Interviews and Conversations

Columbia President Lee C. Bollinger Looks Back on Two Remarkable Decades

Columbia Magazine, April 17, 2023

The outgoing president discusses affirmative action, free speech on campus, and his hopes for the University’s future.

Lee Bollinger’s Last-Ditch Case to Save Affirmative Action

Time, April 11, 2023

“You cannot assume that the world will get better and better. It requires constant effort to make the case.” President Bollinger speaks with Mitra Kalita about the future of affirmative action in higher education. 

What if the Supreme Court Ends Affirmative Action?

The New Yorker, March 17, 2023

David Remnick talks with two academics who have had a front-row seat to this decades-long legal campaign: Lee Bollinger, the defendant in an earlier case, and Ruth Simmons, the first Black president of an Ivy League school. 

With affirmative action at risk, Bollinger’s new book offers sharp defense

Columbia Daily Spectator, February 28, 2023

The book comes as the Supreme Court prepares to issue rulings on the Harvard College and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill cases by June.

Affirmative Action’s Diversity Dilemma Spells Its Doom

Uncommon Law, Bloomberg Law, December 22, 2022

UnCommon Law podcast series with Matthew Schwartz looks at Supreme Court arguments in Harvard and UNC cases. Both sides of affirmative action debate question diversity rationale.

President Bollinger Weighs In on Affirmative Action Cases Being Argued Before the Supreme Court

Columbia News, October 31, 2022.

As a key player in the 2003 Grutter v. Bollinger landmark decision, Columbia's president comments on what is at stake in these latest cases.

The End of Affirmative Action Would be a Disaster

Amanpour & Co., November 4, 2022

President Bollinger and Geoffrey Stone talk about affirmative action and their upcoming book with PBS's Michelle Martin. 

New Book Explores the Spread and Hazards of "Bad Speech" on the Internet and its Risks to Democracy. 

ABA Journal. June 1, 2022. 

President Bollinger and Professor Geoffrey Stone answer questions about their new book, Social Media, Freedom of Speech and the Future of our Democracy. 

Speaking Freely

Floyd Abrams Speaking Freely, June 23, 2022

Floyd Abrams and Lee Bollinger, the President of Columbia University, speak freely about affirmative action and free speech on college campuses.

What Is College Worth?

Stay Tuned with Preet, February 17, 2022

Preet speaks with Columbia University President Lee Bollinger about the state of free speech on college campuses, and whether society places too much value in a college degree.

Will SCOTUS Kill Affirmative Action?

Stay Tuned with Preet, February 10, 2022

As the Court weighs banning the consideration of race in college admissions, Bollinger discusses the fragile future of affirmative action. 

Do we need to rethink how we handle classified leaks?

ABA Journal: Modern Law Library, July 7, 2021

First Amendment scholars Lee Bollinger and Geoffrey Stone discuss their book "National Security, Leaks and Freedom of the Press: The Pentagon Papers Fifty Years On."

One Man’s Quest to Break Open the Secretive World of American Voting Machines

Politico, June 25, 2021

Why doesn’t anyone know what a voting machine costs?

A First Amendment Case That Made an ‘Incoherent State of the Law’

The New York Times, June 9, 2021

The Pentagon Papers decision, hailed as a flat-out free-speech victory, in reality had a more complicated effect.

The Columbia Guide to the Pentagon Papers Case

Columbia Magazine, Spring/Summer 2021

In 1971, the US government sued to stop the New York Times from publishing classified documents, sparking a momentous Supreme Court battle. Fifty years later, alumni and faculty tell us why this case matters more than ever.  

The Lawfare Podcast: 'National Security, Leaks and Freedom of the Press'

April 20, 2021

President Bollinger and Professor Geoffrey Stone spoke about their new book, National Security, Leaks and Freedom of the Press on a LawFare Podcast with host Jack Goldsmith.

Do US-China educational exchanges serve American interests?

April 12, 2021

President Bollinger participated in an event at the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution in which American policymakers and education administrators offered perspectives on the current state of U.S.-China educational exchanges and the future direction of such programs.

When is Too Much Freedom Too Much?

New Thinking for a New World podcast series, March 18, 2021

“The question now is do we believe that completely unregulated speech on the social media platforms and the internet will, the way that it’s structured, really result in a good outcome because good speech can counter bad speech?" President Bollinger talks to Alan Stoga of the Tällberg Foundation.

President Bollinger in Conversation with the Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis

December 2, 2020

Bollinger and Mitsotakis discussed "The Greek Transformation: Overcoming a Financial Crisis, Populism, and COVID" in this World Leaders Forum event. 

Reflecting on the History and Legacies of Reconstruction

October 23, 2020

President Bollinger moderated an online panel with Kimberlé Crenshaw, Eric Foner, and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Free to State: The New Free Speech

Washington Post Live, October 7, 2020

President Bollinger was interviewed by journalist Frances Stead Sellers on the past, present, and future of free speech in the United States. 

Columbia University President On New ICE Regulations Regarding International Students

All Things Considered, July 9, 2020

President Bollinger talks to NPR's Mary Louise Kelly about his opposition to new regulations for international students released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.