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.


July 29, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Massachusetts Amherst's Angie Willey describes the assumptions behind current interpretations of how biology influences monogamy and pair bonding.
July 26, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, New York University's Richard Borowsky examines the connection between sleep and the loss of vision in cave-dwelling fish species.
July 25, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Vanderbilt University's Kelly Holley-Bockelmann examines the evidence for a violent merger of the Milky Way with another galaxy.
July 24, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Southern California's Alan Willner discusses how twisting light could drastically increase data transmission speeds.
July 23, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Rice University's Rafael Verduzco explores the development of a new silicone material that becomes stronger with repeated use.


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