Michael S. Roth
, Wesleyan class of 1978, became the sixteenth president of Wesleyan University in 2007, after having served as Hartley Burr Alexander Pro-fessor of Humanities at Scripps College, associate director of the Getty Research Institute, and president of the California College of the Arts. While at Wes-leyan, he has overseen the launch of two new centers and four new colleges emphasizing interdisciplinary research and community learning. He is an author and curator, most notably of the exhibition “Sigmund Freud: Conflict and Culture,” which opened at the Library of Congress in 1998. Roth’s recent books include Memory, Trauma, and History: Essays on Living with the Past and Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters. He also regularly publishes essays, book reviews, and commentaries in the national media and scholarly journals, in addition to teaching undergraduate courses. He lives in Connecticut.