Bylines

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

January 18, 2021 - Inside Higher Ed
Everything Won't Be Different

"In higher education, some things will be different post-pandemic, especially if we can hold on to what we’ve learned over the past year," President Roth writes in this op-ed, focused on lessons from the pandemic on inequality, connection, and compassion. [ Read More ]

January 7, 2021 - Inside Higher Ed
Idiot Wind

President Roth responds to riots at the U.S. Capitol, and calls on higher ed to "recommit to encouraging the kind of democratic practice that is fully in sync with the goals of liberal education: habits of discussion, compromise, collective aspiration and care for the vulnerable."  [ Read More ]

November 15, 2020 - Los Angeles Review of Books
De Melancholia

President Roth reviews "The Anatomy of Grief" by Dorothy P. Holinger, a "book for the bereaved" offering scientific explanations of what is happening in their brains along with stories of those learning to manage grief. [ Read More ]

October 2, 2020 - The Washington Post
Polymaths want to know everything — but ‘everything’ isn’t what it used to be

President Roth reviews "The Polymath: A Cultural History from Leonardo da Vinci to Susan Sontag" by Peter Burke.  [ Read More ]

September 30, 2020 - The Brainwaves Video Anthology TV
Michael S. Roth – Intellectual Diversity in Dangerous Times

President Roth discusses the importance of intellectual diversity on college campuses. Recognizing the progressive bias that dominates many elite colleges and universities, he advocates for finding ways to include conservative points of view on enduring questions. President Roth also spoke about two of his professors at Wesleyan who had an enormous impact on his life. [ Read More ]

September 29, 2020 - Marketplace Radio
How Some Colleges Are Trying to Hold Off Another Pandemic Shutdown in the Fall

President Roth is interviewed about Wesleyan's return to in-person learning this fall and its success thus far in preventing the spread of COVID. [ Read More ]

September 19, 2020 - The New York Times
Colleges, Conservatives and the Kakistocracy

"In higher education, there is no contradiction between standing up to the fascist tendencies of racist authoritarianism and working for greater intellectual diversity," writes President Roth in this op-ed. "In both cases, we are defending the opportunity to learn through inquiry and discussion." [ Read More ]

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 ]

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