The occupation lasted 19 months and ended with the occupiers forced off the island. The event became a watershed for the Native American civil rights movement. The incident eventually led to the return of millions of acres of ancestral land and numerous proposals supporting tribal self rule.
Ironically, Alcatraz Island is now one of the top tourist attractions in San Francisco.
If you want more information on Native Americans check out the MVCC catalog for books or dvds. The MVCC databases have periodicals and streaming video if you need additional information.
Fire in Paradise, a Netflix Documentary, is a “harrowing, real-life apocalyptic story of a firethat took place in California in 2018.” This film has won several awards and there is talk of a possible Oscar nomination. The film reflects on the impact of climate change in California and how it affects forest fires. The film is riveting and informative. I would highly recommend this documentary.
November 11 is the day that America honors its military veterans. MVCC is “committed to being a veteran-friendly campus, and the office of Veterans Services is the go-to resource for veteran students.”
The Moraine Valley Library is another source for veterans to use. Here are some helpful titles.
Tomorrow marks the 18th anniversary of the terrorist assault on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Flight 93. The attacks claimed the lives of 2,977 people.
The MVCC library has an extensive collection of material that may help you understand the initial attack and “a tragedy that had long-lasting effects. New York, and the world, has not been the same since the events of September 11, 2001.”
These two links show the pros and cons of Robot Umps calling balls and strikes on baseball players at the plate. You may be able to use this topic in one of your classes next semester. Robots…they are everywhere.
A new addition to the MVCC catalog is a six-disc collection that features silent films directed/written by women. This DVD collection Pioneers: FirstWomen Filmmakershonors “the women who were instrumental in shaping the very core of cinema as we know it.”
This year marks the 70th anniversary of George Orwell’s novel, 1984.
Numerous scholars, historians and journalists note that many of the literary components of 1984 (setting, plot, theme, characters, etc.) mirror life in 2019.
This is a novel that spotlights the evil of governments that allow their citizens no freedom of individual thought. It includes an intricate plot, unusual characters and a theme that guarantees its readers an understanding that fake news, double speak and the erosion of freedom of speech are not new phenomenons.