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Bylines

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

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 ]

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 ]

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