Addresses & Articles

Make no mistake: Penn's place in the world tomorrow will be decided by what we do today. By enunciating our plans and aspirations now we will determine how we harness our collective drive to shape the future.

Penn President Amy Gutmann
"When we’re all for one, we all pull through" CommencementMay 17, 2021
2020 Commencement Video CommencementMay 18, 2020
"Weave a Tapestry of Communities" CommencementMay 20, 2019
"Think Uniquely, Stand United" CommencementMay 14, 2018
"Save a life. Serve a cause. Seek the sublime." CommencementMay 15, 2017
"Friendships Across Great Divides" CommencementMay 16, 2016
"Crossing Borders, Leaping Boundaries" CommencementMay 18, 2015
"Composing the Soundtrack of Your Life" CommencementMay 19, 2014
"A Rewarding Lifetime of Service" CommencementMay 13, 2013
"Collaboration Generation" CommencementMay 14, 2012
"Four Fundamental Life Lessons from the Movies..." CommencementMay 16, 2011
"Imperfect Means and Meaningful Ends: Leading a Fulfilling Life after Penn" CommencementMay 17, 2010
"Answering the question - What Matters Most?" CommencementMay 18, 2009
"Changing the Political Climate" CommencementMay 19, 2008
"Taking the Environmental High Road" CommencementMay 14, 2007
"Magical Capacity for Inventiveness" CommencementMay 15, 2006
"Pursuing the Answers to the World's Problems and Mysteries" CommencementMay 16, 2005
2020 Convocation Video ConvocationAugust 31, 2020
"Expand Your Orbit." ConvocationAugust 26, 2019
"Don’t Just Meet Destiny. Make It." ConvocationAugust 27, 2018
"What Penn Stands For" ConvocationAugust 28, 2017
"The Choice is Yours" ConvocationAugust 29, 2016
"Welcome to Endless Discovery" ConvovationAugust 25, 2015
"Make the Connection" ConvocationAugust 26, 2014
"Let the Experiment be Made!" ConvocationAugust 27, 2013
"Ready, Set, Engage!" ConvocationSeptember 4, 2012
"Navigating the Journey" ConvocationSeptember 6, 2011
"Why Penn?" ConvocationSeptember 7, 2010
"Keeping Penn forever young and forever strong" ConvocationSeptember 8, 2009
"Traveling Unconventional Paths" ConvocationSeptember 2, 2008
"Expand Your Horizons" ConvocationSeptember 4, 2007
"Passionate Intensity" ConvocationSeptember 9, 2006
"Taking a Fantastic Road Trip" ConvocationSeptember 6, 2005
"Taking Intellectual Leaps" ConvocationSeptember 7, 2004
Other Speeches
"How Universities Can Make the Most Difference, Locally, and Globally" Lecture, DeLange Conference, Rice UniversityFebruary 27, 2012
"What Makes a University Education Worthwhile?" Keynote Address, Spencer Foundation ConferenceOctober 5, 2011
"Introduction of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon" Public Opening, Global Colloquium of University PresidentsApril 4, 2011
"Can We Talk? A Conversation about Civility and Democracy in America" Keynote Address, National Constitution CenterMarch 26, 2011
"Social Studies - Then and Now" Navin Narayan Memorial Lecture, 50th Anniversary Celebration of Social Studies, Harvard UniversitySeptember 25, 2010
8th Global Summit of National Bioethics Advisory Bodies Plenary AddressJuly 27, 2010
"Fill our skies with your stars" BaccalaureateMay 16, 2010
"Leading Universities in the 21st Century: Chances and Challenges" James A. Moffett Lecture, Center for Human Values, Princeton UniversityApril 29, 2010
"From Co-Existence to Collaboration: Integrating Liberal arts and Professional Education" Keynote Speech, Peking UniversityMarch 10, 2010
"Toward a Sustainable Future: Cross-Cultural Research and Technological Innovation" Introductory Remarks at Tsinghua UniversityMarch 9, 2010
"Questions from a Caterpillar" BaccalaureateMay 17, 2009
"A Roadmap for Global Education: Break Down Walls and Build Windmills" Lecture Delivered in China at Shanghai Jiao Tong University
"Pursuing Ideas Across all Boundaries" BaccalaureateMay 18, 2008
Greetings for Higher Education Inauguration of Drew Gilpin Faust as Harvard University's 28th PresidentOctober 12, 2007
Memorial for Penn Emeritus President Martin Meyerson Meyerson MemorialOctober 5, 2007
"Amazing Grace" BaccalaureateMay 13, 2007
"Striving in the Spirit of Caring" BaccalaureateMay 14, 2006
"Equity in Higher Education: The Unfinished" Association of American Universities (AAU) Fall MeetingOctober 10, 2005
"Striving in the Spirit of Caring" BaccalaureateMay 15, 2005
Commencement Address Wesleyan UniversityMay 22, 2005
"Deliberation in Education and the Media: Rising to the Challenge?" Annenberg Distinguished LectureOctober 26, 2004
"A Penn Compact" Inaugural AddressOctober 15, 2004
"A Sense of Purpose, A Sense of Place, A Sense of Penn" Pennsylvania Gazette, May/June 2021 Issue, From College HallApril 20, 2021
"A New Year of New Opportunities" Pennsylvania Gazette, Jan/Feb 2021 Issue, From College HallDecember 18, 2020
"Science and Solidarity - A powerful prescription for what ails us" Pennsylvania Gazette, Sep/Oct 2020 Issue, From College HallAugust 21, 2020
"Everyday Heroism in Extraordinary Times - In the face of global crisis, Penn rises to meet the challenge" Pennsylvania Gazette, May/June 2020 Issue, From College HallApril 24, 2020
"The Word Is Penn" Pennsylvania Gazette, Jan/Feb 2020 Issue, From College HallDecember 18, 2019
"Journey Starters - Mentors make the Penn difference" Pennsylvania Gazette, Sep/Oct 2019 Issue, From College Hall
"Daniel Callahan – A Remembrance" Hastings Bioethics Forum Essay, The Hastings Center, July 19, 2019
"A Journey of Discovery - One sphinx, eight cities, two Rhodes Scholars, and the real power of Penn" Pennsylvania Gazette, May/June 2019 Issue, From College Hall2019-04-19
"Lessons in Leadership - Changing the world from within" Pennsylvania Gazette, Jan/Feb 2019 Issue, From College Hall
"Reflections on Deliberative Democracy: When Theory Meets Practice" with Dennis Thompson Andre Bachtiger, John S. Dryzek, Jane Mansbridge, and Mark E. Warren, eds.,The Oxford Handbook of Deliberative Democracy, Oxford University PressNovember 2018
"Think Uniquely, Stand United - Upholding the twin pillars of a strong pluralism" Pennsylvania Gazette, Sep/Oct 2018 Issue, From College HallSeptember / October 2018
"Democratic Education at 30: An interview with Dr. Amy Gutmann" Theory and Research in Education, 2018, Vol. 16(2) 244-252July 2018
"Penn’s Winning Team - Harnessing the power of Penn to fashion a better future" Pennsylvania Gazette, May/June 2018 Issue, From College HallMay/June 2018
"Perfect Impact" Pennsylvania Gazette, Jan/Feb 2018 Issue, From College HallJan / Feb 2018
"Reflections on Democratic Deliberation in Bioethics" Hastings Center Report - Goals and Practice of Public Bioethics: Reflections on National Bioethics Commissions. May/June 2017, Volume 47.May 22, 2017
"Just Three Words: Asked to sum up Penn, students responded with poise, candor, and insight" Pennsylvania Gazette, May/June 2017 Issue, From College HallMay / June 2017
"Open Gates: Resourcefulness and determination are the Penn way" Pennsylvania Gazette, Sept/Oct 2016 Issue, From College HallSeptember / October 2016
"Finding Pennovation: Among faculty and students alike, innovation is alive and thriving on campus" Pennsylvania Gazette, May/June 2016 Issue, From College HallMay / June 2016
"Educational Diplomacy: It's one of the most far-reaching—and fundamental—forms of the art" Pennsylvania Gazette, Jan/Feb 2016 Issue, From College HallJanuary / February 2016
"A Beautiful Brain: Campus development is much more than bricks and mortar" Pennsylvania Gazette, Sept/Oct 2015 Issue, From College HallSeptember / October 2015
"Your Phone, Your Arm, a Mote of Dust - Ensuring the future retains its capacity to amaze us" Pennsylvania Gazette, May/June 2015 Issue, From College HallMay / June2015
"It's In Your Pocket: For real-world applications of university research, look no farther than your phone" Pennsylvania Gazette, Jan/Feb 2015 Issue, From College HallJanuary / February 2015
"Apprizing the Penn Ethos: The President's Engagement Prize will fuel students' fire for social service" Pennsylvania Gazette, Sept/Oct 2014 Issue, From College HallSeptember / October 2014
"The Fundamental Worth of Higher Education" Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, June 2015Presented at the Symposium on Higher Education, April 20, 2012
"Onward We Go: A past president's rallying cry expresses the University's continuing mission" Pennsylvania Gazette, May/Jun 2014 Issue, From College HallMay / June 2014
"A Tale of Two Buildings—and a Cat: How dynamic spaces foster interaction and education" Pennsylvania Gazette, Jan/Feb 2014 Issue, From College HallJanuary / February 2014
"For What It's Worth - The value of a university education" Carnegie Reporter, Winter 2014Winter 2014
"The Penn Compact 2020: A guide to the University's next great chapter" Pennsylvania Gazette, Sept/Oct 2013 Issue, From College HallSeptember / October 2013
"Found Your DNA on the Web: Reconciling Privacy and Progress" Essay, Hastings Center Report, Volume 43, Issue 3, May-June 2013May - June 2013
"Penn: At Home in the World" Pennsylvania Gazette, May/June 2013 Issue, From College HallMay / June 2013
"Safeguarding children--pediatric research on medical countermeasures" Essay, New England Journal of Medicine, March 2013March 28, 2013
"Over the River" Pennsylvania Gazette, Jan/Feb 2013 Issue, From College HallJanuary / February 2013
"Engaging Minds by the Millions" Pennsylvania Gazette, Sept/Oct 2012 Issue, From College HallSeptember / October 2012
"A Global Approach to Scholarship" Pennsylvania Gazette, May/June 2012 Issue, From College HallMay / June 2012
"Moral science and the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues" Essay, Lancet, January 2012January 2012
"Weaving an Ever Stronger Penn Family Fabric" Pennsylvania Gazette, Jan/Feb 2012 Issue, From College HallJanuary / February 2012
"How to Free Congress's Mind" Op-Ed, New York TimesNovember 29, 2011
"Creating a World of Greater Understanding" 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Commemoration Essay, Daily PennsylvanianSeptember 9, 2011
"The University is Exemplified by Transformation" Welcome Back, Daily PennsylvanianSeptember 7, 2011
"Walk, Bike, or Run - However you get there, you'll love Penn Park" Pennsylvania Gazette, Sept/Oct 2011 Issue, From College HallSeptember / October 2011
"The Ethics of Synthetic Biology: Guiding Principles for Emerging Technologies" Essay, Hastings Center Report, Volume 41, no. 4 (2011): 17-22. July-August 2011July-August 2011
"Keeping Our Republic - Reviving a mindset conducive to compromise is essential, but it won't be easy" Pennsylvania Gazette, May/June 2011 Issue, From College HallMay / June 2011
"Is there room for political compromise in an era of permanent campaigning?" Op-Ed, Christian Science MonitorJanuary 4, 2011
"New Doors to Invention-Student research projects develop critical skills—and could change the world" Pennsylvania Gazette, Jan/Feb 2011 Issue, From College HallJanuary / February 2011
"The Mindsets of Political Compromise" Perspectives in Politics, December 2010December 2010
"Connection and collaboration build strong communities" Pennsylvania Gazette, Sep/Oct 2010 Issue, From College HallSeptember / October 2010
"Bilateral Pacts - The ties that bind Penn and China are growing tighter" Pennsylvania Gazette, May/June 2010 Issue, From College HallMay / June 2010
"Defying gravity: elite applications skyrocket as public bodies crash" Times of LondonFebruary 11, 2010
"Food for Thought (and More): Serving up a new era of environmental responsibility" Pennsylvania Gazette, Jan/Feb 2010 Issue, From College HallJanuary / February 2010
"Ornamental and Essential: We need arts and culture to feel fully alive and to live as well as we can" Pennsylvania Gazette, Sep/Oct 2009 Issue, From College HallSeptember / October 2009
"Deliberative Democracy," with Dennis Thompson, in Richard Crouto, ed. Handbook of Political and Civic Leadership, Sage Publications, forthcoming.
"College Presidents Pen Admissions Essays" Published in the Wall Street Journal, May 6, 2009.May 6, 2009
"The Next Generation of Leaders: Increasing access fosters opportunities for Penn students to lead us forward" Pennsylvania Gazette, May/Jun 2009 Issue, From College HallMay / June 2009
"Sound Investments - These times will bring out the best in the Penn family" Pennsylvania Gazette, Jan/Feb 2009 Issue, From College HallJanuary / February 2009
"Identity in Democracy" Published in El Pais, Spanish Newpaper, October 31, 2008.October 31, 2008
"Identity in Democracy" Published in La Nación, Argentine Newpaper, September 1, 2008.September 1, 2008
"Penn's Building Blocks - Why bricks-and-mortar matter" Pennsylvania Gazette, Sep/Oct 2008 Issue, From College HallSeptember / October 2008
"Preface: Common Ground, Common Good," Growing Greener Cities Eugenie L. Birch and Susan M. Wachter, Eds., Urban Sustainability in the Twenty First Century, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008, ix-xii.
"Educating for Individual Freedom and Democratic Citizenship: In Unity and Diversity There Is Strength" Harvey Siegel, ed., Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Education, Oxford University Press, in press.
"Why Elite Colleges Have Sweetened Their Student-Aid Packages" Chronicle of Higher Education, May 23, 2008.May 23, 2008
"Making Gardens Bloom - More financial aid helps students, Penn, and the world" Pennsylvania Gazette, May/Jun 2008 Issue, From College HallMay / June 2008
"Great Expectations for Higher Education in the 21st Century" Pullias Lecture, University of Southern CaliforniaFebruary 5, 2008
"Ideals Embodied - Penn's faculty forms the core of a great teaching and research community" Pennsylvania Gazette, Jan/Feb 2008 Issue, From College HallJanuary / February 2008
"The Penn Compact and the Teachers Institute" On Common Ground, Winter 2007, pp.16-17.
"Scaling Up the Environmental Commitment and Contribution of Universities" 2007 United Nations Secretary-General's Global Colloquium of University PresidentsNovember 28, 2007
"Opening Doors - Penn's College Houses let students choose their own adventure" Pennsylvania Gazette, Sep/Oct 2007 Issue, From College HallSeptember / October 2007
"Democracy" Robert E. Goodin, Philip Pettit and Thomas Pogge, eds., A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy, Blackwell Publishing, 2007, pp. 521-531.
"The Lure and Dangers of Extremist Rhetoric" Daedalus, Fall 2007Fall 2007
"Statement Opposing Boycott of Israeli Academics" Statement Opposing Boycott of Israeli AcademicsJune 26, 2007
"Sustainable Dividends - At Penn, what's good for the environment pays off in other ways too" Pennsylvania Gazette, May/Jun 2007 Issue, From College HallMay / June 2007
"A Great Year for Buildings - How five innovative spaces are transforming campus life and learning" Pennsylvania Gazette, Jan/Feb 2007 Issue, From College HallJanuary / February 2007
"O que significa democracia deliberativa" André Ramos Tavares and Pedro Buck, eds., Revista Brasileira de Estudos Constitucionais RBEC, Editora Fórum, Ltda., Brazil, 2007, pp. 17-78.January / March 2007
"Commentary" Newsday
"Commentary" The Washington PostOctober 1, 2006
"Ever Stronger - From research to real estate, how Penn connects" Pennsylvania Gazette, Sept/Oct 2006 Issue, From College HallSeptember / October 2006
"Building Global Bridges" Pennsylvania Gazette, May/Jun 2006 Issue, From College HallMay / June 2006
"Hidden Treasures on the Beaten Path" Chronicle of Higher EducationMarch 31, 2006
"For Franklin, generosity and prudence were partners - A call to continue his legacy of public service" Philadelphia InquirerJanuary 17, 2006
"Worthy Heirs?" Pennsylvania Gazette, Jan/Feb 2006 Issue, "From College Hall"January / February 2006
"Forward: Legislatures in the Constitutional State," Richard W. Bauman and Tsvi Kahana, eds., The Least Examined Branch, Cambridge University Press, 2006, pp. ix-xiii.
Forward - On Risk and Disaster Ronald J. Daniels, Donald F. Kettl and Howard Kunreuther, eds., On Risk and Disaster, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006, pp. vii-viii.
"Academic Freedom or Government Intrusion" Chronicle of Higher EducationSeptember 9, 2005
"Picturing Penn's Future" Pennsylvania Gazette, Sept/Oct 2005 Issue, From College HallSeptember / October 2005
"Afterword: Democratic Disagreement and Civic Education" Susan Fuhrman and Marvin Lazerson, eds., The Public Schools, Oxford University Press, 2005, pp. 347-360.
"Building Bridges" (Relates to The Penn Compact) Pennsylvania Gazette, May/Jun 2005 Issue, From College HallMay / June 2005
"A Sacred Trust" (Relates to The Penn Compact) Pennsylvania Gazette, Jan/Feb 2005 Issue, From College HallJanuary / February 2005
"Preface: The Power of Values" Dr. Amy Gutmann with Peter Conn, ed., The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin: Penn Reading Project Edition, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005, ix-xii.
"Why I Love Penn" Pennsylvania Gazette, Sept/Oct 2004 Issue, From College HallSeptember / October 2004
Acceptance of Trustee Nomination as President (Prior to Penn Presidency)February 20, 2004
Nomination Press Conference Remarks (Prior to Penn Presidency)January 22, 2004