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Bylines

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

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 ]

December 13, 2017 - The Washington Post
What is college for? (Hint: It's not just about getting in)

President Roth urges prospective students applying to college to look beyond just getting into the "best" school, and instead focus on finding what they love to do, getting better at it, and learning to share it with others. [ Read More ]

October 12, 2017 - The Hechinger Report
Opinion: Do We Kill the Liberal Arts When We Demonize People for their Ideas?

President Roth argues that fostering intellectual diversity on campuses is not only a "question of political fairness," but is imperative for the education of students. [ Read More ]

October 4, 2017 - How Do We Fix It? podcast Radio
Affirmative Action for Conservatives?

President Roth makes a powerful argument in defense of free speech on college campuses, and calls on colleges to pursue diversity broadly. [ Read More ]

September 22, 2017 - The Washington Post
How free should free speech be on campus?

In his review of the new book, "Free Speech on Campus," President Roth finds much to agree with in the authors' account of campus speech issues, yet points out some limitations of their dogmatic approach to freedom of expression. [ Read More ]

September 18, 2017 - The Washington Post
Colleges Must Not Turn Back the Clock on Efforts to Combat Sexual Assault

In response to recent statements by the Trump Administration about Title IX enforcement on campuses, President Roth reaffirms Wesleyan's commitment to supporting survivors while also protecting "the presumption of innocence and due process for anyone facing serious allegations." [ Read More ]

August 31, 2017 - Inside Higher Ed
Inequality and 'The Once and Future Liberal'

President Roth responds to Mark Lilla's book, The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics, which criticizes liberals for emphasizing identity at the expense of solidarity. [ Read More ]

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