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Secular freedom, compassion, and controversial spiritual symbols

Reading Time: 4 minutes A recent controversy over Islamic art raises the question of how we ought to deal with art and images in a world of deep diversity. At Hamline University in Minnesota, Erika López Prater lost her job teaching art history because she showed students artistic representations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed. A Muslim student took offense. The University’s […]

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Art History professor fired for using ancient paintings of Muhammad in class

Reading Time: 5 minutes An art history professor in Minnesota was fired after showing students an ancient depiction of the Prophet Muhammad in class. The dismissal came after a Muslim student complained to administrators that the act was offensive and disrespectful; those school officials eventually agreed. The whole controversy has raised important questions about whether potentially offensive content should be censored […]

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Why did the color violet go viral after 1863?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Allen Tager has spent the new millennium thus far trying to find out why the color violet—a combinative color of red and blue—is so maddeningly difficult to find through thousands of years of human history. But in the late 19th century that color’s fortunes seemed to suddenly enhance. Tager, a Russian-American artist and cognitive scientist, […]

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