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2016 Commencement Address

…will be transformed into possibilities, and unexpected opportunities will present themselves. You will change the world…and the world will change you…as you learn and grow and discover more about yourself….

State of the University Address

…a parochial way, but with an eye on the world. Los Angeles and Southern California are evolving, just as USC is evolving. L.A. is now a world city; it is…

1996 State of the University Address

…now has many world–class programs. Our School of Cinema–Television is by any measure the best in the world. And when our School of Cinema–Television is taken together with our School…

1998 Annual Address to the Faculty

…invited to become a part of APRU, and only the presidents can represent their respective institutions at APRU meetings. What I find exciting about APRU is that it is already…

2013 Commencement Address

Run became a landmark album. If you don’t know it, ask your parents. But to my mother and father and their friends, Born To Run wasn’t Bruce Springsteen’s album—it was…

USC Phi Beta Kappa Induction

…man. I hope you will use your knowledge and talents to make the world a better place, or to make your corner of the world a better place. As thinking…

2009 Commencement Address

…champion; I was on a mission. So rule number one is, of course, trust yourself, no matter how and what anyone else thinks. Rule number two is: Break the rules….

Revitalizing Professional Education for the Next Century

…Topping’s inauguration. Many world-class research facilities have been built and dozens of national academy members are now on our faculty. In 1994 Professor George Olah was the sole recipient of…

2000 USC Commencement Address

…ABC News. She was wondering why she had gotten this message. Meanwhile, Dan Wolf was wondering why he had never heard from me. I had been in a rush. I…

Annual Address to the Faculty

…Angeles. L. A. is a microcosm of the larger world, a creative and cultural powerhouse, and the de facto capital of the Pacific Rim. USC has also established some important…

Annual Address to the Faculty

…were willing to cut me some slack. My colleagues in the professoriate here at USC were willing to give me some running room. I never felt stymied or hemmed in….

Two Important Tools for Advancing Science and Technology

…inaugural class of graduate students of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Collectively you constitute the world’s newest community of scholars. On behalf of the community of…

2015 Commencement Address

…informed and more understanding. And there’s another benefit: when you have the courage to expand your world, you expand the entire world because tolerance scales. Person by person, we can…

2011 Commencement Address

…Kool-Aid. I show up here for my first Parents Weekend, run into this sort of primitive ritual called the Tailgate. I proceed to a game against the University of Washington…

Postdoctoral Education in America

…proactive and visionary, and perhaps even constructively influence the course of higher education in the U.S. and the world in the century ahead. Postdoctorals have been a part of American…

Two Important Tools for Advancing Science and Technology

…inaugural class of graduate students of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Collectively you constitute the world’s newest community of scholars. On behalf of the community of…

2004 Commencement Address

…your own – your parents. When the world was looking elsewhere, your parents’ attention was one of life’s certainties. And if tomorrow the world seems a little indifferent as it…

Annual Address to the Faculty 2004

…of individual faculty members and perhaps even on the part of the institution as a whole. All of us know simply from reading the newspapers that there have recently been…

2002 Commencement Address

…translation. For those of you who have not exactly prospered academically, let me give you a second bit of good news – you are being addressed by someone who was…

Annual Address to the Faculty 2005

…that continues to move USC ever higher in the ranks of the world’s preeminent universities. How will we do it? By inventing the future, just as our forebears did 125…