Real Talk: Climate & Advocacy (video)

Dr. Jim Angel, Illinois State Climatologist will present the real science and facts about climate change and its impacts on the Chicagoland region. Lincoln Cohen will speak about his experience in the Climate Reality Project, an intensive advocacy and awareness training program first developed by Al Gore. He will also discuss opportunities for the audience to engage in climate policy advocacy. This event is sponsored by the MVCC Center for Sustainability.

Real Talk: Climate & Advocacy

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Upcoming Event: Real Talk: Climate & Advocacy

Dr. Jim Angel, Illinois State Climatologist will present the real science and facts about climate change and its impacts on the Chicagoland region.

Real Talk: Climate & Advocacy
Wednesday, April 18th , 11am-11:50am, noon-12:50pm, Building L, Library Lounge
Dr. Jim Angel, Illinois State Climatologist will present the real science and facts about climate change and its impacts on the Chicagoland region. Lincoln Cohen will speak about his experience in the Climate Reality Project, an intensive advocacy and awareness training program first developed by Al Gore. He will also discuss opportunities for the audience to engage in climate policy advocacy. Both will be available for more questions and discussion following the 12 PM. Refreshments will be provided after the 12PM presentation in the Library Cafe.

IMPORTANT NEWS ABOUT OUR GARBAGE

 

This is an image of a dead seabird that ate some of our trash that has been floating in our oceans.

Did you know that China has been the garbage dump of the world for the last 20 years? I thought you wouldn’t know. Well, they have had enough, and now the rest of the world is scrambling to get rid of its trash. Read this  article from the Huffington Post. Click here to see how our love, especially for plastics, is going to have to be addressed.

 

Spring Public Events: Sexperts, Assault, Mental Illness, Climate Change, and More

Check out our listing of upcoming programs for the Spring 2018 term. Timely topics! All are free and open to the public.

Are You A “Sexpert”? Sexual Health Workshop for the College Student
February 1, 12:30pm-1:45pm, Building L, Library Lounge
We welcome special guest Patty Murphy, M.S. CADC to speak about sexual health. Topics may include consensual sex, communication, STD/STI prevention, obtaining consent, and dispelling sexual myths and misconceptions. This event is part of our One Book, One College program on the book We Believe You.

Progress in Stopping Sexual Assault? Public Outcry and Finding a New Normal
Thursday, February 8th 11am-12:15pm, Building L, Library Lounge
Recent high-profile sexual assault/harassment revelations in politics, entertainment, and journalism has shifted the national conversation, asking us to reckon with the structures that normalize harassment, protect abusers, and silence victims. This faculty and staff panel will discuss this current wave of accusations and its roots in rape culture, taking into consideration how we arrived at this historic moment and what possibilities exist for a more just future. This event is part of our One Book, One College program on the book We Believe You.

MOSAICS: Translating, Preserving and Creating New Knowledge: The Role of the House of Wisdom, Mosques, Schools, and Libraries
Tuesday, February 13, 12:30pm-1:45pm, Building L, Library Lounge
This interactive lecture introduces the value placed on libraries, mosques, schools, and the House of Wisdom during the Golden Age of Islam, for this is where the vibrant culture of learning and discoveries thrived. It looks at the respected place given to librarians, translators, scientists, philosophers, and thinkers who translated and studied books from different lands, and created more knowledge and advanced understanding. Audiences will hear about a few of the many developments that occurred in these important places of learning. Special event that is part of the Mosaics: Muslim Voices in America program.

Hot, Warm, & Cool: Healthy Romantic Relationships
February 14, 10am-10:50am, Building L, Library Lounge
Over the centuries love has been described and defined in many different ways. Intimacy, passion and commitment are the warm, hot and cool elements of a healthy romantic relationship. Join us for an overview and discussion about what comprises a healthy romantic relationship and learn what prevents you from having the relationship you want and deserve. This event is being organized by the Counseling and Career Development Center as part of our One Book, One College program on the book We Believe You.

Why Suffer in Silence? Questioning Mental Illness Stigmas and Empowering the African-American Community
Thursday, Feb. 15, 12:30-1:45 p.m., Building L, Library Lounge
Moraine Valley students will hear about emotional suffering as well as mental stigmas in the African-American community. The session discusses how to empower one another and begin the path to healing and hope. This event is part of MVCC’s Black History Month Celebration.

Live Museum and Monologues Project
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 10:45 a.m.-Noon 12:30-1:45 p.m., Building L, Library Lounge
Hear their stories. Learn about prominent black historical figures followed by a discussion on the history, role and impact they had on society. Figures include: Katherine Johnson, Barack Obama, The Supremes, James Baldwin and Misty Copeland. This event is part of MVCC’s Black History Month Celebration.

Sexual Violence in America’s 20th Century
Thursday, Feb 22, 11am-12:15pm, Building L, Library Lounge
Sexual violence has been an often present and yet often little recognized component of American history. Associate Professor Josh Fulton examines the role gender has played in the American story in the 20th century, and how prevalent sexual violence was throughout key periods in this time in America–from the ‘Jazz Age,’ the Jim Crow South, the Great Depression, World War II, and beyond. This event is part of our One Book, We Believe You program.

The Underground Church in North Korea: Experiencing Life Across the 38th Parallel
Tuesday, March 6th, 12:30-1:30pm, Building L, Library Lounge
Special guest Dr. Augustine Sohn, physician and associate professor at the University of Illinois, discusses his experience as a missionary in Korea. He will talk about the background, history, politics, religion, and the separation of North and South Korea. He will connect Christianity to the underground church, and talk about the connection with his church and North Korea. This event is organized by Moraine Valley’s Christian Fellowship.

Readings from We Believe You
Wednesday, March 7th 1pm-1:50pm, Building L, Library Lounge
The MVCC Forensics Team (speech team) perform sections of the book We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out by Annie E. Clark and Andrea L. Pino. This event is intended to give voice to the survivors in the book. This event is part of our One Book, We Believe You program.

Male Victims of Rape and Survivorship
Thursday, April 5th, 11am-12:15pm, Building L, Library Lounge
Brendan Yukins from Rape Victim Advocates will be speaking about the most common reason for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in men: sexual violence. Society at large stigmatizes men who have been raped, from joking about them in the media to denying male victimization in the criminal justice system. Brendan will be delving into American masculinity, how it compounds trauma for male survivors, and how we can redefine masculinity as a society to create a world free of shame for the 1 in 6 men who will survive sexual violence in their lifetime. This event is part of our One Book, We Believe You program.

Real Talk: Climate & Advocacy
Wednesday, April 18th , 11am-11:50am, noon-12:50pm, Building L, Library Lounge
Dr. Jim Angel, Illinois State Climatologist will present the real science and facts about climate change and its impacts on the Chicagoland region. Lincoln Cohen will speak about his experience in the Climate Reality Project, an intensive advocacy and awareness training program first developed by Al Gore. He will also discuss opportunities for the audience to engage in climate policy advocacy. Both will be available for more questions and discussion following the 12 PM. Refreshments will be provided after the 12PM presentation in the Library Cafe.

Disorders and dolls: reducing stigma around mental illness
Tuesday, April 24, 2pm-3:15pm, Building L, Library Lounge
Honors psychology students will create dolls to represent a psychological disorder as part of their Abnormal Psychology class project. Each student will be tasked with designing a figurine to coincide with a Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-Fifth Edition (DSM-V) diagnosis. During the event each psychology student will present their project to the campus community and helped raise awareness about mental health issues with the goal of reducing stigma towards mental illness.

Event Video: Climate, Energy, Our World, Our Future

The science of global warming has been known for nearly 150 years, and we are now starting to experience tangible impacts on the world’s climate. We humans perceive these changes as gradual, but compared to natural cycles, they are unprecedentedly rapid. Fossil fuel combustion is closely linked with the development of a modern industrial society, coinciding with rapid growth of global population. But the buildup of greenhouse gases is creating serious side effects that have now become crystal clear. These facts present humanity with a monumental challenge. We need to bring all of our technological and philosophical wisdom to bear if future generations are to inherit a manageable global system. This lecture will explain the basic science of climate change, our energy systems and technologies, the role of agriculture, and what kinds of things we must do to secure a brighter future. Special event part of our STEM series.

Climate, Energy, Our World, Our Future featuring Rick Knight

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Climate Change Talk This Fall

We are excited to host these two talks on climate change in the Library this fall. The first is organized by the MVCC’s Sustainability Office and the second is part of our STEM series. These events are free and open to the public.

Climate, Energy, Our World, Our Future featuring Rick Knight
Tuesday, November 14th: 11 AM – noon
The science of global warming has been known for nearly 150 years, and we are now starting to experience tangible impacts on the world’s climate. We humans perceive these changes as gradual, but compared to natural cycles, they are unprecedentedly rapid. Fossil fuel combustion is closely linked with the development of a modern industrial society, coinciding with rapid growth of global population. But the buildup of greenhouse gases is creating serious side effects that have now become crystal clear. These facts present humanity with a monumental challenge. We need to bring all of our technological and philosophical wisdom to bear if future generations are to inherit a manageable global system. This lecture will explain the basic science of climate change, our energy systems and technologies, the role of agriculture, and what kinds of things we must do to secure a brighter future. Special event part of our STEM series.

Be the Change featuring “Raptivist” JoeyFineRhyme

Freestyle rhymes calling for action from “Raptivist” JoeyFineRhyme!
This interdisciplinary discussion looks at climate and waste, parallels these crises with other great challenges that have been met, draws inspiration from what previous movements have accomplished, and imparts knowledge to students on what they can do. This event is part of Moraine Valley’s Earth Month programming.

Be the Change featuring “Raptivist” JoeyFineRhyme

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Earth Month Events!

We are excited to be part of MVCC’s earth month celebration.

JoeyFineRhyme is coming to the library April 12, 11am and Noon!
Taking on our collective eco-challenges requires we each embody an ethos of action. This interdisciplinary and participatory presentation educates students on climate and waste, parallels these crises with other great challenges that have been met, draws inspiration from what previous movements have accomplished, and imparts knowledge to students on what they can do. He has a unique style of free-style rap to help keep the audience engaged!! Check out Joey’s work here: (really amazing and fun).

Here’s the full Earth Month line up!

  • JoeyFineRhyme is coming to the library: April 12
  • ActOut 2.0 – “Our Common Ground: A Space for Civil Discourse”: April 21
  • GO Green! Club Swap-A-Thon: April 26
  • 50th Anniversary Tree Planting – Arbor Day & Tree Campus USA: April 28

For more informatio on these events, click here!

250 Million Trees

Famous trees

Today being the last Friday in April means that we celebrate National Arbor Day today. The very first Arbor Day was celebrated in Nebraska in 1872 and since that time 250 million trees have been planted all over the country through the Arbor Day Foundation. A day set aside to celebrate the importance of trees in our lives and to promote their planting and care came about through the efforts of J. Sterling Morton, an early Nebraska pioneer and editor of Nebraska’s first newspaper. He often wrote about agriculture and environmentalism and promoted the idea of a day for tree planting. Nebraska’s State Board of Agriculture agreed with his proposal and declared the first Arbor Day. Prizes were offered for the largest number of trees planted and over a million trees were planted in Nebraska on that day. Other states soon followed and eventually the day would be celebrated in all 50 states and numerous countries around the world.

Join the celebration today at 1:30 with the MVCC Go Green! Club. They will be planting a magnolia tree on the north side of the pump house in front of Buildings F and T. Then at 2:00 in D116 there will be a talk entitled “Climate Action Plan? What’s That? & Other  Sustainability News.” Also, don’t forget to check out the many books in our collection covering the natural history of trees as well information about different varieties of trees around the country, growing tips, and even a book about famous trees. To find out more about Arbor Day or to add to the next 250 million trees visit the Arbor Day Foundation website.

“Arbor Day…which has already transplanted itself…to every state in the American Union and has even been adopted in foreign lands…is not like other holidays. Each of those reposes on the past, while Arbor Day proposes for the future.”  –J. Sterling Morton

Illinois EPA Student Lectures: Zero Waste, Water Conservation, Energy Reduction

Each year, Illinois EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention recruits upper-level university students to work on both pollution prevention (P2) and energy efficiency (E2) projects during the summer. While students have been placed primarily at manufacturing facilities, they have also worked at small business development centers, trade associations, local government facilities, environmental groups and military installations. The purpose of the program is to help facilities identify, research and pilot P2 technologies and practices. In the area of E2, companies can realize overhead cost savings due to increased energy efficiency while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Michael Simpkins
Water conservation\Reduction
BASF Corporation, Kankakee, IL
Chemical Engineer – University of Missouri, Columbia, MO; expected graduation is May 2016

Lucas Roat
Zero Waste; Cradle-to-Cradle Packaging
Clarke Mosquito Control Products, Inc. – St. Charles, IL
M.S. Environmental Engineering – IIT, Chicago; Expected graduation is December 2015

Kyle Berkhof
Greenhouse gas inventory; High efficiency vehicle survey with Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN)
IGEN – College of Lake County; Grayslake, IL
Mechanical Engineer – NIU, DeKalb; Expected graduation is May 2017

Taylor Gawthorp
Water reduction; Billion Gallon Water Challenge
Moraine Valley CC – Palos Hills, IL
Mechanical Engineer – Bradley University, Peoria; Expected graduation is May 2016

Keith Cordero
Material & Energy Balance; closing waste loops
Plant Chicago – Chicago, IL (formerly known as Back of the Yards neighborhood)
Mechanical Engineer – IIT, Chicago; Expected graduation is May 2015

Allan Tucker
Cardboard Recycling, net zero waste
University of Illinois at Chicago, Sustainability Office – Chicago, IL
Chemical Engineering – University of Illinois at Chicago; Expected graduation is May 2016