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Michael S. Roth


Michael S. Roth is president of Wesleyan University. He is the author, most recently, of Safe Enough Spaces: A Pragmatist’s Approach to Inclusion, Free Speech, and Political Correctness on College Campuses (Yale University Press, 2019).

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Stories by this Author

  • The Review

    Beware the Doyens of Disruption

    They’re back, telling us yet again that the age of online education is here. Don’t believe the hype.
  • The Review

    Here’s Looking at You, ‘Casablanca’

    Diversity, solidarity, commitment: 75 years later, a classic still has a lot to teach us.
  • The Review

    Barack Obama’s Imprint on Higher Education

    Gains in college attainment have been modest over the past eight years. Did the 44th president fail to deliver?
  • The Review

    A Sip of Philosophy

    Existentialism, born over cocktails in 1932, still speaks to what we can learn from ordinary life.
  • The Review

    Unprincipled on Principle

    Stanley Fish claims not to have a viewpoint. But that’s just his point of view.
  • The Chronicle Review

    Can Matthew Crawford Deliver Us From Distraction?

    Matthew B. Crawford strikes back at the regime of manipulated attention.
  • The Conversation

    Why Freud Still Haunts Us

    On the 75th anniversary of his death, his legacy can still teach us how to find meaning in the stories of our past and an identity that’s more than the sum of our neurons, says Michael S. Roth, president of Wesleyan University.
  • The Chronicle Review

    The False Promise of ‘Practical’ Education

    Today’s calls for pragmatic education are at odds with the idea’s history.
  • The Digital Campus

    My Modern MOOC Experience

    A college president is enchanted by the diversity and drive of his online students.
  • Point of View

    How Colleges Can Ensure Quality, Not Inequality

    Our public-school system fails to teach basic skills to the poor and isolates them from other walks of life. Higher education can be different.