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In Search of an Open Mind: Speeches and Writings

Lee Bollinger

Throughout his twenty-one-year tenure as president of Columbia University, Lee C. Bollinger was an outspoken national leader on many of the major issues confronting higher education and society more broadly. One of the country's preeminent First Amendment scholars, he published frequently on free speech and press while leading a wide range of transformational university initiatives. During a period marked by profound change, he spoke within and beyond the academy about the challenges facing journalism, global free speech, and academic freedom, as well as the critical value of increasing racial and cultural diversity in higher education through affirmative action.

In Search of an Open Mind is a curated selection of Bollinger's speeches, articles, and opinion columns during these momentous decades, reflecting on many significant events and challenges. These pieces cover a broad array of topics, from civil rights and civil liberties to the nature of the university and living a good life. Bollinger spoke often about the essential role of affirmative action in college admissions in overcoming the long legacy of racial discrimination, having led the litigation in the landmark case of Grutter v. Bollinger, in which, for the first time, a majority of the Supreme Court upheld the practice as constitutional. With the engaging writing style of a seasoned speaker and gifted teacher, this book provides first-hand insights into central issues of our civic and political life that are as timely now as when they were originally delivered.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publish Date: Oct 1st, 2024
  • Pages: 360
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00lb
  • EAN: 9780231217996
  • Categories: EssaysAdministration - HigherEducators

About the Author

Lee C. Bollinger served as Columbia University's nineteenth president from 2002 to 2023, the longest tenure of any contemporary Ivy League president. He is the first Seth Low Professor of the University, a member of the Columbia Law School faculty, and a renowned constitutional scholar. Bollinger is one of the country's most prominent voices for robust freedom of speech and a leading advocate for affirmative action.

Praise for this book

Bollinger's text is a classic of the art form.--Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, President Emeritus and University Professor, The George Washington University

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