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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 25, 2016
How did the Electoral College come to be? In today's Academic Minute, Stanford University's Jack Rakove explores the origin of this sometimes maligned style of election.
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.


December 5, 2014
Smart phones are everywhere these days. In today's Academic Minute, Gary Small of the University of California at Los Angeles details the effects increased screen time is having on us, especially among teens.
December 4, 2014
Flowery depictions of transcendent love have inspired some of our finest art. But is our conceptual idealization of love and romance perhaps hurting us? In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Toronto's Spike W. S. Lee frames the shared experience of love in a completely different way.
December 3, 2014
Prisoners face a unique set of health challenges. In today's Academic Minute, SUNY New Paltz's Eve Waltermaurer profiles the need to study criminology and health through an interdisciplinary lens.
December 2, 2014
The manner by which information travels on social media tends to corrode its accuracy. In today's Academic Minute, the University of North Carolina's Brian Southwell discusses the disparity of shared information on the Internet.
December 1, 2014
The animal kingdom is a frequent inspiration for engineers. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst's Alfred Crosby discusses how he has created a super-sticky adhesive modeled after the feet of a gecko.


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