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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.


June 22, 2018
We’ve always heard that football is a masculine sport. In today's Academic Minute, Ohio Northern University's Russ Crawford says women also play the game, and their numbers are increasing.
June 21, 2018
Slavery was profitable for many enslavers. In today's Academic Minute, SUNY New Paltz's Lou Roper delves into how the British Empire used slavery to fuel its expansion in the 17th century.
June 20, 2018
Small dogs outlive bigger dogs; why? In today's Academic Minute, Colgate University's Ana Jimenez explores this question.


May 8, 2018
Fewer and fewer children are being adopted from overseas. In today's Academic Minute, Grinnell College's Mark Montgomery determines the reasons why international adoption rates are falling.
May 7, 2018
There’s an art and a science to casting your favorite movie roles. In today's Academic Minute, Stony Brook University's Amy Cook discusses how casting that goes beyond our expectations can bring new narratives to the forefront.
May 4, 2018
We are still looking to understand mental health issues more fully. In today's Academic Minute, Whittier College's Sabine Huemer examines autism from an inclusive viewpoint to recognize the strengths as well as the deficits.
May 3, 2018
For a meaningful life, what you do every day matters. In today's Academic Minute, Hamilton College's Jaime Kucinskas discusses when people find the sacred during their daily routine.
May 2, 2018
Does the gender of an employee play a role in the outcome of a public relations campaign? In today's Academic Minute, Amelia Reigstad of the University of Wisconsin River Falls explores whether personality traits rather than gender can make the biggest difference.


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