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

May 7, 2024 - The New Republic
Why I’m Not Calling the Police on My Students’ Encampment

Ultimately, it is the Board of Trustees that will decide about investment policy. Myself, I am eager to find ways of supporting Gazan relief efforts, and of doing whatever we can to promote a sustainable peace in the region that would acknowledge the rights of all parties. I’d like to think students know that. [ Read More ]

May 5, 2024 - The New York Times
The Best College Is One Where You Don’t Fit In

A college education should enable you to discover capabilities you didn’t even know you had while deepening those that provide you with meaning and direction. To discover these capabilities is to practice freedom, the opposite of trying to figure out how to conform to the world as it is. [ Read More ]

April 27, 2024 - The Forward
This Passover, college campuses like mine are caught in a very narrow place

This Passover, more than any I can remember, feels like we are stuck in a narrow place amid the crisis in the Middle East and the rise of antisemitism around the world. Campuses are boiling with unrest because many students feel that their institutions are participating in patterns of murderous oppression. [ Read More ]

April 23, 2024 - Time
Academic Freedom Is More Important Now Than Ever

On campuses across the country, Islamophobia and antisemitic harassment can destroy the conditions for learning, but mass arrests of peaceful protestors and the censorship of speakers for their political views only undermine academic freedom in the long run. [ Read More ]

April 22, 2024 - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Happy Birthday, Kant!

Immanuel Kant turns 300 this week, and those of us in higher education should take a moment to salute this grand old man of modern a college president and teacher, I will be celebrating Kant’s idea of the modern student: someone in the process of learning to think for oneself in the company of others. [ Read More ]

March 25, 2024 - Inside Higher Ed
Cease-Fire Now

Silence at a time of humanitarian catastrophe isn’t neutrality; it’s either cowardice or collaboration. We don’t need institution-speak, but we do need leaders of academic and cultural institutions to call on our government and our fellow citizens to address this crisis. [ Read More ]

January 24, 2024 - Wall Street Journal
‘The Counterfeit Countess’ Review: Fake Title, Real Courage

The remarkable story of Janina Mehlberg almost didn’t see the light of day. A Holocaust survivor and a mathematics professor in Chicago, Mehlberg stood out for making her way in an academic field dominated by men. But while teaching her students and giving conference papers, she was privately writing an account of her life’s most remarkable episode: her daring impersonation of a Polish aristocrat in World War II, a deception that allowed her to aid Poles who had been imprisoned by the Nazis. She kept it all secret, but her husband, a survivor and distinguished philosopher of science in his own right, preserved and translated the memoir after her death in 1969 [ Read More ]

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