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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 26, 2016
Do we learn more about politics through comedy shows? In today's Academic Minute, Loyola University Maryland's Amy Bree Becker details the mixing of politics and comedy and how it affects our views.
October 25, 2016
How did the Electoral College come to be? In today's Academic Minute, Stanford University's Jack Rakove explores the origin of this sometimes maligned style of election.
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.


August 19, 2014
How life began on Earth remains one of the main foci of scientists the world over. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Buckingham's Chandra Wickramasinghe offers his thoughts on a cosmological starting point for life on our planet.
August 18, 2014
Discussions about civil rights in America rarely focus on the plight of Asian-American immigrants. In today's Academic Minute, though, Valdosta State University's Stephanie Hinnershitz describes how this segment of the population faced some very real struggles. Hinnershitz is an assistant professor of history at Georgia's Valdosta State.
August 15, 2014
The consumption of alcohol on the continent of Africa ranks among the lowest globally, but this trend is rapidly changing. In today's Academic Minute, Northwest Missouri State University's Brian Hesse chronicles the economic shift that has prompted the growth in beer consumption.
August 14, 2014
The typical Hollywood depiction of a volcano might be visually stunning, but it’s not very accurate. In today's Academic Minute, the University of California at Davis's Kari Cooper provides a more realistic portrayal of what happens deep in the belly of a volcano.
August 13, 2014
A lot is being written about the psychological effects of social media. In today's Academic Minute, Florida State University's Pamela K. Keel describes her research on the association between Facebook and a higher propensity for developing an eating disorder.


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