All posts in category Chicago

Non-Catholics enjoy challenges of teaching in Catholic setting

My article “Non-Catholics enjoy challenges of teaching in Catholic setting” appears in National Catholic Reporter.

Chicago’s creepy cabinet of curiosities

My article “Chicago’s creepy cabinet of curiosities,” about the International Museum of Surgical Science, appears in the Washington Post.

Two new art exhibits address earthly spirituality

My latest article “Two new art exhibits address earthly spirituality” appears in National Catholic Reporter.

Georgetown University agrees to a vote by union-aspiring grad students

My article “Georgetown University agrees to a vote by union-aspiring grad students” appears in National Catholic Reporter.

Can the Incarceration of Japanese Americans Shed Light on Today’s Immigration Questions?

My article “Can the Incarceration of Japanese Americans Shed Light on Today’s Immigration Questions?” appears in Sojourners magazine.

Art Institute exhibit illustrates Gauguin’s eclectic spirituality

My article appears in Chicago Catholic. Here’s the lede: When Paul Gauguin arrived in Tahiti in 1981 sporting long hair and a wide-brimmed hat, the French, post-impressionist painter expected a culture that the West had largely left untainted. But the locals he met, who called him “taata vahine” (man-woman), weren’t noble savages. “From his experience […]

(Forward) Why Was This Italian Artist So Interested in Painting Synagogues?

My article “Why Was This Italian Artist So Interested in Painting Synagogues?” appears in the Jewish Daily Forward. Here’s the lede: Nearly 275 years after Alessandro Magnasco’s death, experts still aren’t sure what to make of his work — particularly four paintings of synagogues. Known as il Lissandrino, Magnasco was born 350 years ago Feb. […]

(National Catholic Reporter) Missionaries taught theology in Imagery

My article “Missionaries taught theology in Imagery,” a review of the Art Institute of Chicago’s exhibit “Doctrine and Devotion: Art of the Religious Orders in the Spanish Andes,” appears in National Catholic Reporter. Here’s the lede: The bearded and robed reclining figure of St. Peter Nolasco cannot be sleeping soundly or dreaming sweetly. A tree […]

(Atlas Obscura) The Centuries-Old Netherlands Church Celebrating American Thanksgiving

My article “The Centuries-Old Netherlands Church Celebrating American Thanksgiving” appears in Atlas Obscura.

Northwestern U. exhibit draws on Birobidzhan propaganda

CHICAGO — A 1931 Russian lithograph poster shows a man wearing a hat pointing his finger in a manner reminiscent of the Uncle Sam “We want you!” genre. But in this case he implores the reader to spend 50 kopecks on a lottery ticket “to build a socialist Birobidzhan, the future Jewish Autonomous Region.” Another […]

  • Selected articles

    Bobby Fischer gravestone "Searching for Fischer’s Legacy." Chess Life magazine. March 2018. (PDF file).

    Confederate monuments "Confederate Monuments and the Power of Absence." Religion & Politics. Oct. 2017.

    Jules Olitski star "A Memorial That Knows Its Biblical History." Wall St. Journal. Sept. 22, 2017.

    CIA art collection "Infiltrating the CIA’s Secret Art Collection." Playboy. Jan./Feb. 2017.
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