(Middletown, CT.) Chairman, Tom Byrne of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce announced that the President of Wesleyan University, Michael Roth, will serve as keynote speaker at a Virtual Chamber Luncheon Meeting on Tuesday, April 27, 2021.
The Virtual Luncheon Meeting, sponsored by Liberty Bank, will be held via Zoom from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Chamber President Larry McHugh noted, “We are thrilled to welcome Michael Roth, leader and President of Wesleyan University, to our Annual Business & Education Partnership and Hal Kaplan Middletown Mentor Program Recognition Luncheon. I would like to thank him for speaking to our members and thank Liberty Bank for their sponsorship of what is sure to be another great virtual event.”
The cost is $10 for Chamber Members and $15 for non-members.
Advance registration is required, please register online: www.middlesexchamber.com.
About Wesleyan President Michael Roth- Michael S. Roth ’78 became the 16th president of Wesleyan University in 2007. He has overseen the launch of academic programs at Wesleyan such as the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life and the Shapiro Center for Writing, as well as four new interdisciplinary colleges emphasizing advanced research and cohort building in the areas of the environment, film, East Asian studies, and integrative sciences. Under his leadership, Wesleyan had its most ambitious fundraising campaign in its history, raising more than $482 million, primarily for financial aid. Roth has undertaken a number of initiatives that have energized the curriculum and helped to make a Wesleyan education more affordable and accessible to students from under-represented groups—creating a supportive and diverse campus community that inspires students to achieve their personal best. Author and curator, Roth describes his scholarly interests as centered on “how people make sense of the past.” His 2014 book, Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters (Yale University Press), was recognized with the Association of American Colleges & Universities’ Frederic W. Ness award for a book that best illuminates the goals and practices of a contemporary liberal education. Roth’s newest book, Safe Enough Spaces: A Pragmatist’s Approach to Inclusion, Free Speech, and Political Correctness (Yale University Press, 2019), addresses some of the most contentious issues in American higher education, including affirmative action, safe spaces, and questions of free speech. Roth continues to teach undergraduate courses and has offered MOOCs through Coursera.