How about some Jazz on a snow day?

Since the campus is closing at 2pm and everyone is going to be stuck at home, how about some Jazz???

Take a look at this video from the library’s YouTube Channel featuring our college’s Jazz faculty:

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.

Harry Mark Petrakis & the Greek-American Community

This past week, I came across the link to this blog post: Award Winning Author Harry Mark Petrakis Podcast (

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.

Glenn Carpenter: My Life as a College Photographer

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.

Behind and Through the Lens: My Life as a College Photographer

The audio of this event is available below:

Become a better Student… Person… in the Spring

Are you planning on attending one of these workshops from the Counseling and Career Development Center? If you want to learn more about any of these topics, check out some of these books from the library: 






Don’t Forget Online Video

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)

Tamarra Coleman-Hill: Why Integration Still Matters

This is the first video from our fall TLC Event.

Why Integration Still Matters: Forced Bussing and Its Impact on My Life
Tamara Coleman-Hill
Drawing on an narrative essay in her collection of essays about growing up in a Southern California, Tamara Coleman-Hill focuses on her own experiences and how court-ordered, bussing helped shape her life.

The audio of this event is available below:

Reforming the Syrian Opposition

In October, the library held a discussion and film viewing about the crisis in Syria (see Discussion and Viewing of “Suffering Grasses” to watch the video of this event). Yesterday, NPR had a piece about a meeting intended to organize (or reorganize) the Syrian opposition. This is a useful followup to the discussion held in the library:

Syrian Opposition Movement Hampered By Fractures

On Thursday, there were talks in Qatar aimed at restructuring and reinforcing Syria’s opposition movement.

Monday, Nov 5 MLA Workshop from the Writing Center

We wanted to send out word about an upcoming workshop from the MVCC Writing Center. This workshop is called “Defeat the Obstacles of MLA Documentation.”

It will be held Monday, November 5th from noon-1pm in Building A, Room A251 (NOT the library).

To register, email or call 708-608-4216.

Human Right in Iran

Last year our library welcomed Elise Auerbach, Amnesty International’s Iran Specialist to our library. She gave a talk as part of our One Book program about human rights in Iran. (You can listen to her discussion here:

Ms. Auerback emailed our library to let inform us about the event below which will be held in the Chicagoland area. Since so many students, faculty and community members were interested in our conversations around Iran, we thought that our community may find this valuable as well:

A Presentation on Human Rights in Iran


  • Bani Dugal
  • Dr. Kamiar
  • Dr. Arash Alaei(Former prisoners of conscience in Iran)
  • Music by Alessandro Giua
  • Baha’is House of Worship Choir

Sunday, November 11, 2012, 1:00 PM
at The Baha’i House of Worship Foundation Hall
100 Linden Ave, Wilmette, IL 60091

For more information, please call Wayne Heimbach 847-414-5160
Sponsored by Amnesty International & Chicago area Baha’i Assemblies