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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.


October 24, 2016
Will young voters help decide this election? In today's Academic Minute, Wright State University's Corey Seemiller discusses Generation Z and whether they’ll make a showing at the polls.
October 21, 2016
Could modern conspiracy theories be traced back to ancient Rome? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Florida's Victoria Pagan delves into whether ancient examples can relate to present day theories.
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.


April 17, 2015
In 2015, social media is ubiquitous. In today's Academic Minute, St. Lawrence University's Stephen Barnard explains how journalists use social media.
April 16, 2015
The climate has always been changing. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Utah's Gabe Bowen offers an interesting profile of the climate as it’s been and as it might become.
April 15, 2015
Are you bored? If you are, do you know what type of boredom you are experience? There are several types, and in today's Academic Minute, the University of Konstanz's Thomas Goetz discusses his discovery of yet another variety of boredom.
April 14, 2015
Are you addicted to your Kindle? These neat little devices are definitely convenient, but do they take away from the experience of reading? In today's Academic Minute, Tufts University's John Lurz discusses physical media through a close reading of Marcel Proust.
April 13, 2015
The recent nuclear deal reached by the US, its allies and Iran has incredible, worldwide implications. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Maryland's Nancy Gallagher analyzes the public perception of this deal.


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