The Intelligence on A.I.

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Have you seen the upcoming events for our One Book program? Over the next couple months the program will explore the expanding world of artificial intelligence. Get ahead of the robot invasion with the following books and videos from our collection.

Looking for fiction?

Machines Like Me: And People Like You

Set in an alternate 1980’s London, two people work together to create a personality for a synthetic human. A love triangle ensues and leads to questions about what makes us human. 

Looking for non-fiction? 

A Human’s Guide to Machine Intelligence : How Algorithms are Shaping our Lives and How We Can Stay in Control

“Kartik Hosanagar surveys the brave new world of algorithmic decision making and reveals the potentially dangerous biases to which they can give rise to as they increasingly run our lives.” (From the book jacket)

Interested in medicine?

Deep Medicine : How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again

“’Deep Medicine’ shows us how the awesome power of AI can make medicine better, and reveals the paradox that machines can make humans healthier–and more human.” (From the book jacket)

Looking for a thriller?

Ex Machina (Streaming Video)

“A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking humanoid A.I.” (IMDb.com)

Looking for a romance? 

Her (Streaming Video or DVD)

“In a near future, a lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to meet his every need.” (IMDb.com)

Want to binge watch? 

Westworld: Season One (DVD)

“’Westworld’ is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin–exploring a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.” (From the publisher)


Apollo Moon Landing

“We choose to go the moon.” U.S. President John Kennedy stated in 1962. On July 20, 1969, American astronaut Neil Armstrong left his footprints on the surface of the moon. Kennedy’s quixotic vision became reality.

This July, America is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Why not check out the MVCC catalog and become familiar with one of the greatest events in the 20th century? Also, you may want to view the MVCC historical newspaper databases to read the actual articles that appeared in the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times on that historic date.

View this silent film, A Trip to the Moon (1902). “This movie was made before we even thought it was possible to land on the moon. For its time, this is absolutely brilliant.”

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:

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.

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:

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?

The audio of this discussion is available below:

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

The audio of this discussion is available below:

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

The audio of this discussion is available below:

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

The audio of this discussion is available below: