History

Moai statues

The mystery of Easter Island revealed?

Rapanui people likely believed the ancient monoliths helped food grow on the Polynesian island, study says.

Pyramid in Egypt

Shedding a new light on Egyptian mummies

Berkeley Lab teams work with Cairo University researchers to study soil and bone samples dating back 4,000 years.

Arpanet diagram

Lo and behold: The internet

On this day 50 years ago, the internet was born.

G. Cristina Mora speaks at a UC Berkeley rally

What’s in a name? How the concepts of Hispanic and Latino identity emerged

UC Berkeley sociologist G. Cristina Mora explains the origins of the identity we celebrate during Hispanic Heritage Month.

Lots of feet sticking out of bed illustration

The bizarre social history of beds

Today beds are synonymous with privacy. But they were once where travelers hunkered down with complete strangers.

Nettie Hunt with daughter on steps of Supreme Court

UC Berkeley to mark ‘400 Years of Resistance to Slavery and Injustice’

A yearlong observation will focus on African Americans’ extraordinary contributions to American life and the struggle for justice.

Sabrina Strings with her book

Where does fat phobia come from?

How did we become obsessed with thinness? It has to do with race, says sociologist Sabrina Strings.

View of a Disneyland coaster with Mickey Mouse on it

Welcome to Disneyland

A new course provides an in-depth look at the world of Disney — from a professor who has taken more than 600 spins on the Matterhorn.

Kara Cooney at a desk with an open book

The parallels of female power in ancient Egypt and modern times

In her latest book, Kara Cooney notes how a ruler’s gender matters far less than whose agendas are served.

Lit candles inside a California mission

Rethinking what we teach about California's missions

There are ghosts to be reckoned with in our state and its history, which an entirely new field aims to address.

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