Bylines

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

June 1, 2022 - Inside Higher Ed
Higher Ed’s Role in a Culture War

We have often looked to schools and universities as places where inquiry and debate can take place without degenerating into pitched battles, but the words “culture war” are linked to higher education. [ Read More ]

March 9, 2022 - Inside Higher Ed
What This President Learned Teaching High School Students

I’ve been a college president for more than 20 years and have been teaching college students for twice as long as that. Last semester, though, I had a new classroom experience—teaching my first group of high school students in a program sponsored by the National Educational Equity Lab, in partnership with Wesleyan University. [ Read More ]

March 4, 2022 - The Washington Post
Pushing back against the American tendency to forget

Essayist Colette Brooks fears that we Americans are so saturated in information (and disinformation) that our memories have been swept away. We are in a state of uneasy presentness, “like Zen moments without the mindfulness,” she notes in the preface to her book “Trapped in the Present Tense: Meditations on American Memory.” Brooks does not try to explain how we got here, nor how we might escape the seductive temporal traps intensified by contemporary technology. [ Read More ]

January 24, 2022 - The Chronicle of Higher Education
What’s the State of Free Expression on Campus?

Campuses are a battleground in which students sometimes act out, but also older people play out their ideological and emotional disputes using the campus and students as a screen. Psychoanalysts have this phrase, “the good enough parent,” which is the parents who don’t make you psychotic. If you try too hard to keep the kid sane you’ll drive them crazy. But if you say, “To understand the law of physics go play in traffic” — that’s also not going to work. So you wanted a good enough parent. And I thought, Well everybody wants a safe enough space. [ Read More ]

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