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January 6 Insurrection: What’s Happened Since?

PBS’ Frontline is an award-winning documentary series that is known globally for its investigative reporting of key issues facing the US and the world.

Frontline has released its documentary on the January 6th insurrection and attack on the United States Capitol. This documentary has available for free online. At the one year anniversary of January 6th, Frontline released an updated version of this episode. You can watch it onlne here:

UPDATE: January 6 Insurrection: What’s Happened Since? (full documentary)

Island Life and Sustainable Development A Discussion Featuring Nichole Murray Broome

The Caribbean life is on the frontlines of climate change with increasingly severe hurricanes, shifts in agricultural production, floods, and warming oceans directly impact the ways that people live. Afro-Caribbean Social Entrepreneur, Nichole Murray Broome will discuss the effects of climate change on Barbados, Guyana, and the Caribbean region while also outlining grassroots efforts to take action for the future.

Climate Wars, Leaked Documents, Pentagon, Australia, Iraq & Climate Change

The Pentagon is worried about climate wars. Iraq is being ravaged by climate change. Australia, Japan, and majors companies are hiding the impacts of climate change. This week has been a major week in terms of Climate Change reporting.

Check out these stories!

This years One Book, One College program is focused on building sustainable communities in the midst of climate change. Learn more at our One Book website.

Blame it on the media: The erosion of trust and truth, and what we can do about it (video)

We love to blame “the media” for all of society’s ills. It’s true that trends in the news media have contributed to where we are today: divided, uncivil, unable to agree on the most basic facts. But trust in the media was declining long before claims of “fake news” and labeling the press as “the enemy of the people.” In the second part of this conversation, Communications and Journalism professor Lisa Couch and Information Lite racy Librarian Tish Hayes focus on practical ways to improve our own “fake news” filters and recognize truth amidst overwhelming amounts of misinformation. They will also consider how we might work toward solutions to the erosion of trust and truth—the very foundation of our democracy. This event is organized by the MVCC Democracy Commitment.

Carpool – The Remix: Creation of the PiggyBack Ride Share Network

Founder of the PiggyBack network, Ismael El-Amin, will discuss the development of the PiggyBack network which is a way for parents to share rides to and from schools and activities. Not only does PiggyBack make life easier but it also reduces traffic congestion and reduces our total carbon footprint. The PiggyBack network is a Chicago-based enterprise that has been featured on WGN and Fox Chicago. This event is part of our One Book programming.

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  • Native Plants: Foundation of our Ecosystem (video)

    We were excited to welcome Catherine Bryla from Sag Moraine (sagmoriane.org) for a discussion about how native plants, insects and birds interconnect to maintain our food supply, water, air quality, climate etc. The significant decline in birds and insects is largely due to habitat loss and lack of native plants. She discusses ways that individuals can reverse this trend.

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  • Download the MP3 audio: http://lib.morainevalley.edu/public/eventpodcasts/16-05_2021_libraryevents.mp3
  • Getting sucked down the rabbit hole: Tribes, filter bubbles, identity fusion, and conspiracy theories

    Faculty member, Dr. Laura Lauzen-Collins , discusses conspiracy theories and misinformation. Why do so many well-meaning, intelligent people get sucked down the rabbit hole of conspiracy theories? The answer lies our mind’s own predispositions and shortcuts to forming our identity and sense of reality and the social media landscape that takes advantage of them. In this talk, we will focus on those predispositions and shortcuts that make us vulnerable to getting sucked down the rabbit hole.  This event is organized by the Library & the Democracy Commitment.

    Climate Reality: Catalyzing Solutions to the Climate Crisis (video)

    Faculty member Jana Svec is a trained Climate Reality presenter. She will outline the challenges of climate change as well as consider potential solutions.

    “Our mission is to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every sector of society. We believe real change comes from the ground up. We know that a small-but-committed critical mass of activists can not only transform society, but change the world.”

    That Smokey Haze Across the Chicago Skyline

    Have you noticed that milky haze across the sky? That’s smoke in the upper atmosphere from Western wildfires. There are 80 fires burning across 13 states and the smoke from those fires reaches across the entire US. Check out this NY Times story, See How Wildfire Smoke Spread Across America. (MVCC students and staff can sign up for a free account on the NY Times through our library).

    A map from the NY Times traces the route of smoke across the US.
    Haze in the sky of Chicago.

    Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom

    Since President Biden just signed the law making Juneteenth a federal holiday, here is a video from our library from 2019 about the Juneteenth holiday.

    Talk Description: “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.”

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