Publications

What on earth do these words have in common?

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This article features the work of Dr. Kate Blackburn, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. What do women want from romance? Audiences have long been captivated by this question. Movies and books have tried to provide answers. Seriously, is the female mind such a mystery? There’s one book genre that might hold …

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Why on earth would a Nazi defendant go to a play based on his own trial?

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This article features the work of Dr. Minou Arjomand, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin. American audiences love a good trial. 57% of Americans watched the jury deliver their verdict in O.J. Simpson’s case in 1995. That’s 150 million viewers. But O.J. Simpson’s case wasn’t the only one attracting fans. The televised proceedings involving Rodney …

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5 Times Bookshelves Were(n’t) on the Move

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This article features Dr. Lydia Pyne, Historian and Author of “Bookshelf.” “Bookshelves exist as a series of relationships…what moves on a bookshelf and what is fixed—the shelf itself or what is on it.” Here are some examples of bookshelves that were(n’t) on the move! Chained bookshelves In the Middle Ages, books were expensive. Like REALLY expensive. Before the …

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What on earth were these tropical primates doing in Southern California?

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This article features the work of Dr. Chris Kirk, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin Everyone has heard of the “ice age”—no, not the movie, but the period known as the Pleistocene, when Earth’s temperature dropped and glaciers spread. But have you ever heard of the Eocene epoch? Between 56 and 34 million years ago, Earth …

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What on earth does this 18th-century bad boy have to do with Jane Austen?

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This article features the work of Dr. Janine Barchas, Louann and Larry Temple Centennial Professor in English Literature at the University of Texas at Austin Check out this jovial portrait of Sir Francis Dashwood draped in luxurious furs and holding a glass brimming with wine. Surprised he was known as quite the eighteenth-century bad boy? Probably …

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What on earth do an anarchist protest, a Thanksgiving-day parade, and a seamstress have in common?

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This article features Dr. Jacqueline Jones, Professor and Chair of the History Department; Ellen C. Temple Chair in Women’s History and Mastin Gentry White Professor of Southern History Decades before oversized balloons of Felix the Cat and Mickey Mouse filled American skies during  commercially-sponsored Thanksgiving day parades, a very different object was flown–the black flag of the International Working …

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Why on earth did working-class German men dress like this to attend political rallies in 1928?

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  This article features the research of Dr. Sabine Hake Professor, Professor and Texas Chair of German Literature and Culture in the Department of Germanic Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. You’re a member of the working class living in a cramped urban space with at least a few other people. You’re constantly concerned about money. Frustrated with …

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Why on earth did American feminists move to Russia in the 1920s?

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Featuring the research of Dr. Julia Mickenberg By Saturday, March 24, 1917, word spread to the United States that the Bolsheviks had given Russian women the right to vote. American suffragettes were furious. Nina Allender’s satirical cover of The Suffragist magazine announced to Americans that while in the United States only (certain) men had the right to vote, …

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