Black Excellence in Literature: A Black History Month Event

Check out this interactive dialog for Moraine Valley students to hear about the positive influences Black writers and poets have on society. This event is organized by the Celebrating Diversity Committee and the African-American Literature course.

Black Excellence in Literature: A Black History Month Event

The audio of this discussion is available below:

New to Collection – “Race: the Incredible True Story of Gold Medal Legend, Jesse Owens”

RaceIf you are suffering from Olympic withdrawal now that the Rio Olympic games are in the history books, check out MVCC Library’s collection for materials that might be of interest.

This past August was the 80th anniversary of Jesse Owens winning Olympic gold at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. “Germany made broadcast history by being the first to televise a sports event–the 1936 Olympic Games held in Berlin. The quality was poor and live transmissions could only be seen in special viewing booths in Berlin and Potsdam. But the Nazi regime took the opportunity to showcase its considerable radio broadcasting capabilities at the 1936 Olympics and focus the world’s attention on Germany. Ironically, in doing so, they helped bring international attention to African-American track star Jesse Owens who won four gold medals in track and field (100 meters, 200 meters, long jump and the 4x 100-meter relay)” (Fischer 3).

New to our collection is the DVD true story of Jesse Owens titled Race. Starring Stephan James as Owens and Jason Sudekis as Owens’ coach, it depicts his rise to fame as an Olympic track runner in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Striking are the scenes in which the racial climate of Adolf Hitler’s Germany is depicted, especially when Hitler did not want to meet Owens after winning his race(s). “Eighty years later, Jesse Owens is still remembered, not only as an Olympic hero but for destroying Adolf Hitler’s myth of racial purity” (Fischer 3).Owens

So if you are a fan of Usain Bolt and enjoyed watching his Olympic races in Rio, check out this movie to learn about one of his most famous predecessors.

Race can be found here in our collection and for a limited time in the Library’s main floor lounge area. A nice companion to this movie is the book Nazi games : the Olympics of 1936 by David Clay Large, found here in our collection.

 

Fischer, Audrey. “Olympic Games: Broadcasts of the Olympic Games Bring the Event to Life for Millions of Viewers and Leave a Record Behind for Posterity.” Library of Congress Magazine July/August 2016: 3. PDF. 24 August 2016.

 

Celebrating African American History

With Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday on January 18th and African American History Month in February, you may feel encouraged to learn more about African American history and experiences. The following items were recently added to our collection:AfricanAmericanhistorybooks

African Americans in U.S. Foreign Policy: from the Era of Frederick Douglass to the Age of Obama edited by Linda Heywood, Allison Blakely, Charles Stith, and Joshua C. Yesnowitz

A collection of essays examining different aspects of race and foreign relations from the end of slavery to the present. The essays shed light onto the contributions of African American leaders and cultural ambassadors in diplomatic services, as well as answering questions as to why African Americans supported the diplomatic initiatives of a government with racist policies and cultural practices that undermined their civil rights. The volume concludes with a look at foreign policy in the Obama administration.

Free Black Communities and the Underground Railroad: the Geography of Resistance by Cheryl Janifer LaRoche

Approaching the Underground Railroad through an archaeological lens, LaRoche focuses on how free African American communities were able to help individuals fleeing slavery. She argues that geographical features like waterways, caves and iron forges in the southern part of the free North were key to the effectiveness of the Underground Railroad.

South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration by Marcia Chatelain

Chatelain examines the image of urban black girlhood in Chicago during the Great Migration, specifically from 1910 to 1940. She argues that the vulnerable image portrayed of urban black girlhood symbolized the larger well-being of a community undergoing major social, economic and cultural changes. Chatelain not only draws out the views of the adult African American population, but also references the girls’ letters and interviews.

The Loneliness of the Black Republican: Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power by Leah Wright Rigueur

An examination of African American Republicans, from the New Deal to 1980, in their fight for inclusion. Rigueur argues that while black Republicans faced hostility within the Republican Party and were shunned by their communities as political minorities, they were influential at various points in both instituting policies and programs and garnering support from outside the Republican Party.

Selma

A motion picture by director Ava DuVernay starring David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. leading the march for civil rights from Selma to Montgomery.

Freedom Now! Forgotten Photographs of the Civil Rights Struggle by Martin A. Berger

Featuring dozens of ‘forgotten’ photographs of the black civil rights movement, Freedom Now! shows that African Americans were actively engaged in violent protests. Berger argues that popular imagination focused on the images of black activists victimized by violent white southerners, while images contrary to this nonthreatening view have been purposely edited out of the collective narrative. This book provides a complete look at the actions, strength, and heroism of black activists.

Let the Fire Burn

A documentary film by director Jason Osder, Let the Fire Burn is about excessive police action against the radical urban group MOVE in Philadelphia. On May 13, 1985, police dropped military-grade explosives that led to the deaths of eleven people and destruction of 61 homes in an effort to arrest MOVE members occupying one of the rowhouses in the city.

The Political Roots of Racial Tracking in American Criminal Justice by Nina M. Moore

Moore examines the endurance of racial discrimination in criminal justice and its enablement in the national crime policy process. She argues that the race problem is rooted in an exaggerated public concern with ‘a crime problem’ over other issues facing the criminal justice system.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

One of 2015’s bestsellers and winner of the National Book Award for nonfiction, Between the World and Me is a memoir about Coates’ exploration of race in U.S. history and its present-day implications. Written as a letter to his son, Coates shares various personal experiences, from his days at Howard University to visiting a Civil War battlefield, Chicago’s South Side and African American homes broken by violence, ultimately providing a framework for understanding race.

Being Arab American

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Tomorrow at 11:00am, the MVCC Library is hosting the event The Arab Experience Through Graphic Novels. One of the novels being featured is Arab in America, which portrays the prejudices experienced by Arabs and Muslims in American society. If you want to explore this topic further you might want to check out some other items from our collection.

How Does It Feel To Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America looks into the lives of twenty-somethings living in the largest Arab-American community in the US, with everything from government surveillance to workplace discrimination being part of their lives.

Burqas, Baseball, and Apple Pie: Being Muslim in America tells the story of one Muslim American family–“a story of the struggles of assimilation and acceptance in a climate of confusion and prejudice.”

From Veils to Thongs: An Arab Chick’s Survival Guide to Balancing One’s Ethnic Identity in America takes a lighthearted look at being Syrian-American and trying to straddle two very different cultures with two very different views on women.

Homeland Insecurity: the Arab American and Muslim American Experience after 9/11 is an ethnographic study of the post 9/11 Chicago area. Through more than a hundred interviews and five in-depth oral histories, we get a candid look into the lives and experiences of Arab and Muslim Americans. We learn of their experiences with government scrutiny and public mistrust, but also of their experiences of increased social and civic engagement.

In All-American: 45 American Men on Being Muslim we hear first-hand from Muslim American men from all walks of life. We hear about their lives and about what it means to be both Muslim and American.

In I Speak for Myself: American Women on Being Muslim 40 women under the age of 40, who are both Muslim and American, share their individual stories about womanhood as a Muslim and what their lives are like being Muslim in America.

In the DVD Arab American Comedy Tour: Featuring America’s Most Wanted Comedians!, three comedians, Maysoon Zayid, Ahmed Ahmed, and Dean Obeidallah find the humor in the stereotypes that are often experienced in this country and “at all major airports” when you are Arab American.

On Campus and in the Community: Pumpkin Decorating

Annually the Moraine Valley Community College Library host a Pumpkin Decorating Contest, which also serves as a fundraiser for the Library student scholarship fund. If you didn’t already know, this is a really cool and might I add competitive event. As you can see from the pictures the creativity within the submissions is amazing.

WINNER: Fran Hoak “Retired”

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But wait, there’s more…

Beyond my role as an Adjunct Faculty Librarian at MVCC, I am also a consultant and researcher in the areas of Diversity and Inclusion as well as Community Engagement. Recently, I have been doing a little observational research on ways to enhance the connection between local public libraries and the MVCC library.

While out visiting local public libraries, my travels took me to the Harvey (IL) Public Library. Immediately when I walked in I felt connected. The Harvey Public Library District (HPLD) also embraced the pumpkin decorating spirit. In another expression of creativity the HPLD staff connected their pumpkin decorating to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is October. As you can see from the pictures pumpkin decorating at HPLD is also quite the festive endeavor.

So here’s a shout out to HPLD, well done!

 

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Display in the library lobby

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HLPD Staff Front Row (R to L): Antonia McBride, Head of Teen & Youth Services; Kim Peake, Head of Adult Services; Ina Bolling, Circulation Assistant; Back Row: Pat Nevin, Reference Librarian

 

 

 

A is for Arab: Opening Reception

We are excited to host the traveling exhibit “A is for Arab: Stereotypes in U.S. Popular Culture” in the Moraine Valley Library over the next month. This exhibit has been brought to campus through the leadership of the Arab Student Union. Yesterday, we hosted an opening reception for the exhibit.

The “A is for Arab” exhibit is designed by The Jack G. Shaheen Archive at Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University is Presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute and the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University.

A is for Arab: Opening Reception–Moraine Valley Community College

Diversity & Inclusion @ Moraine Valley

I am a newly hired adjunct Public Services Librarian at Moraine Valley Community College. In another role outside of MVCC, I am a consultant and thought leader in the area of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I). As an outside observer and now as a current employee, I have been- and continue to be impressed and inspired by the range of diversity, inclusion, and cross-cultural appreciation present within the MVCC community.

In this blog post I want to achieve two goals; 1) present information from the vantage point of both librarian as well as diversity and inclusion professional, and; 2) support Moraine Valley’s upcoming sixth annual community dialogue on promoting diversity and leadership on Friday, October 9th. This year’s topic is “Managing Opportunities for All: My Role, Your Role, Our Role.”

 

To achieve the first goal I offer a reading list of materials available in the MVCC library connected to D&I.

Using the keyword search diversity and inclusion as a single term I located the following:

Bridging the diversity divide: globalization and reciprocal empowerment in higher educationby Edna Chun and Alvin Evans (2009).

Diversity and motivation: culturally responsive teaching in college – by Margery B. Ginsberg and Raymond J. Wlodkowski (2009).

Inclusion and diversity: meeting the needs of all students – by Sue Grace and Phil Gravestock (2009).

Multicultural education: issues and perspectives – edited by James A. Banks, Cherry A. McGee Banks (2010).

Ouch! That stereotype hurts: communicating respectfully in a diverse world – by Leslie C. Aguilar (2006).

 

Using the keyword search cultural identity as a single term I located the following:

Arab cinema: history and cultural identity – by Viola Shafik (2007).

Framing Muslims: stereotyping and representation after 9/11 – by Peter Morey and Amina Yaqin (2011).

Intercultural communication: an introduction – by Fred E. Jandt (2001).

Jewishness: expression, identity, and representation – edited by Simon J. Bronner

Who we be: the colorization of America – by Jeff Chang (2014)

Other keyword terms to locate a broader range of MVCC library materials that may be intriguing on the subject: same sex, gender identity, religious diversity, cultural inclusion, generational, stereotypes, biasas well as power and privilege to name a limited handful.

 

Diversity Best Practices is a membership and information resource organization. In 2013, Diversity Best Practices (DBP) posted 5 books every diversity professional should read. According to DBP, “these books will challenge your conventional way of thinking and help you grow in your diversity and inclusion work.” I suggest these books also align in the area of thought leadership connected to diversity and inclusion, which can generate and/or promote creative inclusion possibilities along with cross cultural connectedness. Thus, embarking on this reading list will contribute to the personal growth of any one of us currently living in an increasingly more diverse planet. Now the connection to the MVCC library. You can find three of the five DBP must reads within the MVCC collection.

Thinking, fast and slowby Daniel Kahneman (2011)

Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talkingby Susan Cain (2012)

Freakonomics: a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everythingby Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (2006 –book & cd)

The final addition to this reading list is the Moraine Valley Community College, “One Book One College” monograph, Illegal: reflections of an undocumented immigrant – by José Ángel N (2014)

Before concluding let me again mention  Moraine Valley’s annual Diversity Dialogue event on Friday October 9th from 7:30 and – noon being held in Building M. Attend and share best practices, learn from your colleagues, develop a shared strategy, commit to furthering MVCC efforts, and continue the diversity and inclusion dialogue.

For more information: MVCC DIVERSITY DIALOGUE