President Sexton has appeared on television to discuss major initiatives and ideas that have defined his tenure at the University, including the global network university model, the notion of the university as enterprise, the idea of the university as sacred space, and the hope that the modern university can salvage civil discourse from its trending towards dogmatism.
Innovation Imperative: The Future of Higher Education
In November 2012, John Sexton joined other educators, lawmakers, and journalists for Innovation Imperative: The Future of Higher Education, a panel discussion organized by the Brookings Institution's Governance Studies program in conjunction with Northeastern University.
Lincoln Center Dialogues
In an October 2012 installment of the Lincoln Center Dialogues on "The Challenges of Leadership," John Sexton appeared with Lincoln Center's Reynold Levy and Harvard University's Drew Gilpin Faust to discuss the challenges and opportunities faced by their institutions.
One on 1 with Budd Mishkin
In May 2010, John Sexton was the subject of a profile on NY1's "One on 1 with Budd Mishkin". An extended version of John Sexton talking about his father during the interview is also on the NY1 Web site.
Bill Moyers - The Journal
March 11, 2010
Bill Moyers spoke with NYU President John Sexton in March 2010 in a wide-ranging conversation about God, baseball, and the importance of thoughtful discourse in society.
President Sexton appeared on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" in December 2006. On the popular comedic news program, President Sexton sparred with the host Stephen Colbert, defending learning, debate and higher education as essential tools in the quest for knowledge.
On "The Open Mind" with host Richard D. Heffner, John Sexton appeared to address the conflict between dogmatism and civil discourse. During the conversation, President Sexton discusses the role of the university as "the last best hope" for preventing the collapse of civil discourse and debate into dogmatism. He explains how universities can serve as antidotes for the trending decline in the public’s appetite for nuance, complexity and serious critical thought.
President Sexton appeared on "The Open Mind" with host Richard D. Heffner in May 2002 to discuss the notion of the modern university as enterprise. The conversation examines the initiative in which academic leaders, students, faculty and trustees collaborate together in one enterprise, as different parts working as a whole. (Part I | Part II)
In January 2004 President Sexton appeared on "The Open Mind," discussing with host Richard D. Heffner the idea of the university as a "sacred space." On the program, President Sexton talks about the enduring role of the university in society as a sanctuary for the pursuit and advancement of knowledge, a venue for open dialogue and the challenging of ideas, and vehicles for enhancing and maintaining scholarship, creativity and learning. (Part I | Part II)