Hero’s Journey & the Power of Myth Tuesday, April 23rd, 12:30pm-1:45pm, Library Lounge (Building L)
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.
Hear their stories. Learn about prominent black historical figures followed by a discussion on the history, role and impact they had on society.
Featured figures include:
-Mary Eliza Mahoney
-Jean Baptiste du Sable
-Dr. Mae C Jamieson
This presentation discusses the quest of ninth century House of Wisdom scholars to check early scientific observations and to develop new methods of scientific research. It looks at the methods they used to calculate the circumference of the Earth as well as the position of the earth, planets, stars, and the moon. The place of the observatories in the Muslim world is also addressed. This lecture is part of the MOSAICS Building Bridges Program.
A discussion to understand the exhaustion experienced by black mothers in the face of multilayered oppression. The discussion will provide strategies of support such as: self-preservation and self-care for black mothers within society. This event is organized by the Black History Month committee.
In this lecture, Dr. Amani Wazwaz presents the life and achievements of the eighth century Muslim scholar Jabir Ibn Hayyan. The lecture introduces the role that the alchemist has played in cultural imagination and the place that Jabir ibn Hayyan has in the history of chemistry. This lecture is part of the MOSAICS Building Bridges Program.
The Alchemist Chemist: The Unnecessary Divide in the Life of Jabbir Ibn Hayyan
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.
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?
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.
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.