September 21, 2007
"... Isaacson is the author of three major biographies: Einstein: His Life and Universe (2007), Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2003) and Kissinger: A Biography (1992)..."
The 2007 Davis Lecture will feature Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue. The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday Oct. 18 in Samford's new Pete Hanna Center. The event is open to the public and free of charge.
A native of New Orleans, Isaacson is a graduate of Harvard College and Pembroke College of Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. After beginning his career at the Sunday Times of London, he returned to his hometown and worked for Times-Picayune/States-Item. In 1978, he joined Time magazine and served as a political correspondent and national editor before becoming the magazine's managing editor in 1996. In 2001, he was named Chairman and CEO of CNN and two years later became president and CEO of the Aspen Institute. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he was appointed the vice-chairman of the Louisiana Recovery Authority, and he also serves on the Board of Directors of United Airlines, Tulane University, the National Constitution Center, and is chairman of the board of Teach for America.
In addition to these accomplishments, Isaacson is the author of three major biographies: Einstein: His Life and Universe (2007), Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2003) and Kissinger: A Biography (1992). In the spring of this year, Einstein topped the New York Times bestseller list, and of the more than 200 biographies of the great scientist, it is the only work to take into account Einstein's recently released personal papers. Hailed by The Guardian of London as "a skilful piece of scientific literature and a thumping good read," the biography celebrates the life a man who, in Isaacson's words, is "the paramount icon of our age." He lives with his wife and daughter in Washington, D.C.
The J. Roderick Davis Lectures honor the 1958 Samford alumnus and former Dean of Samford's Howard College of Arts and Sciences.