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    No end in sight as powerful student group shoots down Quebec Government’s offer

    MONTREAL—One of Quebec’s most powerful student groups shot down Premier Jean Charest’s revised offer on tuition fees on Sunday, putting an end to whatever hope remained of a quick resolution to the province’s ongoing protests. The C.L.A.S.S.E. student federation voted against Charest’s proposal to stretch the $1,625 tuition increase over seven years instead of five [...] Read more

    Malaysian students in Taiwan call for clean elections back home

    TAIPEI—Approximately 500 Malaysian students in Taiwan held a rally in Taipei on Saturday, calling for clean elections in their home country and urging greater international pressure to achieve that goal in the next The rally, one of three held in Taiwan the same day, was part of the Bersih 3.0 demonstration in more than 20 [...] Read more
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    David Weiss of Fischli/Weiss Has Died at 66

    ZURICH—Art in America has confirmed that David Weiss, half of the artist-duo Fischli/Weiss, died this morning, age 66. According to his New York gallery Matthew Marks, Weiss had been undergoing treatment for cancer since September of last year. “It was more advanced than anyone realized,” said gallery director Stephanie Dorsey. The prolific Swiss artists have [...] Read more
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    V.C.U. Turns to Steven Holl Architects for New Arts Center

    VIRGINIA—Virginia Commonwealth University has long been one of the leading public university graduate arts and design programs in the country. Now it also wants to be a cultural destination for audiences and performers. The university on Wednesday unveiled the design for a new $32 million Institute for Contemporary Art, designed by Steven Holl and Chris [...] Read more

    Columbia University Expansion Continues

    NEW YORK—Columbia, the fifth-oldest U.S. college, was scouting new sites to expand as it outgrew its century-old, Beaux-Arts home in Morningside Heights. Above 125th Street in West Harlem, Bollinger could saw the ideal location for a modern urban campus, stretching from the elevated subway line on Broadway with its monumental steel trestles to the West [...] Read more
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    Arts Endowment Trims Support for PBS Shows

    U.S.A—The National Endowment for the Arts made sweeping cuts in its support of established PBS shows in the 2012 Arts in Media grants, which were announced Wednesday morning. Instead, the endowment awarded large grants to an array of gaming and Web-based projects. The projects include a University of Southern California video game based on the [...] Read more

    Cooper Union to Charge Tuition for Graduate Students

    NEW YORK—After months of agonized debate about its 110-year-old tradition of free education, Cooper Union will begin charging graduate students next year while maintaining, at least for now, its no-tuition policy for undergraduates, the college’s president said Tuesday. Cooper Union, in the East Village, will also expand its graduate and other programs to generate more [...] Read more
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    Quebec education minister calls for truce with student strikers

    QUEBEC—The Quebec government is showing signs of buckling under the pressure of a 10-week student strike over a planned tuition-fee hike. After several weeks of balking at holding a full meeting with the students, Education Minister Line Beauchamps agreed to meet them, though not before they agreed to call a 48-hour truce to the social [...] Read more

    Chile begins implementing education reforms demanded by massive student protests

    CHILE—The Education minister met with President Sebastián Piñera in the presidential palace to present a package of reforms, which includes the exclusion of banks from the scholarship system in exchange for a single system of state-provided credit; changes in the requirements for scholarship access for poor students; and a new means of financing the gap [...] Read more

    Major Periodical Subscriptions Cannot Be Sustained

    BOSTON—Harvard University’s faculty has taken a public stand against commercial journals that sell subscription “bundles” as a way to get libraries to spend more on journal subscriptions than they otherwise might. In a memo, addressed to the campus and posted on the Harvard Library website, the library’s Faculty Advisory Council said the amount the university [...] Read more
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    Quebecois students pepper-sprayed and 151 demonstrators arrested in Gatineau

    GATINEAU—Police used pepper spray on student demonstrators at a college in old Hull on Thursday during a third day of confrontation in Quebec’s ongoing student protests over rising tuition fees.One hundred and forty-eight people were arrested for criminal mischief, after a demonstration that went from one Université du Québec en Outaouais campus to the other, [...] Read more

    The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt Opens Education Annex on the Park

    NEW YORK—The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum is opening a new storefront classroom space in Harlem next month in a bid to continue—and expand—its educational programming. The museum’s building, the historical Carnegie Mansion on Fifth Avenue, is undergoing a $54 million, two-year renovation and will reopen in 2014 with 60 percent more exhibition space. Since [...] Read more
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    Servers of activist email service Riseup.net seized by federal authorities

    U.S.A—On Wednesday, April 18, at approximately 16:00 Eastern Time, U.S. Federal authorities removed a server from a colocation facility shared by Riseup Networks and May First/People Link in New York City. The seized server was operated by the European Counter Network (“ECN”), the oldest independent internet service provider in Europe, who, among many other things, [...] Read more
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    Frieze: ‘We Are Not in a Labor Dispute’

    NEW YORK—A letter sent last Thursday by the New York City District Council of Carpenters to Deutsche Bank, the main sponsor of Frieze Art Fair, announced a labor dispute between the organization and the London fair that is preparing for its inaugural year in New York. It was sent to us as well. The letter [...] Read more

    Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis hires Melandri as director

    ST. LOUIS—The board of directors of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis    said today that Lisa Melandri was appointed as the museum’s new director. The decision follows a five-month international search following the departure of former Director Paul Ha. Melandri, currently the deputy director for exhibitions and programs at the Santa Monica Museum of [...] Read more

    Swedish Culture Minister Refuses to Resign Over Offensive Photo-Op at the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm

    STOCKHOLM—Sweden’s culture minister clarified on Wednesday that she has no intention of resigning over photographs of her taking part in a performance art piece on female genital mutilation, which featured a cake shaped like a stereotypical African tribeswoman that screamed when it was cut into. Images of the minister, Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, smiling as she cut [...] Read more
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    Montreal Students Occupy Banks in 12-Hour Protest Marathon

    MONTREAL—Students across Quebec today continue their protest against tuition increases and austerity measures in education with a 12-hour ¨“marathon of intensive vindication,” according to organizers. Today rolling protests are scheduled mostly focused against banks. In Montreal, marches leave from Victoria Square every hour and will each take unique routes through downtown. Just after 8am ET [...] Read more

    Italian Museum Director Begins Burning Art in Incendiary Anti-Austerity Protest

    NAPLES—Last February, artist and curator Antonio Manfredi threatened to set fire to the permanent collection of the Casoria Contemporary Art Museum outside Naples to protest under-funding of the arts in Italy. This afternoon, he put his art where his mouth is. Standing before cameras, he torched a painting by French artist Séverine Bourguignon, who watched [...] Read more
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    Helsinki Mayor Gives Guggenheim Go-Ahead

    HELSINKI— Plans for the Guggenheim Foundation’s fourth European museum, to be located in the center of the Finnish capital, have received the approval of the city’s mayor, Jussi Pajunen. (It now must be green-lit by the city council.) The €140 million ($183 million) museum is expected to attract an annual attendance of 500,000. The Bilbao [...] Read more

    Philippine student activists pretending to be joggers deface US embassy in protest seal

    MANILA—Student activists defaced the seal of the United States embassy along Roxas Boulevard in Manila to protest the Philippines-US Balikatan military exercises that started yesterday. At least 100 members of the leftist League of Filipino Students (LFS) surprised Manila policemen and US embassy security guards. The students slipped through security to stage a lightning rally [...] Read more
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    ‘Marathon’ student protest continue

    QUEBEC—A day of rolling student protests in downtown Montreal started off with police declaring a blockade at the Banque Nationale illegal. The demonstrations Wednesday took place over 12 hours in what organizers are calling a “marathon of intensive vindication.” A new group of protesters set off every hour from Victoria Square, following different routes through [...] Read more

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology establishes a Center for Art, Science & Technology

    CAMBRIDGE— Massachusetts Institute of Technology has received $1.5 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a new Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST). The Center will advance MIT’s leadership in integrating the arts into the curriculum and research of institutions of higher learning. A joint initiative of the office of the Provost [...] Read more
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    NEA to Cut Substantial Funds to PBS Arts Programming

    WASHINGTON—The National Endowment for the Arts, one of the nation’s largest source of monetary assistance to the arts, announced on Monday plans to slash substantial funding for PBS programs, including Independent Lens and POV. These cuts, which take effect April 25, would take away over $1 million in production assistance from not just the aforementioned shows, but also to American [...] Read more

    NYU protests against JPMorgan Chase on campus

    NEW YORK—NYU Students for Occupy Wall Street held a demonstration in front of Bobst Library yesterday, urging the university to sever all ties with JPMorgan Chase bank for its leading role in New York home foreclosures. The protest drew in a crowd of about 30 organizers, participants and bystanders chanting familiar Occupy Wall Street rhymes, and [...] Read more
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    Police disperse student protesters after clash outside Concordia’s downtown campus

    MONTREAL –Thursday morning after Montreal police broke up a brief student blockade downtown of the main Concordia University campus building. About two dozen Montreal police officers equipped with helmets and shields had pushed a crowd of protesting students away from the front of the Henry F. Hall Building westward along de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. on [...] Read more

    Veterans’ Student Debt Collectors

    WASHINGTON —The Veterans Affairs Department is planning to resume a policy of cutting into the tuition payments from the Post-9/11 GI Bill for veterans with outstanding debts, drawing protests from higher education associations who say that the policy will force colleges to become debt collectors themselves. Veterans who owe debt to the department — including [...] Read more
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    UC Davis chancellor blamed over use of pepper-spray on Occupy protesters

    CALIFORNIA—A University of California task force said Wednesday that UC Davis police should not have used pepper-spray on student demonstrators in an incident that prompted national outrage and calls for the chancellor’s resignation after online videos of the confrontation went viral. The officers’ decision to douse pepper-spray on a seated line of Occupy protesters was “objectively [...] Read more

    Missouri governor releases education funding

    JEFFERSON CITY—Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon moved Tuesday to restore about $6.8 million previously cut from public education programs thanks to a boost in lottery sales from the recent record-high Mega Millions jackpot.  Nixon’s administration said it’s providing $5 million for K-12 transportation assistance. The governor already had released $3 million cut from school busing aid [...] Read more

    On eve of Wednesday’s wave of Montreal protests, plans for tighter controls hit snag

    MONTREAL—As Montreal braces for another wave of downtown demonstrations that will see 12 marches launched over the course of 12 hours on Wednesday, city officials are scrambling this week to find ways to tighten the ground rules for any further protests.  But as this city becomes the venue of choice for demonstrators protesting everything from [...] Read more
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    ‘Dream Defenders’ March To Sanford Police Dept.

    SANFORD—Students stepped up their protests in Sanford on Monday, after promising their plans for “civil disobedience.” Another rally began Monday morning in Sanford, just hours after a 3-day march for Trayvon Martin ended Sunday. The office of the Sanford Police Department is temporarily close to the publice on Monday because of the Dream Defenders protest. [...] Read more

    Quebec students’ tuition fight reaches crucial point as semester runs out of time

    MONTREAL—It’s a crucial week in what is now historically the longest student strike in Quebec’s history, but there is no resolution in sight to the dispute over tuition fees or to the social unrest it has sparked.  Exams and final papers are just around the corner for Quebec’s university and CÉGEP students, but students and [...] Read more

    LACMA’s vision is realized in Qatar; Russia bans loans of art to U.S.

    LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles County Museum of Art finally has fulfilled the vision it had for its biggest foray into Islamic art – a goal thwarted until now by the government of the Russian Federation. The only problem is that Angelenos would have to travel more than 8,000 miles to see it. In “Gifts of the Sultan: The [...] Read more
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    Mauricio Lasansky, Master Printmaker, Dies at 97

    IOWA—Mauricio Lasansky, an Argentine-born master printmaker who was equally well known for a series of drawings depicting the horrors of Nazism, died on Monday at his home in Iowa City. He was 97. The death was confirmed by his son Phillip. At his death, Mr. Lasansky was emeritus professor of art and art history at [...] Read more

    Montreal student radicals blamed for locust infestation

    MONTREAL —Student radicals are suspected in an act of vandalism with Biblical overtones after swarms of locusts overran the city’s main business school on Thursday. Officials at the HEC school called in exterminators to fight the plague that came hours before Quebec offered its first olive branch in a 52-day student strike over tuition hikes.Hundreds [...] Read more
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    Performance Pay for Chicago College Faculty

    CHICAGO—A group of part-time instructors at City Colleges of Chicago will join senior administrators in having their job performance – and pay raises – tied to student outcomes, thanks to a new union contract with a structure that is unusual, if not unprecedented in higher education. The union representing 459 adult education instructors, the American [...] Read more

    Free Speech Battle Over Protests Looming at Seattle Colleges

    SEATTLE—A major battle over free speech is being waged on local college campuses in Seattle. The Seattle Community College District Board of Trustees wants to revise the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) for Seattle colleges. The district is proposing new rules that would regulate protests on all three of the city’s state funded community college campuses. Organizations [...] Read more

    Federal Funding for Harvard Declines

    BOSTON—Following a nearly 50 percent reduction in federal funding, several of Harvard’s regional centers have been forced to rely on alternative sources of funding—including individual endowments and support from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences—to maintain the quality of the academic and extracurricular opportunities offered to students. Four of Harvard’s centers for regional studies—the Committee on [...] Read more
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    North Carolina Students organize alternative grad ceremony in opposition to Bloomberg

    NORTH CAROLINA—Students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are organizing an Alternative Commencement Ceremony for students, parents and the larger community to celebrate the achievements of the class of 2012 without symbolically honoring New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who will speak at the official University commencement on May 13. Last December, [...] Read more

    NY Museums Participate in Google Art Project

    NYC—As part of the Google Art Project website, NY museums The Museum of Modern Art, the Frick Collection, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art will feature some of the 32,000 works of art included in the project from 151 institutions around the world. The works consist of anything from aboriginal rock art to textiles, glass and ceramics. The [...] Read more

    Elizabeth Catlett, African-American Printmaker and Sculptor, Dead at 96

    MEXICO—The pioneering sculptor and printmaker Elizabeth Catlett died yesterday just two weeks shy of her 97th birthday, the Web site Black Art in America reported. She died at her home in Cuernavaca, 40 miles south of Mexico City, where she had lived since using a Rosenwald Fund Fellowship to travel to Mexico in 1946. Catlett was born in [...] Read more
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    The head of Sciences Po found dead in NYC hotel

    NYC—A prominent French scholar was found dead in a midtown hotel room Tuesday, lying nude on the bed, cops said. Detectives were treating Richard Descoings’ death in as suspicious after finding his cell phone on a third-floor landing as if “it had been tossed out the window” of his seventh-floor room, a police source said. Descoings, director [...] Read more
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    Chinese artist Ai Weiwei sets up live webcams at home

    BEIJING—Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has set up four live webcams at his home, in a nod to the 24-hour police surveillance he has lived under for the last year. Mr Ai was detained in April 2011 during a crackdown on political activists and is now banned from leaving Beijing. The artist told the AFP news agency that by [...] Read more

    Alberta Liberals to eliminate tuition by 2025

    CANADA—The Alberta Liberals say they would begin reducing college and university tuition fees upon winning the election and eliminate post-secondary tuition entirely by 2025. “Countries which out-educate and out-train us today will out-compete us tomorrow,” says Liberal Leader Raj Sherman. One of the major reasons Alberta has the lowest post-secondary participation rate in Canada is [...] Read more

    US Republican canditate Santorum falsely claims that California Universities don’t teach American History

    WISCONSIN—Rick Santorum has returned to the issue of higher education. Appearing in Wisconsin Monday, he charged that “seven or eight of the California system of universities don’t even teach an American history course. It’s not even available to be taught.” (Think Progress, a liberal organization, noted the statement, and also posted video of it.) One [...] Read more
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    New research from the U.S. Federal reserve show senior citizens suffer from student loans

    WASHINGTON—The burden of paying for college is wreaking havoc on the finances of an unexpected demographic: senior citizens. New research from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York shows that Americans 60 and older still owe about $36 billion in student loans, providing a rare window into the dynamics of student debt. More than 10 [...] Read more

    The Shipping Container Architects Behind the Whitney’s Pop-Up Classroom

    NEW YORK—The Whitney’s forthcoming pop-up studio, designed to host the museum’s supplementary educational programming, will have a bold presence in its Madison Avenue courtyard. The dramatic black cube features a diagonal swath of neon yellow glass that cuts into it on one side and runs over the roof to the other, providing at once two [...] Read more

    Debts of Arts Academy and Arts Academy West become part of court case

    CLEVELAND— The names of Carl Shye Jr. and Edward Dudley have popped up in scathing audits of Ohio charter schools where the two men have been in charge of state funds. Their names also are sprinkled throughout court filings in the messy case of the Arts Academy in Lorain and Arts Academy West in Cleveland, sister [...] Read more