployment, disability, and workers’ compensation insurance.”–Publisher (Nolo) description.

How I Resist : Activism and Hope for a New Generation: “In ‘How I Resist,’ readers will find hope and support through voices that are at turns personal, funny, irreverent, and instructive. Not just for a young adult audience, this incredibly impactful collection will appeal to readers of all ages who are feeling adrift and looking for guidance.”–Publisher (Wednesday Books) description.

Illegal : Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin ; illustrated by Giovanni Rigano: “Ebo is alone. His brother, Kwame, has disappeared, and Ebo knows it can only be to attempt the hazardous journey to Europe, and a better life–the same journey their sister embarked on months ago. But Ebo refuses to be left behind in Ghana. Ebo’s epic quest takes him across the Sahara Desert to the dangerous streets of Tripoli, and finally out to the merciless sea. But with every step, he holds on to his hope for a new life and a reunion with his family. This powerfully moving graphic novel–by ‘New York Times’ bestselling author Eoin Colfer and the team behind the Artemis Fowl graphic novels–explores the current plight of immigrants searching for a new beginning.”–Back cover

Ali : a Life by Jonathan Eig: “The definitive biography of an American icon, from a ‘New York Times’ best-selling author with unique access to Ali’s inner circle. He was the wittiest, the prettiest, the strongest, the bravest, and, of course, the greatest (as he told us himself). Muhammad Ali was one of the twentieth century’s most fantastic figures and arguably the most famous man on the planet. But until now, he has never been the subject of a complete, unauthorized biography. Jonathan Eig, hailed by Ken Burns as one of America’s master storytellers, radically reshapes our understanding of the complicated man who was Ali. Eig had access to all the key people in Ali’s life, including his three surviving wives and his managers. He conducted more than 500 interviews and uncovered thousands of pages of previously unreleased FBI and Justice Department files, as well as dozens of hours of newly discovered audiotaped interviews from the 1960s. Collectively, they tell Ali’s story like never before–the story of a man who was flawed and uncertain and brave beyond belief.”–Book jacket.

The Oath and the Office : a Guide to the Constitution for Future Presidents by Corey Brettschneider: “Can the president launch a nuclear attack without congressional approval? Is it ever a crime to criticize the president? Can states legally resist a president’s executive order? In today’s fraught political climate, it often seems as if we must become constitutional law scholars just to understand the news from Washington, let alone make a responsible decision at the polls. This book is the book we need, right now and into the future, whether we are voting for or running to become president of the United States. Constitutional law scholar and political science professor Corey Brettschneider guides us through the Constitution and explains the powers–and limits–that it places on the presidency.”–Book jacket.

The Red and the Blue : the 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism by Steve Kornacki: “From MSNBC and NBC news correspondent Steve Kornacki, a lively and sweeping history of the 1990s–one that brings critical new understanding to our current political landscape. In this book, cable news star and acclaimed journalist Steve Kornacki follows the twin paths of Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich, two larger-than-life politicians who exploited the weakened structure of their respective parties to attain the highest offices. For Clinton, that meant contorting himself around the various factions of the Democratic Party to win the presidency. Gingrich employed a scorched-earth strategy to upend the permanent Republican minority in the House, making him Speaker. The Clinton/Gingrich battles were bare-knuckle brawls that brought about massive policy shifts and high-stakes showdowns–their collisions had far-reaching political consequences. But the ’90s were not just about them. Kornacki writes about Mario Cuomo’s stubborn presence around Clinton’s 1992 campaign; Hillary Clinton’s star turn during the 1998 midterms, seeding the idea for her own candidacy; Ross Perot’s wild run in 1992 that inspired him to launch the Reform Party, giving Donald Trump his first taste of electoral politics in 1999; and many others. With novelistic prose and a clear sense of history, Kornacki masterfully weaves together the various elements of this rambunctious and hugely impactful era in American history, whose effects are still being felt today.”–Book jacket

The Most Dangerous Branch : Inside the Supreme Court’s Assault on the Constitution by David A. Kaplan: “Taking us inside the secret world of the Supreme Court, this book is an incisive look at how the justices undermine the role of the other branches of government–and how we’ve come to accept it at our peril. Never before has the Supreme Court been more central in American life. It is the nine justices who too often now decide the controversial issues of our time–from abortion and same-sex marriage to gun control, campaign finance, and voting rights. The Court is so crucial that many voters in 2016 made their choice for president based on whom they thought their candidate would name to the Court. Donald Trump picked Neil Gorsuch–the key decision of his new administration. The next justice–replacing Anthony Kennedy–will be even more important, holding the swing vote over so much social policy. Is that really how democracy is supposed to work? Based on exclusive interviews with the justices and dozens of their law clerks, prize-winning legal journalist David A. Kaplan provides fresh details about life behind the scenes at the Court–Clarence Thomas’s simmering rage, Antonin Scalia’s death, Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s celebrity, Breyer Bingo, the petty feuding between Gorsuch and the chief justice, and what John Roberts thinks about his critics. Kaplan presents a sweeping narrative of the justices’ aggrandizement of power over the decades–from Roe v. Wade to Bush v. Gore to Citizens United to the rulings of the 2017-18 term. But the arrogance of the Court isn’t partisan: Conservative and liberal justices alike are guilty of overreach. Challenging conventional wisdom about the Court’s transcendent power, the book is sure to rile both sides of the political aisle.”–Book jacket

Black Out : Silhouettes Then and Now by Asma Naeem: “The first book highlighting the historical roots and contemporary implications of the silhouette as an American art form. Before the advent of photography in 1839, Americans were consumed by the fashion for silhouette portraits. Economical in every sense, the small, stark profiles cost far less than oil paintings and could be made in minutes. This book, the first major publication to focus on the development of silhouettes, gathers leading experts to shed light on the surprisingly complex historical, political, and social underpinnings of this ostensibly simple art form. In its examination of portraits by acclaimed silhouettists, such as Auguste Edouart and William Bache, this richly illustrated volume explores likenesses of everyone from presidents and celebrities to ordinary citizens and enslaved people. Ultimately, the book reveals how silhouettes registered the paradoxes of the unstable young nation, roiling with tensions over slavery and political independence.”–Book jacket.

Writers Under Surveillance : the FBI Files: “Writers are dangerous. They have ideas. The proclivity of writers for ideas drove the FBI to investigate many of them–to watch them, follow them, start files on them. This book gathers some of these files, giving readers a surveillance-state perspective on writers including Hannah Arendt, Allen Ginsberg, Ernest Hemingway, Susan Sontag, and Hunter S. Thompson. Obtained with Freedom of Information Act requests by MuckRock, a nonprofit dedicated to freeing American history from the locked filing cabinets of government agencies, the files on these authors are surprisingly wide-ranging; the investigations were as broad and varied as the authors’ own works. The files have been edited for length and clarity, but beyond that, everything in the book is pulled directly from investigatory files. Some investigations lasted for years, others just a few days. Some are thrilling narratives. Others never really go anywhere. Some are funny, others quite harrowing. Despite the federal government’s periodic admission of past wrongdoing, investigations like these will probably continue to happen. Like all that seems best forgotten, the Bureau’s investigation of writers should be remembered. We owe it to ourselves.”–Back cover

Printing Architecture : Innovative Recipes for 3D Printing by Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello of Emerging Objects: “Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello, of Emerging Objects, have developed techniques for 3D printing using powdered materials as diverse as sawdust, clay, cement, rubber, concrete, salt, coffee grounds, and even chardonnay grape skins. This book offers illuminating case studies–from household objects like a tea set printed from tea through modular building components and entire 3D-printed structures. They provide guidance for sourcing alternative materials, specific recipes for mixing compounds, and instructions for conducting bench tests and setting parameters for material testing.”–Back cover

3D Printing for Artists, Designers and Makers by Stephen Hoskins: “Fully revised and with a new chapter and international case studies, this second edition of the best-selling book traces how artists and designers continue to adapt and incorporate 3D printing technology into their work and explains how the creative industries are directly interfacing with this new technology. Covering a broad range of applied art practice–from fine art to furniture-design and film-making–Stephen Hoskins introduces some of his groundbreaking research from the Centre for Fine Print Research along with an updated history of 3D print technology, a new chapter on fashion and animation, and new case studies featuring artists working with metal, plastic, ceramic and other materials. A fascinating investigation into how the applied arts continue to adapt to new technologies and a forecast of what developments we might expect in the future, this book is essential reading for students, researchers studying contemporary art and design and professionals involved in the creative industries.”–Back cover

 

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom (video)

Moraine Valley Community College students will learn about the oldest known holiday to commemorate the ending of slavery in the United States. The session will focus on the historical significance and cultural traditions of the forgotten holiday. This discussion is part of the Black History Month Celebration.

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom

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