Office of the President

Bylines

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

August 10, 2018 - The New York Times
Defending Conservatism, and Seeking Converts

President Roth reviews Roger Scruton's new book on Conservatism, which provides an "enlightening" background on a variety of important conservative thinkers, but stoops to scapegoating Muslims to "rally the troops." [ Read More ]

July 31, 2018 - The Washington Post
What Jeff Sessions Doesn't Get About U.S. Higher Education and Political Correctness

In this op-ed, President Roth pushes back against political attacks on higher education institutions as being overly pc, writing, "Campuses are challenging places when they cultivate diversity of perspective, a sense of belonging and a common devotion to rigorous inquiry." [ Read More ]

June 23, 2018 - Intelligence Squared U.S.
Trigger Warning: Safe Spaces Are Dangerous

President Roth debates issues of free speech and safe spaces on campus, arguing that there should be some spaces that are just safe enough to allow all groups of people to express their views. [ Read More ]

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 ]

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