Bylines

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

September 10, 2020 - Inside Higher Ed
What's a Safe Enough Space on Campuses Now?

In this op-ed, President Roth makes the case that "bringing students back to properly run campuses -- with frequent testing and careful housing and dining protocols -- may well be healthier than leaving these young people to their own devices and their hometown gathering (and watering) places." [ Read More ]

August 13, 2020 - Back to Biz with Katie and Boz Radio
University Presidents on the Future of Education

President Roth and the University of Virginia President Jim Ryan talk about plans for the fall, and how the pandemic, and this moment of racial unrest, could change the higher education system for good. 

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August 4, 2020 - The Nation
Violence Is Donald Trump's Mother Tongue

President Roth writes that Trump's embrace of violence aims to promulgate fear and distract the public from "his inability to articulate a vision for the country at a time of moral reckoning, economic disruption, and international instability." [ Read More ]

July 18, 2020 - POLITICO
Will the Pandemic Blow Up College in America?

In this op-ed, President Roth predicts that on-campus higher education will survive the pandemic, despite the predictions of many futurists, but that this moment is helping to clarify ways in which colleges should change. [ Read More ]

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 ]

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