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Bylines

Below are links to some recent bylines by Wesleyan University President Michael S. Roth.

December 19, 2019 - Literary Hub

President Roth discusses Safe Enough Spaces with Roxanne Coady, founder of RJ Julia Booksellers. The podcast is adapted from a public discussion between the two held at the Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore on Sept. 26. [ ]

November 23, 2019 - CNN

"Every age seems to need a bogeyman, some negative image against which good people measure themselves," begins this op-ed by President Roth, in which he attempts to set the record straight with respect to widespread negative perceptions of the "politically correct, 'woke' college student." [ ]

November 11, 2019 - Hebrew Union College's College Commons Podcast Radio

President Roth discusses the place of religious faith in the classroom in connection with his book, Safe Enough Spaces. [ ]

October 3, 2019 - Hartford Courant

In this interview, President Roth discusses political correctness, parochialism, and why angry debate is better than no debate at all. [ ]

October 2, 2019 - Yale University Press Blog

In this blog post, President Roth provides a brief history of "political correctness," and calls upon students, faculty and citizens alike to "avoid falling into the tired tropes of both callout culture and accusations of political correctness." [ ]

September 19, 2019 - Tablet Magazine Radio

President Roth speaks on the "Unorthodox" podcast about free speech on campus and making students feel "safe enough, but not too safe" to explore new ideas and perspectives. (Roth comes in around 49 minutes). [ ]

September 18, 2019 - KERA Radio

In this wide-ranging conversation, President Roth speaks with host Kris Boyd about balancing students' need to feel safe and included on campuses while keeping them open to new ideas. They also discuss the often misunderstood concept of "safe spaces." [ ]

September 17, 2019 - Thrive Global

An excerpt of President Roth's book, Safe Enough Spaces, is published on Thrive Global. [ ]

September 10, 2019 - CNN

In this op-ed, President Roth argues against the "free market approach to speech" on college campuses, which he says is misleading, and causes real harm to people while also failing to ensure an airing of diverse viewpoints. [ ]

September 9, 2019 - WSHU's "The Full Story" Radio

President Roth talks about the need to proactively cultivate intellectual diversity on college campuses, and teaching students intellectual humility. (Roth comes in around 29 minutes). [ ]

September 5, 2019 - KQED's "Forum" Radio

President Roth speaks with host Michael Krasny about creating environments where students feel heard and accepted, but can also participate in debates that challenge their beliefs. [ ]

September 1, 2019 - The Atlantic

In this essay, President Roth writes about the challenge of engaging students at a secular university in a class discussion on religious faith. [ ]

August 30, 2019 - The Washington Post

This review calls Safe Enough Spaces "a timely book on a fascinating topic," noting, "Roth’s historical approach is useful and instructive," and "Roth is at his best at his most declarative." [ ]

August 29, 2019 - The New York Times
Don't Dismiss 'Safe Spaces'

In this op-ed, President Roth advocates for creating "safe enough spaces" on college campuses, which "promote a basic sense of inclusion and respect that enables students to learn and grow — to be open to ideas and perspectives so that the differences they encounter are educative." [ Read More ]

August 23, 2019 - The Washington Post

President Roth reviews former Yale Law School Dean Anthony Kronman's The Assault on American Excellence, which he calls a "paranoid picture of campus life." Roth concludes, "I am unpersuaded by the recycled anecdotes meant to show that a tide of levelers rejects the very notion of recognizing great achievement." [ ]

August 23, 2019 - WGBH Radio

President Roth speaks with On Campus Radio about why this is a unique time in campus politics, what it means to be truly "inclusive" on campus, and how to cultivate intellectual diversity at colleges and universities. (President Roth comes in around 41 minutes). [ ]

August 22, 2019 - Boston Globe

In this op-ed, President Roth writes about the evolution of the term "politically correct," and argues "the phrase has long been a free pass for avoiding serious issues." [ ]

August 21, 2019 - The Jim Bohannon Show Radio

President Roth engages in a wide-ranging conversation on Safe Enough Spaces with Jim Bohannon. [ ]

August 19, 2019 - WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show Radio

President Roth talks on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show about the “safe enough spaces” he envisions on college campuses; recalls a free speech controversy on Wesleyan’s campus; and takes calls from recent college graduates. [ ]

August 14, 2019 - Wisconsin Public Radio

President Roth speaks on Wisconsin Public Radio about the benefits of diversity and "constructive disagreement" on college campuses, creating authentic intellectual diversity, and why state legislatures are not the appropriate bodies to safeguard campus free speech. [ ]

August 9, 2019 - The Wall Street Journal

President Roth reviews a new book by Ronald Rosbottom that explores what life was like for young students in France during the Nazi occupation. [ ]

July 18, 2019 - The Washington Post

President Roth reviews A Primer for Forgetting: Getting Past the Past, a book in which author Lewis Hyde "doesn't ignore the pain of involuntary amnesia, but [...] is much more interested in the liberating aspects of 'getting past the past,' as his subtitle puts it." [ ]

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