Spring Convocation with author & journalist Walter Isaacson - March 31
Tickets are now on sale for a talk by one of the 21st century's most influential thought leaders whose critically acclaimed book, "The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution," will serve as the theme of his remarks at Elon University.
Thursday, March 31
Walter Isaacson, “The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution”
Alumni Memorial Gymnasium, Koury Center, 3:30 p.m.
Elon University Spring Convocation
Walter Isaacson is the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute based in Washington, D.C. He has been the chairman and CEO of CNN and the editor of TIME magazine.
Isaacson’s 2014 book, "The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution", is a biographical tale of the people who invented the computer, Internet and the other great innovations of our time and is a must-read from Wall Street to Silicon Valley to Main Street.
He is the author of "Steve Jobs" (2011), "Einstein: His Life and Universe" (2007), "Benjamin Franklin: An American Life" (2003), and "Kissinger: A Biography" (1992), and coauthor of "The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made" (1986).
Isaacson was born in New Orleans. He is a graduate of Harvard College and of Pembroke College of Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He began his career at The Sunday Times of London and then the New Orleans Times-Picayune/States-Item. He joined TIME in 1978 and served as a political correspondent, national editor and editor of new media before becoming the magazine’s 14th editor in 1996.
He became chairman and CEO of CNN in 2001, and then president and CEO of the Aspen Institute in 2003. He is chair emeritus of Teach for America, which recruits recent college graduates to teach in underserved communities.
Isaacson was appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other international broadcasts of the United States, a position he held until 2012. He is vice-chair of Partners for a New Beginning, a public-private group tasked with forging ties between the United States and the Muslim world. He is on the board of United Airlines, Tulane University and the Overseers of Harvard University. From 2005-2007, after Hurricane Katrina, he was the vice-chair of the Louisiana Recovery Authority.
Admission: $13 or Elon ID. Tickets available beginning March 10.