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Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department, Central Library



Portrait of Thurgood Marshall

Thurgood Marshall - an American Hero

February 26, 2017

“You do what you think is right and let the law catch up” - Thurgood Marshall

"Top Secret"

Tis the season for some spycraft

December 23, 2016
The recent and ongoing news coverage of Russia’s alleged tampering with American elections is just the latest example of possible skulduggery between the two countries.

Souper by Gaston La Touche (1854-1913)

Social Phobia

November 22, 2016

The holiday season provides wonderful opportunities for people to attend social gatherings, whether the office party, family get-togethers, visiting with friends from out of town, catching up with acquaintances, and just spending time with loved ones.

Domestic Violence and Family Violence Awareness

October 25, 2016

Domestic Violence/Family Violence- this is a subject I am not thrilled to blog about…..then why write about it???  It came to me on one of those long and hot “dog days of summer.”  I had a rare quiet moment at the Social Science, Philosophy & Religion Reference Desk.  To get me out of my

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. This year, there are quite a few movies that fall into the supernatural and horror genres, including Independence Day: Resurgence, Ghostbusters, The Conjuring 2, The Purge: Election Year, and Lights Out.

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.”  A

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.