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Autism Lecture, October 31st, 9am-11am

Autism Lecture, . Barbara Tobias, from the DuPage County Autism Society, October 31st, 9a.m.-11a.m.

In today’s world, it is estimated that one out of every 140,000 children will become
a successful pro golfer. Unfortunately, one out of every 150 children will be diagnosed with autism. Autism is a complex developmental disability that is a result of neurological disorder that affects the brain. “Autism knows no racial, ethnic,
social boundaries, families, lifestyle or educational levels.” Autism is growing at
a rate of 10-17% a year. It is estimated that 4 million Americans will be diagnosed
with autism in the next decade.

Moraine Valley CC will be sponsoring a guest speaker on the topic of Autism.
Ms. Barbara Tobias, from the DuPage County Autism Society, will speak in the library
of the college on October 31st from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Ms. Tobias is the information
and research specialist on autism for DuPage County. Please join us to hear this
informative lecture that will address the characteristics and behaviors of autism
and the impact that it has on their families at home as well as in the educational setting.

The Other 1960s: Wednesday, 1pm

Another look at the ?60s
Dr. Lendol Calder, professor of History at Augustana College, will asked audience members in the library to think about the 1960s in new ways during his lecture on October 9th, 2007. The recording from this event is available on our podcast page. Dr. Calder?s presentation is part of the 40th Anniversary Celebration and the One Book One College program.

Special Event Held: Basics of Islam

The Library and Bookstore were happy to welcome Sheikh Kifah Mustapha from the Mosque Foundation to present The Basics of Islam on September 26th as part of our One Book, One College events on The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Sheikh Mustapha’s lecture is online on the library’s podcast page. Here are a few images from the event:

Sheikh Mustapha discussed the history and practice of the Muslim faith.

Around 70 students, staff, faculty, and community members attended this event.

Thanks to Sheikh Mustapha for giving of his time and knowledge to make this event a success.

Malcolm X Opening Lecture Featuring Dr. Abdul Alkalimat

As part of our One Book, One College program on the Autobiography of Malcolm X, we welcomed Dr. Abdul Alkalimat from the University of Illinois who delivered a great lecture on the life, times, historical context, and teachings of Malcolm X. Dr. Alkalimat’s lecture we a great kickoff to all of our One Book Events. If you missed it, you can listen to this event on our Library Events Podcast page.

Dr. Alkalimat’s presentation was a call to action for all of us to follow Malcolm X’s example.

Dr. Alkalimat is the editor and creator of the Web site.

Nearly 125 students, staff, and faculty attended this event.

Here, Dr. Alkalimat (right) joins David Johnson of South Suburban College and Willa Johnson of Moraine Valley. Mr. Johnson and Ms. Johnson were instrumental in planning this event and the other One Book events.

New in the Library: 4 Little Girls by Spike Lee

4 Little GirlsThis video has been added to our collection as part of the resources purchased on our One Book, One College program on the Autobiography of Malcolm X. This is a great work that is worth watching. This video is in the library and can be checkedout with a valid MVCC ID. Here’s part of the video description:

When a bomb tears through the basement of a black Baptist church on a peaceful fall morning, it takes the lives of four young girls; Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Addie Mae Collins. This racially motivated crime, taking place at a time when the civil rights movement is burning with a new flame, could have doused that flame forever. Instead it fuels a nation’s outrage and brings Birmingham, Alabama to the forefront of America’s concern.

Happy Constituion Day: 220 Years Old

As this blog post from the Library of Congress notes, the US Constitution turns 220 years old today. It was ratified on September 17, 1787.

According to this Britannica Article, the US Constiution is the world’s oldest written national constitution that is still in use.

In honor of this anniversary, I’d like to send along these links from the library catalog:
Constitutions — United States
Constitutional Amendments
Constiutional History

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