American Red Cross and Disaster Relief

Did you catch the blog post by Lizzie about Clara Barton, the Red Cross, and the Civil War? A nice piece connect history to the present.

Since the Red Cross is one of Clara Barton’s big contributions to the world, I thought it would be appropriate to send along this video about today’s Red Cross. This is from the Act Out Now service learning fair held in the library.

The American Red Cross and Disaster Relief featuring Jodie Lieffring

Henrietta Lacks’ Family Controls HeLa Genome

Rebecca Skloot’s book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was our 2010-2011 One Book, One College selection. We held a range of public programming around this text.

Today, Henrietta Lacks has been back in the news. More precisely, her family and her genome have been in the news. The HeLa gene has been sequenced, and the National Institutes of Health have come to an agreement with the Lacks family on controlling the use of that genome. This is a significant step in the Lacks family story.

Read more about this story here:

NPR: Decades After Lacks’ Death, Family Gets A Say On Her Cells

New York Times: A Family Consents to a Medical Gift, 62 Years Later

Moraine Valley Faculty Use LEGOs to Teach Science

We have awesome faculty who not only work wonders with out students, but are also out in the community “teaching” and sharing knowledge. Check out this article from the Post-Tribune, “Learning with LEGOs,” featuring MVCC faculty member Steve Mastej, who works to foster scientific thinking in children using LEGOs through the eGenius Challenge Academy. Steve is a great faculty member who often helps us raise money for the Library’s student scholarship fund.

If you are interested in the connection between LEGOs & science/engineering, check out this video from Larry Langellier (a member in the same department as Steve).

Why Joni Can’t (Won’t) Do Math or Science—And What You Can Do About It

Walking Dead at San Diego Comic-Con

This fall we are gearing up for our One Book program on World War Z, so we have zombies all over the place. We studying all zombie-lore and history.

Thus, this video caught our eye. Here’s a panel discussion of the cast of AMC’s the Walking Dead from the 2013 Comic-Con in San Diego. In case you’ve been living under a rock, the Walking Dead is one of the most popular shows on TV, and it is based as a very popular comic book series.

The Walking Dead hits on some of the same themes as World War Z, so there will be some exciting comparisons to be made in the fall semester.

The Walking Dead Comic Con Panel 2013

The Little Village Environmental Justice Organization

Did you miss the Act Out Now volunteer fair? Well, you can still watch the event’s featured speakers here:

The Little Village Environmental Justice Organization featuring Claudia Ayala
Community organizer Claudia Ayala discusses the efforts of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization. This lecture was part of the Act Out Now Service learning event held in the Moraine Valley Community College Library. Visit for more information.

Perseverance and Hope when Facing Cancer

Today is a sad day, but also a celebration! Today is our colleague and friend LaWanda Burrell’s last day at Moraine Valley. She has worked in the Center for Teaching and Learning and has been a good partner with the library.

In honor of LaWanda’s last day, I wanted share this video of a talk that she did as part of our TLC: Teaching & Learning Community EventTLC event. In this very memorable discussion, LaWanda discusses her journey fighting cancer. We will miss LaWanda, but we are excited for her as she moves forward in her career.

Perseverance and Hope: The Words of My Life
Our experiences help to define who we are. LaWanda Burrell discusses how using perseverance and hope helped define her purpose in the eye of a life-altering storm. (Date of Presentation: February 16, 2012)

Disaster Relief and the American Red Cross

When disaster strikes, their volunteers are there to help! If you missed the Act Out Now volunteer fair, here is one of the featured speakers.

The American Red Cross and Disaster Relief featuring Jodie Lieffring
Regional Volunteer Coordinator for the American Red Cross, Jodie Lieffring, discusses distaster relief and the role of volunteers. This lecture was part of the Act Out Now Service learning event held in the Moraine Valley Community College Library. Visit

What is it like to be Young and Arab in America?

In April, we hosted an event organized by the Arab Student Union. Panelists discussed their experience as Arab-Americans.

Young and Arab in America: A Panel Discussion
he Arab Student Union hosted a student panel discussion in the library about being young, first generation Arab-Americans and the challenges of balancing their Arab culture while embracing their American identity. The students discussed topics such as culture, language, religion, and the diversity of Arab family practices and traditions. The event was hosted in the Moraine Valley Community College Library

Civil War Money and Depictions of Slavery

This is a unique conversation with faculty member Rick Aztlan. Mr. Aztlan collections 19th century currency. He shows us some of the pieces in his collection and examines the cultural meanings behind images on the currency.

Currency of the Civil War Era and Depictions of Slavery
Faculty member Rick Aztlan explores the role of institution of slavery in the US economy during the Civil War era through money. Mr. Aztlan will discuss bank notes used in the North and the South and how these notes depicted slaves and slavery. This view connects economics, imagery, culture, and race into a unique understanding of our past with implications for our present. This is part of the One Book, One College program: Tony Horwitz’s Confederates in the Attic.

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