Higher Education Webinars

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 the Association of American Colleges & Universities. Pasquerella is the former president of Mount Holyoke College.

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 the Association of American Colleges & Universities.


October 24, 2016
Will young voters help decide this election? In today's Academic Minute, Wright State University's Corey Seemiller discusses Generation Z and whether they’ll make a showing at the polls.
October 21, 2016
Could modern conspiracy theories be traced back to ancient Rome? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Florida's Victoria Pagan delves into whether ancient examples can relate to present day theories.
October 20, 2016
Should the electoral college be abolished? In today's Academic Minute, American Public University's Stephen Schwalbe details why that might not be the best course of action.


September 4, 2014
Energy drinks are typically marketed to young adults. But In today's Academic Minute, American Public University's Lauri O. Byerley asks if this is the primary group that is consuming them.
September 4, 2014
Racism can be cloaked in language that avoids overt prejudices. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Adelaide's Scott Hanson-Easey discusses how subtly racist language permeates the media.
September 3, 2014
The speed, ferocity, and resilience of tawny fire ants is drawing the attention of the entomology world. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's Edward LeBrun examines the invasion. LeBrun is a postdoctoral fellow in the department of integrative biology at UT-Austin. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
September 2, 2014
If you’re reading this right now,  chances are you’ve just taken a breath. Oxygen is one of those essential elements that allows us humans to live, and in today's Academic Minute, Aarhus University's Ole Hertel discusses his research on air quality.
September 1, 2014
Something as trivial as the sound of one’s voice might prove detrimental in the workplace, especially if you’re a woman. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Miami's Casey A. Klofstad profiles vocal fry and the deleterious affect it may have.


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