On any given day, President Michael Roth writes in paragraphs. Clear, complex blocks of prose that build one upon another into blog posts, essays or even, books, such this one, he’ll publish in May.
Also, on any given day, President Michael Roth tweets.
A cultural historian whose last two books numbered 336 pages and 224 pages respectively, Roth is now also expressing himself in 140 characters (or fewer) nearly every day, and has attracted a following of about 490 in the month since @mroth78 joined the Twitterverse.
“I am really enjoying Twitter, perhaps more than I thought I would,” Roth said. “I like being able to reach out on a variety of topics and give a shout-out to events on campus and some of our amazing alumni.”
Roth joins a large cadre of university and college presidents on Twitter, including Little Three colleague Biddy Martin of Amherst. While some executives and university presidents have assistants to handle their social media presence, Roth Tweets his own.
A sampling of the Roth Twitter oeuvre:
*Teaching the Searchers, thinking about longing, violence, racism and carrying around memory that tortures and inspires. #philosophy and film
*@wesleyan_u Bravo!! Great faculty-student collaboration on The Seagull. Amazing acting and staging
*After all these years, why do my thoughts turn to memories of summer camp on the first cold day of the season.
Follow President Roth on Twitter: @mroth78.