The 50th Anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Native American occupation of Alcatraz, an abandoned federal prison located in San Francisco Bay. In 1969, Native Americans, including members of the American Indian Movement, took over the island from November 1969 to June 1971. The Native Americans claimed it as “Indian land under the Treaty of Fort Laramie“.

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.

Paradise Lost

Fire in Paradise, a Netflix Documentary, is a “harrowing, real-life apocalyptic story of a fire that 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.

Check out the MVCC catalog or a news database for more information on this subject.

Veterans Day

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.

There are numerous local events that will take place on November 11 to honor our vets. Palos Heights Library, Village of Homer Glen and Brookfield Zoo Veterans Day Celebration will pay homage to the men and women who have served our country.

Time to Retire the Stethoscope?

The stethoscope has been an iconic symbol of medicine for over two hundred years. But it looks like this device will be replaced by “ultra sound scanners and digital stethoscopes that can be paired with smartphones to create moving pictures and readouts”.

The Butterfly iQ device “includes artificial intelligence to help users position the probe and interpret the images.”

Some physicians are concerned with the price of the new tool, but others in the medical field feel that the accurate readings are well worth the price.

Watch a brief TEDMED video on the use of AI in the medical field.

The 18th Anniversary of 9/11

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.”    

Robot umpires and I, Robot

Robots will become a familiar word on the MVCC campus this school year. The One Book One College is I, Robot by Isaac Asimov. There will be numerous faculty panels, guest speakers, classroom discussions, and podcasts that will center on the implications of A. I. in our world.

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.

Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers

A new addition to the MVCC catalog is a six-disc collection that features silent films directed/written by women. This DVD collection Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers honors “the women who were instrumental in shaping the very core of cinema as we know it.”

You may to want to view our catalog to see what else the MVCC library has on this subject. Also, don’t forget to view the MVCC databases and read newspaper articles about silent era movies and early Hollywood directors and stars from the Chicago Tribune Historical Newspaper and the New York Times Historical Newspaper.

101 Free Silent Films

Information on Silent Films

Millennials and Silent Movies

50th Anniversary of Woodstock

This August will be the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, a rock concert that some historians believe “defined an entire generation and its effects on music and American culture can still be felt today.”

Check out the Chicago Tribune Historical newspaper and the New York Times Historical newspaper to get a 1969 perspective of the concert.

Apollo Moon Landing

“We choose to go the moon.” U.S. President John Kennedy stated in 1962. On July 20, 1969, American astronaut Neil Armstrong left his footprints on the surface of the moon. Kennedy’s quixotic vision became reality.

This July, America is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Why not check out the MVCC catalog and become familiar with one of the greatest events in the 20th century? Also, you may want to view the MVCC historical newspaper databases to read the actual articles that appeared in the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times on that historic date.

View this silent film, A Trip to the Moon (1902). “This movie was made before we even thought it was possible to land on the moon. For its time, this is absolutely brilliant.”

1984

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.

Check out the MVCC catalog for more information.

Fun Fact-Check out 1984 Apple Super Bowl commercial.