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Community Briefs fromAugust 29, 2013

Palos Hills - Zombie talks at Moraine Valley

  The fictional oral history of a zombie apocalypse is the selected text for Moraine Valley Community College’s One Book, One College program for the 2013-14 academic year. The college’s library will host several events this fall that feature themes from “World War Z” by Max Brooks. The Library is in Building L, on campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. All events are free and open to the public.
  The opening event welcomes Roosevelt University’s literary scholar Mairin Barney on Sept. 11, from noon to 1 p.m. Barney will explore “World War Z” and zombie literature as well as define characteristics of the genre and how Brooks’ work fits into it.
  Moraine Valley faculty members from various disciplines will lead a panel discussion on “Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse” on Sept. 24 from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
  Each will share how they think governments and institutions would stand up to a major societal collapse and will be challenged to think about how they would survive an apocalypse.
  Another panel discussion, “Am I Really an Individual or Just a Zombie?” will be on Oct. 3, from 11 a.m. to noon. Philosophy faculty members will discuss the ways philosophers have thought about the individual and the group.

  “Zombies, Art and Pop Culture” is a third panel discussion led by Moraine Valley faculty members on Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 1 to 2 p.m. The creepy, brain-hungry zombie has become a symbol across art, film and literature. Where did it come from and why does it resonate with audiences?
  The college will show the feature film “World War Z,” starring Brad Pitt, on Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m., on the Gateway. Bring blankets and food for the free outdoor movie. The movie will be moved inside Building M in the event of inclement weather.

Moraine to host presentation on prostate cancer

  Moraine Valley Community College is hosting its Medical Education Series presentation on “Making Sense of Prostate Cancer” from 7 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 18, in the Dorothy Menker Theater in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. The event is co-sponsored by Northwestern Memorial Hospital and is free and open to the public.
  Dr. Joshua Meeks is giving this presentation. Dr. Meeks received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, before attending Northwestern University for medical and graduate school with a research focus on genetics and tumor cell biology.
  For more information call Mari Smith at 708-608-4039 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Cyber Security Awareness Symposium co-hosted by Moraine Valley

  Between cyber bullies and a multitude of scams, the Internet can be a dangerous place. That’s why a few organizations, including Moraine Valley Community College and its Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance are sponsoring a free Security Awareness Symposium on from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in the gym hall at St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church, 6330 W. 127th St., in Palos Heights.
  This event aims to bring parents, teachers and the community together to better understand ways to protect children from cyber space. Topics include online bullying; how Facebook influences teens and young adults; self-identity and self-esteem; effects of social media on relationships and friendships; changes to online privacy; Facebook addiction; emotional manipulators on Facebook; and juvenile financial ID theft.
  Ice cream, cookies and drinks will be provided by Cold Stone Creamery and the Fuheis American Association. In addition to Moraine Valley, the event also is co-hosted by Northwestern University, Robert Morris University and the FAA.
  For more information, contact Lynn Dohm at 815-717-6546 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Worth - Attorney Barrett to talk to Rockers

  Attorney Michael Barrett will address the St. Mark’s Rockers at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 11007 S. 76th Ave. in Worth.

  He will discuss the importance of knowing when it is in your best interest to consult with a lawyer.