Chestertown, MD, April 15, 2004 — Washington College's C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience presents acclaimed journalist Walter Isaacson speaking on “Benjamin Franklin and America's Values,” Thursday, April 22, at 4:30 p.m., in the College's Hynson Lounge. The event is free and the public is invited to attend. A booksigning will follow.
Isaacson is the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, an international education and leadership institute founded in 1950. Born in New Orleans, Isaacson is a graduate of Harvard College and of Pembroke College of Oxford University. He began his career in journalism as a reporter for the Sunday Timesof London and the New Orleans States-Item. He joinedTime Magazine in 1978 and served as a political correspondent, national editor and editor of new media before becoming the managing editor of the magazine in 1995. In 2001, he became the chairman and CEO of CNN. His critically acclaimed biography, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2003), examines the brilliant inventor, charming diplomat and complicated visionary, who—more than anyone else in the founding period—created the archetype of the American “self-made” man. In addition, Isaacson is the author ofKissinger: A Biography (1992) and co-author of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made (1986). He lives with his wife and daughter in Washington, DC, and Aspen, CO.
The Isaacson lecture is sponsored by the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, an innovative forum for new scholarship about American history. Drawing on the special historical strengths of Washington College and Chestertown, the Center is dedicated to exploring the early republic, the rise of democracy, and the manifold ways in which the founding era continues to shape American culture. News and information about upcoming events and lectures is available online at http://starrcenter.washcoll.edu/, or by calling Program Manager Kees de Mooy at 410-810-7156.