Dance in the Library: Historical Perspectives of the Devil and the White City

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.

Thodos Dance Chicago: Historical Perspectives of the Devil and the White City
n preparation for their MVCC performance, the creative directors of Thodos Dance Chicago held a discussion on their process of adapting the novel the Devil and the White City to dance. This event was held in the Moraine Valley Community College Library.

Serving in the Union and Confederate Armies

What was it like to be a Civil War soldier? Historian Joshua Fulton helps us to answer this question. This was part last years’s One Book program on Confederates in the Attic.

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.

Hospitals Struggle to Get Workers to Wash Their Hands

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:

How Research is Making Healthcare Better: Infection Prevention and Antibiotic Stewardship
Dr. Emily Landon of the University of Chicago Medicine Antibiotic Stewardship Program discusses current research in preventing the spread of infection and the stewardship of antibiotics.

Working, Chicago, Our Jobs, and Studs Terkel

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.

Working: how Studs Terkel inspired a generation of journalists

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).

Looking back at Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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.

Looking Back at Confederates in the Attic

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.

Check Out a Copy of World War Z

We are excited that we received six more copies of World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks.  This is our One Book, One College text for the 2013-2014 academic year.  You can check them out and take them home.
WWZCopies

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

You can read more about each of these themes on the About Page on the One Book site. 

Preventing Infections in Hospitals

Bacteria and viruses are getting stronger. They are gaining resistance to antibiotics. What new strategies can we use to prevent the spread of infections, especially in medical settings?

This past October we welcomed Dr. Emily Landon of the University of Chicago to address these issues. She discussed her experiences on the job and new research into protecting us from resistant bugs.

How Research is Making Healthcare Better: Infection Prevention and Antibiotic Stewardship
Dr. Emily Landon of the University of Chicago Medicine Antibiotic Stewardship Program discusses current research in preventing the spread of infection and the stewardship of antibiotics. This is an event sponsored by the Moraine Valley Community College Library.

Looking Back at the November Election with MVCC Faculty

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.

2012 Election Panel Discussion

Academic Gowns, an 800 Year Tradition

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.