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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.


March 16, 2018
Can you learn while sleeping? In today's Academic Minute, a Student Spotlight, Northwestern University's Sadie Witkowski delves into whether our brains are still working while we doze.
March 15, 2018
How do we protect supply chains with many hands in the pie? In today's Academic Minute, Indiana University's Scott Shackelford looks into the security technology behind Bitcoin for advice.
March 14, 2018
Can knitting be used as an act of defiance? In today's Academic Minute, Colgate University's Jennifer LeMesurier describes how hands in motion can help make a commotion. LeMesurier is a professor of writing and rhetoric at Colgate. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.


December 4, 2017
Artists of the future can look to the past to explore how to speak out against war. In today's Academic Minute, part of Whitworth University Week, Whitworth's Casey Andrews discusses how writers between World Wars I and II tried to bring peace through their art.
December 1, 2017
Planetary history can hold keys to preserving species when the climate changes. In today's Academic Minute, Haverford College's Jonathan Wilson examines how plant fossils can help current plants survive for generations.
November 30, 2017
Can technology help cut down on construction accidents? In today's Academic Minute, California State University East Bay's Reza Akhavian discusses how data from smart technology looks to stop injuries and save money during building.
November 29, 2017
Could a focus on liberal education help America’s leadership in the world? In today's Academic Minute, the U.S. Air Force Academy's Damon Coletta delves into this question.
November 28, 2017
Is death always final? In today's Academic Minute, Vassar College's Barry Lam explores this question.


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