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 http://menachemwecker.com.
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 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.
"When people think about Michelangelo, they first and foremost think of the Sistine ceiling. Then they probably remember, 'Oh yeah, he did the David and the Pietà.' They realize, 'OK. He's a painter and a sculptor.' Most Americans forget that he's also one of the world's most important architects. He built St. Peter's, after all."
About 75 students, professors and staff gathered to protest Georgetown University's recent decision not to recognize collective bargaining efforts by a group of graduate students, who identify as "graduate workers." Georgetown joins other private schools, including Loyola University Chicago and University of Chicago, in arguing that graduate students shouldn't be considered employees.