Human Right in Iran

Last year our library welcomed Elise Auerbach, Amnesty International’s Iran Specialist to our library. She gave a talk as part of our One Book program about human rights in Iran. (You can listen to her discussion here:

Ms. Auerback emailed our library to let inform us about the event below which will be held in the Chicagoland area. Since so many students, faculty and community members were interested in our conversations around Iran, we thought that our community may find this valuable as well:

A Presentation on Human Rights in Iran


  • Bani Dugal
  • Dr. Kamiar
  • Dr. Arash Alaei(Former prisoners of conscience in Iran)
  • Music by Alessandro Giua
  • Baha’is House of Worship Choir

Sunday, November 11, 2012, 1:00 PM
at The Baha’i House of Worship Foundation Hall
100 Linden Ave, Wilmette, IL 60091

For more information, please call Wayne Heimbach 847-414-5160
Sponsored by Amnesty International & Chicago area Baha’i Assemblies

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PTSD & Our Veterans

On November 1st at 11am, we will host a panel discussion entitled “Understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: causes, diagnosis, and treatments” which will feature our psychology and counseling faculty. This is part of our One Book, One College program. PTSD is an important issue impacting many people in our society. In preparation for this event, I wanted to share this video that helps to outline some of the challenges faced by veterans with PTSD.

Coming Home: Justice for our veterans
Summary: An alternative court program in Harris County, Texas, seeks to rehabilitate veterans who turn to crime for the first time. Scott Pelley reports.

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Syria’s Civil War Under Discussion in the Library

This 60 minutes piece below outlines some of the challenges involved with the ongoing civil war in Syria. The library will be hosting a film and a discussion about the Syrian conflict on Monday, October 22nd, 12pm – 2pm, Library Lounge, Building L. This event will feature the documentary The Suffering Grasses and a discussion by Ramah Kudaimi a Syrian-American activist living in Washington, DC. Ramah serves as the Membership and Outreach Coordinator at the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, and has worked at other grassroots activist organizations including CODEPINK and the Washington Peace Center.

Here is the piece by 60 minutes:
Inside Syria’s civil war
Summary: Sneaking across Syria’s border, Clarissa Ward reports from its most dangerous city, Aleppo, where a battle rages between rebel groups and Syria’s military.

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Learn more about Global & Diversity Education events @ your Library

Are you thinking of attending one of the Global & Diversity Education Events this fall?  If you want some more information about the event topics check out some of these books from the Moraine Valley Library.

  1. Global Trends Across Disciplines: 9/17: Moraine Room 2:30-3:30 Moraine Valley faculty members discuss the ways in which globalization forces are currently impacting their fields.
  2. Global Elections: Examining Key Elections in 2012: 10/18: Library 11:00-12:15 This event will discuss the varying electoral rules that structure elections  throughout the world and the potential implications of the results of such contests for the U.S. and world.
  3. Invisible Children 11/5: 10:00-12:00 pm Moraine Room 2 A viewing of the documentary film: Invisible Children.
  4. International Student panel: 11/14: 2:30-3:30 Library This panel discussion will consist of students from at least 5 different countries who will share what it is like to study abroad in the U.S. and be an international student at Moraine Valley.
  5. Global Food Security and Sustainability: 12/4: 10:30-12:30 Moraine Room 2 Rising prices of commodities, such as wheat, corn, rice, and gasoline can lead to many problems, including: riots, hunger, malnutrition, and poverty.

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Fighting Superbugs & Antibiotic Stewardship

Yesterday, I heard an NPR piece about diseases that do not respond to any drugs called superbugs. (I pasted the story below). This is a serious issue, which is also why our library has scheduled this special event on the topic:

How Research is Making Healthcare Better: Infection Prevention and Antibiotic Stewardship
Wed, Oct 10th, 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m., Library Lounge, Building L
Join us as we welcome Dr. Emily Landon of the University of Chicago Medicine Antibiotic Stewardship Program. Dr. Landon will discuss current research in preventing the spread of infection and the stewardship of antibiotics.

NIH Takes Extraordinary Steps In Fighting ‘Superbug’
When an outbreak of a highly drug-resistant infection occurred at the National Institutes of Health’s research hospital, doctors took extraordinary measures to try to stamp it out. Among them was quickly deciphering the entire genetic code of the bug to try to trace how the germ spread. Audie Cornish talks to Rob Stein.

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