The ideas of the Protestant Reformation went viral

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Martin Luther, a German monk, felt that numerous practices within the Catholic church needed to be changed. His challenge to Catholicism set off a firestorm of protest, death and eventually reform within the Catholic church.

It is interesting to ponder the role that technology played in this movement. “As with the Internet centuries later,the printing press showed how a new information technology could change the world.” Martin Luther’s ideas spread like wildfire.

Going viral may sound like a modern phenomenon but the printing press and the internet have more in common than most of us think.

For more information on The Protestant Reformation check out the MVCC catalog.  Or you might be interested in how technology has influenced history.

 

 

27 Seasons of Bob Ross’ The Joy of Painting Free Online

Bob Ross’ Joy of Painting has become a pop culture icon reaching cult status. Open Culture reports that 27 seasons of the Joy of Painting are availa

ble online. You can find these videos on the Bob Ross YouTube Channel.

You are NOT going to want to miss this one…

Bob Ross – Mountain Waterfall (Season 5 Episode 1)

The 15 Most Influential Websites of All Time

How did the world run so smoothly before the age of Ask Jeeves, Google, email, text and other electronic assistance?  The internet celebrates its 27th birthday on December 20th. 
Happy Birthday to one of the most profound inventions in the history of the world!
Time magazine compiled a list of the Most Influential Websites of All Time. Before you read the list, reflect on the websites that you think belong on the list. You may be surprised on how many you forgot to add to it.
Also, here is a timeline of the birth and growth of the www (world wide web).

JFK Assassination Information

On October 26, the National Archives will release classified documents about the John F. Kennedy assassination. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was assassinated on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas.

The library has these books and eBooks about the assassination.

The Assassination of John F. Kennedy: A Complete Book of Facts by James P. Duffy and Vincent L. Ricci (1992)

Bloody Treason: On Solving History’s Greatest Murder Mystery, the Assassination of John F. Kennedy by Noel Twyman (1997)

Where Were You? America Remembers the JFK Assassination compiled and edited by Gus Russo and Harry Moses; foreword by Tom Brokaw (2016)

“The President Has Been Shot!” The Assassination of John F. Kennedy by James L. Swanson (eBook and eAudiobook, 2016)

The Dawn of the Space Age

On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched the first artificial Earth satellite. That year, the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union commenced.

In 2011, President Obama stated the following in his State of the Union address: “Half a century ago, when the Soviets beat us into space with the launch of a satellite called Sputnik, we had no idea how we would beat them to the moon. The science wasn’t even there yet. NASA didn’t exist. But after investing in better research and education, we didn’t just surpass the Soviets; we unleashed a wave of innovation that created new industries and millions of new jobs.”

Explore the MVCC catalog and our databases for information on this incredible event in history. Make sure you check out our historical newspapers to get a real feel on how America reacted to Sputnik.

 

Race: What’s all the fuss about?

The topic of race and race relations has increasingly been in the forefront of news topics, social media post, classroom content, workplace chats, and family conversations. Some of the interactions have ranged along a continuum from the intellectually engaging to violently confronting. Regardless of your beliefs or position on the topic of race and race relations, have you considered that the concept of race may not actually exist?
Some scientist, biologist, and geneticist believe race is a concept created by man to serve personal purposes and intentions. For those that might want to explore further the topic of race as a social man-made concept I offer readings from the MVCC catalog and videos from You Tube to get you started.

BOOKS AVAILABLE AT MVCC

    Faibanks, D. J. (2015). Everyone is African: how science explores the myth of race. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books. Call Number: GN289 .F35 2015

    Sussman, R. W. (2014). The Myth of Race: the troubling persitence of an unscientific idea. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. Call Number: HT 1521 .S83 2014

    Taylor, P. C. (2013). Race: a philosohical introduction (2nd Edition ed.). Cambridge, UK: Polity Press. Call Number: HT 1521 .T36 2013

    YOU TUBE VIDEOS

Science Says: There Is No Such Thing As Race!
The myth of race: debunked in 3 minutes

National Hispanic Heritage Month

 

National Hispanic Heritage Month will run from September 15 to October 15. This month will honor “the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.”

The White House

Check out our catalog for material on Hispanic Americans.

You might also enjoy this PBS documentary on Latino Americans.

 

The Fall Equinox

The solar eclipse was one of the most anticipated events of the summer. Millions of Americans were “hit” by solar fever.  Perhaps the interest in the eclipse will transfer over to other scientific phenomena.

One of these phenomena, the Autumnal Equinox, will take place on September 22, 2017. It may not have the “once in a lifetime” hype that the eclipse did because it takes places every fall, but it is worth promoting an interest in science.

 

DACA, Immigration & Illinois

The Trump Administration’s move to cut the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has been making headlines. In 2015, our Library held a talk by Celina Villanueva about immigration in Illinois which included a discussion about DACA. This talk is very relevant to issues today.

 

Talking Immigration in the Land of Lincoln with Celina Villanueva

HURRICANE HARVEY

Not too many people in the Houston, Texas, area will forget August 26, 2017! Just as forecasted, Hurricane Harvey made landfall bringing with it a lot of rain and wind, and spawning many tornadoes. The devastation is enormous.

Want to give a helping hand by means of a donation? Check out this article by The New York Times. There are any number of groups or associations that are providing assistance. Even a modest amount such as $10 will help someone who perhaps has lost everything. Click here for the link to the article.