DACA, Immigration & Illinois

The Trump Administration’s move to cut the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has been making headlines. In 2015, our Library held a talk by Celina Villanueva about immigration in Illinois which included a discussion about DACA. This talk is very relevant to issues today.


Talking Immigration in the Land of Lincoln with Celina Villanueva

Get Ready to Dance! Groove! Move! to support of victims of Domestic Violence

In support of our One Book program, we are excited to support the Dance 4 Awareness event sponsored by the Women in Action Club.

Get Ready to Dance! Sweat! Groove! Move! to support of victims of Domestic Violence.
This October, grab some friends and hit the dance floor! We’re going to Light Up the Night to raise awareness about domestic violence (DV) and this year we are teaming up with B96 to get the party started!

We all know someone who has been impacted by DV whether it was a kid at our school, our aunt or friend at work. Since we’re all touched in some way, let’s all come together to be part of the solution. D4A is about coming together as a community to shed light on the topic of domestic violence and the resources available through the Crisis Center. Join the movement and Light Up the Night in honor of victims and survivors who have endured the darkness of abuse in their lives. Take a stand this October. Get involved and make a difference for someone in need of hope.

Reasons to Join D4A –
5…minutes to show your best moves in our dance contests
4…amazing dance performances by local dance instructors
3…awards for top fundraisers
2…ways to participate – spectator or dancer
1…energy-pumping DJ keeping the party going all night!
Admission for the event is $25. Dancers and team supporters who raise $175 or more in donations per dancer will receive an all-access pass to event dance



floor for all 5 hours, two each of food and drink tickets, a D4A T-Shirt and goody bag, and a personalized online fundraising page. Proceeds from the event go toward services and education programs offered by CCSS. Donations are tax deductible. For those not raising funds, time on the dance floor can be purchased the night of the event. Food, beverages and concessions will also be available for purchase. For more information or to register visit www.ccssd4a.com.

Free Event: Supercomputing at Argonne National Lab

We are excited to share information on the first discussion in our STEM series:

Science & Computer Science in the Argonne Leadership Computer Facility featuring Ben Lenard, Argonne National Laboratory
Wednesday, October 11th: Noon-1 PM, Library Lounge, Building L
Ben will talk about how supercomputers at LCF help to solve problems within the world, from physics to medicine.
Ben is responsible for overseeing the administration and improvement of database systems in the ALCF’s supercomputing environment. These databases are critical to many of the facility’s support services, including job scheduling, job accounting, and business intelligence. In 2016, Ben deployed the IBM Data Server Manager to help streamline database administration tasks. With this tool in place, Ben has a better idea of how the databases are being used, while developers have an improved method for identifying and addressing any performance issues with their queries. In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities, Ben has been strong advocate for the ALCF and for computer science, volunteering for events like the Hour of Code and Argonne’s public open house. He is also currently pursuing a PhD in Computer and Information Sciences at DePaul University. Prior to Argonne Ben worked in the financial services industry for 13 years as well as academia for 2 years.

Ask the FCC to Support Net Neutrality

Libraries across US are speaking up today in support of Net Neutrality. The FCC is moving to create a two-tiered system (fast lane vs slow lane) on the Internet. For decades, libraries and librarians have stood up for privacy and fairness in accessing information. You can contact the FCC and lawmakers here: Battle for the Net.

This impacts all of us and will have implications for Moraine Valley students who may not have access to technology at home or who cannot pay additional money to access the fast lane. This is an important issue, and we should take note.

What is net neutrality?
“Net neutrality is the principle that Internet providers like Comcast & Verizon should not control what we see and do online. In 2015, startups, Internet freedom groups, and 3.7 million commenters won strong net neutrality rules from the US Federal Communication Commission (FCC). The rules prohibit Internet providers from blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization—”fast lanes” for sites that pay, and slow lanes for everyone else” (from Battle for the Net website).

Here are a couple of videos that explain the issue:

Why Net Neutrality Makes the Internet Great

Net Neutrality: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (from 2014, for mature viewers)

Hamilton: Social Justice Lessons from Critical Race Theory

We were honored to welcome Dr. Tony Dunbar this past February to offer perspectives on the musical Hamilton as part of our One Book program. Now, Dr. Dunbar has transformed his talk into a series of videos to share.

Event description: Using Critical Race Theory (CRT) as a lens and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton as the context, we can begin to understand the importance and impact of Social Justice. The success of Hamilton as performance art, popular culture phenomenon, as well as a successful business franchise lends opportunity to identify, discuss, and perhaps even embrace the spirit of Diverse forms of expression along with better utilizing the cultural, political, and economic benefits of more Inclusive practices.This talk was given as part of our One Book program on the musical Hamilton.

Hamilton: Social Justice Lessons from Critical Race Theory (Part 1 of 3)

Hamilton: Social Justice Lessons from Critical Race Theory (Part 2 of 3)

Hamilton: Social Justice Lessons from Critical Race Theory (Part 3 of 3)

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Services

Our 2017-2018 One Book Program focuses on the book We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out by Annie E. Clark & Andrea L. Pino. As are preparing for our fall program of events, we have updated the resources page on the One Book website.

We have added sexual assault and domestic violence services on campus and off campus. One of our goals of the One Book program is to make students, faculty, and staff aware of these services so that anyone who needs them can access them.

Fall 2017: Comics, Fandom, and Dungeons and Dragons #comicsculture

We are excited to announce our schedule for the 2017 Graphic Novel Symposium. This is a fun event which is free and open to the public. In addition to the talks listed below, we will have local artists and comic shops selling books, manga, games, toys, and more. Something for everyone!

Talking About Things We Love: Finding Community in Fandom
Wednesday, Sept 27, 1pm – 1:50pm, Library Lounge Building L
Faculty members discuss their own fan subcultures from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, to Glee, to Star Trek, to 70s sports, and more. How do fans come together to share ideas? How do fans expand on meanings and themes found within stories, time periods, or genres that they love? This will be a fun discussion about pop culture, hobbies, games and other realms of fandom.

Featured Event: Artist & Writer Dan Dougherty Shares His Creative Process
Thursday, Sept 28, 9:30pm-10:45pm, Library Lounge, Building L
Award-winning illustrator and author visits Moraine Valley to share his creative process. Dan is a Moraine Valley alum who has written graphic novels, comic books, newspaper articles, and comic strips. His work has been featured online and in print.

Dungeons and Dragons: The Game, the Myth the Legend
Thursday, Sept 28, 12:30pm-1:30pm, Library Lounge, Building L
An estimated 20 million people worldwide have played Dungeons and Dragons – the original roleplaying game of adventure, treasure, and camaraderie. We will briefly talk about the game’s history, influence, and a brief discussion of gameplay. Questions welcome!

Moraine Valley Support Services for Sexual Assault Victims

A short discussion about services available to students who are victims of sexual assault. This podcast with Counselors Souzan Naser and Sharon Brennan was held in preparation for the One Book program on the book, We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out. For more information visit onebook.morainevalley.edu.

Moraine Valley Support and Services for Sexual Assault Victims

The audio of this discussion is available below: