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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 Mount Holyoke College. Pasquerella is also a professor of philosophy at Mount Holyoke, specializing in medical and legal ethics.

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 Mount Holyoke College.

PROGRAMS

March 4, 2015
Is your church in favor of same-sex marriage? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Wisconsin at Madison's Maurice Gattis examines the effects of pro-LGBT stances held by religious institutions.
March 3, 2015
When one thinks of Vikings, lavish dinner parties are probably not the first thing that come to mind. But in today's Academic Minute, Baylor University's Davide Zori tells us that vikings were really into parties.
March 2, 2015
Human sexuality seems to be growing increasingly complex as the days go by. In today's Academic Minute, Cornell University's Ritch C. Savin-Williams offers a new perspective on the topic. Savin-Williams is a developmental psychology professor of human development and director of Cornell's Sex & Gender Lab.

Archive

December 18, 2014
The tone of a written passage can fully influence how it is comprehended. In today's Academic Minute, the University at Albany's Richard Lachmann is studying the shifting tonality of textbooks especially in their treatment of war.
December 17, 2014
The way the brain processes faces, especially familiar faces, is still something of a mystery. In today's Academic Minute, the University of East London's Volker Thoma describes an effort to improve our neurological and psychological understanding of facial recognition.
December 16, 2014
How can we best improve communities as a whole? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Guelph's Leah Levac describes her attempt to answer that questions by creating a vitality index that measures well-being.
December 15, 2014
Do the people who surround you have a sizable impact on your mental health? In today's Academic Minute, Northern Arizona University's Steven Barger details the connection between depression and personal relationships.
December 12, 2014
The fear of death is one of the most gripping and palpable sensation humans feel. Stoic philosophers like Epictetus, however, have a different view of our inevitable end. In today's Academic Minute, Creighton University's William O. Stephens details the thinking of Stoic philosophers.

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