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Scholars reveal the stories behind some of the world’s most inspired love letters

Scholars reveal the stories behind some of the world’s most inspired love letters

A little over a year ago, Janine Barchas witnessed a marriage proposal in a crowded hotel ballroom. The young man left nothing to chance, relying on the words of a Jane Austen love letter–almost crafting his entire proposal from it. “The young lady said ‘yes,’ a roar of applause followed, and all of us had…   » Continue Reading

From tales of apparitions to the nightmarish narrative of a madman, scholars unearth their favorite literary works of horror

From tales of apparitions to the nightmarish narrative of a madman, scholars unearth their favorite literary works of horror

VIDEO Halloween: The word itself evokes images of grinning jack-o-lanterns, costumed trick-or-treaters and otherworldly creatures drifting through the night. Watch a video of professors reading their favorite spooky passages. (Video opens in new window in OnCampus.) In celebration of this spooky holiday, scholars throughout The University of Texas at Austin reveal their favorite spine-tingling tales…   » Continue Reading

Archaeologists unearth a graveyard of ancient shipwrecks in the Black Sea

Archaeologists unearth a graveyard of ancient shipwrecks in the Black Sea

Phantoms of the Deep: In the depths of the Black Sea lies a landscape of eternal darkness. With no light and no oxygen in the sea’s anoxic layer, no life can survive, except perhaps the ghosts of ancient mariners whose ships foundered thousands of years ago.