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Linda Rudell-Betts, Senior Librarian, Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department

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Collage of books about September 11 Terrorist Attacks

Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the September 11 Terrorist Attacks

September 09, 2021

It's been twenty years since terrorists intentionally crashed two commercial passenger airplanes into Manhattan's World Trade Center Twin Towers, crashed one passenger plane into the Pentagon, and deliberately crashed one plane in a Pennsylvania field to avoid a takeover by airline passengers.


LA National Cemetery

Memorial Day and the American Military Family

May 27, 2021

My father was a Cold War military cryptographer. My family had the privilege of moving from post to post with him.


Tristan Espinoza

Interview With Artist Tristan Espinoza

January 19, 2021

Tristan Espinoza is an artist, programmer, and organizer who lives in Los Angeles. Their work has been exhibited internationally and in Chicago, Pasadena, Los Angeles, and Medford, NY.


Scholars from Critical Thinking Forum (CTF) of the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan

USA and Pakistan - Seeing Each Other

February 02, 2017

Looking back over 2016, I recall that one of the most special afternoons I had at Central Library was hosting a cultural exchange group from the Critical Thinking Forum (CTF) of the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan.


el nino on the globe

El Nino Preparation, Solutions and Celebration

January 29, 2016

El Nino effect: rainstorms, rising ocean levels, more storms, flooding, mudslides—how are we supposed to cope with impending disaster in the midst of all the pressing everyday demands on our lives?


stack of books with lgbt sign

LGBT Collections moving to new call number area

June 16, 2015

A number of years ago, a young man came to the reference desk with a question for the Social Science, Philosophy & Religion department librarians. He asked me why books about gay men were next to the shelves with incest and sexual bondage books. He said that wasn't how he was at all.


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