Happy 200th Birthday, Illinois: A Progress Report on the Preamble of the State Constitution

The preamble of the Illinois state constitution talks about the maintenance of the health, safety and welfare of its citizens through a representative and orderly government. It aims to eliminate poverty and inequality, provide social and economic justice, and the fullest development of the individual. What grade does the state of Illinois deserve for their performance in this 200th year, particularly with regard to its “orderly” government? Professor of History, Political Science and Sociology Merri Fefles and Political Science Professor Kevin Navratil will lead a discussion examining these and other topics. The event is part of our campus programming to commemorate the Illinois bicentennial and sponsored by the Democracy Commitment.

Happy 200th Birthday, Illinois: A Progress Report on the Preamble of the State Constitution

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Report from the Frontlines: USPCN Delegation to Palestine

The US Palestinian Community Network as shares reports from their all Palestinian & Arab delegation to Palestine this summer. Their reports will focus on answering: Who are the leading organizations in Palestine defending political prisoners, preserving culture, resisting land theft, and more? What are the increasingly repressive conditions they face from Israeli occupiers? And how can we support them?

Report from the Frontlines: USPCN Delegation to Palestine

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2018 Election Analysis: A Democracy Hour Event

The 2018 Election was one of the most pivotal mid-term elections in history. It flipped control of the House of Representatives, as well as which party controls the statehouse across dozens of U.S. states. Professor of History, Political Science and Sociology Merri Fefles and Political Science Professor Deron Schreck will analyze the 2018 Election and discuss the implications of the election results. This event is organized by the Democracy Commitment.

Democracy Hour Presents 2018 Election Analysis

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80th Anniversary of Kristallnacht: Ghosts and the Holocaust and the Suitcase of Documents

Over the weekend, the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht (Nov 9-10, 1938) was observed. This night 100s of people died as 1000s of Jews were put in concentration campus, businesses were burnt, and families were separated. This marked an escalation of the Holocaust which would not end until the end of World War II.

Here is a story from faculty member Craig Rosen where he talks about Kristallnacht and how his family lost their business. He shares his story of the Ghosts he’s carried with him in a leather brief case. He had explored the documents inside, but the documents found him. Craig shares his family’s story that brings to life voices of the holocaust’s victims and survivors.

Family Matters: Ghosts and the Holocaust and the Suitcase of Documents

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and the City of Chicago: Special Guest Dr. John Low

Dr. John Low from the Ohio State University will be speaking about this book Imprints: the Potawatomi Indians & the City of Chicago (2016, Michigan State University Press). Dr. Low will examine the ways some Pokagon Potawatomi tribal members have maintained a distinct Native identity in Chicago, their rejection of assimilation and their desire for inclusion without forfeiting their “Indianness.” This event is part of our campus programming to commemorate the Illinois bicentennial.

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and the City of Chicago: Special Guest Dr. John Low?

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My Struggle to Feel Normal: How an Invisible Illness Forced Me to Take Charge of My Health

Amanda Sidorowicz never wanted to be a burden to her family, friends, and coworkers, so she hid her health struggles for years. It wasn’t until she hit a breaking point in 2017 when she decided to put her health first and seek answers to her medical mystery. In this talk, Amanda will discuss her struggle to feel normal, including coming to terms with the symptoms of the autoimmune disease Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, her breaking point, and how she’s feeling today.

My Struggle to Feel Normal: How an Invisible Illness Forced Me to Take Charge of My Health

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To Sikh Understanding: My Faith as a Sikh

Sumeet Singh grew up the Northwest Suburbs of the Chicago land area. He had a pretty normal childhood and grew up in a house filled with love, care, and an actual white picket fence. He felt like everyone else except the fact that he looked different. Sumeet shares his experience about embracing his Sikh identity and his unique perspective on life.

To Sikh Understanding: My Faith as a Sikh

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My Culinary Journey: From a Truffle to a Teacher

Do you believe that one event, one person or one moment in your life change your life? Did you go to college for one major, yet found another passion in life that changed your journey? Rose Deneen shares her journey starting with the single chocolate truffle that changed her life. This one truffle led to her becoming a chef and eventually to a culinary teacher today.

My Culinary Journey: From a Truffle to a Teacher

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Engineering a Super X-ray Strobe Light for Science (video)

If you have had a medical or dental X-ray, you know they are good at penetrating objects. Now imagine making those X-rays more intense by a billion times a billion and focusing them down to a size smaller than the point of a pin. What science could you do? Learn about the engineering involved in building large X-ray microscopes at Argonne National Laboratory. These football-field length instruments harness intense X-rays for use by every scientific discipline. Find out forefront examples of the resulting X-ray imaging created from STEM fields as diverse as entomology, medicine, biology, energy, environmental science, physics, materials chemistry and geology.

Engineering a Super X-ray Strobe Light for Science

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Energy for a Sustainable Future: What is it? How do we make it happen?

Energy is a multidisciplinary subject touching each of our daily lives, yet its governing concepts remain abstract to most. This presentation will promote energy literacy to a wide audience. We will discuss the credibility of information about energy and communicate about energy and energy use in meaningful ways. This knowledge will allow us to make informed decisions based on an understanding of impacts and consequences. This will provide the audience a greater understanding why we need to thoroughly understand our current energy systems to cope with the sustainability issues we are facing. This event is organized by the MVCC Center for Sustainability.

Dr. Jin Ho Jo is Associate Professor of Technology at Illinois State University, teaching in the Renewable Energy program. As the Associate Director of the Center for Renewable Energy, he also leads the Solar Power Research Group. His research, which has been widely published, focuses on the use of renewable energy systems and sustainable building strategies to reduce negative impacts of urbanization. His 2010 Ph.D. from Arizona State University was the nation’s first in sustainability.

Energy for a Sustainable Future: What is it? How do we make it happen?

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