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 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 3, 2015
Discussions about the separation of church and state present a series of complicated issues. In today's Academic Minute, Seton Hall University's Jo-Renee Formicola analyzes this relationship in the wake of the Catholic sex-abuse scandals.
April 2, 2015
The spectrum of human sexuality is shifting. In today's Academic Minute, K.J. Rawson of the College of The Holy Cross explores the benefits of a digital transgender archive.
April 1, 2015
Humans are living much longer lives and as this trend continues, it presents interesting shifts in the family structure. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Patricia Drentea discusses the changing face of the modern family.
March 31, 2015
What’s the first thing you noticed about the opposite sex? As it turns out, that might depend on what you’re looking for. In today's Academic Minute, Western Oregon University's Jaime Cloud profiles human mating psychology. Cloud is an evolutionary psychologist at Western Oregon. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
March 30, 2015
Addiction is a highly complicated disease, one that has been very difficult to treat. In today's Academic Minute, Scripps Research Institute's Kim Janda discusses a vaccine that might help counteract addiction.


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