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Bylines

Below are links to some recent bylines by Wesleyan University President Michael S. Roth.

May 11, 2017 - The Wall Street Journal
The Opening of the Liberal Mind

President Roth makes the case for an "affirmative action" program for the study of conservative, libertarian and religious ideas on college campuses. (WSJ subscription required to access article). [ Read More ]

April 30, 2017 - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Here's Looking at You, 'Casablanca'

President Roth writes in The Chronicle Review about teaching the iconic 75-year-old film Casablanca to today's college students. [ Read More ]

April 28, 2017 - The Washington Post
Can lessons of the humanities help solve problems in the business world?

President Roth reflects on "Sensemaking" by Christian Madsbjerg, founder of the business strategy consulting firm ReD, which advocates for "a holistic apporach to solving problems: 'a method of practical wisdom grounded in the humanities.'" [ Read More ]

April 24, 2017 - The Washington Post
Why Americans Should Care That Hungary is Trying to Shut Down a Leading University

President Roth writes: "When freedom of inquiry and expression is threatened on campus, it will be threatened elsewhere in society. In the long run, it's the most vulnerable who have the most to lose." [ Read More ]

April 5, 2017 - Inside Higher Ed
Isn't It Pragmatic?

In this essay, President Roth reflects on a recent visit to India and explores how and why Indian students are embracing liberal arts education. [ Read More ]

February 24, 2017 - The Washington Post
How Nazis Destroyed Books in a Quest to Destroy European Culture

President Roth reviews Anders Rydell's "The Book Thieves" on the Nazis' attempts to destroy book collections of Jews and rewrite Jewish history from a National Socialist perspective. [ Read More ]

February 17, 2017 - San Francisco Chronicle
'Age of Anger: A History of the Present,' by Pankaj Mishra

President Roth reviews a new book, Age of Anger: A History of the Present, in which author Pankaj Mishra traces the populist violence and anger of today to "patterns set down in 18th century France and then repeated around the world as peoples deal with modernization and the loss of tradition." [ Read More ]

February 1, 2017 - Inside Higher Ed
Rejecting Bigotry is Core to Our Mission

In the wake of a recent executive order on immigration, President Roth writes about the "vital role" colleges and universities must play in resisting bigotry. [ Read More ]

January 16, 2017 - WBUR Public Radio Radio
Could Liberal Arts Education Heal the Political Divides?

In an interview with WBUR Public Radio, President Roth defends the value of a broad liberal education, particularly in exposing students to different points of view, and highlights Wesleyan's efforts to incorporate a diversity of viewpoints into its student body, faculty, and among visiting speakers. [ Read More ]

January 13, 2017 - The Washington Post
Why Pragmatic Liberal Education Matters Now More Than Ever

Following a visit to China's Peking University-Shenzhen, which has decided to start an undergraduate liberal arts college, President Roth reflects on why commitment to a liberal education is more urgent today than ever. [ Read More ]

January 10, 2017 - The Wall Street Journal
Why Johnny (Still) Can't Read

President Roth reviews Mark Seidenberg's book, Language at the Speed of Sight, which makes a compelling argument "backed by decades of research, to show that the only responsible way to teach children to read well is to build up their abilities to connect reading with speech and then to amplify these connections through practice, developing skillful behavioral patterns hand in hand with the neurological networks that undergird them." (Article may be behind paywall). [ Read More ]

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