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Isaacson to Deliver Lecture

By Christine Neff

Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute and former CEO of CNN, will deliver the Premier Lecture in the 2008-2009 Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences’ Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series.


Isaacson will speak on “Creative Leaders Who Have Shaped Our World,” in Wright Auditorium at 7 p.m., on Oct. 8.

Isaacson began his career in journalism at The Sunday Times of London. He joined TIME magazine in 1978 and became managing editor in 1996.

He served as chairman and CEO of CNN in 2001, and now leads the Aspen Institute, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering open-minded dialogue. In December 2007, President George W. Bush appointed him to chair the U.S. – Palestinian Public-Private Partnership, which seeks to create economic and educational opportunities in the Palestinian territories. Isaacson also serves as the co-chair of the U.S.–Vietnamese Dialogue on Agent Orange.

He has authored several books, including “Einstein: His Life and Universe,” “Benjamin Franklin: an American Life,” and “Kissinger: A Biography.”

The Premier Lecture is sponsored by the David Julian and Virginia Suther Whichard endowment fund. The Whichard family has published the Daily Reflector newspaper in Greenville for more than 100 years and has been longtime supporters of ECU.

Tickets are free for the ECU community and $10 for the public at ECU’s Central Ticket Office, 328-4788. For additional information, visit

This page originally appeared in the Oct. 3, 2008 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at