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    Shulamith Firestone (1945-2012) Leading feminist thinker and activist has died at 67

    NEW YORK—Shulamith Firestone, a leading thinker of second-wave feminism and co-founder of the New York Radical Women group, was declared dead August 28 at age 67, the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner has confirmed. Firestone, a radical feminist and activist, was the author of the groundbreaking 1970 book,The Dialectic of Sex: The [...] Read more
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    University of Montreal suspends classes targeted by striking students

    MONTREAL—The University of Montreal has suspended classes in the departments that have been targeted by student protesters since Monday, when a winter make-up term began at all Quebec universities hit by student strikes earlier this year. The university issued a notice Tuesday evening that it would suspend classes for the remainder of the week in [...] Read more

    Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum names Aimee Shapiro Director of Education

    MICHIGAN—The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University today announced that Aimee Shapiro has joined the museum staff as Director of Education. Shapiro will oversee a wide range of programming for the Broad MSU, including family programming, a new docent training class, collaborations with university departments, and community-based programming that reflects the [...] Read more
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    Two Pussy Riot activists ‘flee Russia’

    MOSCOW—Two members of the punk rock collective Pussy Riot who took part in February’s controversial cathedral protest have fled the country, according to the band’s Twitter account. The women are “recruiting foreign feminists to prepare new actions,” said the tweet. The husband of jailed Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova noted that 12 to 14 members of the group [...] Read more

    Ethan Lasser Named Associate Curator of American Art at Harvard Art Museum

    MASSACHUSETTS—Ethan Lasser has been named associate curator of American art at Harvard Art Museum in the division of European and American art, effective September 18. Previously, Lasser acted as curator of the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee, a research institute dedicated to advancing progressive scholarship in American art through exhibitions, publications, teaching, and public programming. During [...] Read more
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    Botched Restoration of Jesus Fresco Shocks Spain

    MADRID — A case of suspected vandalism in a church in a northeastern village in Spain has turned out to be probably the worst art restoration project of all time. An elderly woman stepped forward this week to claim responsibility for disfiguring a century-old “ecce homo” fresco of Jesus crowned with thorns, in Santuario de la Misericordia, [...] Read more

    Russia’s rights ombudsman decries Pussy Riot verdict

    MOSCOW—Russia’s human rights ombudsman on Thursday called the prison sentences handed down to three women from punk band Pussy Riot “excessive” and warned that the case was igniting dangerous tensions within society. The trio were convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred by a Moscow court on August 17 after belting out a profanity-laced anti-Putin [...] Read more

    Quebec CEGEPs closed to protect ‘personal safety’

    MONTREAL—Wednesday, facing students protesting outside as part of the province-wide demonstrations on the 22nd of the month, a Montreal CEGEP cancelled classes, reversing an earlier decision not to suspend teaching.  Collège Bois-de-Boulogne, a CEGEP in the Ahuntsic borough, said in a statement on its website that it was taking the step to “avoid any situation [...] Read more
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    Three buses burned as Chilean students stage protest

    SANTIAGO—Police used water cannons to break up a protest in Chile’s capital Wednesday by thousands of students demanding free education, and hooded vandals set ablaze three city buses amid violence that left dozens arrested and injured. The crisis over education reform in Chile remains unresolved despite more than a year of demonstrations by students, teachers [...] Read more