Bylines

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

April 29, 2021 - LA Review of Books
Reasoning in Tough Times

“[Jonathan] Marks does show a devotion to the Enlightenment notion of helping students become the kind of people who can think for themselves: able to examine their own principles and change their minds when confronted with better evidence and argument.” [ Read More ]

April 16, 2021 - The Washington Post
The Art of the Photograph; the Photograph as Art

“When Andy Grundberg wanted to take a photography course at Cornell University in the 1960s, he had to go to its agriculture school. It wasn’t long, however, before artists everywhere were exploring photography as a part of their creative practice, and by the 1980s, the medium was at the center of contemporary art and the ‘aesthetic driver’ of the most exciting work to be found in galleries and studios.” [ Read More ]

April 13, 2021 - Inside Higher Ed
Higher Education Must Stand Up for Voting Rights

Whatever our political allegiances, it is our duty as college and university leaders to combat shameful attempts to disenfranchise significant numbers of people.” [ Read More ]

March 21, 2021 - The Los Angeles Times
Forgiveness in an age of cancel culture

“I recently asked the undergrads in my class on virtue and vice to send me a brief note about a time when they either forgave someone in a meaningful way or found that they couldn’t. Their notes spoke of love, sorrow, finding a way—or not—to maintain relationships in the wake of wrongs. Nobody mentioned cancelling anybody.” [ Read More ]

March 18, 2021 - Inside Higher Ed
A Focus on Critical Feeling

“We need critical feeling -- practiced emotional alternatives to the satisfactions of outrage. Outrage today is braided together with self-absorption, with the tendency to intensify group identification by finding outsiders one can detest.” [ Read More ]

January 18, 2021 - Inside Higher Ed
Everything Won't Be Different

"In higher education, some things will be different post-pandemic, especially if we can hold on to what we’ve learned over the past year," President Roth writes in this op-ed, focused on lessons from the pandemic on inequality, connection, and compassion. [ Read More ]

January 7, 2021 - Inside Higher Ed
Idiot Wind

President Roth responds to riots at the U.S. Capitol, and calls on higher ed to "recommit to encouraging the kind of democratic practice that is fully in sync with the goals of liberal education: habits of discussion, compromise, collective aspiration and care for the vulnerable."  [ Read More ]

January 4, 2021 - Tablet Magazine
The Wanderers

“A stranger arrives in an unknown city after a long voyage.” So begins Daniel Mendelsohn’s Three Rings: A Tale of Exile, Narrative, and Fatehis study of three disparate writers who shared a commitment to mining literary traditions even as they redefined the genres in which they worked.” [ Read More ]

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