The ideas of the Protestant Reformation went viral

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Martin Luther, a German monk, felt that numerous practices within the Catholic church needed to be changed. His challenge to Catholicism set off a firestorm of protest, death and eventually reform within the Catholic church.

It is interesting to ponder the role that technology played in this movement. “As with the Internet centuries later,the printing press showed how a new information technology could change the world.” Martin Luther’s ideas spread like wildfire.

Going viral may sound like a modern phenomenon but the printing press and the internet have more in common than most of us think.

For more information on The Protestant Reformation check out the MVCC catalog.  Or you might be interested in how technology has influenced history.

 

 

The 15 Most Influential Websites of All Time

How did the world run so smoothly before the age of Ask Jeeves, Google, email, text and other electronic assistance?  The internet celebrates its 27th birthday on December 20th. 
Happy Birthday to one of the most profound inventions in the history of the world!
Time magazine compiled a list of the Most Influential Websites of All Time. Before you read the list, reflect on the websites that you think belong on the list. You may be surprised on how many you forgot to add to it.
Also, here is a timeline of the birth and growth of the www (world wide web).

The Dawn of the Space Age

On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched the first artificial Earth satellite. That year, the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union commenced.

In 2011, President Obama stated the following in his State of the Union address: “Half a century ago, when the Soviets beat us into space with the launch of a satellite called Sputnik, we had no idea how we would beat them to the moon. The science wasn’t even there yet. NASA didn’t exist. But after investing in better research and education, we didn’t just surpass the Soviets; we unleashed a wave of innovation that created new industries and millions of new jobs.”

Explore the MVCC catalog and our databases for information on this incredible event in history. Make sure you check out our historical newspapers to get a real feel on how America reacted to Sputnik.

 

National Hispanic Heritage Month

 

National Hispanic Heritage Month will run from September 15 to October 15. This month will honor “the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.”

The White House

Check out our catalog for material on Hispanic Americans.

You might also enjoy this PBS documentary on Latino Americans.

 

The Fall Equinox

The solar eclipse was one of the most anticipated events of the summer. Millions of Americans were “hit” by solar fever.  Perhaps the interest in the eclipse will transfer over to other scientific phenomena.

One of these phenomena, the Autumnal Equinox, will take place on September 22, 2017. It may not have the “once in a lifetime” hype that the eclipse did because it takes places every fall, but it is worth promoting an interest in science.

 

Here Comes the Eclipse

 

On August 21, 2017, the United States will experience a solar eclipse. This solar event will range from a partial eclipse (Chicago) to a total eclipse (Carbondale, IL).  One of our Summer in the City museums to visit in anticipation of this eclipse is the Alder Planetarium.  The museum is planning numerous events to celebrate the fact that it has been 92 years since Chicago has experienced this scientific phenomenon.

Check out the NASA site and Dyer Observatory (Vanderbilt  University) for more information.

 

Summer in the City – Art Museums

This is part two  of a series of blogs that center around places to visit and things to do in Chicago this summer.

Add the Art Institute of Chicago to your list of must see Chicago sights. Current exhibitions include Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist and Along the Lines: Selected Drawings by Saul Steinberg.

You might want to include the Museum of Contemporary Art if you want to include a museum that emphasizes contemporary works of art.

There is a student discount at both museums.

Don’t forget to use the MVCC library for additional information on your favorite artist or art history.

 

“Turning life into a game”

The MVCC library is promoting board games this week.  There are various games in the display cases and they all have different game pieces, number of players, goals, etc.  But they all have one thing in common: human interaction.  I may not have noticed this particular exhibit had I not just read an article on “gamification.”  The board game with those colorful, old-fashioned game boxes are the polar opposite of the games that are described in the article.

Read this article on how “marketers are trying to make life easier by borrowing techniques from the gaming industry.” It is a fascinating theory and it will certainly make you ponder the pros and cons of the gamification saturation in our world. Check out the links in the article. The MVCC library owns one of the books mentioned: Irresistible. Why not check out the list of board games that are located in the MVCC catalog.

“Summer in the City”

This is part one of a series of blogs that center around places to visit and things to do in Chicago this summer.

The Tribune Tower, constructed in 1923-1925, is an iconic symbol of Chicago. It is less than 25 miles  from the  Moraine Valley Community College campus. The Tower is an architectural jewel filled with treasures from all over the world. The treasures include rocks from the Colosseum in Rome, the Giza pyramid, the Arc de Triumphe, Aztec Ruins and the Berlin Wall. These are just a few examples of historic rocks that are incorporated in the walls of this building.

Check out more information on the Tribune Tower and other great Chicago architecture from the MVCC catalog.