Political Science

How might psychology help us understand the rise of extremism and belief in conspiracy theories?

Join psychology professors Mitchell Baker, Dr. Laura Lauzen-Collins, and Nick Shizas as they explore psychology concepts that help us better understand the rise of extremism and belief in conspiracy theories.

Examining the relationship between pandemics, extremism, mistrust, and the rejection of authorities

Join history professors Merri Fefles-Dunkle, Josh Fulton, and Jim McIntrye as they explore the role of the state throughout history to help us understand the connection between pandemics and the rise in extremism, mistrust, and rejection of authorities. This event is organized by the MVCC Democracy Commitment.

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.

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