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A Writer’s View: Why I Chose UPF

By Bob H. Lee, author of Backcountry Lawman: True Stories from a Florida Game Warden   An old jalopy creaking down a pot-holed dirt road in the dark aptly portrays my journey to find a publisher for my first book. Uncertainty and confusion became the norm until one day I finally succeeded. Here’s my take […]

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Why Writers Should Keep Diaries: Lessons From Virginia Woolf

Written by Barbara Lounsberry, author of Virginia Woolf’s Modernist Path: Her Middle Diaries and the Diaries She Read and Becoming Virginia Woolf: Her Early Diaries and the Diaries She Read   The great English writer and thinker Virginia Woolf kept a diary from age 14 until four days before her suicide in 1941. Woolf’s beloved works—Mrs. Dalloway, To […]

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Did ET Call and Did Russia Drop the Ball?

Written by Lawrence Squeri, author of Waiting for Contact: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. . It has emerged that in May 15 of last year, a Russian radio telescope detected a signal spike of the kind that extraterrestrials might send. What did the Russian astronomers at the RATAN-600 radio telescope do? They told no one. The world’s […]

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Digging Up a Desert Civilization

Written by Christina A. Conlee, author of Beyond the Nasca Lines: Ancient Life at La Tiza in the Peruvian Desert “How do you know where to dig?” This is the most common question people ask me when they find out I am an archaeologist. People often think archaeological work is very mysterious. In reality, archaeologists […]

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Teaching a Medieval Poem in East Los Angeles

Written by Michael Calabrese, author of An Introduction to Piers Plowman . You’ve heard of Chaucer. But do you know Piers Plowman? Let me introduce this marvelous medieval epic: written by William Langland, Piers Plowman is a long allegorical poem from the late 14th century, chronicling the dreams and wanderings of a man named “Will”—the […]

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Paddling to Werowocomoco: Powhatan History Before Pocahontas

I realized that landscape—the spaces where we dwell, the places we recognize, and the pathways in between—offered a way to tie the Werowocomoco excavations to this deep history. In this special guest post, anthropologist Martin Gallivan tells us about a kayaking adventure with his son that inspired him to write a new book about the […]

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During a match between Botafogo and Fluminense, May 21, 1922. By permission of the Acervo Flu-Memória.

To Understand Olympics Protests, Look to the Past

Written by Gregg Bocketti, author of The Invention of the Beautiful Game: Football and the Making of Modern Brazil This article first appeared in the Huffington Post. When Brazilian protestors extinguished the Olympic flame last week, they provided another reminder that the Rio de Janeiro games will take place in a country wracked by crisis: the […]

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A former capsule
storage building in the Loring AFB Weapons Storage Area, Limestone,
Maine, in 1998. These windowless, reinforced-concrete structures were disguised with false fenestrations on
the exterior to make them look like conventional buildings from a distance,
but they had 10-foot-thick walls and
interior bank vault doors for the highsecurity
storage of nuclear weapons components. By permission of the U.S. Air Force.

Dark and Deep: Encountering the Cold War through Archaeology

Written by Todd A. Hanson, author of The Archaeology of the Cold War . It was a late November in St. Paul, Minnesota. Under a snow-dusted suburban backyard, in the darkness of a former Cold War fallout shelter, I stood ankle-deep in ice-cold water. The water was slowly soaking through my hiking boots and wicking its […]

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Brothels, Gallows, and Lies: Frontier Alibis

The University Press of Florida is pleased to announce the publication of Mythic Frontiers: Remembering, Forgetting, and Profiting with Cultural Heritage Tourism by Daniel R. Maher. Exploring Wild West tourist sites in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Mythic Frontiers shows how aggrandized versions of the past, especially those of the “American frontier,” have been used to turn a profit. It reveals that popular […]

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The Lure of Maya Cities: Guest Post

We are proud to announce the publication of The Ancient Urban Maya: Neighborhoods, Inequality, and Built Form. This new archaeology book describes what ancient Maya cities were like, showing how they drew people in from rural areas with awe-inspiring architecture, neighborhoods that offered community support, and bustling marketplaces. The book is available at a discount price until May 13, 2016 in […]

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