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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 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.
October 19, 2016
What do Aristotle and sound bites have in common? In today's Academic Minute, Vassar College's Curtis Dozier explores whether candidates use Aristotle’s teachings when appealing to voters.


January 14, 2015
When a revolution occurs and the acting government of a nation is overthrown, what happens next? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Scranton's Mike Allison discusses the aftereffects of revolution and his research on the effectiveness of newly instated governments.
January 12, 2015
You’ll be amazed at what you hear when you listen closely. In today's Academic Minute, Cornell University's Kim Haines-Eitzen analyzes educational depth of acoustic soundscapes.
January 12, 2015
Can your past sexual partners influence the genetics of your children? In today's Academic Minute, the University of New South Wales's Angela Crean profiles telegony.
January 9, 2015
Are we getting closer towards achieving gender equality or have the trends begun to reverse? In today's Academic Minute, Union College's David A. Cotter dissects shifting attitudes toward gender bias.
January 8, 2015
The term air pollution might evoke images of an industrialized city with many factories with billowing smokestacks or a crowded freeway of cars pumping emissions into the atmosphere. But in today's Academic Minute, the University of Massachusetts' Richard Peltier reminds us that everyone should be aware of air they breathe.


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