Dr. Fran L. Lassiter and Amanda M. Leftwich, M.S.L.S. won the Lift Every Voice from Library of America grant. The grant focuses on amplifying African American/Black poetry to the community and explore its connections to our future. The Libraries will host a series of events, including workshops and panels dedicated to African American/Black poetry for MCCC and the community at large. All events related to this grant have ended.
Welcome to Prof Talks, a new interdisciplinary interactive interview series at MCCC featuring diverse professionals from a wide array of fields. The purpose of this series is to enrich MCCC students with the experiences of these individuals, giving our students new insights into academic journeys and career paths. This is a special project led by Dr. Stephanie Nnadi and Amanda M. Leftwich, M.S.L.S. Contact Dr. Stephanie Nnadi (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Amanda M. Leftwich (email@example.com) for more information.
Guest Talk Speakers
Fran L. Lassiter is an Associate Professor of English at Montgomery County Community College (MC3). She received her Ph.D. in English from Temple University, with a specialization in African American literature and early slave narratives. Her research and teaching focus broadly on questions of gendered and racialized identities in literature, and Africanisms as a theoretical approach for the reclamation of understudied slave narratives. In 2008, she became the first Faculty Diversity Fellow at MC3. She has presented papers at various national conferences on Black women writers; the rhetoric of nineteenth-century African American activists; and her paper entitled, “Journey to Equality: From Maria W. Stewart to Barack Obama,” received the Northeast Modern Language Association’s CAITY Caucus Prize in 2010. In addition, her paper “From Toasts to Raps: New Approaches for Teaching the Harlem Renaissance” published in Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture offers a cross-disciplinary approach for teaching literature of the period. Currently, she is completing a book on a free-Black family in Colonial-era Virginia. She is married and lives with her husband in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
Date: February 19, 2021 at 12:30pm
Jamia Williams earned her Bachelor of Science in History from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Brockport and earned her Master of Library Science from North Carolina Central University. Jamia is a Health Sciences Librarian at SUNY Brockport’s Drake Memorial Library. She serves as the liaison to the following academic programs, African & African-American Studies, Biology, Health Science/Healthcare Studies, McNair Program, and Nursing. Williams is the co-creator and co-host of the podcast LibVoices which amplifies the voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color who work in archives and libraries. Jamia founded the DiversityFellow blog which is a platform used to document her journey as a Black librarian.
Date: March 26, 2021 at 12:30pm Join Talk Here
Felicia Grand-Pierre is a Project Manager for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia (FRB) where she oversees strategy, process improvement, and information technology (IT) initiatives. She enjoys using her skills and experience to help business leaders plan and implement strategies that make their visions a reality. Prior to coming to the FRB, she spent several years in the health insurance industry supporting IT solution development as a software tester, business analyst, and project manager. Felicia holds dual master's degrees in Information Science and Information Science and Technology from Drexel University. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Professional Business Analyst (PMI-PBA) by the Project Management Institute (PMI) as well as a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) by the Scrum Alliance.
Date: April 16, 2021 at 12:30pm Join Talk Here
Workshop series provides MCCC community with learning opportunities in a generalized and welcoming manner. Workshops are meant to be interactive and collaborative experiences for anyone interested in specialized topics provided. Some topics include citation management, searching for consumer health information and archival materials, time management, and copyright. All workshops will be provided virtually.
Links below! Questions? Contact Amanda M. Leftwich, Student Success Librarian - firstname.lastname@example.org
Copyright and Fair Use Basics
Whether you know it or not, copyright plays a role in your everyday life. Learn about the basics of copyright, fair use, the public domain, and how they can help your research and the things you create.
Instructor: Cory Budden
Date & Time: Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 5:30pm
Get some insight as to why you procrastinate and learn strategies to stay on track.
Instructor: Lara Ferris
Date & Time: Monday, February 22, 2021 at 2pm
Health Information Tools That Won't Make You Sick
Whether you are searching for health information for yourself or others, you can find clear information based on the best science available - no M.D. required.
Instructor: Kevin Strunk
Date & Times: Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 12:30pm & 5:30pm
The Who, What, When, Where, and Why of Citations - MLA Style
What are citations and in-text citations? Who uses them? When are they needed? Why are they needed? Where do you get them? How are they formatted? These questions will be answered and resolved with a focus on MLA Style.
Instructor: Kara Groschopp
Date & Time: Monday, March 8, 2021 at 12:30pm
The Who, What, When, Where, and Why of Citations - APA Style
What are citations and in-text citations? Who uses them? When are they needed? Why are they needed? Where do you get them? How are they formatted? These questions will be answered and resolved with a focus on APA Style.
Instructor: Mary Beth Parkinson
Date & Time: Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 5:30pm
Primary Sources - What Are They Good For?
Learn the difference between primary resources and how primary sources can be useful in all your assignments whatever the subject.
Instructor: Lawrence Greene
Date & Time: Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12:30pm