Speeches

Speeches

Remarks at the Opening of the Forum Building

September 26, 2018

Manhattanville, and The Forum, together with all of Columbia University, makes it possible for us to be part of something larger than ourselves, which is what we always say, in the end, we want. 

Remarks as Madeleine Albright Commemorates Václav Havel

September 27, 2018

Many of you here today remember when Václav Havel was at Columbia for a two-month residency in the fall of 2006, and the unique and wonderful experience that his presence on our campus provided for so many members of this University. 

2018 Commencement Address

May 16, 2018

And if you believe, as I do, that the Core is to the University what the University is to society, the greatest application of what you have learned here is still to come.  It is about acting as a bulwark against our natural inclination to intolerance, and leading our enduring search for those critical shared truths.  It is about projecting the spirit of the Core out into the world, whatever part of the world you make your own. 

Photo of Lee Bollinger addressing an audience

Inauguration of Barnard President Sian Beilock

February 19, 2018

We welcome a new President to the helm of a College possessing a singular history that began long before her lifetime, who is now entrusted with safeguarding its traditions and applying its values to the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.  Through this ceremony, we seek in some small measure to help prepare her, and ourselves, for that journey.

Introduction of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

She Opened the Door: Columbia University Women's Conference

February 11, 2018

What we know is that she is brave and determined to speak with a moral clarity that is channeled by a keen intellect and impeccable legal skills.  She gives voice to those with legitimate claims on our Constitution and our society’s ideals but who lack the political power to secure those rights.  Her voice is authentic, strong, and filled with heart.