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Bylines

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

October 12, 2017 - The Hechinger Report
Opinion: Do We Kill the Liberal Arts When We Demonize People for their Ideas?

President Roth argues that fostering intellectual diversity on campuses is not only a "question of political fairness," but is imperative for the education of students. [ Read More ]

October 4, 2017 - How Do We Fix It? podcast Radio
Affirmative Action for Conservatives?

President Roth makes a powerful argument in defense of free speech on college campuses, and calls on colleges to pursue diversity broadly. [ Read More ]

September 22, 2017 - The Washington Post
How free should free speech be on campus?

In his review of the new book, "Free Speech on Campus," President Roth finds much to agree with in the authors' account of campus speech issues, yet points out some limitations of their dogmatic approach to freedom of expression. [ Read More ]

September 18, 2017 - The Washington Post
Colleges Must Not Turn Back the Clock on Efforts to Combat Sexual Assault

In response to recent statements by the Trump Administration about Title IX enforcement on campuses, President Roth reaffirms Wesleyan's commitment to supporting survivors while also protecting "the presumption of innocence and due process for anyone facing serious allegations." [ Read More ]

August 31, 2017 - Inside Higher Ed
Inequality and 'The Once and Future Liberal'

President Roth responds to Mark Lilla's book, The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics, which criticizes liberals for emphasizing identity at the expense of solidarity. [ Read More ]

August 4, 2017 - Inside Higher Ed
Affirmative Action: Now More Than Ever

In response to news of a Justice Department investigation of affirmative action, President Roth discusses why we must resist efforts to restrict affirmative action. [ Read More ]

July 17, 2017 - Inside Higher Ed
From Unruly Hearts to Open Minds

In this essay in Inside Higher Ed, President Roth examines campus intellectual diversity in a time of polarization. [ Read More ]

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 ]

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