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The Human Library: Books Come Alive

The Human Library is a learning opportunity that brings books to life…literally. Student “readers” are paired with community members who are “human books.” These books relay to the readers their own personal stories. It’s a chance for students to explore the degrees of diversity while seeking to understand their own backgrounds and perspectives. Faculty members are incorporating the Human Library into class projects to enable deeper learning opportunities.This event is part of our library’s One Book program.

Books Come Alive at Moraine Valley

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Civic Engagement, Participation, and the 2016 Election featuring Juan Salgado

MacArthur Fellow (Genius Grant Recipient) Juan Salgado offers perspectives on participation in the upcoming 2016 election. Mr. Salgado is the president of Instituto del Progreso Latino and a leading voice on issues impacting immigrants in the United States. He is an educational pioneer and visionary for our transforming county. This even is part of the One Book program and the Celebrating Latino Americans program.

Civic Engagement, Participation, and the 2016 Election featuring Juan Salgado

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MacArthur Genius Reciptient Speaking in Library Feb 17th

MacArthur Fellow (Genius Grant Recipient) Juan Salgado will offer perspectives on participation in the upcoming 2016 election on February 17th at 11am in the MVCC Library. Mr. Salgado is the president of Instituto del Progreso Latino and a leading voice on issues impacting immigrants in the United States. He is an educational pioneer and visionary for our transforming county. This even is part of the One Book program and the Celebrating Latino Americans program. You can learn more about Mr. Salgado’s work in this video:

Community Leader Juan Salgado, 2015 MacArthur Fellow

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Celebrated Author Ana Castillo: Chicano/Chicana: Identity and Oppression

Ana Castillo is a celebrated poet, novelist, short story writer, essayist, editor, playwright, translator and independent scholar. Castillo was born and raised in Chicago. Ana Castillo holds an M.A from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D., University of Bremen, Germany in American Studies and an honorary doctorate from Colby College. She received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation for her first novel, The Mixquiahuala Letters. This event is part of the Celebrating Latino Americans programming https://latinoamericans.apps.morainevalley.edu/.

Celebrated Author Ana Castillo: Chicano/Chicana: Identity and Oppression

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US Politics and Immigration: Political Science Panel Discussion (video)

As the presidential election gains momentum toward the primaries, Moraine Valley political science faculty discussed issues relating to immigration as part of the One Book program. This discussion covered topics including reform efforts aimed at immigration policy, the impact immigration will have on the upcoming election, and the changing demographics that will shape our nation. This event featured Merri Fefles, Kevin Navratil, and Deron Schreck This event is part of the One Book, One College program. Learn more at our website at https://latinoamericans.apps.morainevalley.edu/.

US Politics and Immigration: Political Science Panel Discussion

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Mexican Chicago

Mexican Chicago Books

This coming Thursday, Sept. 17th, the MVCC Library and the Green Hills Public Library are partnering to present the program Mexican Chicago: A History in Pictures. The presentation will take place at 7pm at the Green Hills Public Library on 103rd St. in Palos Hills. Through photographs, storyteller Rita Jirasek will shares stories of the lives and experiences of Mexicans in Chicago.

If the presentation inspires you to enjoy more resources with this special focus, a few books from our collection are great ways to explore this topic further. The first is Barrio: Photographs from Chicago’s Pilsen and Little Village. This is a collection of photographs and journal entries by photographer Paul D’Amato that capture life, both public and private, in these Mexican communities in Chicago.  You can also view more of this artist’s work at his website.

Another interesting book is Pots of Promise: Mexicans and Pottery at Hull-House, 1920-40. This is a photograph and essay collection that brings us the story of Mexican artisans in Chicago as well as the history of the Hull-House. From the forward, “If only these pots could talk…the pots speak volumes about Hull-House, its Mexican neighborhood, and transnational material culture.”

Bringing Aztlan to Mexican Chicago is another book that portrays the Mexican experience in Chicago. This is the autobiography of Jóse Gamaliel González, a Mexico born artist, who came to call Chicago home. Illustrations and recollections depict his community advocacy and struggle to bring arts programming to Chicago.

Also, don’t forget that next Tuesday the 15th, Jose Angel N., the author of this year’s One Book, One College selection Illegal: Reflections of an Undocumented Immigrant will be at the library to discuss his book and his life.

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One Book, One College, Three New DVDs

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The library has just added three new highly acclaimed DVDs that complement our One Book, One College selection this year. These films depict the lives of Latin Americans struggling to reach the United States in search of a better life for themselves and for their families.

Previously appearing at numerous film festivals and now appearing on our library shelves is The Other Side of Immigration. This films takes us into rural Mexican towns where half the population has left to work in the United States. Through interviews with the townspeople, we see why so many leave their homes to find work in the US, as well as what happens to the families and communities that are left behind.

Winner of Best Documentary at several film festivals, El Inmigrante/The Immigrant tells the true story of the life and death Eusebio De Haro, a Mexican immigrant who was shot and killed during one of his border crossing attempts. This film that has been described as graphic, disturbing, poignant, and gripping examines varied group perspectives including the De Haro family, residents of the community in Texas where Eusebio was shot, vigilante border militias, and other migrants trying to make the crossing.

Another film festival favorite, and winner of the Audience Award at Sundance, is De Nadie. Here we meet migrants from Central and South America and learn of their dangerous journey through Mexico as the determined travelers try to reach the United States. We see the risks they are taking with their money, their health, and their lives as they face intimidation from oftentimes corrupt Mexican authorities.

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