Troy Swanson

Washington Post’s Capitol Coverage Wins Pulitzer

From the Guardian (Washington Post wins public service Pulitzer for Capitol attack coverage)
“The Washington Post has won the 2022 Pulitzer prize for public service journalism, for The Attack, its account of the deadly assault on the US Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump on 6 January 2021…”read more

This reporting involved 75 journalists including 25 reporters who were on the scene. You can watch some of the Post’s video coverage here:

Here is the reaction by the WP reporters when the Pulitzer’s were announced.

Thinking of Randy Conner

All of us in the library, we deeply saddened at the passing of Randy Conner, faculty member in Humanities. Randy was a dear friend and colleague who was always willing to be part of our library’s cultural programming.

Randy was an innovative teacher who developed several new courses, most notably HUM 155, LGBTQ Humanities. Additionally, he was an accomplished scholar publishing and editing many texts. His book series The Pagan Heart of the West challenged traditional views of Western spirituality.

Here are a few of Randy’s talk:

A review of Hermann Hesse’s Demian (including a great deal of Randy’s own life story)
Reflections on Fire: The Symbolic, Sacred & Destructive
The Hero’s Journey & the Power of Myth: A Faculty Panel Discussion

Our campus and our library will not be the same without him.

Artist Workshop: Featuring Comics Artist Gene Ha (video)

Acclaimed American Comics artist and writer, Ha pulls back the curtain and shares a behind-the-scenes in this workshop shop for students in the Drawing Comics (ART 106) class. Mr. Ha writes and draws for the creator-owned ongoing graphic series “Mae.” This four-time Eisner Award winner is the artist for the new “Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons” Volume 2 published on April 5, 2022 by DC Comics. To learn more about him, visit geneha.com.

Shamanism for Local and Global Change

Experiential knowledge of the shamanic worldview leads to a profound awareness of the sacred nature of our world and an awakening of compassion, resulting in the desire to restore balance and harmony. Shamanic work, when combined with ordinary reality knowledge and action, can make an immense contribution toward effective solutions for community and global problems. Join us for a discussion of how these perspectives can be helpful in providing inspired and workable ways to address complex issues such as climate change. This event is part of our One Book, One College Series.  

Chicago‘s Arab American Community (video)

The Arab American community has a long history of involvement, contributions, activism and community building in the Chicago. Join us as we explore the immigration, geographic trends and historical settlement of the Arab community in the greater Chicagoland area.  We welcome Dr. Nina Shoman-Dajani to give this talk as part of Arab Heritage Month. 

How Misinformation can impact political processes, policymaking and election laws (Video)

This event examines the role that disinformation can play in impacting election laws and policymaking. Political Science Professor and Democracy Commitment Coordinator Kevin Navratil will explore how misinformation has influenced recent voting laws, decisions to declare land a national heritage site, anti-GMO labeling, and chemical safety laws.  

Climate Change and the Nature of Belief (video)

If climate change is a matter of science, then why is it so difficult to find solutions to the climate crisis? The reality is that finding solutions requires more than scientific or technological answers. Solutions involve examining worldviews, belief systems, and identity. This event will explore the complexities behind belief and how that impacts the decisions we make. This event part of the One Book, One College Program and the MVCC Democracy Commitment programming.

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.

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