Tony Dunbar

MVCCPOV – Chapter Three – Mosaics and Muslim Performance Art

Continue listening to MVCCPOV: Voices from the Valley. Chapter Three focuses on the college’s grant funded Mosaics program.

Moraine Valley Community College Fine and Performing Arts Center received a grant from the Association of Performing Professionals (APAP) for the Building Bridges: Arts, Culture and Identity program. The program supports MVCC’s Mosaics: Muslim Voices in America programming, which explores the breadth of American culture through the lens of Muslim artists living and practicing in the United States, with a focus on personal narrative. This project envisions a mosaic of stories to celebrate the diversity of Muslims in America. In March 2018, Mosaics presented a week long residency to the campus, featuring performance artist, who also provide instructional and discussion based workshops.

Voices from the Valley got a chance to interview not only the resident artists but the Director of Moraine’s Fine Arts and Performance Center, Tommy Hensel as well. Listen to all four episodes in Chapter Three.

Episode 1 – A MVCC Leader’s point-of-view an Interview with Tommy Hensel

Episode 2 – Just about Creativity an Interview with Aja Black

Episode 3 – You are Beautiful! an Interview with Amirah Sackett

Episode 4 – Syn-Syrianly Yours an Interview with Omar Offendum

MVCCPOV: Voices from the Valley – Conversations featuring the Arab Student Union (ASU)

Chapter II features the Arab Student Union and offers two episodes:

The first episode is a self-directed discussion focused on the student’s Arab and Muslim experiences on topics ranging from Arab stigmas, stereotypes, and gender roles to religion versus culture, the differences between Arab identity in the U.S. and the in Middle East. This episode is divided into four uncut parts:

Episode 1 – The Arab Student Union Un-Filtered and Un-Cut
LISTEN Part 1 (16:57) Part 2 (17:07) Part 3 (17:06) Part 4 (17:14)

In the second episode of Chapter II, ASU discussed their 5th annual scholarship event. While they set-up for their evening festivities, we interview current students and alumni to ask them about the history behind the scholarship and how the ASU has evolved over the years. Episode two has three parts.

Episode 2 – Scholarship Awards Night Conversations
LISTEN Part 1 (14:12) Part 2 (16:17) Part 3 (20:18)

Check out the next episode of the Library’s new podcast MVCCPOV: Voices from the Valley

MVCCPOV – The conversations continue.

In the fourth episode (a two-part podcast): Message, Music, and Mosaics MVCC’s Muslim Student Association (MSA) shares about their dedication and diligence to community service and charitable fundraising. Then in Part Two we learn about the MSA’s participation in the college’s Mosaics Grant (Muslim Voices in America) during the March 2018 Artist Residence Week called “Street Science.” Performance clips are included. This episode concludes with MSA members sharing their thoughts about participating in the inaugural season of MVCCPOV.

This episode has both great insights from the students and great music clips from the live Street Science event!

Listen to Chapter One Episode Four: Message, Music, and Mosaics
Part 1
Part 2

Listen to other episodes of MVCCPOV: Voices from the Valley Podcast

Election Energy is in the Air

If you haven’t heard, Election Day is Tuesday 11/6!

Here is a little Election Encouragement. Simply put, regardless of why you vote, when you vote, or the candidates who you trust with your vote… PLEASE vote.

Regardless of personal identity or political ideology; party preferences or isolated issues; income bracket or educational attainment we can all unite around a single collaborative action-VOTING; which causes the biggest and best American coalition of solidarity-VOTERS!

Election Day for non-early or absentee voters is Tuesday November 6, 2018

In the comments section write back or share a picture with your voting Affirmation.

1968: Fifty years since King, Kennedy, Clash, and Classrooms

This year, 2018, marks fifty years since several watershed moments in American History. Senator, Presidential candidate, and former Attorney General, Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated on June 5, 1968. In August 1968, anti-Vietnam war protesters converged on the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Then Mayor, Richard J. Daley responded to protesters by summoning over ten-thousand police officers along with active U.S. Army Troops, U.S. National Guardsmen, and Secret Service Agents. The protest and riots lasted 5 days.

However, there were two other history changing moments in 1968. First, April 4, 2018 commemorates 50 years since the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Civil Rights Leader was slain in Memphis, Tennessee on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. The assassination sparked riots across the country including Chicago. In the midst of all the civil unrest and uprisings that began the night on April 4th and the morning of April 5th, another lesser known historical moment unfolded.

Jane Elliott, an Iowa school teacher, decided to use the solemn moment of King’s assassination to teach her 3rd grade class about racial prejudice and inequality. Elliott used eye color as a segregator with her students, giving blue-eyed students positions of privilege while relegating the brown-eyed student to experiences of exclusion and social subordination. By 1970, Elliott was using her Blue-Eye Brown-Eye experiment as the basis for pioneering Diversity and Inclusion training. Jane Elliot continues her social justice work to this day, well in to her 80s.

Here are additional resources for 1968: Fifty years since King, Kennedy, Clash, and Classrooms

Bland, K. (2017, November). Blue eyes, brown eyes: What Jane Elliott’s famous exercise says about race 50 years on. The Republic.

Bloom, S. G. (2005, September). Lesson of a Lifetime: Her bold experiment to teach Iowa third graders about racial prejudice divided townspeople and thrust her onto the national stage. Smithsonian Magazine.

Chicago Public Media. (2018, April). Sorrow, Then Rage.

Corporation, C. F. (Producer), & Guru-Murthy, K. (Director). (2009). The Event: How Racist Are You? with Jane Elliott [Motion Picture]. You Tube.

Elliot, J. (2016, May). Jane Elliott on The Rock Newman Show. (R. Newman, Interviewer) YouTube. PBS: WHUT.

Elliott, J. (2017, September). Educator Jane Elliott Talks Trump, Kaepernick and Fixing Racism. (C. T. Whitfield, Interviewer)

Films, Y. U. (Producer), Peters, W. (Writer), & Peters, W. (Director). (1985). A Class Divided [Motion Picture]. Fontline.

George, A. (2018). When Robert Kennedy Delivered the News of Martin Luther King’s Assassination. Smithsonian Magazine.

Gibson, C. (2016, July). What happened in Chicago in 1968, and why is everyone talking about it now?

Gitlin, T. (2018, January). Rage Against the Machine: A short story reimagines the riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago and the chaos that shocked the world. Smithsonin Magazine. illustrations by Shane L.:

Johnson, H. (2008). 1968 Democratic Convention: The Boss Strikes back. Smithsonian Magazine.

Katz, J. (2018, January). Where RFK Was Killed, a Diverse Student Body Fulfills His Vision for America. Smithsonian Magazine. photography by Gregg Segal:

Museum, N. C. (2018, April). National Civil Rights Museum Home Page. National Civil Rights Museum Home Page at the Lorraine Motel

New York Times. (2018, April). 50 Years Later, Remembering King, and the Battles That Outlived Him.

Small, A. S. (2018, April). ‘This was like a war’: Witnesses remember day MLK was shot.

Tillet, S. (2018, April). Seeing Martin Luther King Jr. in a New Light.

Presidential Portraits – Major Black History Moment during Black History Month 2018

Barack and Michelle Obama the first family of the 44th United States Presidency, assisted in the unveiling of their official President and First Lady portraits for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery on Monday February 12th. With President and Mrs. Obama, being the first African Heritage American occupants of the White House within itself makes for quite the noteworthy Black History Month moment. Taking note that African Heritage American artists created the Obamas’ portraits, another first in American History, adds even more transformative cultural relevance to the moment. Michelle Obama’s portrait was rendered by Amy Sherald, while Barack Obama’s portrait was painted by Kehinde Wiley.

More Resources Regarding Portrait

Additional Resources in MVCC Library Collection on the One Book One College Topic

Beyond the Moraine’s One Book One College selection We Believe You by Annie Clark Andrea Pino, the MVCC Library has additional books on the topic of sexual assault. Below are some additional resources available within the MVCC Library collection. Also, keep in mind, Counseling Services can be reached at (708) 974-5555 or the Hopeline at (800) 784-2433. The next One Book One College event, Sexual Signals, an interactive audience engagement, will be Tuesday October 24th, 11 am – 12:15pm


    Finley, L. L. (2016). Domestic abuse and sexual assault in popular culture.
    Call Number: P96.V52 U65 2016.

    Germain, L. J. (2016). Campus sexual assault: college women .
    Call Number: LB2345.3.R37 G47 2016.

    Ghafoerkhan, O. (2017). Sexual assault: the ultimate teen guide.
    Call Numbe:r HV6556 .G43 2017.

    Hodo, P. W. (2013). When women sexually abuse men : the hidden side of rape, stalking, harassment, and sexual assault.
    Call Number: HV6561 .C663 2013.

    Martin D. Schwartz, W. S. (1997). Sexual assault on the college campus : the role of male peer support.
    Call Number: HV6561 .S35 1997.

    Mitchell, S. C. (2016). The crisis of campus sexual violence : critical perspectives on prevention and response.
    Call Number: LB2345 .C75 2016.

    Oliver, K. (2016). Hunting girls : sexual violence from The hunger games to campus rape.
    Call Number: P96.S45 O45 2016.

Race: What’s all the fuss about?

The topic of race and race relations has increasingly been in the forefront of news topics, social media post, classroom content, workplace chats, and family conversations. Some of the interactions have ranged along a continuum from the intellectually engaging to violently confronting. Regardless of your beliefs or position on the topic of race and race relations, have you considered that the concept of race may not actually exist?
Some scientist, biologist, and geneticist believe race is a concept created by man to serve personal purposes and intentions. For those that might want to explore further the topic of race as a social man-made concept I offer readings from the MVCC catalog and videos from You Tube to get you started.


    Faibanks, D. J. (2015). Everyone is African: how science explores the myth of race. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books. Call Number: GN289 .F35 2015

    Sussman, R. W. (2014). The Myth of Race: the troubling persitence of an unscientific idea. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. Call Number: HT 1521 .S83 2014

    Taylor, P. C. (2013). Race: a philosohical introduction (2nd Edition ed.). Cambridge, UK: Polity Press. Call Number: HT 1521 .T36 2013


Science Says: There Is No Such Thing As Race!
The myth of race: debunked in 3 minutes

On Campus and in the Community: Pumpkin Decorating

Annually the Moraine Valley Community College Library host a Pumpkin Decorating Contest, which also serves as a fundraiser for the Library student scholarship fund. If you didn’t already know, this is a really cool and might I add competitive event. As you can see from the pictures the creativity within the submissions is amazing.

WINNER: Fran Hoak “Retired”












But wait, there’s more…

Beyond my role as an Adjunct Faculty Librarian at MVCC, I am also a consultant and researcher in the areas of Diversity and Inclusion as well as Community Engagement. Recently, I have been doing a little observational research on ways to enhance the connection between local public libraries and the MVCC library.

While out visiting local public libraries, my travels took me to the Harvey (IL) Public Library. Immediately when I walked in I felt connected. The Harvey Public Library District (HPLD) also embraced the pumpkin decorating spirit. In another expression of creativity the HPLD staff connected their pumpkin decorating to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is October. As you can see from the pictures pumpkin decorating at HPLD is also quite the festive endeavor.

So here’s a shout out to HPLD, well done!



Display in the library lobby





HLPD Staff Front Row (R to L): Antonia McBride, Head of Teen & Youth Services; Kim Peake, Head of Adult Services; Ina Bolling, Circulation Assistant; Back Row: Pat Nevin, Reference Librarian




Diversity & Inclusion @ Moraine Valley

I am a newly hired adjunct Public Services Librarian at Moraine Valley Community College. In another role outside of MVCC, I am a consultant and thought leader in the area of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I). As an outside observer and now as a current employee, I have been- and continue to be impressed and inspired by the range of diversity, inclusion, and cross-cultural appreciation present within the MVCC community.

In this blog post I want to achieve two goals; 1) present information from the vantage point of both librarian as well as diversity and inclusion professional, and; 2) support Moraine Valley’s upcoming sixth annual community dialogue on promoting diversity and leadership on Friday, October 9th. This year’s topic is “Managing Opportunities for All: My Role, Your Role, Our Role.”


To achieve the first goal I offer a reading list of materials available in the MVCC library connected to D&I.

Using the keyword search diversity and inclusion as a single term I located the following:

Bridging the diversity divide: globalization and reciprocal empowerment in higher educationby Edna Chun and Alvin Evans (2009).

Diversity and motivation: culturally responsive teaching in college – by Margery B. Ginsberg and Raymond J. Wlodkowski (2009).

Inclusion and diversity: meeting the needs of all students – by Sue Grace and Phil Gravestock (2009).

Multicultural education: issues and perspectives – edited by James A. Banks, Cherry A. McGee Banks (2010).

Ouch! That stereotype hurts: communicating respectfully in a diverse world – by Leslie C. Aguilar (2006).


Using the keyword search cultural identity as a single term I located the following:

Arab cinema: history and cultural identity – by Viola Shafik (2007).

Framing Muslims: stereotyping and representation after 9/11 – by Peter Morey and Amina Yaqin (2011).

Intercultural communication: an introduction – by Fred E. Jandt (2001).

Jewishness: expression, identity, and representation – edited by Simon J. Bronner

Who we be: the colorization of America – by Jeff Chang (2014)

Other keyword terms to locate a broader range of MVCC library materials that may be intriguing on the subject: same sex, gender identity, religious diversity, cultural inclusion, generational, stereotypes, biasas well as power and privilege to name a limited handful.


Diversity Best Practices is a membership and information resource organization. In 2013, Diversity Best Practices (DBP) posted 5 books every diversity professional should read. According to DBP, “these books will challenge your conventional way of thinking and help you grow in your diversity and inclusion work.” I suggest these books also align in the area of thought leadership connected to diversity and inclusion, which can generate and/or promote creative inclusion possibilities along with cross cultural connectedness. Thus, embarking on this reading list will contribute to the personal growth of any one of us currently living in an increasingly more diverse planet. Now the connection to the MVCC library. You can find three of the five DBP must reads within the MVCC collection.

Thinking, fast and slowby Daniel Kahneman (2011)

Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talkingby Susan Cain (2012)

Freakonomics: a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everythingby Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (2006 –book & cd)

The final addition to this reading list is the Moraine Valley Community College, “One Book One College” monograph, Illegal: reflections of an undocumented immigrant – by José Ángel N (2014)

Before concluding let me again mention  Moraine Valley’s annual Diversity Dialogue event on Friday October 9th from 7:30 and – noon being held in Building M. Attend and share best practices, learn from your colleagues, develop a shared strategy, commit to furthering MVCC efforts, and continue the diversity and inclusion dialogue.

For more information: MVCC DIVERSITY DIALOGUE


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