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Catch up on Library Events and Podcasts!

You can always find the latest Library podcast on out website, but here are few picks that speak to issues we face right now.

Self Care during Social Isolation Part I and II

Librarians host a discussion with MVCC Counselors about staying mentally healthy during this time of social isolation. The Counselors offer tips and insight for keeping focus, managing time, and dealing with the lack of social contact.

Visions of Tomorrow: Science Fiction as Social Commentary

As a genre, Science Fiction has pushed us to see our future (and present) in new ways. It has predicted new technologies and challenged us to think about how society will change. In this event, a panel of faculty members will discuss SciFi as a genre and explore how to understand and recognize its relevance. This event is part of our One Book, One College program on Isaac Asimov's I, Robot.

How Plagues, Disease, and Outbreaks Have Changed History

The fear of plagues and outbreaks has been part of literature and storytelling for many years. World War Z uses a zombie virus to end one civilization and bring about a new one. This panel of Moraine Valley Community College Historians considers the role of disease, plagues, and outbreaks throughout history. What major outbreaks have shaped history? How did they change the societies and cultures they affected? How have outbreaks & diseases impacted populations, living conditions, formations of communities, and migrations? How do historians view outbreaks and pandemics? This event is part of our One Book, One College programming on World War Z.

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom

Moraine Valley Community College students will learn about the oldest known holiday to commemorate the ending of slavery in the United States. The session will focus on the historical significance and cultural traditions of the forgotten holiday.

Avicenna: The Often Forgotten Philosopher

In this lecture, Professor of Communications and Literature, Dr. Amani Wazwaz discusses the life and contributions of the physician and scholar Avicenna (Ibn Sina). She explains his contributions to Philosophy and his influences on European Philosophers such as St. Thomas Aquinas. This presentation continues the lecture series begun by MOSAICS Building Bridges Program.

Zombie Math: Real-World Implications of the Numbers

We welcomed Mathematicians Jerimi Walker & Brian Kurth and biologist Peter Porter to discuss the science of zombie outbreaks. This was a great discussion that utilized zombie outbreaks to discuss real life disease. The event started with a discussion of disease and some of the factors that impact how quickly diseases spread. Then, our mathematicians discussed the ways that they would build models to understand these factors. These models are similar to models used by scientists at the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and other groups who monitor global disease outbreaks. This event is part of our One Book, One College program on World War Z.

James Baldwin & the Intersection of Race, Gender and Sexuality Featuring Dwight A. McBride

Moraine Valley welcomed special guest Dwight A. McBride, Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Provost of Graduate Education at Northwestern University. Dean McBride is a world renowned scholar who specializes issues relating to race and sexual orientation issues. He is also an expert on the life and influence of James Baldwin.