Recent Speeches

Here are the texts of some of the public speeches I have given over the past five years.  To watch or listen to streaming video or audio of some of these speeches, click here.

     New Delhi.  Special Address to President Mukherjee and the Times Higher Education BRICS and Emerging Economies Universities Summit.

World-Class Universities: Durable or Fragile?  December 2, 2015.  Text

     Beijing.  Address to the High-Level Summit on Sustainability and Excellence of Chinese-Foreign Cooperative Universities.

“Opportunities and Challenges of a Double Identity’ Model.  October 23, 2015.  Text

     Hong Kong.  Keynote Address to Annual General Meeting of Trustbridge Partners.

Liberal Education 2.0: Developing Students’ Capacities for Multicultural Effectiveness, Creativity, and Innovation.  September 25, 2015.  Text

     Shanghai.  Convocatiion Welcome to New Students and their Families at NYU Shanghai.

"Welcome to NYU Shanghai."  August 22, 2015.  Text   /   [Chinese Translation]

     Shanghai.  Address to Special Clients of China Merchants Bank.  

“Developing a Corporate Culture that Stimulates Employee Innovation.”   July 14, 2015.  Text   

     Shenzhen.  Remarks to the Fourth Graduating Class of the Peking University School of Transnational Law.  

“Searching for Answers.”   July 3, 2015.  Text   

     Washington, D.C.  Testimony Before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human RIghts.  

“Advancing International Norms of Intellectual Inquiry.”   June 26, 2015.  Text   

     Suzhou.  Keynote Address to the 2015 Wisdom Lake Internationalization Summit of Higher Education.  

“The Importance of Clarity in an International Partnership.”   April 17, 2015.  Text   

     Beijing.  Keynote Address to the Beijing Normal University Symposium on Education Policy and Think Tank Development.  

“Reforming University Administration to Enable Excellence.”   January 26, 2015.  Text   

     Beijing.  Address to the State Education Internationalization Experimental District.  

“The Process of Innovation in Chinese Higher Education.”   December 4, 2014.  Text   

     Shanghai.  Address to Fudan University.  

“Liberal Arts Education in the Twenty-First Century.”   November 18, 2014.  Text   

     Delhi.  Keynote Address to the International Conference on Development, Governance, and Law in China and India.  

“The Role of Law and Governance in Economic Development:  A Clear-Eyed Inquiry.”   November 13, 2014.  Text   

     Shanghai.  Keynote Address to the 2014 National Fulbright Conference.  

“Transnational Higher Education in the Age of Convergence.”   October 16, 2014.  Text   

     Wellington.  International Keynote Address to the 2014 New Zealand International Education Conference.  

“Educating Students for the Twenty-First Century.”   August 22, 2014.  Text   

     Taipei.  Keynote Address to the 2014 Global Initiatives Forum, National Taiwan University.  

“The Elements of an Outstanding Undergraduate Education.”   July 16, 2014.  Text   

     Shenzhen.  Remarks to the Third Graduating Class of the Peking University School of Transnational Law.  

“Respectful and Honest Professionals.”   June 27, 2014.  Text   

     Beijing.  Keynote Address at the Meritorious Foreign Teacher Award Ceremony.

“The Development of Cross-Cultural Talent.”  April 27, 2014.  Text

     Beijing.  Keynote Address to the 2014 Higher Education Planning in Asia Forum.

“Opportunities for Higher Education in the Age of Globalization.”  March 25, 2014.  Text

     Tokyo.  Suenobu Foundation Distinguished Lecture on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Japanese American Society for Legal Studies.

“Transnational Legal Education in the Twenty-First Century.”  March 16, 2014.  Text

     Yabuli.  Closing Remarks to the China Entrepreneurs Forum.

“A Decisive Role in Creating a Happier World.”  February 13, 2014.  Text

     New York.  American Institute of Architects New York Chapter Global Dialogues Series.

Teaching Global Effectiveness in the Twenty-First Century.”  February 3, 2014.  Text  /  Video

     New York.  Keynote Address to the 2013 Columbia University China Prospects Conference.

"The Value of American Liberal Education on Chinese Soil."  October 5, 2013.  Text

     Hangzhou.  Keynote Address to the 2013 Chinese American Networking Symposium.

"Sharing."  September 9, 2013.  Text

     Beijing.  Remarks on the Publication of the Bilingual Chinese-English Edition of An Optimistic Heart.  

"A Bilingual Optimistic Heart."   July 20, 2013.  Text   

     Shenzhen.  Remarks to the Second Graduating Class of the Peking University School of Transnational Law.  

"Pragmatism."   July 5, 2013.  Text   

     Portland, Maine.  The 20th Annual Frank M. Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service.  

"Worldly Public Service."  November 15, 2012.   Announcement / Text

     Shanghai.  Keynote Presentation to the Pujiang Innovation Forum.  

"The Place of a Research University Within an Innovation Ecosystem."  November 3, 2012.  Text

     Berkeley.  University of California Education Abroad Program - 50th Anniversary Lecture.  

"The Goals of Transnational Education:  Reflections of a True Believer."  October 19, 2012.  Announcement / Text /  Video / Text on Berkeley Website

     Shanghai.  Keynote Presentation to the 8th International Symposium on Talent Development in the 21st Century.  

"Great Universities as Talent Snowballs."  July 25, 2012.  Text

     Shenzhen.  Remarks to the First Graduating Class of the Peking University School of Transnational Law.  

"A Transnational Soul."   June 23, 2012.  Text      

     Shanghai.  TEDx Shanghai 2012.  

"My Transnational Soul."   May 20, 2012.  Video      

     Shenzhen.  Keynote Address to the 2012 International Low-Carbon Forum.  
"Fractal Variety and Contrast:  A Low-Carbon Fuel for Innovation and Inspiration."   April 23, 2012.

     Shanghai.  Acceptance of Appointment as Inaugural Vice Chancellor of NYU Shanghai.  
"Understanding, Adaptation, Innovation, and Contribution."   April 5, 2012.  Text       

     Melbourne.   The 2012 Sir George Turner Public Lecture.  

"The Changing Faces of Legal Education in China."   March 5, 2012.  Text  /  PPT   Video

     Beijing.  Meeting with Premier Wen Jiabao and Three Other Foreign Experts.  
"Building Human Bridges Between China and the Rest of the World."   January 12, 2012.

      Shenzhen.  Tenth Anniversary Celebration of the Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School.  
"Imagination, Courage, and Trust."   December 21, 2011.

     Guangzhou.  "High-Level Overseas Talents Seminar" with Li Yuanchao and Wang Yang.  

"Crafting the Right Working Environment for a Multicultural Talent Pool."    December 20, 2011.  


     Shenzhen.  Conference on International Exchange of Professionals.  

"Aggregating Talent, Knowledge, and Wisdom."  November 11, 2011.  Text

     Beijing.  Acceptance of 2011 Friendship Award.  
"On Friendship." 
  September 29, 2011.  Text   Photos

     Niagara Falls, New York.  Keynote Address to the Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning.  

"New Responsibilities for Transnational Universities in the Age of Globalization,"  June 20, 2011.  Text