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Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library



Environmentalism in Religion

February 04, 2015

The origins of the environmental movement in the United States began in response to increasing levels of smoke and air pollution during the Industrial Revolution.

Conspiracy Theories

December 06, 2014
The term conspiracy theory conjures up a range of images in the public imagination. From complex political cover-ups to chemtrails to tinfoil hats, most people have some conception of what a conspiracy theory encompasses and who follows it.

Deliver Us From Evil

October 20, 2014

Fall is finally here offering cooler temperatures after a long, hot, and record-setting dry summer. What a wonderful time of year!  Halloween is upon us. Adults and children deciding what to wear in celebration of Halloween.

Women, Activism and Religion in America

September 19, 2014
Members of the  Women's Christian Temperance Union - LAPL Photo Collection
Although many of the world's religions have traditionally more patriarchal structures, women have nevertheless played import

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Thank you @LAHistory!

September 05, 2014

We want to thank @LAHistory for tweeting about a bit of Los Angeles Public Library history: an LAPL booklist produced in the months after the 1

The Power of Popular Culture

August 11, 2014

“Popular culture represents a common denominator, something that cuts across most economic, social and educational barriers.”- Edward Jay Whetmore

Government Mobile Apps

July 14, 2014
Want to get away? Looking for a new place to live? Check out the Census Bureau’s dwellr app for Android and Apple smart devices (

LGBT History in California

June 16, 2014
Many people consider the June 27, 1969 Stonewall Riot in Greenwich Village, New York as the starting point for the gay rights movement in this country.

PROM SEASON in the Southland

April 25, 2014
Couple at the prom [graphic] / White's Studios from LAPL Photo Collection
"Danny and his prom date Bertha at San Fernando High School"
April brings an array of annual rites and rituals:  taxes, the home opener of Dodger Baseball, and prom


Women's History Month

March 12, 2014

Image:  Suffragettes on parade, LAPL Photo Collection