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Rare Martin Luther King, Jr. recording unearthed in University Archives—Listen online

In honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, Pepperdine University Libraries is pleased to make available this rare audio recording of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking in Los Angeles on the moral imperative of civil rights in 1964. Recently digitized, the complete recording is now available for online listening in our Historic […]

Librarian Sally Bryant secures Japanese book donation

Posted on behalf of Ken LaZebnik Librarian Sally Bryant, Head of Access Services, has wide ranging interests – literally ranging around the globe as she serves as Pepperdine University Libraries liaison with the International Studies Program.  Her work at Seaver College includes the “Asian Studies Specialization” within the International Studies major.  This specialization allows students […]

Student life 25 years ago today: Today’s featured digital object

In February of 1988, Pepperdine University’s alumni newspaper, The Pepperdine Voice, featured a photo spread titled “A Day in the Life of Pepperdine University.” The introductory text read: “On Thursday, Jan. 7, 1988, seven photographers were deployed to scour all areas of campus to capture the daily activities of Pepperdine on film…What sort of day […]

1971—Construction commences in Malibu: Today’s featured digital object

Continuing our series on the historical events that shaped Pepperdine University in Malibu—in honor of the Malibu campus’ 40th anniversary—we arrive at April 13, 1971. On this overcast, unusually chilly day, approximately 500 Pepperdine supporters gathered on the freshly leveled dirt building pads of the new Malibu campus to observe ceremonies initiating construction of the […]

Governor Reagan and Pepperdine’s Malibu “birth”: Today’s featured digital object

With the 40th anniversary of Pepperdine University in Malibu upon us, this entry is the first in a series dedicated to the historic events and hardworking individuals that made the vision of Pepperdine in Malibu a reality and shaped its presence in this seaside community. We begin with a “birth.” Nearly two years before construction […]

Pepperdine Digital Commons reaches 100,000th download milestone!

Pepperdine Digital Commons, the University’s centralized e-publishing platform and repository, celebrated its 100,000th article download this week. Launched only last February, Pepperdine Digital Commons offers full-text downloads of faculty and student scholarship, including articles in Pepperdine produced journals, such as Global Tides, Pepperdine Policy Review, and Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal. Lucky download number 100,000 […]

VoteRiders org addresses voter ID laws at Payson Library

Posted on behalf of Ken LaZebnik “Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”  —  John Quincy Adams The right to vote is at the heart of the American experiment, and as we have all been aware since 2000, literally every […]

Today’s featured digital object: Pepperdine’s 1987 Rose Parade float

As Founder’s Day 2012 draws to a close Pepperdine University’s 75th anniversary celebration, we thought we’d revisit another great milestone in Pepperdine’s history, it’s 50th anniversary celebrations from 1987. One of the crowning achievements of those celebrations was Pepperdine’s entry of a float into the 98th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. The theme […]

When the Olympics came to Pepperdine: Today’s featured digital object

As the 2012 Summer Olympic Games open in London, we look back to 1984 when the Olympics came to Los Angeles and the Malibu campus of Pepperdine University. Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool served as the site for all of the water polo matches, bringing international attention to Pepperdine University. At a poolside press conference in […]

A historic debate on free love and morality: Today’s featured digital object

What’s this, you say? Former Pepperdine University President Bill Banowsky standing—all smiles—with Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner? What occasion could have produced such strange bedfellows? The answer lies in our new digital collection of Historic Sound Recordings. On October 8, 1967, Dr. Banowsky, then minister of the Broadway Church of Christ in Lubbock, Texas, engaged […]