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Spring 2021 Events

Moraine Valley's students, faculty and staff can download Eve Ewing's book, 1919 on our Hoopla app through this link.   (Ask a librarian if you need help.)

Live Event: Revisiting the Past and Looking Toward the Future: How society has dealt with diversity, equity, and inclusion 1919 - 2021.

Wednesday, February 17th 2021, 11am, online event 

Special guest Dr. Tracy Crump, Associate Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice at St. Xavier University. Dr. Crump's talk will consider how to build inclusive spaces in our society by exploring the root causes of social unrest in Chicago over the last century. She will start with the Red Summer of 1919 and move forward. This will be a live event open to the general public (advanced registration required). 

Tracy Crump holds the Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a juris doctorate from J.D. the John Marshall Law School, and earned the LL.M. (post-JD studies) at  Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Live Event: Poetry Reading & Contest Winner Announcements

Thursday, April 15, 2021, 3pm-4:30pm (advanced registration will be open in January 2021)

Join us as we highlight our student poets in celebration of National Poetry Month. Our One Book program on Eve Ewing's 1919 is our first to focus on a book of poetry, so we want to celebrate! We will also announce the winners of our student poetry contest. 


Recorded Event: An Interview with Haki R. Madhubuti: Taught by Women & other Writers

  • Haki R. Madhubuti is a poet, publisher, and public intellectual. He is the found of Third World Press which is the largest, independent, African-American owned press in the United States. In this interview, MVCC's Dewitt Scott interviews Mr. Madhubuti on his new book Taught By Women: Poems as Resistance Language New and Selected as well as discussing his life and work. 

Recorded Event: Civil unrest in the U.S. Is the worst behind us or ahead of us?

  • 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.


Recorded Event: Uncover 1919: A Discussion of Eve Ewing's 1919

The MVCC Black Student Association holds an in-depth discussion of “1919” by Eve L. Ewing. Her award-winning collection of poems explores the Chicago Race Riot of 1919 through poetry. This discussion is moderated by Dr. Amani Wazwaz and it part of the Black History Month celebration and the One Book, One College program.

Recorded Event: Eve Ewing's 1919: A Critical Conversation with Dr. Janice Tuck Lively

A discussion on Eve Ewing's poetry in her book "1919." In this  interview, MVCC Counselor Shanya Gray interviews Dr. Janice Tuck Lively  of Professor of English at Elmhurst College and author of fiction and  non-fiction. This talk is part of our One Book, One College program on Ewing's 1919.  

Sidewalk Poetry: Take Your Chalk to the Streets! 

After spring break, help us share poetry with the world. Write your poetry in chalk, take a picture, and share it as the hashtag #MVCCchalkpoems. Visit our Sidewalk Poetry page for more details.  

Recorded Event: Are Confederate Monuments History? Assessing the Lost Cause, Monuments, and Race in 21st century America

In recent years, a vigorous debate has occurred online and in the streets over the meaning of monuments to the Confederacy and its leaders during the American Civil War.  In this presentation, Associate Professor of History Josh Fulton explores the Lost Cause movement and its efforts to reshape historical memory of the Confederacy and the Civil War through monuments and more. 

Recorded Event: Was it really a year like no other? 2020 in Historical Context 

The year 2020 was a year to remember, but how unique was it? How does it compare to other historic moments? MVCC history faculty consider these questions. This event is part of the Moraine Valley One Book, One College program.

Recorded Event: The Bubonic Plague: The Ultimate Pandemic

History faculty member Jim McIntyre provides an overview of the history of one of the most deadly pandemics in history, the bubonic plague or the black death. This discussion reviews key outbreaks and the impacts they had in history. This is set in light of the current, Covid-19 pandemic.



Fall 2020 Events 

The 1919 Chicago Race Riot: A talk by Dr. Eric Allen Hall

In the summer of 1919, the South Side of Chicago erupted in racial violence following the death of Eugene Williams, an African-American youth who had mistakenly drifted into the “white” section of Lake Michigan’s 29th Street Beach. By the time the fires were extinguished a week later, thirty-eight people had been killed and thousands more had seen their homes destroyed. It would be the worst of over twenty race riots that plagued the United States during what came to be known as “Red Summer.” Dr. Eric Allen Hall Associate Professor of History at Northern Illinois University will examine the causes, events, and legacy of the 1919 Chicago Race Riot through the experiences of those who witnessed the violence.

2020 Post-Election Discussion

Professor Merri Fefles-Dunkle and Professor Kevin Navratil discuss the implications of the 2020 results on domestic and foreign policy. This event is organized by the MVCC Democracy Commitment.

Discussing the 2020 Pre-Election

Political Science faculty members will discuss the November election with a special focus on its implications for our area. This event will be a live online discussion. This event is part of our One Book, One College Program.

Poetry as the Voice of Experience: A Discussion of Eve Ewing's 1919

Literature faculty discuss poems in Eve Ewing’s book 1919. This discussion will explore history through the lens of poetry while connecting Ewing’s works to other historic and contemporary poets and artists.This event is part of our One Book, One College Program.

Radically Unchanged: Reading Eve Ewing's 1919

Faculty and staff were invited to record their reactions to Eve Ewing's book 1919. Thanks to Dewitt Scott, Amani Wazwaz, Merrie Fefles, and Shanya Gray for offering this thoughts on 1919.

Race, protest, and the history of street violence in Chicago: A Faculty Panel

History faculty explore the historic context of Eve Ewing’s book 1919. They will look at the early 20th Century but also connect Ewing’s work to broader Chicago & US history. This event is part of our One Book, One College Program.

Racial Health Disparities: Equity in Light of COVID-19

Health science, psychology, and history faculty will discuss the racial health disparities and inequities that the Covid-19 pandemic has revealed. They will discuss access to healthcare, culturally appropriate healthcare and the legacies of the past that still impact community health today.  This event is part of our One Book, One College Program.

Ironheart ,Champions, and Ms. Marvel: Eve Ewing's Comics

In addition to being a sociologist and poet, Eve Ewing also writes for Marvel comics. CBR calls Ewing's Ironheart "a breath of fresh air", and The Mary Sue celebrates Ewing's development of Riri Williams: "We get to really see the psychological weight of what it means to be young, gifted, and black". This discussion will dig into Ewing's impact on the Marvel universe. This event is part of our One Book, One College Program.