Experts and Insights graphic, new speaker series featuring MCC faculty

Experts and Insights

A Speaker Series Featuring MCC Faculty…

This free educational series is a unique opportunity to connect MCC employees, students, and residents to cutting-edge topics that directly impact our local economy and community. The speaker series is free and open to the public but registration is required. Registrants will receive a link to the webinar the day before the event. Registering qualifies you to view the session via Zoom or in person at the college.

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Language, Literature, and Learning: Calling for LatinX Inclusion

Kate Midday

Thursday, September 30, 2021, at 6 p.m. in person in the Conference Center (Rooms A211, 213, 215) and via Zoom | Registration requested but walk-ins welcome

The Latinx population makes up the largest portion of our county’s diversity—but unfortunately, this group is often left out of American curriculums. Latinx literature, in particular, is not often found on required reading lists, and Latina literature even less-so. In a literary study of Latina/x storytelling and theory, Kate Midday will use original research to point to the vast differences amongst this large group of peoples and geographies. Attendees will leave with a new appreciation and understanding of the LatinX experience and a recognition of how much we still have to learn, through a thoughtful approach to ensuring all our students and neighbors are included, respected, and understood. A list of recommended readings will be provided.

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 Meet the Speaker

Kate Midday
Kate Midday, M.A. 
Learning Communities Program Chair
MCC Academic Council Vice President

Kate Midday is a full-time English faculty member at McHenry County College where she teaches Women's Literature, Children's Literature, Introduction to Literature, and both articulated levels of college composition. She was named MCC Faculty of the Year in 2011 and is a NISOD award recipient.


Raiders of the Lost Arch(aeology): Deciphering facts and fiction

Dr. Judi Cameron and Jim Stockwell

Thursday, October 14 at 6 p.m. in person and via Zoom | Registration requested but walk-ins welcome

From Indiana Jones to National Treasure to The Mummy, archaeology has been featured in movies for decades. But how accurate are the depictions of archaeology? Join MCC's own archaeologist Dr. Judi Cameron and film instructor Jim Stockwell as they explore the world of archaeology and how archaeologists have been represented in the movies.

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American History Through Folk Music

Patricia Gaughan and Nancy Maio

Thursday, November 18 at 6 p.m. in person and via Zoom | Registration requested but walk-ins welcome

Immerse yourself in the history of American heritage in this live musical performance/lecture combination presented by Pat Gaughan and Nancy Maio.

The performance starts with songs of the Revolutionary War and travels through time to the post-Civil War era. While learning about the historical context of the music, you’ll journey back to early America and explore the lives of early settlers through their songs about work, love, faith, slavery, politics, war, and lively dance tunes. Transcending time and place through song allows us to understand the commonality we share with them—as well as each other—today.

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Introduction to Hydroponics

Rich Tobiasz

Thursday, January 20, 2022, at 6 p.m. in-person and via Zoom | Registration requested but walk-ins welcome

Hydroponics is used to grow a wide variety of vegetables, herbs, flowers, and small fruits. In this session, we’ll examine the use of hydroponics as a soilless method of growing plants while incorporating first-hand information from the MCC Greenhouse hydroponic production bay. Attendees will also learn how hydroponic systems can easily be adapted for home use.

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Beyond Rosa: Women Won the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Thursday, February 17 at 6 p.m. in person and via Zoom | Registration requested but walk-ins welcome

Sarah Sullivan

What you think you know about The Montgomery Bus Boycott is wrong. Two high school girls and a college English teacher were among those who set the stage for the boycott well before Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her seat on December 1, 1955. These women planned, coordinated, and implemented one of history's most successful boycotts—in conjunction with a court case comprised of four female plaintiffs—that made it all the way to the Supreme Court. The backstory of this boycott is fascinating—and will change your understanding of history.

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Is It Hot in Here or is That Just Me? Menopause: Myths vs. Facts, Tips, and Tricks

Thursday, March 17 at 6 p.m. | in person and via Zoom | Registration requested but walk-ins welcome

Christine Grela, Christen Louderman, and Elaine Whalen

The thought of going through menopause is stressful for many women—but it doesn’t have to be. In this interactive panel discussion, we’ll examine many aspects of menopause and perimenopause, dispel common beliefs about this experience, and share wellness tips from a psychological and biological standpoint.

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Stuck in an Echo Chamber? How to Find Your Way Out: A Path to Objectivity

Thursday, April 21 at 6 p.m. | in person and via Zoom | Registration requested but walk-ins welcome

Roger Morales and Kim Tipton

MCC librarians Roger Morales and Kim Tipton discuss bias in the media and how to recognize it. They’ll also explain how "filter bubbles" and our own bias affect us when we seek out information.

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The Importance of Native Plants in the Landscape

Thursday, May 19 at 6 p.m. | in person and via Zoom | Registration requested but walk-ins welcome

Garrett Beier

From pollinators to genetic diversity, we’ll discuss the benefits and importance of incorporating native plants into your home landscape.

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Tai Chi for Health, Relaxation, and Fitness

Thursday, June 16 at 6 p.m. | in person and via Zoom | Registration requested but walk-ins welcome

Jim Blaz

Tai Chi Juan can help you improve flexibility, strength, balance, breathing, posture, and increase overall relaxation. Explore a brief history of this martial art and learn the many and various health benefits you can receive by practicing it.

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