Bylines

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

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 ]

May 19, 2021 - Pairagraph
Is College Worth It Anymore?

"College is for discovering what you love to do, practicing getting better at it, and learning how to share it with others. It doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, if you put your heart into it." [ Read More ]

April 29, 2021 - LA Review of Books
Reasoning in Tough Times

“[Jonathan] Marks does show a devotion to the Enlightenment notion of helping students become the kind of people who can think for themselves: able to examine their own principles and change their minds when confronted with better evidence and argument.” [ Read More ]

April 16, 2021 - The Washington Post
The Art of the Photograph; the Photograph as Art

“When Andy Grundberg wanted to take a photography course at Cornell University in the 1960s, he had to go to its agriculture school. It wasn’t long, however, before artists everywhere were exploring photography as a part of their creative practice, and by the 1980s, the medium was at the center of contemporary art and the ‘aesthetic driver’ of the most exciting work to be found in galleries and studios.” [ Read More ]

April 13, 2021 - Inside Higher Ed
Higher Education Must Stand Up for Voting Rights

Whatever our political allegiances, it is our duty as college and university leaders to combat shameful attempts to disenfranchise significant numbers of people.” [ Read More ]

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