In February (2012), we had a first for our library. We welcomed Thodos Dance Chicago. This included a discussion and dance focusing on the book the Devil in the White City. Here is a video from this unique event.
A Soldier’s Life: Service in the Union and Confederate Armies
We hear often of the leaders of the Civil War, of Lincoln, Davis, and their images. This presentation by history faculty member Joshua Fulton examines a common soldier’s perspective of the conflict in both armies–how they lived, fought, and endured.
How hard can it be to get people to wash their hands? It should be easy to get doctors to wash their hands, right? Well, this New York Times articles, Hospitals Struggle to Get Workers to Wash Their Hands, talks about the lengths that hospitals go through to ensure that doctors wash up (including motion activated cameras).
Hand washing is the number one way to prevent the spread of disease, but it is often ignored. Infectious disease is one of the themes for next year’s One Book program on World War Z.
This past October, our library welcomed Dr. Emily Landon to campus to talk about ways that the University of Chicago Hospitals work to prevent the spread of disease (including hand washing and other tools). Here’s the video from this lecture:
Jobs (or lack of jobs) have been making headlines for the last few years. We often think about jobs in terms of money and the economy, but we know that jobs are about more than that. Jobs are often about our identities. They are about who we are. For our students here at Moraine Valley, they are often seeking their first jobs, and those first jobs will greatly impact who they are and who they will become.
In 2008-2009, our college used Studs Terkel’s classic book Working as our One Book text. We spent the year studying work, workers, and working. You can find MP3 audio from this program on the Working Events Page: http://www.morainevalley.edu/working/menu.htm.
I would also like to share two links to two events recorded as part of this program. These will take you into the library’s catalog where you can find links to the audio recordings for these events.
Description: Thom Clark, president of the Community Media Workshop at Columbia College Chicago, presents a lecture about the life and influence of Chicago icon Studs Terkel
Ourselves & our work: how our jobs make us who we are
Description: How does our work shape us? How do people around us view us based on the type of work we do? How does training and education in order to get work help to shape us? What motivates us to work? Just money? Or, are there other reasons we work? Panel members include: Mitchell Baker, Maryan Jatczak, Richard Wolf, and Krista Appelquist (moderator).
PTSD is an increasingly important topic as we see many returning veterans re-entering society. As part of our One Book program, we organized a panel discussion on PTSD this past fall term. This panel included members of our psychology and counseling departments. This was a great discussion that is worth reviewing.
Understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: causes, diagnosis, and treatments
Faculty members from Moraine Valley’s Psychology and Counseling Departments discuss Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This event was held as part of the One Book, One College Program. Panel members included Nick Shizas – Psychology (moderator), Matthew Cullen – Counseling, Terri Easkin – Counseling, Ericka Hamilton – Psychology, Amy Williamson – Psychology.
Last academic year, we looked at Tony Horwitz’s book Confederates in the Attic as our One Book, One College text. At the start of our program, we asked our history faculty to talk about the book. They did, and it was a great event that really helped to dig into this excellent book.
Historians discuss Confederates in the Attic
Moraine Valley history faculty members discuss our One Book text, Confederates in the Attic. This panel included: Merri Fefles (moderator), Kristine VanBaren, Jim McIntyre, Josh Fulton.
For this program, we are going to look at a range of themes brought forth Brooks in this book. These themes include:
-Infectious Disease and Public Health
-Oral History and How We Remember
-The Individual and Society
-Zombies, Monsters, and The Profane in Art and Literature
-Disaster Mobilization and Government Interventions
-Networks, Knowledge, and Infection
-Dystopian and Apocalyptic Literature
-Beliefs, Evidence, and Science
-Just War, Genocide and Holocaust
-The Psychology of Survivorship
-Geology and Survival
On October 18th, we welcomed seven MVCC faculty members to the library to discuss the November 2012 elections. Yes, this election is now part of history, but it is interesting to look back at this discussion. The faculty members brought up a range of issues that were left unaddressed by President Obama, Governor Romney, and other candidates.
Even though that panel was held leading up to the election, many of the issues discussed are still important.
This Friday (May 17) is graduation when we honor Moraine Valley’s newest alumni!
When a student graduates, it is traditionally the faculty to bestow the degree on the students. The faculty as the keepers of their academic disciplines confirm that the students have completed their course work and have earned the degree. This is why the faculty process into the ceremony in their fancy robes.
Of course, this always leads us to to the question about the crazy, colorful, and sometimes eccentric looking robes worn by faculty members and graduates. The academic regalia (as it is known) is an 800 year old tradition dating back to middle-ages Europe. At that time, monks were the keepers of knowledge, and they lived in old, drafty monasteries. Their robes were practical at first (to keep warm), but over time, the robes evolved into academic fashion statements.
If you are interested in learning a bit more about the meaning and history behind academic dress, take a look at this video from the UCLA Newsroom: Decoding Graduation Caps and Gowns
UCLA explores the meaning and mystery behind graduation attire.