Diversity

The Relevance of Octavia E. Butler’s Science Fiction

Today would have been Octavia Butler’s 73rd birthday, had the multi-award winning author not passed in 2006. She left us with a body of work that inspires, captivates, and often provokes thought and emotion in readers. Her science fiction, typically centering black, female protagonists, was never afraid to discuss race, gender, or sexuality.

Often writing about where she thought humanity was headed, her work is still so relevant today. Some even claim she predicted our current political situation with charismatic political leaders and famous slogans about bringing the country back to some idlilic past that never really existed.

Butler’s novels have never been adapted for the small or large screen, however a TV adaptation of her novel Dawn is in the works with some impressive talent behind the wheel.

MVCC Library has almost all of her books available digitally. Click the image below to see the collection and Ask a librarian if you need help accessing e-books.

The Science Fiction of Octavia E. Butler

“Hair Love”

I met a friend for lunch in early January of this year. Conversation turned to an acquaintance of hers that was involved in an animated film. She told me that the writer/director and the rest of their team were hoping for an Oscar nomination for “Hair Love“. “This is a 6 minute animated short film that centers around the relationship between an African-American father, Stephen, his daughter, Zuri and her hair.”

The film not only got the nomination in January but Matthew Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver received an Oscar for their film. Take 6 minutes out of your day and watch the love between a father and his daughter.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), a day to honor those who were lost to anti-transgender violence.

TDOR began in 1999 as a vigil honoring the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman that had been killed the previous year. It has since become an annual tradition used to remember other members of the transgender community that have passed.

Learn more about transgender rights with these resources at the library.

Avicenna: The Often Forgotten Philosopher (video

In this lecture, Professor of Communications and Literature, Dr. Amani Wazwaz discusses the life and contributions of the physician and scholar Avicenna (Ibn Sina). She explains his contributions to Philosophy and his influences on European Philosophers such as St. Thomas Aquinas. This presentation continues the lecture series begun by MOSAICS Building Bridges Program.

It’s Ace Week!

October 20 -26 is Ace Week, originally called Asexuality Awareness Week, which highlights asexual-spectrum identities. Learn more about asexuality and how you can support ace members of your community with these library resources:

The Invisible Orientation (also available as an eBook) is meant for both those who identify on the asexual spectrum, as well as those who want to understand friends and family members that may be asexual.

If you are looking for a scientific view of what asexuality is and why it matters, Understanding Asexuality will give you a look at the research behind this sexual minority.

(A)sexual (Streaming Video) explores the challenges of finding identity in a culture that values sexual attraction. Check here for help with streaming video.

Don’t forget to check out LGBTQIA resources on campus or get involved with the student organization ¡GASP!

MVCC:POV Release Discussion

Join us to celebrate the release of season two of MVCC:POV Voices from the Valley featuring guests the GASP Club (season two), Muslim Student Association (season one), and Arab Student Union (season one). We’ll be chatting with students and advisers about their experiences participating in the podcast.

National Coming Out Day

Come check out some LGBTQ+ materials from our traveling book cart!

Today is National Coming Out Day, a celebration of coming out as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. There are plenty of ways to get involved!

Come to the library this month and check out some of the many books and videos featuring LGBTQIA+ themes.

Stop by these upcoming events sponsored by the GASP Club and Celebrating Diversity Committee:

Lunch Fundraiser: Wednesday 10/16 11:30 – 1:30 in U Cafeteria. All proceeds support the college’s first LGBTQ+ scholarship.

STI Testing: Tuesday, 10/22 11:00- 2:00 U209. Free and confidential testing provided by the Cook County Health Department.

You can find more information about campus LGBTQ+ resources here.

Fired Up About Getting Fired: Workplace Discrimination Against the LGBTQ+ Community

The U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing oral arguments regarding the legality of workplace discrimination against people who identify as LGBTQ+. Join sociology professor Jeffrey McCully as they explore the history of workplace discrimination targeting the LGBTQ+ community and legislative attempts to end it. Sponsored by Celebrating Diversity Committee, ¡GASP! club, and Democracy Commitment.

New to Collection: The Life of Frederick Douglass Graphic Novel

New to the collection is a graphic novel biography, The Life of Frederick Douglass, written by David F. Walker with art by Damon Smyth. It tells the story of Douglass’s life through beautiful illustrations. He lived during the 19th century, was born into slavery in Maryland, learned to read even though it was forbidden to slaves, and ended up becoming one of America’s greatest writers. He worked to abolish slavery and believed in the equality of all. He also was one of the most photographed Americans of the 19th century, even more so than Abraham Lincoln! “Frederick Douglass was acutely aware of the fact that photographs could be used to help define his image in the public eye and, as a result, also influence how white people viewed blacks. In many pictures, his eyes are cast directly at the camera, an uncommon practice at the time, which resulted in a seemingly defiant expression” (Walker, p. 99). His photos were taken without him smiling because he didn’t want to portray “the racist caricature of a ‘happy slave’” (Wikipedia).

If you are not a fan of the graphic novel medium, a biography is a good way to try it out because the illustrations really bring the person’s story to life, which is helpful when learning about historical subjects. It’s not unlike how “Hamilton the Musical” resonated with people and presented a different way of re-telling history, so, too can a graphic novel achieve the same.

Frederick Douglass in MVCC’s collection:

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