If you’re confused because you see lots of people wearing green on campus today, but St. Patrick’s Day was over a month ago, it’s because today is Earth Day. And it’s also the beginning of Earth Week. There will be a number of Earth Week-related events and activities on campus this week.
Here at the library we have a lecture scheduled for today at 12:30pm.
Sustainability Around the Globe: For Folks with Short Attention Spans
Intensive English Language students offer short poster presentations about sustainability topics from their home countries. Tour the world in a matter of minutes while learning neat facts about environmental, social and economic issues.
We also have lots of materials for you to check out. Here is just a small sampling of what’s available.
I thought it might be interesting to pull out a podcast from the library’s archive of podcast. Here is a link to a discussion we held five years ago about the history of the Middle East. Our past podcasts are enjoyable and thought-provoking.
Ten years ago, our library had scheduled a faculty panel discussion on the Just War Theory. For several months, President George W. Bush had been talking about a preemptive strike against Saddam Hussein . We decided that a discussion on the justification for war would be useful. We didn’t know it, but we had inadvertently scheduled this panel on the exact day (March 19, 2003) that the US started bombing Baghdad. Over 300 students packed into the library for this event. Our faculty members were great. Four years later (in 2007), we reconvened this panel for further discussion. I have pasted the link to the podcast from the 2007 event below.
Listen to Podcast: The Iraq War Four Years Later: A Panel Discussion Reconvened (Date of Event: March 6, 2007)
Description: Four years ago, on March 19, 2003, the Moraine Valley Library held a panel discussion about the just war theory. Through eerie coincidence, this event fell on the very day that the US started bombing Iraq. Now, four years later, this panel of experts reconvenes to talk about the last four years and the future. As in the book, 1984, war has become an ongoing part of life.
The Roots of Jazz featuring Doug Bratt & members of the Moraine Valley Jazz Faculty
Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble director Douglass Bratt and musicians present a musical performance and discussion chronicling the origin and evolution of jazz. This event is part of the One Book, One College program and the Black History Month Celebration. This event was supported by the MVCC Library, MVCC Liberal Arts, and MVCC Music Department.
This is a post that includes the online audio from 2009 when well known author Harry Mark Petrakis came to Moraine Valley to speak. Mr. Petrakis is a South-side original. He is one of our own writers, and it was great to welcome him to MVCC. He discusses his life, writing, and the Greek-American community in Chicagoland.
This visit in 2009 was a great event, and I thought it was worth reposting it.
What is it like to witness history and, even more importantly, to be charged with recording it? Moraine Valley’s college photographer, Glenn Carpenter, tells us about the 22 years he has spent recording the visual history of the college and capturing the special moments that change lives. This event was part of our TLC: Teaching and Learning Community Event.
It’s groundhog day! Since I don’t have a groundhog video handy, I wanted to share this video from our fall TLC event. It’s not about a groundhog, but it is about another little, furry rodent, so you know, why not?
We hope that our students, staff, and faculty are home enjoying the break. The library is closed until January 2nd, but don’t forget that our online tools never close. We offer many streaming videos. Visit our online catalog to see what we offer: Streaming Videos.
Here’s a video from our TLC event last spring:
Perseverance and Hope: The Words of My Life
Presentation Description: Our experiences help to define who we are. LaWanda Burrell discusses how using perseverance and hope helped define her purpose in the eye of a life-altering storm. (Date of Presentation: February 16, 2012)