Climate Change and the Mechanics of Skepticism: How Can we KNOW Better? (video)

To some, climate change is a simple scientific question to be answered with data while to others climate change is a misguided hoax that could cost our country jobs and hurt out economy. The question is why do some people end up on one side of this debate and others end up on the other? This talk by Librarian Troy Swanson will focus on climate change but also ask participants to think about how they make decisions about other charged topics. What processes are at work and how can we step in and make better decisions? This event is part of MVCC’s Earth Month Celebration. ?

Climate Change and the Mechanics of Skepticism: How Can we KNOW Better?

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Baking with Vegetables with Chef Rose DeNeen (video)

Join the chef as she demonstrates how vegetables can be used for a variety of baked goods. Learn about her new cookbook, Baking With Vegetables: From the Garden to the Oven.

Baking with Vegetables with Chef Rose DeNeen (video)

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The Impacts of Factory Farming (video)

Special guest Stephanie Domingo, Chicago Director of the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition discusses the ecological and public health impacts of industrial agriculture, and the power of our food choices. This event is part of MVCC’s Earth Month Celebration and is organized by the MVCC Center for Sustainability and the Earth Science Department.

The Impacts of Factory Farming

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Ms. Marvel author G. Willow Wilson Lecture Videos

We were very excited to welcome G. Willow Wilson to campus last week. Wilson, who is the author of our One Book text Ms. Marvel, gave two lectures on campus. She had much to say about heroes, identity, pop culture, and much more. She is currently the writer for Wonder Women, one of DC Comic’s premier titles. She has a new comic series out called Invisible Kingdom, and a new novel called The Bird King.
Additionally, Wilson explores the background and development of the character Ms. Marvel. She talks about the difference in writing a new character and writing a legacy character (such as Wonder Women). She offers advice to writers and talks about her writing process.

These events were made possible by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals; Building Bridges: Arts Culture and Identity, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

Ms. Marvel author G. Willow Wilson (first lecture), One Book, One College, April 10, 2019

G. Willow Wilson author of Ms. Marvel (second lecture), One Book, One College, April 11, 2019

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Utah Jazz’s Kyle Korver’s Statement on Privilege in the NBA

This week Kyle Korver of the Utah Jazz published a powerful article in the The Players’ Tribune simply entitled “Privileged.” He explores race and equity of the NBA (and by extension, of the US in general.) His statements reflect some of the discussions that are occurring in many places, so I thought that this was worth sharing.

He writes:

“When the police break your teammate’s leg, you’d think it would wake you up a little.

When they arrest him on a New York street, throw him in jail for the night, and leave him with a season-ending injury, you’d think it would sink in. You’d think you’d know there was more to the story.

You’d think.

But nope…

…There’s an elephant in the room that I’ve been thinking about a lot over these last few weeks. It’s the fact that, demographically, if we’re being honest: I have more in common with the fans in the crowd at your average NBA game than I have with the players on the court.

And after the events in Salt Lake City last month, and as we’ve been discussing them since, I’ve really started to recognize the role those demographics play in my privilege.”

Read the full article here: Privileged by Kyle Korver.

A Biologist from Long Ago: The Accomplishments and Work of Al-Jahiz, a Ninth Century Polymath

This lecture introduces the early Biological and Evolutionary theories of Al Jahiz along with the observations of early Biologists. The session introduces a brief history in the many chapters of the history of Biology. This lecture is part of the MOSAICS Building Bridges Program.

A Biologist from Long Ago: The Accomplishments and Work of Al-Jahiz, a Ninth Century Polymath

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Happy #FactCheckingDay !

April 1st is April Fools Day but April 2nd is Fact Checking Day!

This article by Poynter discusses the importance of recognizing fact checking, “Don’t be fooled: Third annual International Fact-Checking Day empowers citizens around the world to sort fact from fiction.”

You may want to check out EduCheck Map that lists all kinds of resources related to fact checking.

If you want to brush up on your digital information, watch this series on Navigating Digital Information:

 

Inspiring Insight from Arab American Women (video)

Celebrating Women’s History Month, the Arab Student Union held this panel discussion in the library. Women leaders from our local Arab-American community came together to share their stories. The discussion was inspiring and instructional.

Panelists are:
Reem Ali – Clinician Counselor, Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System
Naheda Zayyad– Assistant State’s Attorney at Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office
Iba Ello – Senior Environmental Chemist, Exelon Corporation
Shadin Maali – Principal in Allen Austin/Gaines International’s Architecture, Engineering and Construction practice
Suzanne Amra – Assistant Principal, Peck Elementary School, Chicago Public Schools
Dr. Lena Hussein PharmD – Pharmacy Manager at Walgreens

Inspiring Insight from Arab American Women: Professional, Passionate and Proud

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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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