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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 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.

PROGRAMS

March 27, 2015
The use of mobile learning platforms is increasing. In today's Academic Minute, American Public University's Ronald Johnson offers a profile and analysis of the developing new tools that make digital learning easier and effective.
March 26, 2015
We’re all consumers in one way or another. In today's Academic Minute, Concordia University's Gad Saad taps in to the biological origins of our consumerist nature.
March 25, 2015
Knowing what you don’t know is vital if you want to change that. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Southern California's Martin H. Krieger profiles uncertainty.

Archive

September 30, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Washington State University's A.G. Rud explores the philosophy behind the well-known, and not so well-known, actions of Albert Schweitzer. 
September 29, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Cornell University's John Henderson examines chocolate’s long history in the Americas and explains how the beloved substance was used and discovered.
September 28, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Purchase College's Christopher Robbins discusses how viewing problems from within the context of a different culture can bring about novel solutions.
September 27, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, John Anderson of Rice University explains what the sediment below the ice of Antarctica reveals about the continent’s past and the planet’s future. Anderson is the Maurice Ewing Professor of Oceanography at Rice and author of Antarctic Marine Geology. Find out more about him here. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
September 26, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Hamilton College's Barbara Gold examines how Christians of the late Roman Empire created the modern concept of what it means to be a martyr. Gold is the Edward North Professor of Classics at Hamilton, and author of the forthcoming Perpetua: a Martyr’s Tale, due in 2012 from Oxford University Press. Find out more about her here. And a transcript of the podcast can be found here.

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