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Michael S. Roth
Michael Roth

Michael S. Roth

President, Wesleyan University

Michael S. Roth is the president of Wesleyan University and is known as a historian, curator, author, and public advocate for liberal education. He has written a number of books including “Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters,” which has been assigned to boards of trustees and incoming freshman alike and serves as a powerful tool for students, their families, faculty, and policymakers who are wrestling with the future of higher education in America.

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“Roth, a historian, graduated from Wesleyan in 1978 and became the university's 16th president in 2007.”

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Michael Roth argues, “These are not “minor” or “micro” issues, and our students know it. They are faced with a world beyond the university that is threatened ecologically, economically and culturally, and they are doing their best to prepare themselves for these challenges.”

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Michael Roth argues, “Our colleges and universities thrive when they cultivate inquiry on the basis of a variety of points of view.”

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Michael Roth argues that Wesleyan is “not interested in bringing in ideologues or shallow provocateurs intent on outraging students and winning the spotlight. We want to welcome scholars with a deep understanding of traditions currently underrepresented on our campus (and on many others) and look forward to the vigorous conversations they will inspire.”

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Michael Roth argues, “Just having diverse groups is not enough. We must also devise programs to make these groups more likely to engage with one another, bursting protective bubbles of ideas that lead some campus radicals and free speech absolutists to have in common mostly a commitment to smug self-righteousness.”

Friday, January 13, 2017

Michael Roth argues, “When confronted with issues of power and inequitable distribution of resources, it’s far too easy to fall back on talk about abstract commitments to freedom and procedures.”

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

In a debate on free speech, Michael Roth argues, “Academic freedom is a professional freedom. It's about research and intellectual work. It's not about saying whatever you want.”


Friday, July 1, 2016