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Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library


Buddhist monks

Karma: the good, the bad and the creative

August 24, 2016
Several months ago while driving home during rush hour on a Friday night, my fiancée and I noticed a young teenager lying unconscious on the side of a busy street.  We pulled over and called 911 to hopefully provide some help for him.

2016 motion picture releases from fear, suspense, horror genres from 20th Century Fox, Columbia Pictures, Warner Bros., Universal Pictures

Monsters, Aliens and Ghosts, Oh My! (Or, the Psychology of Fear)

July 27, 2016
Summer, along with hot temperatures and family vacations, usually brings major blockbusters.

White House from South Lawn

Campaigning for President of the United States

July 09, 2016
On Tuesday November 8th 2016, registered voters will select the next President of the United States. For the two presumptive presidential nominees, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, this will be the culmination of years of planning, campaigning and fundraising.

The Arcadian or Pastoral State, second painting in The Course of Empire, by Thomas Cole

Communes and the Quest for Utopia

May 11, 2016

If you live in Los Angeles or any other major city, you may sometimes dream of abandoning the traffic, congestion, and high cost of living for a simpler life.

Supreme Court Building By Jeff Kubina (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Supreme Court of the United States

April 27, 2016
The Supreme Court of the United States has been in the news quite a bit lately due to the February 13, 2016 death of Justice Antonin Scalia, his possible replacement, the political process surrounding the appointment, and the various high-profile cases in front of “the highest court in the land

Image courtesy of Pixabay

Let Your Creativity Run Wild

March 31, 2016
“There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all.

The Force is strong at Los Angeles Public Library!

December 24, 2015

Unless you are living in a galaxy far, far away you have heard about the December 18, 2015 release of Star Wars: the Force Awakens. Fans of all ages of the Star Wars movies are excited about this new chapter in the saga.

November is National Scholarship Month

November 10, 2015

According to data from the Labor Department, the price index for college tuition grew by nearly 80% between 2003 and 2013. That’s nearly twice as fast as growth in medical care costs. In fact, the price of higher education is growing faster than most household incomes can keep up with.

California Ghosts

October 19, 2015

Myths and stories about ghosts exist in cultures all over the world thoughout history. The earliest tales of ghosts in America arose in the Puritan colonies of Massachusetts in the 1600s.

Test Preparation for Municipal Occupational Exams

October 10, 2015

Some of the most commonly requested items from the Social Science, Philosophy and Religion department are study guides for municipal occupational exams, such as the Administrative Clerk position (formerly called Clerk Typist).  While the Los Angeles Public Library owns several copies of the