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 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.
October 18, 2016
Are we being brainwashed? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Arizona's Scott Selisker examines if we are as free thinking as we think we are.


March 25, 2014
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Melbourne's Piers Howe explores the legitimacy of those who claim to have a sixth sense.
March 24, 2014
In today's Academic Minute, Penn State University's Peter Wilf explores the path of conifer fossils from New Zealand to Argentina.
March 21, 2014
Advances in biotechnologies have been vital in the analysis of the DNA of the first peoples of America. In today’s Academic Minute, Ripan Mahli of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign describes both the importance and the difficulty of this type of research.
March 19, 2014
How will your fantasy baseball team do this season? In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Michigan's Dae Kwak describes the psychological impact fantasy sports advertising has on even experienced players.
March 18, 2014
In today’s Academic Minute, Case Western Reserve University's William Doll outlines a few  rules for crafting an engaging oration.


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