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The birth of Russian/Central Asian studies at Indiana University

A few months ago I read David C. Engerman’s Know Your Enemy: The Rise and Fall of America’s Soviet Experts (Oxford University Press, 2009), hoping it might have some details about the rise of Uralic and Altaic studies at Indiana University in Bloomington. Show More Summary

Anna Karenina x 2

As I've noted previously, two major new translations of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina came out this year: Rosamund Bartlett's (Oxford University Press; see their publicity page, or get your copy at or and Marian...Show More Summary

Oxford University puts all kinds of Christmas items under the microscope

4 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

This year's Oxford University season's greetings explores different Christmas items thought he lens of a microscope. From the hard fur of a reindeer to the iconic Santa's wool cap. Not surprisingly, everything looks gorgeous under the microscope. Christmas too. Read more...

Oxford a cappella group sings amazing “All I want for Christmas” (video)

An all-male a cappella group at Oxford University sings this amazing version of "All I want for Christmas" (video)

Great Job, Internet!: Read This: How The Simpsons affects the English language

The high-falutin’ blog for the Oxford University Press has decided to climb down from its ivory tower to discuss something even the simplest of slack-jawed yokels can understand: The Simpsons. In his post “Embiggening English: The Simpsons...Show More Summary

#SluggerSoapBox: In praise of Bob Purdie 1940 – 2014…

From Stephen Howe who is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, having previously taught for many years at Ruskin College Oxford and worked at the New Statesman.  Irish writings include the 2000 book Ireland and Empire, and contributions to Irish Political Studies, Irish Historical Studies, and the new Oxford Handbook of Modern more...

When you get your period could predict your risk of heart disease

A new University of Oxford study says women may be able to predict their risk of developing conditions like heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure. How? Just think back to how old you were when you first got your period. Women who reach menarche before age 10 or after age 17 may be at a higher risk, according to the study. Show More Summary

William Blake

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, attached to the University of Oxford, is currently showing William Blake: Apprentice and Master, which brings together more than 90 of his most celebrated works and offers new insights into his remarkable originality and influence (CLICK). Show More Summary

Books to Watch Out for: December

Notes from the book closet on new and forthcoming titles that caught our eye. “The Seer of Bayside: Veronica Lueken and the Struggle to Define Catholicism” (Oxford University Press), by Joseph P. Laycock, out December 1st. On June 6,...Show More Summary

Amal Clooney Named 'Most Fascinating' Person By Barbara Walters

This year, out of everyone, Barbara Walters is most fascinated by Amal Clooney. Clooney (nee Alamuddin) is a successful attorney who was born in Lebanon and raised just outside of London. She studied law at both Oxford University and...Show More Summary

Parallel universe where time travels in reverse?

last weekOdd : Boing Boing

Could we be living in the past of a parallel universe? University of Oxford physicist Julian Barbour delivers this headspinner: “This two-futures situation would exhibit a single, chaotic past in both directions, meaning that there would be essentially two universes, one on either side of this central state,” Barbour tells Scientific American. Read the rest

Oxford Marginalia Group

Recommended reading: Lauren Collins writes for The New Yorker about the Oxford University Marginalia group and the fate of bookish scribblings.

Great deals on classic literature from Oxford University Press

Our friends at Books2Anywhere, one of our longtime booksellers, have sliced 55% off the RRP price for more than 200 titles published by Oxford University Press. This offer lasts until December 31. Lots of classic literature is available here, including some masterpieces from Trollope, Kipling, Woolf and Lovecraft. There is also a decent helping of […]

Emma Watson And Her Hot Rugby Player Boyfriend Matthew Janney Have Called It Quits!

2 weeks agoLifestyle / Fashion : CocoPerez

Another one bites the dust. Emma Watson and Matthew Janney have called it quits after one year of dating. The Harry Potter star and the 22-year-old Oxford University student were first seen canoodling in the Caribbean this January. After that, the two kept a low profile with occasional sightings in Spain and the United States for Watson's [...]

Emma Watson & Matthew Janney: We’re Through!

Following a year of romantic bliss, Emma Watson and Matthew Janney have decided to call time on their relationship. Though they still remain friends, the “Harry Potter” stunner and her Oxford University rugby player hunk are no longer...Show More Summary

Bolter Misspelt Name Of Her 'Own' Oxford College On UKIP Application

Natasha Bolter, the UKIP member at the centre of allegations against party General Secretary, Roger Bird misspelt the name of the Oxford University college she claimed to have attended on her application to be a parliamentary candidate. Show More Summary

You'll Adore This A Cappella Take on "All I Want For Christmas Is You"

This all-male a cappella version of Mariah Carey's Christmas hit may just be your favorite holiday song this year. Oxford University's a cappella group Out of the Blue released an incredible cover of "All I Want For Christmas Is You," and not only is the video beautiful, but all proceeds from purchases of the single will be going to charity. Show More Summary

3 Things That Men Should Know About The Growing Power Of Women In Business

A decade of living in a city had left Anima Sarah LaVoy, a University of Oxford MBA and Scholar, with a pile of people's names, numbers and vague status updates.

Mental Floss Debunks and Discusses Several Common Misconceptions About Sleep

3 weeks agoOdd : Laughing Squid

In a recent episode of the Mental Floss series Misconceptions, host Elliott Morgan debunks and discusses several common misconceptions about sleep. According to a study conducted by scientists at Oxford University in 2002, the counting sheep mental exercise does not actually help people fall asleep faster at night. Baa!

Woman’s Ex-Bully Asks Her Out And She Gets Back At Him

The Oxford University student, now 22, was bullied when she was 12, and she got her revenge. …instead of rejecting him, she decided to do something else to help him understand how his actions affected her. In an interview with BuzzFeed, Louisa Manning said she was first bullied at the age of 12, and for [...]

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