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Bylines

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

May 29, 2018 - The Washington Post
Our Graduates Should Answer Cynicism and Insults with Inquiry and Reflection

In this op-ed, President Roth expresses his hope that this year's graduates will feel empowered, and their capacity for inquiry, compromise, and reflection will be enhanced, by their college educations. [ Read More ]

May 4, 2018 - The Washington Post
On the Subject of Evolution, a Way to Hang Onto Both Science and Religion

President Roth reviews Kenneth R. Miller's new book, The Human Instinct: How We Evolved to Have Reason, Consciousness and Free Will. [ Read More ]

April 10, 2018 - Inside Higher Ed
The Data Should Make You Happy!

President Roth reviews Steven Pinker's new book, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress. [ Read More ]

February 22, 2018 - Inside Higher Ed
Against Conformity

President Roth reflects on the questioning of liberal education in China and the United States. [ Read More ]

January 19, 2018 - The Wall Street Journal
Review: 'Anatomy of a Genocide' Reveals There Was Always a Choice

President Roth reviews a new book that explores the "ways in which ideology, ethnic tension and war became a recipe for mass murder" in a town in present-day Ukraine during World War II. [ Read More ]

January 14, 2018 - The Washington Post
We Can't Let Cynics Ruin College

President Roth warns against the dangerous repercussions of increasingly politicized views of higher education. [ Read More ]

January 12, 2018 - The Washington Post
Review: President Richard Nixon and LSD guru Timothy Leary, crazy in their own ways

President Roth reviews "The Most Dangerous Man in America," a new book exploring the bizarre links between President Richard Nixon and Timothy Leary, whom the Nixon administration attempted to "turn into the face of the enemy." [ Read More ]

January 6, 2018 - C-SPAN TV
American Historical Association Annual Meeting

President Roth discusses questions of free speech on college campuses with a panel of history professors and authors at the American Historical Association Annual Meeting. [ Read More ]

January 5, 2018 - The Chronicle of Higher Education TV
How One College President Confronts 'The Biases of the Professoriate'

In this "On Leadership" interview with The Chronicle of Higher Education, President Roth reflects on progress made during his decade leading Wesleyan, his efforts to increase diversity on campus, and questions about campus free speech.
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December 15, 2017 - The Chronicle of Higher Education
With an Employee Facing Deportation, Wesleyan's President Speaks Out

In this interview, President Roth shares his perspective on the appropriate role of university leaders in influencing national political discussions. [ Read More ]

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