Academic Minute

Academic Minute

Inside Higher Ed is pleased to bring you The Academic Minute. The brainchild of Albany's WAMC and its president, Alan Chartock, The Academic Minute features professors from top institutions around the country, delving into topics from the serious to the light-hearted, keeping listeners abreast of what's new and exciting in the academy with topics ranging from updates on groundbreaking scientific research to an explanation of how the board game Monopoly can help explain the economic recession.

The Academic Minute features a different professor every day, drawing experts from institutions within WAMC's listening area and across the country. Each segment is introduced by Lynn Pasquerella, president of Mount Holyoke College. Pasquerella is also a professor of philosophy at Mount Holyoke, specializing in medical and legal ethics.

Are you a professor who would like to record an Academic Minute? Let us know about your latest research at academicminute@wamc.org

The Theme: The Academic Minute opens with a selection by WAMC contributor and renowned cellist Yehuda Hanani, who appears on Classical Music According to Yehuda during The Roundtable. The piece is Bach's Suite No. 2 in D Minor.

Production support for The Academic Minute comes from Newman's Own Foundation in partnership with Mount Holyoke College.

PROGRAMS

July 21, 2014
Looking back through geologic time is possible when you know what to look for. In today's Academic Minute, Curtin University's Fred Jourdan discusses his study of mass extinction through the lens of ancient volcanic eruptions.
July 18, 2014
Portrayals of weddings and brides make for good television programming. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Nevada at Las Vegas's Erika Engstrom explains why these glitzy Hollywood renditions are unrealistic.
July 17, 2014
Sure, chocolate is delicious, but the main ingredient offers us many health benefits as well. In today's Academic Minute, Louisiana State University’s John Finley touts the power of cocoa.

Archive

April 24, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Seton Hall University's William Connell explores a recent discovery that is shedding light on the ups and downs of Niccolo Machiavelli’s political life.
April 23, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Quinnipiac University's David Hill explores the challenge of containing communicable illnesses in a highly mobile society. Hill is a professor of medical sciences at Quinnipiac's Frank H. Netter School of Medicine, where he is responsible for directing global public health education initiatives. Find out more about him here.
April 20, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Notre Dame's Jeffrey Burks examines the rationale behind the practice known as mark to market accounting
April 19, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Manhattan College's Mehnaz Afridi examines how many Islamic communities resisted Nazi efforts during the Holocaust.
April 18, 2012
In today’s Academic Minute, Siena College's Raymond Boisvert examines how philosophers have treated the human relationship with food.

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