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Brandeis to Sell All of Its Art

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University hopes noted 6,000 piece collection will bolster finances, but move violates museum standards. Institution also considers "meta-majors" and adding business programs.

Backtracking Brandeis President: 'I Screwed Up'

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President Obama has given college presidents a management strategy for controversy: admit it when you screw up.

Jehuda Reinharz, president of Brandeis University, sent out an e-mail message to his campus Thursday that partially pulled back from the university's plans to sell its art collection and shut down its art museum. "I take full responsibility for causing pain and embarrassment in both of these matters. To quote President Obama, 'I screwed up,' " Reinharz's e-mail message said.

Crucifixes in the Classroom

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Boston College adds Catholic imagery to all teaching spaces -- to the consternation of some professors.

Avoiding the Next Brandeis

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Broad coalition of arts organizations starts in-depth study of how to improve the relationships between colleges and their museums.

New Blueprint for Architecture

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Undergraduate programs are being revised to embrace more liberal arts courses and – in some instances -- to ease students’ workloads.

Liberal Arts in Jeopardy?

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At a national gathering of arts and sciences deans, educators worry that a growing emphasis on employability and the bottom line might threaten their programs.

Standing Up for Explicit Exhibit

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A year after one university insisted on removing part of photography show, U. of Louisville defends the project, which includes images of naked girls and women.

No 'Corpus Christi' at Tarleton State

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When the play Corpus Christi was revived in New York City in 2008, a review in The New York Times talked about how in the decade since the Terrence McNally play was first produced, the culture wars had subsided. "I didn’t even walk through a metal detector. Times have certainly changed," he wrote.

Tarleton Caved, but Gallaudet Defends Controversial Play

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Tarleton State University last month called off a production of Corpus Christi -- a controversial play in which a Jesus-like character is depicted as gay, and endorses gay marriage -- following a barrage of criticism from religious groups and threats against the production and the university. Some of those opposed to the play vowed to go after any other college production of the play.

Not Waiting for the Next Brandeis

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The announcement last year that Brandeis University planned to sell its noted, 6,000-piece collection of modern art stunned and angered museum officials around the world. The university said it needed money for its other operations. But to the art world, the plan represented a rejection of the idea that nonprofit institutions do not sell art from their museums except as a means to expand their collections.

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