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Collage of four books about LGBTQIA experience

LGBTQIA Pride Month Book Talk

June 22, 2022

We celebrate LGBTQIA Pride Heritage Month in June! We are recommending recent critically acclaimed titles from the Social Science, Philosophy & Religion department collection which share the voices and history of this community.


Four books about Asian Pacific American experience in America

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Book Talk

May 28, 2022

In May, we celebrate one of the fastest-growing racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Asian Pacific American Heritage Month pays tribute to the generations of Asians and Pacific Islanders who have contributed to the success of this country.


Pictured: Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Bich Ngoc Cao,City Librarian John Szabo, Meg DeLoatch

Congressman John Lewis: Civil Rights Leader and Trailblazer

February 23, 2022

John Lewis was born in Troy, Alabama, the third oldest son of ten children. His father was a tenant farmer, while his mother earned extra money doing housework for other families.


Activist Judy Heumann holding her two books, Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist and Rolling Warrior

Judy Heumann - Disability Rights Activist

February 09, 2022

We Americans owe a profound debt of gratitude to activist Judy Heumann. The chutzpah she has demonstrated through decades of direct action has solidified fundamental civil rights for people with disabilities. An early fight that Ms.


Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Thích Nhất Hạnh, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Remembering Thích Nhất Hạnh

February 08, 2022

Thích Nhất Hạnh, the influential Vietnamese Buddhist monk who achieved a worldwide following with his message of mindfulness, peace, and compassion, died at age 95 on Saturday, January 22, 2022.


bell hooks in 1988

Remembering bell hooks

December 18, 2021

bell hooks (born Gloria Jean Watkins) stands out as one of the nation’s pillars of both feminism and African American studies. It’s no exaggeration to say that every media outlet of note has highlighted her life and works upon her passing Wednesday, December 15.


Portrait of Anne Lister (1791-1840), by Joshua Horner, ca.1830

The Lesbian "Dead Sea Scrolls": Anne Lister’s Diaries

June 29, 2021

Anne Lister (1791–1840), often referred to as ‘the first modern lesbian,’ was a wealthy, independent British landowner, businesswoman, and prolific diarist.


City of Los Angeles Councilwomen: Janice Hahn, Jan C. Perry, Wendy Greuel, Nury Martinez, and Monica Rodriguez

The Women of the Los Angeles City Council: Part Four

March 27, 2021

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we are highlighting the women who have served as councilmembers of the Los Angeles City Council.


City of Los Angeles Councilwomen: Ruth Galanter, Rita Walters, Laura N. Chick, Jackie Goldberg, and Cindy Miscikowski

The Women of the Los Angeles City Council: Part Three

March 22, 2021

During this third week of Women’s History Month, we are back with another post highlighting the women who have served on the Los Angeles City Council. This week’s councilmembers are: Ruth Galanter, Rita Walters, Laura N. Chick, Jackie Goldberg, and Cindy Miscikowski.


City of Los Angeles Councilwomen: Pat Russell, Peggy Stevenson, Joy Picus, Joan Milke Flores, and Gloria Molina

The Women of the Los Angeles City Council: Part Two

March 15, 2021

Last week we shared about the first three women to serve on the Los Angeles City Council.


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