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.


December 18, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of York's Lisa Peschel explores the discovery of theatrical works that were only performed in World War II Jewish ghettos. 
December 17, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Miami's Francisco Beron-Vera explains vortices that transport bodies of water around the globe.
December 16, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Northern Arizona University's Nadine Barlow discusses why some craters on Mars have resisted erosion.
December 13, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Sheffield's ​Bazbek Davletov examines why Botox could be the next great pain medication.
December 12, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Baylor University's Candi Cann discusses the rising popularity of alternative memorials to the dead.


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