Mohawk College presents Laverne Cox

December 12, 2014

The Mohawk College community is already getting ready for a special guest early next year!  Social Inc. in partnership with the Mohawk Students’ Association, The Well (LGBTQ Community Wellness Centre of Hamilton) and the Sexual Assault Centre of Hamilton and Area present Laverne Cox.

Laverne Coxlaverne cox is well-known for her role on the hit show “Orange is the New Black” and will discuss her life and journey as a transgender actress.  This event will be held at the McIntyre Performing Arts Centre, located at the Fennell campus on March 23rd, 2015.  For more information and tickets, please click here.

Mohawk College Library has resources to help you learn more about the LGBTQ community.  The library has recently acquired the video Beautiful Boxer which  is based on the true story of Thailand’s famed transgendered kick-boxer, Parinya Charoenphol (known as Nong Toom in Thailand).  The book, Transgender people discusses gender identity disorders, the transgender rights movement, and other issues faced by the transgender community.

If you do go to the event, be sure to send us a message on Facebook, Tweet us @mohawklibrary, or send us a picture on Instagram.


In the city: Christmas in Gore Park

December 5, 2014

This weekend in the city, the Downtown Hamilton BIA and local radio station AM 900 CHML celebrate Christmas in Gore Park with a variety of family friendly activities.

The fun begins on Friday, December 5th at 5:00 p.m. with a free concert by local band Crank.  The lighting of the Christmas Tree of Hope will take place at 6:00 p.m.  Children can ride the Christmas miniature train and merry-go-round, and everyone is welcome to enjoy free refreshments.  And don’t forget your letter to Santa; letters may be sent to Santa in a “direct to the North Pole” mailbox.

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The Downtown Hamilton BIA invites everyone back to Gore Park on Saturday, December 6th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to shop in Santa’s village.  The event includes great vendors, free refreshments and Christmas crafts.  There will be carolling and Christmas entertainment throughout the park.  You can even have your picture taken with Santa Claus.

Mohawk College Library can help you get ready for the holiday season.  The library has books on cooking, crafts, and your favorite Christmas carols.  If you still have names to cross off our list, checkout this gift guide from People magazine.  You can always keep up-to-date on the latest trends using library databases and e-journals.


In the City: CP Holiday Train supports local food banks

November 28, 2014

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This weekend in the city, embrace the spirit of giving and visit the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train!  Since 1999, the CP Holiday Train is North America’s longest rolling food bank fundraiser.  This annual program has raised nearly $9.5 million and 3.3 million pounds of food.

The CP Holiday Train is stopping in Hamilton this Sunday, November 30th, at Kinnear Yard, opposite Gage Park.  The festivities start at 7:30 p.m., with the train expected to arrive by 7:45 p.m., including entertainment by ​Kira Isabella.  The concert is free, but attendees are encouraged to make a cash or non-perishable food donation to Hamilton Food Share, which will be on site at the event.

The Holiday Train reminds us that even during this hectic time of year, there are families in need in our own community.  Supporting Hamilton Food Share, or any local food bank, helps to provide a nourishing meal to those who are at risk of going without.

To help you get informed about these issues, Mohawk College Library has a subject guide on poverty.  The guide includes an infographic about poverty in Canada, books, e-books, videos, websites, and much more.  A special investigation series, CODE Red Hamilton, from The Hamilton Spectator, provides interesting information about the lives of people living in Hamilton neighbourhoods.

So kick off the season by giving back to those in need, and support the Hamilton Food Share fundraiser at the CP Holiday Train event.  Take a picture with the Holiday Train and share it with us via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

 


In the city: World AIDS Day

November 21, 2014

In recognition of World AIDS Day (December 1, 2014) the AIDS Network, in partnership with Mohawk College’s positive space, Social Inc., presents the movie “The Normal Heart.”   This community event will take place on Thursday, November 27th, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the McIntyre Performing Arts Centre at the Fennell campus. The movie stars Jim Parsons, Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo, and deals with the emerging AIDS crisis during the 1980s.  A panel discussion will take place following the film.

The AIDS Network will also be hosting an Open House on Monday, November 24th, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to celebrate HIV/AIDS Awareness week.  Guests are invited to meet staff and learn more about the programs and services for people living with, affected by and vulnerable to HIV and hepatitis C.

Mohawk College Library has a variety of resources that can help you learn more about HIV/AIDS.  The book HIV/AIDS: A very short introduction includes information about the emergence of the epidemic, scientific responses, and its impact on the world.  100 questions & answers about HIV and AIDS answers the most commonly asked questions about HIV and AIDS including: diagnosis, treatment, post-treatment quality of life, alternative medicine, targeted therapy, and coping strategies.  The series HIV/AIDS: Real people, true stories is available through the online video database Films On Demand.  The videos dispel myths about HIV/AIDS, explain how HIV is acquired and how it can be prevented, and discusses the physical, psychological, and social effects of being HIV-positive.

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From the website CATIE: Canada’s source for HIV and hepatitis C information.


How far is it from good to great?

November 12, 2014

goodtogreatMohawk’s new president, Ron McKerlie, is asking how we can move the College from good to great.   It’s a catch phrase proposed by management and leadership guru, Jim Collins, in his 2001 book by the same name which tracked and analyzed the traits of 11 companies over a 5 year period in a rigorous research study.

An early review published in the prestigious Harvard Business Review said: “In fact, so contrarian are its findings that some managers may be tempted to dismiss it out of hand. But that would be a mistake; the book does make the leap to greatness.”   Managers listened;  Collins’ book  has sold millions of copies and still makes the top ten on most best business reads lists.

Need to get your hands on this business bible?  You guessed it!  Mohawk College Library – Cummings branch –  has a copy!  It’s seen a fair bit of action in the last few months 🙂 and may not be available just when you’re ready to read, so join the queue.     While you’re waiting your turn, why not check out Jim’s twelve questions or Inc’s quick and dirty version of his approach?   Join in the conversation: let us know what we can do to move Mohawk from good to great!

 


In the city: Cézanne is featured at the AGH

November 7, 2014

If you are looking for something to do this weekend, look no further than the Art Gallery of Hamilton (AGH).  From now until February 2015, the AGH is featuring the exhibit The World is An Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne.  This special exhibition is just one more way that the AGH is celebrating its centennial year – sharing stunning art with its patrons.

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Paul Cézanne (1839 – 1906) Still Life with Apples (Pommes sur une chaise), c. 1878 oil on canvas 9 1/8 × 15 5/8 in. (23.2 × 39.7 cm) Museum of Art: Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, 41.012

The exhibition examines Cézanne’s monumental achievement in the genre of still life painting, and features nearly twenty masterpieces.  The World is An Apple includes “…early paintings engaging with past masters to very late works unique to him, and treating the range of themes, including apples, flowers and skulls.”  This is a rare exhibit, and the AGH is the only Canadian venue.

Mohawk College Library has resources to help you learn more about Cézanne.  These books can help you discover information about his life and his work.  For a brief view into art from prehistoric times to the 20th century, the library recommends the website World Art Treasures.  This collection of slides from the Jacques-Edouard Berger Foundation includes art from Egypt, China, Japan, India, and Europe.


In the city: Fall jazz concert series

October 31, 2014

This weekend in the city you can enjoy a great evening of music presented by the Hamilton All Star Jazz ensemble.  The series of concerts will be held at the Old Firehall Arts Center, 334 Wilson Street East, Ancaster.  The concert series includes the following performances: Broadsway with Heather Bambrick on Saturday, November 1; Tara Davidson Quartet on Saturday, November 8th; and a Tribute to Eva Cassidy featuring Candace Walkes on Saturday, November 15th.  Tickets are only $26 and doors open at 7:00 p.m. with performances starting at 8:00 p.m.  Visit the Hamilton All Star Jazz events page for more information.

jazzMohawk College Library has a variety of resources for the jazz aficionado, or those learning to appreciate jazz.  Discover the history and culture of jazz through one of the many books available, or listen to a CD and immerse yourself in jazz music.

If you are just beginning to appreciate this type of music, you may be interested in the book Jazz styles: History & analysis.  This book is an introduction to jazz, and it teaches the chronology of jazz by showing readers how to listen and what to notice in each style.

If you plan on attending one, or all, of this exciting concert series, be sure to let us know!  You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.