Speeches

Speeches

2019 Convocation Address

August 25, 2019

"Our essence is in the sense of wonder, curiosity, and the steadfast pursuit of understanding things better than we know now."

2019 Commencement Address

May 22, 2019

"The idea of the academy, as something separate and discrete, removed from ordinary daily life, is as old as human civilization."

President Bollinger in Conversation with Hillary Clinton

May 13, 2019

A wide-ranging discussion in a student-focused event at The Forum building on Columbia's Manhattanville campus. 

Photo of Lee Bollinger addressing an audience

Launch of CU and Clooney Foundation's TrialWatch Initiative

April 25, 2019

Commitment to human rights is embedded “deep in the culture of [Columbia] Law School.” 

Lee Bollinger and Geoffrey Stone discuss their book, The Free Speech Century

On February 5, 2019, President Bollinger and University of Chicago Professor Geoffrey Stone discussed their recent book, The Free Speech Century, at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.

Inauguration of Teachers College President Thomas Bailey

December 7, 2018

"Today, as we welcome President Bailey, I am here on behalf of Columbia University to reaffirm that bond."