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 27, 2016
Political discussions are often uncivil. In today's Academic Minute, the University of South Dakota's Matthew C. Moen examines a few ideas to improve political discourse.
October 26, 2016
Do we learn more about politics through comedy shows? In today's Academic Minute, Loyola University Maryland's Amy Bree Becker details the mixing of politics and comedy and how it affects our views.
October 25, 2016
How did the Electoral College come to be? In today's Academic Minute, Stanford University's Jack Rakove explores the origin of this sometimes maligned style of election.


March 29, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Mount Holyoke College's Robert Schwartz explains the historical events that inspired Victor Hugo to pen Les Misérables.
March 28, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Simon Fraser University's David Burley examines how radiometric dating techniques are improving our understanding of exactly when the settlement of Polynesia began.
March 27, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Alberta's Richard Palmer describes a surprising find about how some barnacles reproduce.
March 26, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, Chapman University's Jason Keller explores how organisms alter one of life’s most fundamental processes in oxygen-poor environments.
March 25, 2013
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Pennsylvania's Ben Horton discusses what we know about sea level change over the past two millennia.


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