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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.


March 23, 2018
Can ADHD start in adults? In today's Academic Minute, Florida International University's Margaret Sibley delves into diagnosing adults.
March 22, 2018
Do you still think about prior commitments you’ve had at work? In today's Academic Minute, Ohio State University's Howard Klein discusses the need for businesses to help employees feel good about moving on.
March 21, 2018
Did the Erie Canal start a religious movement? In today's Academic Minute, Hamilton College's S. Brent Plate looks into this question.


January 24, 2011
In today's Academic Minute, the University of Notre Dame's Mary Ellen O’Connell examines the Central Intelligence Agency's use of armed drones and the implications of their wider use by the United States and other countries. O'Connell, the Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law and Research Professor of International Dispute Resolution at Notre Dame, is author of The Power and Purpose of International Law. You can find out more about her here.
January 21, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Arkansas' Edmund Harriss examines the importance of tiling to current and historical mathematics. Harriss is a visiting professor in the mathematics department at Arkansas' Fayetteville campus. Find out more about him here.
January 20, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Harvard University's James Simpson leads you on a search for the real Sir Thomas More. Simpson is the Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Professor of English at Harvard.
January 19, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Skidmore College's Gordon Thompson examines the cultural and technological borrowing that made the music of the 1960s British Invasion possible and why its popularity is now multigenerational. Thompson, a professor of music at Skidmore, is author of the forthcoming "The Beatles in Process." Find out more about him here.
January 18, 2011
In today’s Academic Minute, Hartwick College's Robert Titus discusses how rock formations provide information about the Earth’s past. Titus, a geology professor at Hartwick, specializes in glacial geomorphology, surficial geology, geology of the Catskill Mountains, and paleontology. Find out more about him here. (You can download this audio file directly here.)


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