Bylines

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

October 3, 2019 - Hartford Courant
Wesleyan President Michael Roth Argues for 'Safe Enough Spaces' on College Campuses in New Book

In this interview, President Roth discusses political correctness, parochialism, and why angry debate is better than no debate at all. [ Read More ]

October 2, 2019 - Yale University Press Blog
Political Correctness: Are the Kids on Campus Alright?

In this blog post, President Roth provides a brief history of "political correctness," and calls upon students, faculty and citizens alike to "avoid falling into the tired tropes of both callout culture and accusations of political correctness." [ Read More ]

September 19, 2019 - Tablet Magazine Radio
The One With the Instagram Rabbis

President Roth speaks on the "Unorthodox" podcast about free speech on campus and making students feel "safe enough, but not too safe" to explore new ideas and perspectives. (Roth comes in around 49 minutes). [ Read More ]

September 18, 2019 - KERA Radio
Do Colleges Really Need Safe Spaces?

In this wide-ranging conversation, President Roth speaks with host Kris Boyd about balancing students' need to feel safe and included on campuses while keeping them open to new ideas. They also discuss the often misunderstood concept of "safe spaces." [ Read More ]

September 17, 2019 - Thrive Global
How a University Professor Creates a Powerful Learning Atmosphere for Students

An excerpt of President Roth's book, Safe Enough Spaces, is published on Thrive Global. [ Read More ]

September 10, 2019 - CNN
Free Speech Wars Miss the Point of College

In this op-ed, President Roth argues against the "free market approach to speech" on college campuses, which he says is misleading, and causes real harm to people while also failing to ensure an airing of diverse viewpoints. [ Read More ]

September 9, 2019 - WSHU's "The Full Story" Radio
Back to School: Start Times and Safe Spaces

President Roth talks about the need to proactively cultivate intellectual diversity on college campuses, and teaching students intellectual humility. (Roth comes in around 29 minutes). [ Read More ]

September 5, 2019 - KQED's "Forum" Radio
Creating 'Safe Enough Spaces' on College Campuses

President Roth speaks with host Michael Krasny about creating environments where students feel heard and accepted, but can also participate in debates that challenge their beliefs. [ Read More ]

September 1, 2019 - The Atlantic
When Faith Comes Up, Students Avert Their Eyes

In this essay, President Roth writes about the challenge of engaging students at a secular university in a class discussion on religious faith. [ Read More ]

August 30, 2019 - The Washington Post
On College Campuses, Managing the Tension Between Inclusion and Ideas

This review calls Safe Enough Spaces "a timely book on a fascinating topic," noting, "Roth’s historical approach is useful and instructive," and "Roth is at his best at his most declarative." [ Read More ]

August 29, 2019 - The New York Times
Don't Dismiss 'Safe Spaces'

In this op-ed, President Roth advocates for creating "safe enough spaces" on college campuses, which "promote a basic sense of inclusion and respect that enables students to learn and grow — to be open to ideas and perspectives so that the differences they encounter are educative." [ Read More ]

August 23, 2019 - The Washington Post
A Yale Professor Frets About a Waning Aristocracy

President Roth reviews former Yale Law School Dean Anthony Kronman's The Assault on American Excellence, which he calls a "paranoid picture of campus life." Roth concludes, "I am unpersuaded by the recycled anecdotes meant to show that a tide of levelers rejects the very notion of recognizing great achievement." [ Read More ]

August 23, 2019 - WGBH Radio
On Campus Radio

President Roth speaks with On Campus Radio about why this is a unique time in campus politics, what it means to be truly "inclusive" on campus, and how to cultivate intellectual diversity at colleges and universities. (President Roth comes in around 41 minutes). [ Read More ]

August 22, 2019 - Boston Globe
Don't Get All PC About My Truth

In this op-ed, President Roth writes about the evolution of the term "politically correct," and argues "the phrase has long been a free pass for avoiding serious issues." [ Read More ]

August 21, 2019 - The Jim Bohannon Show Radio
Michael Roth

President Roth engages in a wide-ranging conversation on Safe Enough Spaces with Jim Bohannon. [ Read More ]

August 19, 2019 - WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show Radio
College President on Free Speech, Safe Spaces, and Diversity

President Roth talks on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show about the “safe enough spaces” he envisions on college campuses; recalls a free speech controversy on Wesleyan’s campus; and takes calls from recent college graduates. [ Read More ]

August 14, 2019 - Wisconsin Public Radio
Inclusion, Free Speech and Political Correctness on College Campuses

President Roth speaks on Wisconsin Public Radio about the benefits of diversity and "constructive disagreement" on college campuses, creating authentic intellectual diversity, and why state legislatures are not the appropriate bodies to safeguard campus free speech. [ Read More ]

August 9, 2019 - The Wall Street Journal
'Sudden Courage' Review: Youth Who Fought to Be Free

President Roth reviews a new book by Ronald Rosbottom that explores what life was like for young students in France during the Nazi occupation. [ Read More ]

July 18, 2019 - The Washington Post
To Find Serenity, Freedom and Creativity, Sometimes It's Best to Forget

President Roth reviews A Primer for Forgetting: Getting Past the Past, a book in which author Lewis Hyde "doesn't ignore the pain of involuntary amnesia, but [...] is much more interested in the liberating aspects of 'getting past the past,' as his subtitle puts it." [ Read More ]

May 14, 2019 - Inside Higher Ed
The Need for a Recover of the Humanities

In this essay, President Roth proposes a "path toward recovery" for the beleaguered humanities. He writes, "in order to recover the trust of students and their families, we must overcome our cultivated insularity." [ Read More ]

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