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For Many Immigration Activists, Welcoming “Strangers” Is an Act of Faith

My article “For Many Immigration Activists, Welcoming “Strangers” Is an Act of Faith” appears in Religion & Politics.

The Satanic Temple is a real religion, says IRS

The Almighty may not think the Satanic Temple is a church. But the taxman has given it the thumbs-up. The rest of the article, “The Satanic Temple is a real religion, says IRS,” appears in Religion News Service.

Pakistani-American painter Ambreen Butt imbues traditional miniatures with timely social criticism

My article “Pakistani-American painter Ambreen Butt imbues traditional miniatures with timely social criticism” appears in The Art Newspaper. (Ambreen’s website is here.)

Chess Life article about Chess Sets & Conflict

My article “Chess Sets & Conflict,” which reflects on the ways that chess sets, for centuries, have done double-duty as political and religious symbols, appears in the Dec. 2018 issue of Chess Life magazine. It may be accessed in PDF format via this link. To read the entire issue Chess Life, and to subscribe to […]

Image religious culture journal fires founder Gregory Wolfe, cites accusations

My article “Image religious culture journal fires founder Gregory Wolfe, cites accusations” appears in National Catholic Reporter.

Collection tells early American religious history (NCR)

My article “Collection tells early American religious history,” about the National Museum of American History’s exhibit “Religion in Early America,” appears in National Catholic Reporter.

(Sojourners) Iowa is Known for Its Politics, But What About Religious Diversity?

My article “Iowa is Known for Its Politics, But What About Religious Diversity?” appears in Sojourners magazine.

(Harper’s Bazaar Art) An Unfinished Performance

My article, “An unfinished performance,” about the challenges facing the burgeoning performance arts scene in the Middle East, appears in the fall 2016 issue of Harper’s Bazaar Art.

Interview with Saudi artist Ahmed Mater (The Guardian)

I appear — albeit without granting permission — in the Guardian’s video about Saudi artist Ahmed Mater. I first surface c. the 2:48 mark; at c. 3:34, the artist laughs at my question about whether there’s a Trump hotel in Mecca; and at 3:55 and 4:47, I ask two more questions (apparently, I asked too […]

(NCR) An insider and an outsider

My article “An insider and an outsider,” about an exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, appears in National Catholic Reporter.

  • Selected articles

    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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