Menachem Wecker is a freelance reporter in Washington, D.C. He holds a master's 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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Georgetown University agrees to a vote by union-aspiring grad students

As the first Catholic institution to agree to possibly certify a union of graduate students outside of a National Labor Relations Board process, Georgetown University sets a precedent for higher education and for religious schools — but still maintains that students are not "workers."

Inquisition-era paintings of Old Testament figures highlight 'complexity of humankind'

In 1642, it would have been hard to find a Jew in Spain. A century and a half prior, the Dominican Friar Tomás de Torquemada had convinced Catholic monarchs Ferdinand II and Isabella I to issue the Alhambra Decree on March 31, 1492, which offered Jews a choice: baptism or exile. 

Book Review

Though controversial, Ten Commandments exhibit staying power

Book Review: "Comparable stelae, hefty stone tablets from the ancient world, are on display at the British Museum in London, the Louvre in Paris, the Pergamon in Berlin, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, but the Ten Commandments are nowhere to be found," the author writes.

La Salle's plans to sell off art could set university museums back, experts say

La Salle University, a Catholic school located in a low-income north Philadelphia neighborhood, has deaccessioned 46 of its museum's artworks as part of a five-year strategic plan, causing concern among curators, museum directors and donors.