Political Science

1919 author, Eve L. Ewing, on Charter Schools

If you’ve been following our One Book, One College programming this year, you already know Eve L. Ewing, author of 1919 and other books and articles.  A couple of weeks ago, her opinion piece, Can We Stop Fighting about Charter Schools? was published in The New York Times. As a sociologist and educator, she is often asked about her thoughts on the topic. In this piece she argues that, we need “political leaders to abandon some of the principles that have guided education policy in our generation.” She says “we need to replace the fight over charter schools with the assertion that every child deserves a great school,” and to do that, we need to take “seriously the ‘educators don’t get paid enough’ realizations of 2020” and address “the teacher shortage that is going to worsen in the aftermath of the pandemic,” (Ewing, 2021).

If the topic of charter schools interest you, the library can help. You can find books on charter schools in our library catalog.  If you are looking for articles, our education databases are a good place to start. You can also find articles on the topic in our news databases and many of our multiple subject databases. When in doubt, be sure to Ask a Librarian!

Ewing, E. L. (2021, Feb 22). Can we stop fighting about charter schools? New York Times (Online) Retrieved from https://go.openathens.net/redirector/morainevalley.edu?url=https://www.proquest.com/newspapers/can-we-stop-fighting-about-charter-schools/docview/2493195195/se-2?accountid=1977

Blame it on the media: The erosion of trust and truth, and what we can do about it (Video)

We love to blame “the media” for all of society’s ills. It’s true that trends in the news media have contributed to where we are today: divided, uncivil, unable to agree on the most basic facts. But trust in the media was declining long before claims of “fake news” and labeling the press as “the enemy of the people.” So how can we recognize truth and identify lies? How can we improve our own “fake news” filters? How can we work toward solutions to the erosion of trust and truth—the very foundation of our democracy? Please join Communications and Journalism professor Lisa Couch and Information Literacy Librarian Tish Hayes in this timely and important discussion. This event is organized by the MVCC Democracy Commitment.

Civil unrest in the U.S. Is the worst behind us or ahead of us? (video)

The United States has experienced significant civil unrest in the past year. Please join our panel as we examine the landscape of the past year, potential domestic threats in the future, and police and community relations. Panel members will include: Dr. John Roman: Senior Fellow of Economics, Justice and Society at NORC at the University of Chicago, Merri-Fefles Dunkle: History, Political Science and Sociology Professor, and Matthew Harland: Oak Lawn Police Officer, Criminal Justice Professor, and Marine veteran.

The Divided States of America: Insurrection, Impeachment, and Inauguration (video)

This event examines the insurrection on the U.S. Capitol on 1/6, the second impeachment of President Trump, and the Inauguration of President Biden. Panelists include Teaching and Learning Librarian Dr. Troy Swanson, Orange Coast College Journalism Professor Dr. Jeremy Shermak, and Political Science Professor Kevin Navratil. We will examine the significance of 1/6 and what the implications are of the presidential transition. This event is co-sponsored by the library and Democracy Commitment.

The Electoral College: How does it work and should it be updated?(video)

Political Science professor Kevin Navratil will discuss why the Electoral College was created, the process of electing the president, and benefits and drawbacks of this electoral system versus electing the president by a nationwide popular vote. This event is organized by the MVCC Democracy Commitment.

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.

REGISTER TO VOTE ONLINE – Last Chance Before the Primary

Have you put off your voter’s registration? This is your last opportunity to register online to vote!  March 1, 2020, is the deadline to vote in the Primary which is on March 17, 2020. Here is the website with all of the information: click on State of Illinois Board of Elections.

Got your list of candidates? Click here to get the information of the early voting locations in Cook County.

What’s New Wednesdays-Politics

With Super Tuesday approaching, and Illinois state elections not far after, this week’s WNW focuses on politics and civil liberties. Look for the display case past the Reference desk, heading towards the back of the Library. If you need assistance locating these books don’t hesitate to “Ask a Librarian.” If you’d like to place a hold on any of them, use these instructions on how to place holds.

Book cover image from Workman Publishing

Represent : The Woman’s Guide to Running for Office & Changing the World / by June Diane Raphael and Kate Black – “Turn ‘Can I do this?’ into ‘Yes, I can!’ A road map, tool kit, workbook, and organizer, ‘Represent‘ is chock-full of the essential knowledge that any potential woman candidate needs to know. It will help you pinpoint exactly why you want to run and figure out the position that makes the most sense. You’ll learn how to write an elevator pitch that will become your platform. Determine the impact that running for office will have on your family, your finances, your job. And take advantage of organizations whose mission is to help you win. It covers all the nuts and bolts, from filing and signature-gathering, to fundraising, managing social media, and harnessing the power of your supporters. With checklists, infographics, profiles of well-known women politicians, plus wisdom and advice from elected women across the United States.”–Back cover

Book cover image from University of Chicago Press

Conspiracies of Conspiracies : How Delusions Have Overrun America / by Thomas Milan Konda – “It’s tempting to think that we live in an unprecedentedly fertile age for conspiracy theories, with seemingly each churn of the news cycle bringing fresh manifestations of large-scale paranoia. But the sad fact is that these narratives of suspicion–and the delusional psychologies that fuel them–have been a constant presence in American life for nearly as long as there’s been an America. In this sweeping book, Thomas Milan Konda traces the country’s obsession with conspiratorial thought from the early days of the republic to our own anxious moment. ‘Conspiracies of Conspiracies‘ details centuries of sinister speculations–from antisemitism and anti-Catholicism to UFOs and reptilian humanoids–and their often incendiary outcomes. Rather than simply rehashing the surface eccentricities of such theories, Konda draws from his unprecedented assemblage of conspiratorial writing to crack open the mindsets that lead people toward these self-sealing worlds of denial. What is distinctively American about these theories, he argues, is not simply our country’s homegrown obsession with them but their ongoing prevalence and virulence. Konda proves that conspiracy theories are no harmless sideshow. They are instead the dark and secret heart of American political history–one that is poisoning the bloodstream of an increasingly sick body politic.”–Publisher description

Blowout : Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth / by Rachel Maddow – With her trademark black humor, Maddow takes us on a switchback journey around the globe, revealing the greed and incompetence of Big Oil and Gas along the way, and drawing a surprising conclusion about how and why the Russian government hacked the 2016 U.S. election. She deftly shows how Russia’s rich reserves of crude have, paradoxically, stunted its growth, forcing Putin to maintain his power by spreading Russia’s rot into its rivals, its neighbors, the West’s most important alliances, and the United States. Chevron, BP, and a host of other industry players get their star turn, most notably ExxonMobil and the deceptively well-behaved Rex Tillerson. The oil and gas industry has weakened democracies in developed and developing countries, fouled oceans and rivers, and propped up authoritarian thieves and killers. But being outraged at it is, according to Maddow, ‘like being indignant when a lion takes down and eats a gazelle. You can’t really blame the lion…It’s in her nature.’ ‘Blowout‘ is a call to contain the lion: to stop subsidizing the wealthiest businesses on earth, to fight for transparency, and to check the influence of the world’s most destructive industry and its enablers. The stakes have never been higher. As Maddow writes, ‘Democracy either wins this one or disappears.'”–Book jacket

When They Come for You : How Police and Government are Trampling our Liberties–and How to Take Them Back / by David Kirby – In ‘When They Come For You,’ New York Times bestselling author David Kirby exposes federal, state, and local violations of basic constitutional rights that should trouble every American, whether liberal, conservative, or libertarian. Free speech, privacy, protection from unreasonable search and seizure, due process, and equal protection under the law are rights that belong to every American citizen, but are being shredded at an alarming rate all across the country. Police and prosecutorial misconduct, overzealous bureaucrats with virtually unchecked power, unwarranted searches, SWAT-style raids on the homes of innocent Americans, crackdowns on a free press and the right to protest, removing children from their parents without cause, ‘debtors prisons,’ restricting freedom of health choice, seizing private assets for government profit, and much more demonstrate how deeply our rights and our national values are eroding. ‘When They Come For You‘ uses true stories of everyday citizens to reveal how our federal, state, and municipal governments, police, lawmakers, judges, revenue agents, unelected power brokers, and even government social workers are eviscerating our most fundamental liberties. And, it shows how people are fighting back-and winning.”–Publisher description

Book cover image from Yale University Press

Clear and Present Safety : the World Has Never Been Better and Why That Matters to Americans / by Michael A. Cohen and Micah Zenko – “What most frightens the average American? Terrorism. North Korea. Iran. But what if none of these are probable or consequential threats to America? What if the world today is safer, freer, wealthier, healthier, and better educated than ever before? What if the real dangers to Americans are noncommunicable diseases, gun violence, drug overdoses–even hospital infections? In this compelling look at what they call the ‘Threat-Industrial Complex,’ Michael A. Cohen and Micah Zenko explain why politicians, policy analysts, academics, and journalists are misleading Americans about foreign threats and ignoring more serious national security challenges at home. Cohen and Zenko argue that we should ignore Washington’s threat-mongering and focus instead on furthering extraordinary global advances in human development and economic and political cooperation. At home, we should focus on that which actually harms us and undermines our quality of life: substandard schools and healthcare, inadequate infrastructure, gun violence, income inequality, and political paralysis.”–Publisher description

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.

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