Speeches

Speeches

Remarks at the Vigil for Davide Giri

December 3, 2021

"The Columbia community has suffered a grievous loss. Davide Giri was our student, our colleague, our teacher, our friend, and our fellow Columbian."

2021 Convocation Address

August 29, 2021

"The extraordinary burdens you have borne and the life experiences you bring with you now will provide you with an unusual, intellectual maturity with which to encounter and come to terms with the greatest issues of humankind."

2021 Commencement Address

April 30, 2021

"Never has society more desperately needed to reap the benefits of science, newly discovered knowledge, and the pursuit of truth. How otherwise can we possibly pretend to be sufficiently equipped to comprehend and to come to terms with the world to which we now bear witness?"

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.

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

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..."