Events

History, Epidemics, and How Governments Respond (video)

With concern over the Covid-19 Pandemic dominating all aspects of society, join political science and history faculty members Kevin Navratil, Jim McIntyre and Josh Fulton for a discussion of how the United States has grappled with disease outbreaks in the past. From Yellow Fever to Spanish Flu, come understand how Americans coped and how governments sought to combat the threats of disease.

Poetry as the Voice of Experience: A Discussion of Eve Ewing’s 1919 (video)

Literature faculty discuss poems in Eve Ewing’s book 1919. This discussion will explore history through the lens of poetry while connecting Ewing’s works to other historic and contemporary poets and artists.This event is part of our One Book, One College Program.

Self Care During Social Isolation Park 2: Mental Illness, Suicide Prevention, and Domestic Violence

Librarians host a discussion with MVCC Counselors about staying mentally healthy during this time of social isolation. This is part 2 of the discussion which focuses on Mental Illness, Suicide Prevention, and Domestic Violence.

Sesame Street and Covid-19

I know that many of our faculty, staff, and students are parents. As a parent myself, I wanted to share this with all of you. This Saturday, April 25th, The ABC’s of Covid 19: A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Parents” will air at 8:00 AM Central time on CNN and CNN.com and other CNN options listed in this article. The people at Sesame Street have also put together a list of resources for children and families. In addition to the town hall, Sesame Street has aired other short videos about social distancing, hand washing, etc. Those can be access on Youtube here. I wanted to include this public service announcement from Elmo’s dad. While my children are older than the target audience for Sesame Street, this PSA still made my eyes a bit leaky.

Self Care during Social Isolation (video)

Librarians host a discussion with MVCC Counselors about staying mentally healthy during this time of social isolation. The Counselors offer tips and insight for keeping focus, managing time, and dealing with the lack of social contact.

A Job Out of This World!

I wrote a library blog about NASA on February 12, 2020. It was titled Help Wanted! Obviously the world has changed greatly since that day. For most people, going to the moon and beyond is not of national interest now. Nevertheless, I was curious to see how NASA was handling the applications. The application process opened on March 2, 2020 and closed on March 31, 2020. This undertaking of potential candidates has been more stringent than past employment postings. Education levels were extended and the time frame to apply was shortened. The good news is that over 12,000 candidates applied. NASA is expected to announce the new crop of space explorers in the near future. Here is some advice that current astronauts shared with potential astronauts.

Currently, life on Earth may look bleak, but the technology produced by scientist working on space projects has been impressive. Perhaps some of this future technology could help alleviate the problem of pandemics here on Earth.

Super Tuesday: 2020 Nomination Election Panel (video)

Political Science Professor’s Deron Schreck, Merri Fefles, and Kevin Navratil will examine the 2020 Nomination Elections, key races, the Illinois Primary and any other questions you may have about the 2020 Nomination Election. This is event is open to all and is sponsored by the by the Democracy Commitment.

The Fear of Automation and Technology: A Historical Perspective (video)

The fear of technology has been constant across history. Some of this fear has been well-founded while some has not. A panel of historians will discuss examples of technophobia and as well as the transformations that technology has enabled.

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