Fired Up About Getting Fired: Workplace Discrimination Against the LGBTQ+ Community

The U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing oral arguments regarding the legality of workplace discrimination against people who identify as LGBTQ+. Join sociology professor Jeffrey McCully as they explore the history of workplace discrimination targeting the LGBTQ+ community and legislative attempts to end it. Sponsored by Celebrating Diversity Committee, ¡GASP! club, and Democracy Commitment.

How It Works: Introduction to NaNoWriMo 2019

Be a part of the world’s largest writing community this November during the 21st annual National Novel Writing Month. During November, nearly a half a million participants around the globe work to meet their writing goals. Many of these writers have gone on to publish their work!

Moraine Valley is now an official “Come Write In” location for the event, which means you can use our campus as a base for completing your writing. But since part of the NaNoWriMo experience is connecting with other writers, Moraine Valley is here to help!

Westworld: Robots, Entertainment, Power & Desire

Faculty members from different areas of study will discuss HBO’s hit show Westworld. They will consider this show as a commentary on our relationship with technology, the ways we engage in entertainment, and the power dynamics underlying modern life. This event is part of our One Book program on I, Robot by Isaac Asimov and a part of the Library’s Graphic Novel Symposium.

So We’re Playing Video Games Today: The Importance of Teaching With All Literacies

Please join this panel of educators and school administrators from the Lit-X collective as they discuss the importance of teaching with all literacies including video games, comics, music, and film. And while this session will focus primarily on use in the middle school and secondary classroom, lesson planning ideas will span all grades. This event is part of the Library’s Graphic Novel Symposium.

After Watchmen: Interpreting and Misinterpreting a Superhero Comic

Allen Moore’s epic graphic novel, The Watchmen, is often credited for transforming how we see superhero stories. The heroes we see at the movies, on Netflix, or in modern comics can be traced back to the Watchmen in the 1980s. In this talk, fine arts faculty member, Erik LaGattuta, explores the significance as well as the artistic storytelling behind The Watchmen. This event is part of the Library’s Graphic Novel Symposium.

How AI is Changing the Healthcare Landscape and What’s Coming Next

Machine learning and high-powered data processing has the potential to transform medicine and healthcare. How will you make healthcare decisions in the future? How will treatments evolve thanks to data? In this talk, A.I. expert David Ducat will talk about the actual work in healthcare-related, machine learning based on what he is seeing in the field. This event is part of our One Book program on I, Robot by Isaac Asimov.

Inequality, Automation, Algorithms, and Technology: A Faculty Panel (video)

What is an algorithm and how are algorithms applied to our lives? What assumptions are built into algorithms and our technology infrastructure? Does technology combat inequality or make it worse? Faculty members will discuss these questions and more. This event is part of our One Book program on I, Robot by Isaac Asimov.

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Voyages in Computer Engineering featuring Machine Learning (Video)

Do you know how the technology in your pocket works? What are the systems and architectures behind it? In this talk, Jim VanDeCasteele will talk about computer engineering and the move toward automation and machine learning. He will share his journey through computer engineering and offer tips about learning and being successful.
Jim VanDeCasteele is a Sr. Sales Engineer at Resolve Systems. He has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University. This event is part of the STEM lecture series.

Voyages in Computer Engineering Featuring Machine Learning

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Steve Kroft & Transforming Reporting for 30 Years

From car scams, to Chernobyl, to mob bosses, to serial killers, to US Presidents, Steve Kroft did them all for the news program 60 Minutes. This show transformed news. For 30 years, Steve Kroft has been an important voice within this show.

Here are some of his best:

Steve Kroft retires: Watch some of his favorite stories
After 30 years, the veteran correspondent says goodbye to “60 Minutes.” From investigations to adventures, here are some of his favorite reports.