Sometimes it becomes a bit difficult to know how to evaluate our news sources. Some news organizations have a more liberal bent while others definitely lean more conservative. Some can be relied upon for factual reporting while others contain more fabricated information. This infographic provides a pretty easy to read layout of where different news organizations fall on a scale of how reputable they are. If you’d like to see a larger version click here.
The United States experienced a serious pandemic in 1918 and 1919. During the 1918 “Spanish flu” that killed up to 50 million people, many were reported to have died within hours of showing their first symptoms. The virus caused between 20-40 million deaths worldwide. It infected over 28% of the U.S. population and almost 700,000 Americans died from the flu during this time period. Most of the victims were between the ages of 20 and 40. The medical profession had no idea how to treat the disease.
One hundred years later, the United States is faced with another alarming flu season. Flu deaths are on the rise, including children and young adults. Fortunately in 2018, the medical experts have more medical tools at their disposal.
For additional information on staying healthy as well as interesting facts about this seasonal disease, check out the following sites.
With the recent revelations of sexual harassment and assault in politics, the media, and entertainment, the following talk from Gretchen Carlson highlights issues and connects with our One Book program on the book We Believe You.
Description from TED: When Gretchen Carlson spoke out about her experience of workplace sexual harassment, it inspired women everywhere to take their power back and tell the world what happened to them. In a remarkable, fierce talk, she tells her story — and identifies three specific things we can all do to create safer places to work. “We will no longer be underestimated, intimidated or set back,” Carlson says. “We will stand up and speak up and have our voices heard. We will be the women we were meant to be.”
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.
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.
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.
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
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.”