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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.


December 3, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Rice University's Justin Denney describes the connection between social status and the likelihood of death in a preventable accident. Denney is an assistant professor of sociology and associate director of Rice's Kinder Institute Urban Health Program. Find out more about him here. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
December 2, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Tuebingen's Simone Riehl discusses where and when agriculture arose.
November 29, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Texas at Austin's Nancy Prideaux describes the year-long process behind the biggest retail shopping day of the year.
November 29, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Washington and Lee University's Harvey Markowitz explores portrayal of Native Americans in Hollywood and a recent high-profile flop.
November 27, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the City University of New York's Ethan Ham explores what makes an interesting choice and entertaining game.


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