Before I was Your Teacher: My Life Overseas

Intensive English Language faculty members talk about the time they spent teaching English outside of the United States. They talk about their time in Saipan, Yemen, and Mexico. This event is part of International Education Week. ?

24 Hours of Reality: A Climate Conversation

As part of a global event, “24 Hours of Reality” Moraine Valley Community College is presenting a panel discussion on the global climate challenges we face, and how we can begin to solve them. Listen and learn about the science and the psychology behind this current climate reality.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game: A Short History of Baseball & its Fans in America and Around the World

From its simple 19th century roots, baseball by the 20th century became a globally popular sport captivating millions. Associate Professor of History Josh Fulton provides a short introduction to the game, it’s history, and the culture surrounding it. From Abner Doubleday to Satchel Paige, from cross town rivalries to concession foods, this history of the game looks at how it reflected and challenged both American and global culture.

Reflections on Fire: The Symbolic, Sacred & Destructive

A symbol in spiritual beliefs across the world, fire gives light and warmth, it transforms, and it destroys. It is at the center of celebrations and sacraments, but it has also been utilized as a tool of fear and destruction, as in the burning of books. In this talk, Dr. Randy P. Conner asks us to reflect on the significance of fire as he discusses its history and how it has played a role in his own life.

Deconstructing Home: The Journey that Challenged a Hometown Identity

Kipp Cozad grew up in Liberty, Missouri, a town with an infamous past connected to Bleeding Kansas and Jesse James. One piece of history that Kipp did not recognize was his home town’s history of institutional segregation. After joining the Peace Corps and serving in Yemen, the illusions around his hometown were shattered. His perspectives on “normal” had changed. In this talk, Kipp will explore how travel and living in a new culture forced him to see both his hometown and the world differently.

The Physical Implications of Critical Infrastructure Cyberattack

In this talk, Dr. Rush outlines how cyber attacks against critical infrastructure can impact the supply of gas, water, and electric grids. Cyber-attacks are usually thought of as directed against information, such as compromise of passwords, access to financial information, or theft of information. The focus of this talk is on the need to increase the level of protection on critical infrastructure. The issue is viewed from the attacker’s point of view and outlines the physical impacts of a successful attack. This event is part of the STEM lecture series.

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning: Realities & Possibilities (video)

There’s a great deal of hype around intelligent systems that identify patterns in data and make decisions. This faculty panel discussion seeks cut through the hype with the goal of helping us understand the current state of machine learning and how this technology will shape the future.This event is part of our One Book program on I, Robot by Isaac Asimov.

The 1919 Chicago Race Riot: A talk by Dr. Eric Allen Hall

In the summer of 1919, the South Side of Chicago erupted in racial violence following the death of Eugene Williams, an African-American youth who had mistakenly drifted into the “white” section of Lake Michigan’s 29th Street Beach. By the time the fires were extinguished a week later, thirty-eight people had been killed and thousands more had seen their homes destroyed. It would be the worst of over twenty race riots that plagued the United States during what came to be known as “Red Summer.” Dr. Eric Allen hall Associate Professor of History at Norther Illinois University will examine the causes, events, and legacy of the 1919 Chicago Race Riot through the experiences of those who witnessed the violence.

Evaluating the Primary and Caucus System (video)

Political Science Professor Dr. Deron Schreck will examine the unique process in the U.S. of nominating presidential candidates. The United States will begin the 2020 nomination process starting with the Iowa Caucus on February 3rd 2020. This event will examine primaries, caucuses, delegates, superdelegates, and answer questions you may have about the 2020 Election.