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'Hamilton' and Liberal Education

Michael Roth | Posted 06.15.2016 | College
Michael Roth

When Alexander Hamilton's generation considered higher education, many believed it was crucial that students not think they already knew at the beginning of their studies where they would end up when it was time for graduation.

Three Things Every College Student Should Learn

Michael Roth | Posted 05.23.2016 | College
Michael Roth

Graduation ceremonies are inspiring, and yesterday's was particularly so. As the seniors departed, I was hopeful that all our graduates, whatever their majors and plans for the future, learned three broad things while they were in college.

Liberal Education in Tough Times

Michael Roth | Posted 05.04.2016 | College
Michael Roth

In today's climate of renewed economic anxiety, many are prompted to jettison this tradition of pragmatic liberal education. In search of short cuts to vocational success, they undermine students' ability to respond to changes in the economy by preparing them only for what is valued right now.

STEM vs. Liberal Education: A False Choice

Michael Roth | Posted 03.20.2016 | College
Michael Roth

Fears of being crushed by debt or of falling off the economic ladder are pressuring students to conform, and we must find ways to counteract these pressures or we risk undermining our scientific productivity as well as our broad cultural creativity.

Sexual Assault Survivor Stages Powerful S&M Photos At Frat Where She Was Raped

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 03.15.2016 | Arts

During her freshman year at Wesleyan University, Karmenife Paulino was raped in the basement of the Psi Upsilon fraternity. Up until her junior year, ...

These Students Put Their All-Nighters On Display. Here's Why That's A Problem.

Rachel Williams | Posted 02.17.2017 | College
Rachel Williams

For whatever reason, we believe that those who sleep the least are the smartest, the hardest-working - the ones who will go on to be immensely rich and successful. But why do we celebrate the students who can't effectively manage their time?

The 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech: 2016

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 02.17.2017 | College
Greg Lukianoff

This past year will be remembered as the year that freedom of speech (or the lack thereof) on U.S. campuses became international news.

College Students, Stop Wasting Your Sleep

Rachel Williams | Posted 02.01.2017 | College
Rachel Williams

It's a real shame that college students are wasting the best resource they have available to them: a good night's sleep.

Pedagogies of Belonging

Gina Athena Ulysse | Posted 12.06.2016 | College
Gina Athena Ulysse

There is a conversation Black faculty often have with Black students that we rarely mention in public, let alone in mixed company. The tone of this exchange differs to some extent if the student are U.S. born or from the diaspora. It follows discussions that open their consciousness as they grapple with accepting an inescapable truth -- they are Black.

Liberals Should Be Deeply Disturbed By Political Correctness Craze Sweeping College Campuses

The Good Men Project | Posted 11.11.2016 | College
The Good Men Project

This trend of catastrophization is so dangerous -- instead of spreading awareness of racial, gender and economic inequality, it shifts the focus toward policing speech and shaming perceived transgressors. As liberals, we need to remember is that this behavior violates two fundamental assumptions of our ideology.

Biggest Threat to Free Speech Not on College Campuses

Michael Roth | Posted 10.26.2016 | College
Michael Roth

We must not protect ourselves from disagreement; we must be open to being offended for the sake of learning, and we must be ready to give offense so as to create new opportunities for thinking.

Wesleyan Newspaper Worries About Dramatic Funding Change

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.02.2017 | College

The student government at Wesleyan University is about to dramatically slash funding for the campus newspaper in the wake of a controversial op-ed tha...

Student Government Might Punish Newspaper Over Black Lives Matter Op-Ed

Student Press Law Center | Posted 10.09.2016 | College
Student Press Law Center

The intertwined issues of free speech and a lack of diversity in the newspaper have sparked a contentious debate throughout the campus, and the saga has attracted national attention. Wesleyan's president, provost and vice president for equity and inclusion released a statement that said students have the right to voice their own opinions -- "but there is no right not to be offended ... Censorship diminishes true diversity of thinking." But activists maintain that the issue is one of diversity, not of censorship.

Student Describes Backlash For Op-Ed Criticizing Black Lives Matter

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 10.07.2015 | College

Wesleyan University sophomore Bryan Stascavage sparked controversy when he penned an opinion piece questioning the Black Lives Matter movement in his ...

Controversial Black Lives Matter Op-Ed Sparks Free Speech War

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 09.24.2015 | College

A group of activists at Wesleyan University want the school's student government to defund the campus newspaper for publishing a controversial op-ed t...

College Newspapers and the Uncomfortable Necessity of Dissent

Michael Darer | Posted 09.23.2016 | College
Michael Darer

This is not to say that opinions cannot or do not hurt. That would be equally ridiculous. However, to confuse one's own emotional response to an opinion with a factual assessment of the piece's value or intent is dangerous and irresponsible.

Thoughts on Starting College for Parents of New Students

Michael Roth | Posted 09.06.2016 | College
Michael Roth

Every year I speak to the families of new students at Wesleyan University just before they say goodbye and we start our semester. Having just dropped off my daughter (far from home) as she starts her first year in college, this was particularly poignant for me.

Propelling My Voice

Write for the Future | Posted 08.18.2016 | Education
Write for the Future

by Jordan White As the youngest in my family by eight years, I was awkward, painfully shy, and tired of being verbally overshadowed. So, at 11, I d...

The Genius of Mad Men's Matt Weiner: It's Not Over

Lonna Saunders | Posted 07.15.2016 | Entertainment
Lonna Saunders

Matt Weiner interviewed by his sister Allison Hope-Weiner Jon Hamm, as Don Draper, deserves a happy ending. Not what he got. No woman to call his o...

Following the Crowd as an Individual

Write for the Future | Posted 07.09.2016 | College
Write for the Future

A stampede gushes my way. Teenagers jump, leap and holler. They want to get closer to the stage, but a low fence is in their way. Security guards scramble to keep everyone from rushing over it, but it's too late. Hundreds of charging fans overpower them.

Broadway Star Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hip Hop Wesleyan Commencement Address

Michael Roth | Posted 05.29.2016 | College
Michael Roth

On Memorial Day weekend, the composer/lyricist and star of In the Heights and Hamilton delivered a hip hop commencement speech at his alma mater, Wesleyan University.

Couples of the Future

Amanda Roosa | Posted 03.08.2015 | Women
Amanda Roosa

Of course I'm happy when I see interracial relationships. But I'm also bitter because I know many of them are doomed from the start. One side gives in too much or not enough. I want to see more compromise.

Making Education Our Cause

Michael Roth | Posted 02.22.2015 | College
Michael Roth

Education can be your cause when you believe in empowerment through learning. Education can be your cause when you believe that inquiry and communication can lead to positive change in the world. Let's make education, a broad and pragmatic liberal education, our cause in 2015.

Tyler Kingkade

Wesleyan Continues Crackdown On Fraternities Over Sexual Assault | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 12.01.2014 | College

Wesleyan University sanctioned the Psi Upsilon fraternity Monday for its role in at least two sexual assaults in recent years. The disciplinary act...

All Male Fraternities Are Not Your Enemy

Bryan Schonfeld | Posted 12.08.2014 | College
Bryan Schonfeld

Universities should harness the organizational power of fraternities to disseminate rape prevention education. All-male fraternities across the country must be reformed, rather than eliminated, enlisted rather than vilified.