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Motion Picture Academy Boss To Step Down After Ten Tumultuous Years

The news comes just weeks after the long-awaited opening of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, a $480-million project that Hudson played a key role in spearheading and that, despite its problem-plagued gestation, has been well received thus far. - Los Angeles Times

Surprise: Graduate Enrollment At US Universities Increased In 2020

The CGS survey found that graduate applications increased by 7.3 percent and first-time graduate enrollment increased by 1.8 percent in fall 2020 compared to the year before. - InsideHigherEd

Why Music Is Not A Background Sport

Music — at least for some of us — is an engaged and engaging activity that involves your ear, your intellect, your memory, your imagination and more. And that if those resources aren’t available, there’s no shame in preferring the more serene and restful option of silence. - San Francisco Chronicle

Culture Shift? America’s Workers Grab Control

In unionized industries, this takes the form of collective bargaining and, where necessary, voting for strikes. In non-unionized industries, which make up the vast bulk of the American economy, it shows up in workers leaving their jobs and looking for higher-paying ones. - The New Yorker

How Environmental Art Brings Climate Change Awareness

In the past few decades, new practices of art, design and architecture in the public realm have helped raise awareness about ubiquitous waste, pollution and global warming, and their associated social injustices. - The Conversation

Yes, Eun Sun Kim Has Made Opera History, But She’d Rather Just Be A Conductor

She's music director at San Francisco Opera and principal guest conductor at Houston Grand Opera, and she's the first woman and first Asian in either job. But, she says, "I want to be seen just as a conductor." - The New York Times

Glimmerglass Leader To Step Down

Francesca Zambello, 65, who is also the artistic director of Washington National Opera and an independent stage director, will have led Glimmerglass for 12 seasons when she leaves. - The New York Times

Camille A. Brown Brings Black Social Dance To The Met Opera Stage

"When was the last time a dance stopped an opera in its tracks?" That's what happened after the fraternity scene (step choreography by Brown) in the Met's Fire Shut Up in My Bones. Here’s a Q&A between Brown and Gia Kourlas. - The New York Times

How Truth Became Contested Ground In Our Schools

The pandemic accelerated a trend that already existed: teachers increasingly find themselves facing a potential career-ending explosion if they teach the wrong “truth.” - LitHub

How Ancient Greek Tragedy Works (And It Does) As Group Therapy

Bryan Doerries, director of Theater of War, "Dozens of Marines of every rank had stood up and quoted lines from the ancient plays from memory, as if they had known them their entire lives, and then related them to personal stories they had never shared." - Literary Hub

An Alternative History About The Dawn Of Humans

Graeber and Wengrow offer a history of the past 30,000 years that is not only wildly different from anything we’re used to, but also far more interesting: textured, surprising, paradoxical, inspiring. - The Atlantic

Meeting (Potential) Audiences Where They Are… With A Mobile Barbershop

That's what Keenan Scott II did to attract new people to his recently opened Broadway play, Thoughts of a Colored Man, one of eight shows written by Black authors (a record) that will be on Broadway this season. And the tactic may be working. - The New Yorker

Surprise — You’re In Charge! How A Family Publishing Empire Changed Hands

Being handed control of the company, which is valued at $1.2 billion, has made Iole Lucchese, 55, one of the most powerful women in book publishing, and the stock provides her — the daughter of a construction worker and a homemaker — with significant wealth. - The New York Times

Why George Eliot’s “Middlemarch” Has Remained Relevant For 150 Years

One reason, it must be said, is that a certain type of person wants to be seen as loving the book. (Yep, virtue-signaling.) Yet Middlemarch still matters because of its expert examination of one of life's fundamental features: disappointment. - The New Statesman

Why It’s Good That UCLA Is Selling Its Picasso But Bad That The Met Is Selling Historic Photographs

What it all comes down to, writes Christopher Knight, is what the money from the sale will be used for. - Yahoo! (Los Angeles Times)

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