Office of the President

Bylines

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

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 ]

February 22, 2019 - The Critical Thinking Initiative Podcast Radio
Interview with Michael Roth

President Roth offers his perspective on the relationship between critical thinking, the liberal arts, and interdisciplinarity. He also argues for the importance of pushing students to step outside their own viewpoints about the world. [ Read More ]

February 21, 2019 - The Washington Post
The Delight of Being Inconspicuous in a World That's Always Watching Us

President Roth reviews a new book by Akiko Busch that considers the strategies humans have devised "to avoid being seen" at a time when nearly everything we do is visible to others through technology. [ Read More ]

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