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    Quebec students call for free education now that tuition hike is off the table

    MONTREAL— One Quebec student group says that with tuition hikes have officially been canceled after months of student strike and elections, it will now champion the idea of free education. The new Parti Quebecois government scrapped a controversial increase in post-secondary tuition fees this week and a hardline student group is now turning to free [...] Read more
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    Students lift occupation of Universidad de Chile’s main campus

    SANTIAGO—The student occupiers of Universidad de Chile’s main campus building turned the building over to university control around noon Wednesday, ending 26 days of occupation. The occupation, or “toma,” which began when a group of about 30 students entered the building early on Aug. 16, marked the climax of a series of student strikes and [...] Read more

    University of California reach settlement in pepper-spray case

    CALIFORNIA—The University of California reached a proposed settlement Thursday with UC Davis students and alumni who were hit with pepper spray during a campus protest last November. The UC Regents approved the settlement during a closed session as neither the University’s lawyers nor the lawyers for the Davis students and alumni would comment on details [...] Read more
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    8,000 Students Strike in Hong Kong

    HONG KONG—In an attempt to decisively kill the ‘brainwashing’ program from China, more than 8,000 Hong Kong university students boycotted their classes on Tuesday to protest a Chinese-required law that they described as “brainwashing,” in what has been the largest student demonstration in the city since 1989, the same year as the Tiananmen Square crackdown [...] Read more
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    Quebec’s anti-corruption police raid McGill University superhospital offices

    MONTREAL – Quebec’s anti-corruption police squad is conducting an investigation at the offices of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). The police from the Unité permanente anticorruption (UPAC) raided the offices of the superhospital on Guy Street in downtown Montreal early Tuesday morning. Three minivans and two unidentified police vehicles arrived at the offices since [...] Read more

    Emory to restructure College of Arts and Sciences, eliminate Visual Arts Department

    ATLANTA—Emory University has announced a plan to restructure its College of Arts and Sciences. As it embarks on a multi-year program to shore up core strengths and focus on new growth areas, it will eliminate four departments – most notably, the Department of Visual Arts and the Program in Journalism. Among other changes, the Graduate [...] Read more
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    Artist Shepard Fairey gets probation in Barack Obama ‘Hope’ poster copyright case

    NEW YORK—Los Angeles street artist Shepard Fairey received a sentence of two years’ probation and a $25,000 fine in the criminal contempt case involving his “Hope” poster of Barack Obama. Fairey admitted in 2009 that he destroyed documents and submitted false images in his legal battle with the Associated Press over the use of a [...] Read more

    Colombia’s cities brace for student protests

    COLUMBIA—The major cities of Columbia embrace as students have announced massive protests for Wednesday demanding the government keep its promise on educational reform.  While previous student demonstrations were mainly peaceful, transport in cities like Bogota, Medellin and Cali is likely came to a complete halt when the students took to the street in November last year. The students claim the [...] Read more
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    The 9/11 Museum Delayed Another Year

    NEW YORK—Due to a budget dispute between New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York State governor Andrew Cuomo, the $1-billionNational September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center site has been delayed until late 2013 or early 2014. Amid the political feud, work on the museum ceased almost a year ago, pieces of [...] Read more

    Teacher Strike Begins in Chicago

    CHICAGO — Teachers in the nation’s third-largest school district went on strike Monday morning after negotiations for a new contract collapsed, giving some 350,000 students an unexpected day off but leading to frustrations among parents and indications that a settlement may not be close. Chicago Public Schools and the union representing teachers have been embroiled [...] Read more
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    Hong Kong’s Leung Cancels APEC Trip as Student Protest Grows

    HONG KONG—Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying canceled a trip to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, his first scheduled overseas visit, as a proposed national education program led student protesters to stage a seven-day demonstration. Leung, scheduled to attend the meeting in Vladivostok, Russia, this week, scrapped the trip hours before his departure to “focus on domestic [...] Read more
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    Two Amsterdam Museums to Reopen After Major Renovations

    AMSTERDAM—For years, two major Amsterdam museums, the Stedelijk and the Rijksmuseum,have been largely closed for renovations, with only some of their prized artworks on public view. But that is about to change. The Stedelijk Museum will reopen to the public on Sept. 23, after eight years of construction during much of which the museum was only [...] Read more

    Artist sale to fund Royal Academy of Arts expansion

    UK—More than 100 pieces from stars of the contemporary art and design world are expected to raise around £2.5m.They include work from Royal Academians Antony Gormley and Anish Kapoor, who designed the Orbit in the Olympic Park. The pieces will also be on display as part of an exhibition called RA Now. The 80 Royal [...] Read more
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    MoMA and Columbia University jointly acquire Frank Lloyd Wright Archives

    NEW YORK—The Museum of Modern Art and Columbia University have jointly acquired Frank Lloyd Wright’s archives from the famous architect’s foundation. The acquisition includes 23,000 architectural sketches and drawings, 44,000 photographs, models, letters, manuscripts, and more. All paper-based documents will land at Columbia’s Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, while MoMA will handle the three-dimensional objects.
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    Report shows attendance at U.K. Institutions Dropped During Olympics

    LONDON—Over the last four years, the Cultural Olympiad had gathered ambitious art projects across the country, leading to the London 2012 Festival, with its 25,000 artists and 12,000 events. Yet museums seem not to have benefited from this cultural frenzy. According to the Museums Journal, museums in Central London suffered a massive drop in attendance over the summer. [...] Read more

    Thousands Rally in Hong Kong Against National Education

    CHINA—More than 3,000 Hong Kong residents braved the rain to protest the government’s plan to begin a national education program, which they say is biased toward Beijing. Parents, students and teachers were among those gathering outside the government’s new headquarters on Tim Mei Avenue today, the first of the school semester, demanding the curriculum be scrapped. [...] Read more