Events

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.

In Relationships with our Phones: Our Emotional Attachment to Gadgets & Devices (video)

Who’s the most important person in your life? Is it not a person at all? In honor of Valentine’s Day, a panel of faculty members will discuss our relationships with technology. This event is part of our One Book, One College program on Isaac Asimov’s, I, Robot.

2020 Impeachment Discussion: Context and Background on the Impeachment of President Donald Trump (video)

Political Science faculty members will be discussing the impeachment process in general and, specifically, the impact of President Trump’s impeachment.

Uncover: The Watts Riot of 1965 (video)

Moraine Valley students and staff will hear the story about the largest urban rebellion of the Civil rights era. This session will focus on the cause, timeline of events and historical significance of this known riot.

Early Designs: Early Automatons (video)

Dr. Amani Wazwaz discusses early forms of robots and automatons designed by such great thinkers and designers as Archytas, Al Jazzari, Leonardo da Vinci, John Joseph Merlin, Pierre Jaquet-Droz, and others. This talk is inspired by Moraine Valley’s 2019 One Book, One College on Isaac Asimov’s I Robot and MOSAICS Building Bridges Program.

Visions of Tomorrow: Science Fiction as Social Commentary (video)

As a genre, Science Fiction has pushed us to see our future (and present) in new ways. It has predicted new technologies and challenged us to think about how society will change. In this event, a panel of faculty members will discuss SciFi as a genre and explore how to understand and recognize its relevance. This event is part of our One Book, One College program on Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot.

Why You Should Be a Voter (video)

This event will provide information to help you find out whether you are registered to vote, where to vote, offices that you can vote for in 2020, why this election is so important, and why you should be a voter. This event is part of the Democracy Commitment programming.

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