Faustina I: Remnant of a Love Story

Today’s post was written by Shoshana Hereld, discussing a rare Roman sestertius commemorating the deification of Faustina I. Some people write poetry, some leave roses on a grave…and others mint coins for two decades.  Faustina the Elder died at age 36, only three years into the reign of her husband, the “good”…

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Cuneiform Tablets of the UBC Special Collections Division

By Nicholas Kraus   What is known today as the Third Dynasty of Ur, or the Ur III period, began in Mesopotamia around 2100 BCE and lasted until 2000 BCE. The founder, Ur-Namma king of the city of Ur in southern Iraq, was the first of his line to begin…

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Digitizing the O. J. Todd Collection: A Crash Course

By Chloe Martin-Cabanne On a busy day in April 2015, professors Gwynaeth McIntyre and Lynn Welton were storing old exams in the CNERS Department storage room when they spotted a small grey box in a corner of the room, stacked high upon a pile of boxes. It was a Spalding…

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Can social media make a difference?

Maybe you’ve heard the term “slacktivist” before. It’s used for someone who thinks adding a hashtag, liking a Facebook post or forwarding an email is the same as actually making a change in the world, and is most often used to criticize laziness or the kind of social justice warrior who…

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