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Frank Islam Athenaeum Symposia Speaker Series

Advocacy, Activism, and Public Engagement
If you conceive it, you believe it, you can achieve it.
A powerful philosophy created by Mr. Islam which drives the Athenaeum Symposia.

Our distinguished speakers offer timely, stimulating topics delivered by today's leading experts in international affairs, social science, the humanities, arts, politics, and economics. These events encourage meaningful conversation, critical thinking, and intercultural understanding around our collective experiences.

Through a generous gift from philanthropist and civic leader Mr. Frank Islamnew window (to the effect that his remarkable story of immigrant success is told in a documentary filmnew window), all events are free and open to the community.

This year’s speakers will explore the theme of Civil Rights, Human Rights, and Social Responsibility. Our goal is to inspire respectful exchange of ideas among the Montgomery College community and the larger Montgomery County community, advancing the kinds of meaningful conversations that are ever-more important.

All events will be held virtually via Zoom. Please register through MC Learns for professional development credit.

Fall 2021 Speakers
Ms. Christie Moffatt and Dr. Susan Speaker
History Is Happening Now: COVID-19 Collecting at the National Library of Medicine

Thursday, October 14, 2021, 12:00 pm
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Christie Moffatt
Ms. Christie Moffatt
Dr. Susan Speaker
Dr. Susan Speaker

On January 30, 2020, as the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the SARS CoV-2 disease (COVID-19) a public health emergency of international concern, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) began collecting web and social media documenting the emerging health crisis as part of its ongoing Global Health Events web archive collection. In this talk, historian Susan Speaker and archivist Christie Moffatt, will talk about the basics of historical research and archival collections (physical and digital); they will discuss the scope of the COVID-19 project; some of the content captured from websites, blogs, and social media; collecting criteria and methods; and related COVID-19 collecting efforts by other groups. They will also reflect on their own experience of chronicling this pandemic while living through its far-reaching effects on everyday life.

Ms. Christie Moffatt is a member of the federal staff of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health, serving as the Program Manager of the Digital Manuscripts Program in the NLM History of Medicine Division and Chair of the NLM Web Collecting and Archiving Working Group.

Dr. Susan L. Speaker is a federal historian in the History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health. Along with her work on the NLM Web Collecting team, she has conceived, researched, and written historical narratives on a variety of scientific and medical history topics for NLM’s Profiles in Science archival digitization project, written blog posts on NLM’s historical collections, and conducted and curated oral history interviews. 

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 These events fulfill the Multicultural Diversity Training requirement for MC employees. 
To reserve space for classes or to request accommodations for an event, email or call 240-567-1845. 

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