History

Vietnam devastation kids in the rubble

The Vietnam War from another angle

An environmental historian highlights the role landscapes play in military conflicts.

UC Santa Barbara Frankenstein

A monster for our times

Mary Shelley breathed life into Frankenstein more than 200 years ago, and her classic novel only grows more relevant.

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10 things you probably didn't know about pumpkins

How much do you know about this beloved fall symbol? Test your knowledge here.

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The day California wine beat France

How two blind taste tests stunned the experts and changed the way the world drinks (and thinks about) wine.

Edison record label

Digitizing Thomas Edison's record label

Recordings of Teddy Roosevelt and Morse code are among early audio experiments.

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How students helped end apartheid

A small gesture of solidarity by students led to a national movement with far-reaching impact.

Frances McDormand at UCSF

Frances McDormand headlines performance that sparks dialogue on sudden death

Thousands of years after its first performance, Sophocles’ ‘Ajax’ remains a source of catharsis, the UCSF community finds.

humanities in prison UC Santa Barbara

‘A space of freedom’

A unique correspondence course brings study of the humanities to incarcerated adults.

El Campeon Farms horses UC Santa Cruz

Saving the wild horses of the Channel Islands

Only 60 Santa Cruz Island horses remain. UC Davis researcher Amy McLean is working to keep the line alive.

Chang and Eng Bunker UC Santa Barbara

A singular story

A new book reveals the extraordinary history of famous conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker.

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