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 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.
October 18, 2016
Are we being brainwashed? In today's Academic Minute, the University of Arizona's Scott Selisker examines if we are as free thinking as we think we are.


November 14, 2014
The discovery of a new species is always exciting. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Massachusetts' Cristina Cox Fernandes discusses the discovery of a new species of fish and the importance of continuing search, find and document new species.
November 13, 2014
The jazz legend Dave Brubeck is noted for his incredible music skill as a pianist and bandleader, but his work as a civil rights activist doesn’t get nearly the attention it deserves. In today's Academic Minute, the University of the Pacific's Keith Hatschek is working to to change that.
November 12, 2014
We've come very close to an interstellar calamity. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Colorado at Boulder's Daniel Baker is studying the dangerous weather patterns of outer space. Baker is director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics and professor of astrophysical and planetary sciences and physics there. A transcript of this podcast can be found here.
November 11, 2014
Microscopic pathogens are all around us, working to make us sick. In today's Academic Minute, the University of Saskatchewan's Joseph Rubin is studying these superbugs and working to prevent a potentially deadly epidemic.
November 10, 2014
We’re still in the infancy of neuroscience. In today's Academic Minute, George Washington University's Mohamad Koubeissi helps to unravel the mystery of the human brain and it’s incredible abilities.


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