Bylines

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

November 18, 2021 - The New York Times
Anxiety About Wokeness Is Intellectual Weakness

Like all stereotypes, the image of the woke college student suppressing the speech and thought of others is wildly misleading. My 40 years in higher education have shown me that no student wishes to fit such a stereotype, and the reality is that few actually do. [ Read More ]

October 27, 2021 - The Los Angeles Review of Books
Richard Rorty’s Pragmatism as Anti-Authoritarianism

"Rorty was at once an iconoclast and an adherent of progress — the odd radical who believed deeply in this country’s potential. His Pragmatism as AntiAuthoritarianism, a set of 10 lectures he delivered in Spain in 1996, has just been published. While many of the arguments are by now familiar, the verve with which they are made and their relevance to our current context make for a bracing read.”

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September 3, 2021 - The Washington Post
In search of a way to diagnose mental disorders — and to make money

In “DSM: A History of Psychiatry’s Bible,” Allan V. Horwitz tells the story of how the third incarnation of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders revolutionized our understanding of psychological suffering. As with so many revolutions, it’s a cautionary tale. [ Read More ]

August 31, 2021 - Newsweek (The Debate Podcast)
Is Higher Education Broken?

“What would it be worth it if you go to college, and get out of college, the kinds of things that would allow you—for the rest of your life—to draw on the education that you've started to experience? That you've acquired the habits of mind and spirit that you continue to learn, and that doesn't have to be that expensive.” [ Read More ]

August 13, 2021 - Los Angeles Review of Books
Boas and His Students

"And what students Boas came to have! Papa Franz, as he was often called, built the anthropology department at Columbia University, where, as he noted, his best graduate students were women. This was quite unusual, though King sheds little light on why this turned out to be the case. What [Charles] King does so very well is explain the complex ideas of these brilliant and unconventional women, while situating them within the scholarship (and political debates) of their times and exploring their complicated lives with sympathy. Gods of the Upper Air is gracefully written, and it succeeds beautifully both as intellectual history and group biography."  [ Read More ]

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