Speeches

October 28, 2021
Yale and Slavery in Historical Perspective
Annual Conference Hosted by the Gilder Lehrman Center
August 28, 2021
When the World Is on Fire
Yale College Opening Assembly Address, Class of 2025
May 24, 2021
Gifts from Our Teachers
Congratulating Yale's 2021 graduates
August 29, 2020
Compassion and Cooperation for Change
Yale College Opening Assembly Address, Class of 2024
May 18, 2020
Caring for Our Neighbors
Congratulating Yale's 2020 graduates
October 29, 2019
Dedication of the Yale Science Building
Celebrating the Grand Opening of the Yale Science Building
August 24, 2019
A Culture of Curiosity
Yale College Opening Assembly, Class of 2023
June 20, 2019
Vytautas Magnus University Honorary Degree Acceptance
Vytautas Magnus University Honorary Degree Ceremony, Kaunas, Lithuania
June 4, 2019
2019 Reunions
President's Update
May 17, 2019
What are You For?
Baccalaureate Address, Yale College Class of 2019
May 3, 2019
New Haven and Yale: Three Centuries of Partnership
New Haven Chamber of Commerce 225th Annual Meeting
April 16, 2019
Miller Hall Dedication
Dedication of Miller Hall
August 25, 2018
Our Yale Citizenship
Yale College Opening Assembly Address, Class of 2022
May 20, 2018
Drawing a Larger Circle
Baccalaureate Address, Yale College Class of 2018
October 6, 2017
New Colleges Dedication
Dedication of Benjamin Franklin College and Pauli Murray College
September 24, 2017
The Inauguration of Elizabeth Bradley as the President of Vassar College
The Inauguration of Elizabeth H. Bradley as the Eleventh President of Vassar College
September 5, 2017
Dedication of Grace Hopper College
August 26, 2017
Thinking Like a Fox
Yale College Opening Assembly Address, Class of 2021
May 20, 2017
Strangers in a Strange Land
Baccalaureate Address, Yale College Class of 2017
August 27, 2016
Countering False Narratives
Freshman Address, Yale College Class of 2020
May 21, 2016
Membership in a Community: Speaking, Listening, Finding Common Ground
Baccalaureate Address, Yale College Class of 2016
October 11, 2015
Transcending Boundaries: A New Variation on the Liberal Arts Ideal
Yale-NUS Inaugural Symposium on International Liberal Education
August 29, 2015
Launching a Difficult Conversation
Freshman Address, Yale College Class of 2019
May 16, 2015
Repair the World!
Baccalaureate Address, Yale College Class of 2015
April 30, 2015
The Echoes of History
ROTC President's Review
April 16, 2015
Peering Into the Future: A More Accessible Yale
New Residential Colleges Groundbreaking Ceremony
November 14, 2014
Teamwork, Synthesis, and Impact: Entrepreneurship, the Yale Way
Association of Yale Alumni Assembly 2014
October 14, 2014
Yale: Past, Present, and Future
Founders Day Celebration on the Cross Campus
August 23, 2014
Free Expression at Yale
Freshman Address, Yale College Class of 2018
May 18, 2014
On Gratitude
Baccalaureate Address, Yale College Class of 2014
April 9, 2014
New Haven and Yale: On Common Ground
Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting
October 13, 2013
Inaugural Address: Our Educational Mission
Presidential Inauguration, Woolsey Hall
August 24, 2013
'Yale and the American Dream'
Freshman Address, Yale College Class of 2017
May 24, 2009
Just Do It
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Convocation Address
August 30, 2008
A Contrarian Education
Freshman Assembly, Yale College Class of 2012
September 1, 2007
The Pursuit of Happiness
Freshman Assembly, Yale College Class of 2011
September 2, 2006
Thinking in New Ways
Freshman Assembly, Yale College Class of 2010
August 27, 2005
Beyond Caricature
Freshman Assembly, Yale College Class of 2009
August 24, 2004
Creative Places
Freshman Assembly, Yale College Class of 2008
August 26, 2003
On Finding Your Passion (Within Reason)
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Matriculation Address