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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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. 

Image religious culture journal fires founder Gregory Wolfe, cites accusations

Image, a Seattle-based journal with the tagline "art, faith, mystery," fired its founder and former CEO just months shy of its 30th birthday, and the decision is dividing the community around the publication. Founder Gregory Wolfe told NCR in an email that accusations against him are untrue.

Catholic colleges seek creative solutions in tough times

A 1937 report of the National Catholic Educational Association focuses on educational standards and quality and on competing in the higher education marketplace without sacrificing Catholic culture's distinctiveness. Some 80 years later, that language remains timely.