All posts in category Higher ed

(Deseret News) The reviews are in for the new SAT — and they’re mixed

My article “The reviews are in for the new SAT — and they’re mixed” appears in Deseret News. Here’s the lede: When she took the SAT in March, Karissa Cloutier, a high school junior in New Hampshire, was one of the first students to take the newest iteration of the test, originally the Scholastic Aptitude […]

(NCR) Conference discusses modern challenges, threats to academic freedom

My article “Conference discusses modern challenges, threats to academic freedom” (with sidebar “What is ‘Academic Freedom?’”) appears in National Catholic Reporter. Here’s the lede of the article: SOUTH BEND, IND. Temperatures dropped as gusting winds swept across leaf-carpeted, sun-bathed paths on the University of Notre Dame’s scenic campus. In the McKenna Hall Conference Center, however, […]

(Deseret News) Graduates of elite law schools are more likely to land on their feet after job loss

My article “Graduates of elite law schools are more likely to land on their feet after job loss” appears in Deseret News.

(Smithsonian mag) On His First Day on the Job, Smithsonian Secretary David J. Skorton Discusses Past and Future

My interview with David Skorton, former president of Cornell University and the Smithsonian’s 13th secretary, about how he wants to emphasize the arts and humanities at a time when they are being deemphasized nationally, appears as “On His First Day on the Job, Smithsonian Secretary David J. Skorton Discusses the Past and the Future” in […]

How parents can help their daughters find a career in science (Deseret News)

My latest article, “How parents can help their daughters find a career in science,” appears in Deseret News.

Interview on podcast of Saint Louis University’s Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA)

I was interviewed on MOCRA Voices, the podcast of Saint Louis University’s Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA). Here’s the museum’s description: MOCRA assistant director David Brinker speaks with journalist and author Menachem Wecker about a wide range of topics, including how he identifies and researches topics for reporting, the role social media is playing in […]

Why Museums Should Be a Safe Space to Discuss Why #BlackLivesMatter

My article “Why Museums Should Be a Safe Space to Discuss Why #BlackLivesMatter” appears in Smithsonian Magazine. Here’s the lede: The deputy director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture had a problem. At the April 25 symposium “History, Rebellion, and Reconciliation,” her panel was a no show. A law professor […]

Special-needs policies can be a tug-of-war for parents, teachers and administrators (Deseret News)

Negotiating for a child’s needs with teachers and school administrators can be the Wild West. And the context surrounding those tug-of-wars appears to be increasingly common, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In an 18-month period in 2003 and 2004, 7.8 percent of U.S. children were diagnosed with Attention […]

Students can manage stress with meditation, but should regard it cautiously

My article “Students can manage stress with meditation, but should regard it cautiously” appears in Deseret News.

In faith-based communities, college completion may be uniquely emphasized

Growing up in Charleston, South Carolina, in the 1960s and ’70s, Odell Cleveland leveraged his basketball skills to land a college scholarship. The 6-foot-3 Cleveland would go on to earn a place in the University of South Carolina Upstate’s Athletics Hall of Fame. “I’m one of those individuals who came from just a poor, poor […]

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    NMAAHC "The Imitation Game: Are museums being clear enough with the public about what’s real and what’s fake?" Washington Post Magazine. March 3, 2019.

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

    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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