Bylines

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

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 ]

May 27, 2020 - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Beware the Doyens of Disruption

President Roth responds to predictions that Covid-19 is going to "change everything" in higher education with a reminder of "the desire of bright young people from all over the world for an on-campus education remains strong...It’s because the connectivity among people and practices that takes place in person intensifies the learning experience." [ Read More ]

May 15, 2020 - The Way We Live Now Radio
Episode 22: Michael

President Roth reflects on the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic in this interview by Dani Shapiro P '22. [ Read More ]

May 12, 2020 - HxA Podcast Radio
Michael Roth, Safe Enough Spaces

President Roth is interviewed about his book, Safe Enough Spaces: A Pragmatist's Approach to Inclusion, Free Speech, and Political Correctness on College Campuses. Heterodox Academy recently chose Safe Enough Spaces as the subject for its first ever book club. [ Read More ]

April 27, 2020 - The Hechinger Report
When it comes to liberal-arts education, online learning changes only the tools

Responding to predictions about how the pandemic will change higher education, President Roth argues, "We are unlikely to see a massive migration away from campuses as a result of more students and teachers having 'discovered' distance learning. But professors are likely to use a wider array of digital tools so as to make their in-person teaching on campus as compelling as possible." [ Read More ]

March 30, 2020 - Inside Higher Ed
Contagious Civic Engagement

President Roth calls for a “virtuous contagion” to stimulate voting and other forms of civic engagement among young people, and writes about how this can still be possible at a time of social distancing.  [ Read More ]

March 27, 2020 - The New York Review of Books
Pandemic Journal

President Roth offers a snapshot of life on Wesleyan's campus as Covid-19 crisis escalated and a decision was made to suspend in-person instruction. [ Read More ]

February 6, 2020 - Los Angeles Review of Books
"We Need More Vigorous Debate": A Conversation with Michael S. Roth

President Roth is interviewed in connection with his latest book, Safe Enough Spaces: A Pragmatist’s Approach to Inclusion, Free Speech, and Political Correctness on College Campuses. He discusses his career path from intellectual historian to university administrator and professor, and offers his unique perspective on debates surrounding freedom of speech and political correctness. [ Read More ]

January 9, 2020 - The Washington Post
As Scholars Tried to Flee the Nazis, U.S. Universities Closed Their Doors

President Roth reviews Laurel Leff's new book, Well Worth Saving, on how academic refugees from Nazi Europe struggled to find safety in the American university system. [ Read More ]

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