Speeches

Speeches

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."

Photo of Lee Bollinger at a podium in Low Library, addressing an audience
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."

Remarks Delivered at the Memorial Service for Peter Awn

May 14, 2019

"...and all this made him more naturally the very embodiment of a “humanist,” in the true sense of that word, as a person who relished the realities of the diversity of humanity."

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.