Speeches

Speeches

Reflecting on the History and Legacies of Reconstruction

October 23, 2020

President Bollinger moderated an online panel with Kimberlé W. Crenshaw, Eric Foner, and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. that focuses on how the post-Civil War period connects to contemporary U.S. politics.

Will Our Votes be Counted and Secure in 2020?

September 23, 2020

President Bollinger took part a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine webinar on the U.S. voting landscape in 2020.

2020 Convocation Address

August 30, 2020

"Although this is a challenging start, we will have time to make up for what we have had to forego at the beginning. I promise this will happen."

Photo of Lee Bollinger at a podium in Low Library, addressing an audience
2020 Commencement Address

May 20, 2020

"Right now, we need a human and societal response to an elusive virus—treatments, a vaccine, care for our communities—and it is to universities that society looks."

"The Future of the University"

Keynote Address: ESPAS Annual Conference, October 15, 2019

"We can expect the extraordinarily successful system of the American research university to continue thriving, to become more and more academically focused on very real and practical problems of the modern, global world..."

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."