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The Chinese Moon Festival

October 1 marks the mid-autumn festival of the Chinese Moon Festival or Moon Cake Day in China. It traditionally falls on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese lunar calendar. This holiday is the second most important festival in China after the Chinese New Year. Similar to the American Thanksgiving holiday, the Moon Festival celebrates family gatherings. Turkeys symbolize our traditional day of family reunions. The Chinese use the first full moon of October as a symbol of family homecomings. They celebrate this holiday with special moon cakes (cookies), incense, and various symbolic gestures to welcome the full moon.

This Autumn festival is celebrated in other parts of Asia as well. They focus on family gatherings, special foods, and various ceremonies.

Happy Moon Day Festival!

Multilingual Information on Covid-19

If you are looking for information on Covid-19 in other languages, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has their information in 16 different languages here.

The World Health Organization‘s website is available in six languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish). You can go to their Covid-19 page. Then in the top right, choose the language.


Life & Education in the Netherlands (video)

Dutch faculty members who are part of the CCID exchange partners discuss Dutch society and working in Dutch higher education.
Speaker Ingrid Koers is from Gorinchem, Netherlands which is about one hour outside of Amsterdam and teaches health care professionals at Da Vinci College in Dordrecht.
Speaker Herman Hofmeije is from Leusden, Netherlands which is about 40 minutes from Amsterdam. He teaches math and calculus at ROC Midden Nederland located in Utrecht.

Life & Education in the Netherlands

The audio of this discussion is available below:

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

Event Video: No Ban, No Wall: Standing With Immigrant Communities

Organizers from the Arab American Action Network and Organized Communities Against Deportation will join us to discuss President Trump’s issued executive orders targeting immigrants, refugees and Muslims. In the face of these threats and uncertain times we will come together to unpack the implications of these executive orders and the strategies being implemented to protect members of our campus, families, and communities. This event is part of MVCC’s Arab Heritage Month Celebration.

No Ban, No Wall: Standing With Immigrant Communities

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Event Video: The Arab/Arab American Experience: Featuring Authors Sahar Mustafah and Nevien Shaabneh

We welcome acclaimed writers Sahar Mustafah and Nevien Shaabneh to Moraine Valley for this special event. Sahar Mustafah’s debut, prize-winning Code of the West is a short story collection that spans two continents and follows native Palestinian and Palestinian American characters as they navigate displacement and loss, while battling hatred and fear. Nevien Shaabneh is author of Secrets Under the Olive Tree which is a haunting, mesmerizing novel that touches on the depths of the human spirit and unbreakable bonds that transcend tragedy. It is a story about the power of hope, second chances, and faith in the midst of tribulation. This event is part of MVCC’s Arab Heritage Month Celebration.

The Arab/Arab American Experience: Featuring Authors Sahar Mustafah and Nevien Shaabneh

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Event Video: Bringing Mystical Sufi Music to Modern Audiences

The video from our panel discussion on the Fourth Light Project is now available. Here is the event description:
“Notable electroacoustic group Niyaz presents a multimedia show unlike any other. This ground-breaking and immersive experience combines live musical and sacred dance performance with interactive technologies and advanced projection/body-mapping techniques that respond to sound and movement in real time. At the center of The Fourth Light Project is the work of Rabia Al Basri, the first female Sufi mystic and poet. Born in the 8th century in what is now Iraq, she served as the main source of inspiration for the production. The group’s musical and personal heritage lies in the mysticism and allure of the East, but Niyaz was formed in California and one of their aims has long been to build a bridge between East and West – a sanctuary from a modern world of polarized ideologies.” Special event that is part of the Mosaics: Muslim Voices in America program.

Bringing Mystical Sufi Music to Modern Audiences

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Black Excellence in Literature: A Black History Month Event

Check out this interactive dialog for Moraine Valley students to hear about the positive influences Black writers and poets have on society. This event is organized by the Celebrating Diversity Committee and the African-American Literature course.

Black Excellence in Literature: A Black History Month Event

The audio of this discussion is available below:

The Arab Experience Through Graphic Novels: Featuring Toufic El Rassi

We welcome acclaimed writer Toufic El Rassi to Moraine Valley for this special event organized by the Arab Student Union. Toufic El Rassi is the author of the graphic novel Arab in America which is the story of average Arab-Americans who struggle with their identity in a post-9/11 world.

The Arab Experience Through Graphic Novels: Featuring Toufic El Rassi

The audio of this discussion is available below:

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”

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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!

 

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Display in the library lobby

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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

 

 

 

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