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 Mount Holyoke College. Pasquerella is also a professor of philosophy at Mount Holyoke, specializing in medical and legal ethics.

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 Mount Holyoke College.


October 2, 2015
Do you belong in Gryffindor or Slytherin? In today's Academic Minute: Stetson University's Laura Crysel provides a scholarly analysis of a popular Harry Potter personality test.
October 1, 2015
Signs of discrimination can be subtle. In today's Academic Minute, Indiana University-Bloomington's Mary Murphy delves into how women in STEM fields can feel a little left out.
September 30, 2015
Are you deceiving yourself? In today's Academic Minute: the State University of New York at Albany's Jason D’Cruz confronts the complexity of self-deception.


June 15, 2015
Today, we celebrate the 800th birthday of the signing of the Magna Carta. In today's Academic Minute, Seton Hall University's Robert Pallitto helps us celebrate the famed document’s legacy. Pallitto is a political science professor at Seton Hall and a former public interest lawyer. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
June 12, 2015
Heartbreak is often cited as direct inspiration for art. In today's Academic Minute, SUNY New Paltz's Lisa A. Phillips discusses the effect unrequited love has on inspiration.
June 11, 2015
How do the sex lives of millennials compare with that of their Baby Boomer forebears? In today's Academic Minute, San Diego State University's Jean M. Twenge delves into the sexuality of the age group she calls Generation Me.
June 10, 2015
We’ve previously discussed the frequency of concussions, but today we’re looking at recovery. In today's Academic Minute, Sarah Levin Allen of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine explores how best to bounce back from these very common brain injuries.
June 9, 2015
How accurate is your information? In today's Academic Minute, Brian Southwell of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill explores the spread of information, and often, just how wrong it can be.


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