Menachem Wecker is a freelance reporter in Washington, D.C. He holds a master's degree in art history from George Washington University, is a former education reporter at U.S. News & World Report, and is co-author of Consider No Evil: Two Faith Traditions and the Problem of Academic Freedom in Religious Higher Education (2014). His website is

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Data mining gets religion as campaigns target voters of faith

Powerful data-mining tools allow today’s campaigns to connect religious voters with their political viewpoints and to micro-target ads to fit their particular brand of faith.

Corot acknowledges male gaze in painting

When one considers Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot's lesser-known body of figures, as the National Gallery of Art's exhibition "Corot: Women" (through Dec. 31) does, one finds the artist flirting with a modern and self-conscious way of acknowledging the male gaze all but inherent in model painting.

Newly-unionized adjuncts sign contract with Fordham University

Adjunct faculty at the Jesuit university will see an increase in wages by 67 to 90 percent over the next three years, which could make the difference between being able to pay rent and eviction.

Two new art exhibits address earthly spirituality

Exploring the notion of what it might mean — at least pictorially — for the divine to assume flesh in the context of Oscar Wilde's 1891 novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, in which flesh becomes immune to aging through a kind of reversed, aesthetic voodoo doll, is a heavy enterprise that is not for the faint of heart.