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.

If you need an accommodation or a sign language interpreter, contact the Access and Disability Services department at (815) 455-8766 or

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Becoming Resilient and Happy - What Psychology Can Tell Us About Happiness and Well-Being in Uncertain Times

Thursday, January 21, 2021, at 6 p.m. via Zoom | Free but registration required

Discover how mindfulness, positivity, compassion, and a resilient mindset have the power to create habits of happiness and well-being in your own lives, especially during difficult times.

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 Meet the Speakers

Gerry Braasch
Gerry Braasch, M.A. 
School and Social Psychology
Robin Deak
Robin Deak M.A. 
Clinical Psychology
Magdalena Farc
Magdalena Farc, Ph.D. 
Social and Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Christine Grela
Christine Grela, Ph.D.
Psychology/Human Development

Vote No! The Anti-Suffrage women who fought against votes for women

Sarah Sullivan

Thursday, October 15 at 6 p.m. in person and via Zoom | Free but registration required

The 19th amendment was passed in 1920, giving women the right to vote across the country. Not all women were behind this amendment, and many actively fought against its passage. Why? What were their reasons? How did they mobilize support for their cause? The Anti story is a facet of the women's suffrage movement that most of us don't know but should.

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American Cinema: Past, Present, and Future

Jim Stockwell

Thursday, November 12 at 6 p.m. in person and via Zoom | Free but registration required

An interactive look through the evolution of film, from the early days of technology through the blockbusters of today, we will examine some of the most fascinating events and moments over the last 150 years of American Cinema.

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Wise and Well: A Healthy Balance

Thursday, February 18, 2021, at 6 p.m. via Zoom | Free but registration required

Falls are a verified cause of morbidity and mortality in adults older than 65 years. Just because they're common doesn't mean they have to be accepted as normal. There are some practical strategies that can be combined with education to decrease the fear and the likelihood of falling. Incorporate these strategies can improve the quality of life of those who are at risk. We'll address the causes and risk factors of falls and include interactive practical strategies to prevent falls and improve the overall wellness of the community.
Preventing Falls

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 Meet the Speakers

Christen Louderman
Dr. Christen Louderman
PT, DPT, Instructor
Angela Wallace
Angela Wallace
PTA, MA, Instructor

Let's Talk about Death

Thursday, April 15 at 6 p.m. via Zoom | Free but registration required

James Gould and Christine Grela

We discuss the importance, but lack of comfort, around discussions of death. The focus will be on why we should talk about death, why we don't (we explain the history of changing attitudes toward death, what we should talk about (for example: end of life planning, both estate, and medical aspects) and how to talk about death (with children and within families). We end with remarks about how confronting the fact of death enriches the meaning of our lives and sharpens the choices we make.

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 Meet the Speakers

Jim Gould
Jim Gould
Instructor Emeritus
Christine Grela
Christine Grela, Ph.D.
Psychology/Human Development

Big Hair, Don't Care: The Business of Fashion and Decadence in the Palace of Versailles

Thursday, May 6 at 6 p.m. via Zoom | Free but registration required

Amy Ortiz and Sarah Sullivan

We will discuss the history of fashion, behavior, and culture that ruled the Courts of Louis XIV, XV, and XVI. Whether you were male, female, or somewhere in between, your identity was created through what you wore. The French Courts created the template for the fashion world we understand today.

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Stumbling Upon the Goddess: Why Greek Mythology Can Save Your Life

Thursday, June 3 at 6 p.m. | Free but registration required
Registering qualifies you to view the session via Zoom or in-person in MCC's Luecht Auditorium.

Ted Hazelgrove

Can Greek mythology save your life? Learn how you can use the wisdom of this historic literature to better understand the human narrative and the push and pull of virtue and vice. Enjoy visual art representations as you explore individual myths.

Register for Stumbling Upon the Goddess

 Meet the Speaker

MCC instructor Ted Hazelgrove
Ted Hazelgrove, M.F.A. 
Instructor, English