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

December 12, 2018 - Inside Higher Ed
Ordinary Education in Extraordinary Times

President Roth writes in Inside Higher Ed that in uncommon times, “traditional educational practices of valuing learning from people different from ourselves have never been more important.” [ Read More ]

November 1, 2018 - Inside Higher Ed
Voting is Good, but Higher Ed Must Do More

“In a year when inducements to political violence have become normalized at the highest level, colleges and universities must do more than just encourage our students to vote,” writes President Michael S. Roth in Inside Higher Ed. [ Read More ]

October 29, 2018 - The Washington Post
University President: When I Heard the Pittsburgh News

President Roth reflects on the killing of 11 people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh , and writes about how schools can empower students to “create a more hospitable and just country.”

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August 21, 2018 - The Wall Street Journal
'The Lost Education of Horace Tate' Review: Civil Rights for School Children

President Roth reviews Emory professor Vanessa Siddle Walker's new book on a previously "unseen network of black educators" across the South, who fought heroically "over many decades for equality and justice." [ Read More ]

August 10, 2018 - The New York Times
Defending Conservatism, and Seeking Converts

President Roth reviews Roger Scruton's new book on Conservatism, which provides an "enlightening" background on a variety of important conservative thinkers, but stoops to scapegoating Muslims to "rally the troops." [ Read More ]

July 31, 2018 - The Washington Post
What Jeff Sessions Doesn't Get About U.S. Higher Education and Political Correctness

In this op-ed, President Roth pushes back against political attacks on higher education institutions as being overly pc, writing, "Campuses are challenging places when they cultivate diversity of perspective, a sense of belonging and a common devotion to rigorous inquiry." [ Read More ]

June 23, 2018 - Intelligence Squared U.S.
Trigger Warning: Safe Spaces Are Dangerous

President Roth debates issues of free speech and safe spaces on campus, arguing that there should be some spaces that are just safe enough to allow all groups of people to express their views. [ Read More ]

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