San Francisco Removes A Statue Of A Native Man Lying At The Feet Of A Missionary

The statue was near City Hall, part of the Pioneer Monument that was put up in 1894 – and which Native peoples in and near the city have been protesting for decades. There’s a lawsuit, of course, but the city didn’t destroy the statue; workers moved it into storage. “After the truck carrying the statue […]

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Is UNESCO World Heritage Status A Kiss Of Death For Sites In Developing Countries?

Looking at Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Luang Prabang in Laos, and the Vietnamese town of Hoi An (whose historic buildings and streetscape miraculously survived the 20th-century wars), art and cultural management professor Jo Caust argues that the mass tourism that comes with the coveted World Heritage designation can turn such places into theme parks and […]

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Kentucky Governor Tries To Kill The State’s Arts Programs

Bevin has spent two years trying to undermine the Arts Council and its work. In addition to his 2016 board reorganization, he forced out veteran executive director Lori Meadows. Her successor, Lydia Bailey Brown, lasted nine months. Since Brown quit five months ago, there has been little apparent effort to find a new director. The annual Governor’s Awards […]

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Thailand Drops Lèse-Majesté Charge Against Historian For Lecture About 16th-Century King

“Prosecutors decided not to pursue their case against [84-year-old] Sulak Sivaraksa, who was charged in October under Thailand’s controversial lèse-majesté law against defaming, insulting or threatening the royal family. The charges were connected to a 2014 university lecture, during which Sulak … questioned whether [16th-century] King Naresuan had in fact slain a Burmese crown prince […]

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