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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 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.
October 19, 2016
What do Aristotle and sound bites have in common? In today's Academic Minute, Vassar College's Curtis Dozier explores whether candidates use Aristotle’s teachings when appealing to voters.


May 21, 2014
Species interaction dictates a great deal of a location's biodiversity. In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Pittsburgh's Susan Kalisz links the diet of deer to the success of the animals' surrounding fauna.
May 20, 2014
E-cigarettes are rapidly gaining popularity. In today’s Academic Minute, the University of California at San Francisco's Lauren Dutra discusses the correlation between usages of these different tobacco products.
May 19, 2014
Direct trauma clearly has negative effects on the brain. In today’s Academic Minute, Duke University's Raj Morey explores the potential harm that may arise even from indirect exposure to explosions.
May 16, 2014
As hip hop culture expands, schools are expanding with it. In today’s Academic Minute, Michigan State University's Muhammad Khalifa studies this trend.
May 15, 2014
Can math be used to better understand history? In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Connecticut's Peter Turchin is doing just that through complex mathematical algorithms.


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