Memory and Regret: Jenny Holzer’s “Dust Paintings”


Is an exhibition ever too beautiful for its own good? Jenny Holzer’s new show at Cheim & Read, Dust Paintings, is ravishing. But the sensuality of these text-based abstractions, done in oil on linen in mostly muted colors, runs counter to their content, which is derived from declassified government reports of brutalization and death during the Afghan War. At what point ... Read More »

Tolerance is more than putting up with things – it’s a moral virtue

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We hear a lot about tolerance these days. Tolerance is a moral virtue best placed within the moral domain – but unfortunately it is often confounded with prejudice. Much of the psychological research about tolerance generally and about the development of children’s understanding of tolerance of others who are different from them has been examined through research about prejudice – ... Read More »

Thessalonian Jews

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The recent event commemorating the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, organized by the Thessaloniki Association “White Tower,” with the support of the Jewish Community Council in the Victorian Parliament, was unique in the annals of Greek community endeavor. For the first time, Greeks and Jews came together to celebrate the history of a vibrant community that came to Thessaloniki in search ... Read More »

ISIS Cuts Art, Music, and History Education in Iraq


The school year began September 9 in Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)-occupied Mosul, Iraq, where extremists have eliminated art, music, history, literature, and classes about Christianity from the curriculum, reports CBS. So far, families in the second-largest city in Iraq have responded by keeping their children home. Homeschooling has become a popular option. “What’s important to us now is ... Read More »

What’s New About the New Greek Galleries at MFA?


Do people learn more at art museums when chronology governs a display or when a thematic narrative rules? It’s a perennial question, and traditionally many museums with extensive collections answer it with the former because, with a broad, deep array of art in a particular category, they can. Less well-endowed collections have often gone the thematic route simply because they ... Read More »

Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent


When Steve Jobs was running Apple, he was known to call journalists to either pat them on the back for a recent article or, more often than not, explain how they got it wrong. I was on the receiving end of a fewof those calls. But nothing shocked me more than something Mr. Jobs said to me in late 2010 after he ... Read More »

This Day in Jewish History / Poet who wrote about Armenian genocide (and wed an anti-Semite) is born

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Franz Werfel’s work ‘The Forty Days of Musa Dagh’ was widely seen as a warning about the Nazi rise to power. September 10, 1890 is the birthdate of Franz Werfel, the Prague-born Jewish poet, dramatist and novelist, whose most acclaimed work, the 1933 “The Forty Days of Musa Dagh,” about the Armenian genocide, was widely read as a warning about ... Read More »

Greek treasures at the Hellenic Museum tell 8,000 years of history – in pictures


Melbourne is famous for having the largest Greek community outside Greece and the city’s National Hellenic Museum now welcomes 8,000 years of history in its new show, Gods, Myths and Mortals. For the next decade, the museum becomes home to a collection of treasures from the Benaki Museum in Athens. From ancient female figurines to 19th-century necklaces, many have never before ... Read More »

Teaching Children Empathy


When Harvard University’s Making Caring Common Projectreleased their report, “The Children We Mean to Raise: The Real Messages Adults Are Sending About Values,” many parents and educators — myself included — were surprised to learn that despite all our talk about instilling character and empathy, kids may value academic achievement and individual happiness over caring for others. In the report, the authors explained ... Read More »