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Michael S Roth

Commencement Thoughts for Class of 2014

Michael Roth | Posted 07.29.2014 | College
Michael Roth

You should beware of those pundits today who disparage creating greater access to a college education. Under the guise of practicality, this is old-fashioned, elitist condescension combined with a desire to protect the status quo of inequality.

Review of David Nirenberg's Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition

Michael Roth | Posted 06.28.2013 | Books
Michael Roth

David Nirenberg's Anti-Judaism is a thorough, scholarly account of why, in the history of the West, Jews have been so easy to hate. And this story goes back a very long way.

Go Positive!

Michael Roth | Posted 04.02.2012 | College
Michael Roth

I'm embarrassed to say that one of the key places where candidates and citizens acquire a taste for -- and skills in -- negativity is higher education. For decades now, we have promoted a culture of criticism in which you show how smart you are by tearing apart somebody else's ideas.

Thinking Photography With Diane Arbus and Errol Morris

Michael Roth | Posted 12.09.2011 | Books
Michael Roth

A photograph "partially takes us outside ourselves" and "gives us a glimpse . . . of something real." This is a key part of what Arbus and Morris are both after.