Happy Juneteenth!

“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.”

June 19, 1865 — the day that word of slavery’s end reached Texas, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation — is now celebrated today as Juneteenth, America’s second independence day. (read more from the Smithsonaian Magazine, “Juneteenth: Our Other Independence Day.”

Check out this talk about Juneteenth by faculty member Amani Wazwaz:

Earthrise: How a photo changed the World!

“Earthrise”

Earthrise is a photo that changed the world. The video embedded below is from the Library of Congress. Experts discuss the impact of this photo.

From Wikipedia: “Earthrise is a photograph of Earth and some of the Moon’s surface that was taken from lunar orbit by astronaut William Anders on December 24, 1968, during the Apollo 8 mission. Nature photographer Galen Rowell declared it “the most influential environmental photograph ever taken”.” (read more.)

Earthrise: Celebrating the Photograph that Changed (How We View) the World

“I, Robot” and “Frankenstein”? A Review of the upcoming One Book (video)

Faculty members Amani Wazwaz and Carey Millsap-Spears join librarians Tish Hayes and Troy Swanson to talk about Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot which is the text for the 2019-2020 One Book program. They offer highlights from the book and discuss other texts that connect with this book such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Learn more about the upcoming program at https://onebook.morainevalley.edu

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Remembering Tony Horwitz’s Visit to MVCC

We were saddened to learn about the death of author Tony Horwitz.

In 2012, Horwitz visited campus as our One Book, One College author. He spoke to several hundred students and members of the public. He spoke about his book on abolitionist John Brown. We do not have a video of his talk but you can listen to his talk here: Tony Horwitz talks about Midnight Rising & Confederates in the Attic at Moraine Valley.

Never watched Game of Thrones? You can still catch up!

Never watched Game of Thrones? Want to catch up to the rest of the world and watch the series finale on Sunday, May 19th?

Do not fear! You do NOT have have to watch all 72 episodes by Sunday. Joanna Robinson at Vanity Fair has outlined the “15 most essential episodes” or Game of Thrones.

This is the fast-forward version of the show. They are:

SEASON 1, EPISODE 1: “WINTER IS COMING”
SEASON 1, EPISODE 9: “BAELOR”
SEASON 2, EPISODE 9: “BLACKWATER”
SEASON 3, EPISODE 5: “KISSED BY FIRE”
SEASON 3, EPISODE 7: “THE BEAR AND THE MAIDEN FAIR”
SEASON 3, EPISODE 9: “THE RAINS OF CASTAMERE”
SEASON 4, EPISODE 1: “TWO SWORDS”
SEASON 4, EPISODE 8: “THE MOUNTAIN AND THE VIPER”
SEASON 4, EPISODE 10: “THE CHILDREN”
SEASON 5, EPISODE 8: “HARDHOME”
SEASON 5, EPISODE 10: “MOTHER’S MERCY”
SEASON 6, EPISODE 2: “HOME”
SEASON 6, EPISODE 5: “THE DOOR”
SEASON 7, EPISODE 4: “SPOILS OF WAR”

Of course, you may need to get yourself an HBO subscription (check out their free trial) or you can find check all seven seasons from our library.

World War I a Century Later (videos)

The first World War has slipped away from a current event to a piece of history. It set the stage for the entire 20th Century. Our Library & the college’s History Department marked 100th anniversary of the war’s start (in 2014) and the 100th anniversary of the war’s end with the two events below (in 2019).

How did the Great War Shape the 20th Century? A Faculty Panel Discussion
We will mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I with a discussion of the significance of this immense and horrific global conflict. Moraine Valley History faculty members will discuss the wide-reaching implications of the conflict in terms of life on the front, life on the home front, and the enduring wounds that continued long after the war.

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

The Hero’s Journey & the Power of Myth (video)

The comic book, Ms. Marvel is a kind of hero’s journey where the teenage Kamalah Khan becomes the superhero Ms. Marvel. The hero’s journey is a mythological template common across cultures. This panel will define this mythology and discuss what it teaches us in literature and popular culture. This event is part of our One Book, One College program on the book Ms. Marvel.

The Hero’s Journey & the Power of Myth

The audio of this discussion is available below: