Bylines

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

November 15, 2020 - Los Angeles Review of Books
De Melancholia

President Roth reviews "The Anatomy of Grief" by Dorothy P. Holinger, a "book for the bereaved" offering scientific explanations of what is happening in their brains along with stories of those learning to manage grief. [ Read More ]

October 2, 2020 - The Washington Post
Polymaths want to know everything — but ‘everything’ isn’t what it used to be

President Roth reviews "The Polymath: A Cultural History from Leonardo da Vinci to Susan Sontag" by Peter Burke.  [ Read More ]

September 30, 2020 - The Brainwaves Video Anthology TV
Michael S. Roth – Intellectual Diversity in Dangerous Times

President Roth discusses the importance of intellectual diversity on college campuses. Recognizing the progressive bias that dominates many elite colleges and universities, he advocates for finding ways to include conservative points of view on enduring questions. President Roth also spoke about two of his professors at Wesleyan who had an enormous impact on his life. [ Read More ]

September 29, 2020 - Marketplace Radio
How Some Colleges Are Trying to Hold Off Another Pandemic Shutdown in the Fall

President Roth is interviewed about Wesleyan's return to in-person learning this fall and its success thus far in preventing the spread of COVID. [ Read More ]

September 19, 2020 - The New York Times
Colleges, Conservatives and the Kakistocracy

"In higher education, there is no contradiction between standing up to the fascist tendencies of racist authoritarianism and working for greater intellectual diversity," writes President Roth in this op-ed. "In both cases, we are defending the opportunity to learn through inquiry and discussion." [ Read More ]

September 10, 2020 - Inside Higher Ed
What's a Safe Enough Space on Campuses Now?

In this op-ed, President Roth makes the case that "bringing students back to properly run campuses -- with frequent testing and careful housing and dining protocols -- may well be healthier than leaving these young people to their own devices and their hometown gathering (and watering) places." [ Read More ]

August 13, 2020 - Back to Biz with Katie and Boz Radio
University Presidents on the Future of Education

President Roth and the University of Virginia President Jim Ryan talk about plans for the fall, and how the pandemic, and this moment of racial unrest, could change the higher education system for good. 

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August 4, 2020 - The Nation
Violence Is Donald Trump's Mother Tongue

President Roth writes that Trump's embrace of violence aims to promulgate fear and distract the public from "his inability to articulate a vision for the country at a time of moral reckoning, economic disruption, and international instability." [ Read More ]

July 18, 2020 - POLITICO
Will the Pandemic Blow Up College in America?

In this op-ed, President Roth predicts that on-campus higher education will survive the pandemic, despite the predictions of many futurists, but that this moment is helping to clarify ways in which colleges should change. [ Read More ]

June 29, 2020 - Inside Higher Ed
Higher Education Needs Antifascism Now

President Roth argues that for higher education, "There is no neutrality with respect to the resurgent populist authoritarianism one sees in this country and in so many others." [ Read More ]

June 11, 2020 - The Quarantine Tapes Radio
The Quarantine Tapes 056: Michael Roth

President Roth speaks about his experience with distance teaching and learning for this podcast series chronicling shifting paradigms in the age of social distancing. "The campus as a place of amplifying learning, making it more resonant for the students, I think has become much more visible." [ Read More ]

June 4, 2020 - Los Angeles Times
How Fear Makes Americans Susceptible to Trump's Magical Thinking

In this op-ed, President Roth argues that education in general and science in particular are antidotes to the dangerous magical thinking promoted by our country's leadership. [ Read More ]

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