5 Signs You Need to Attend the Mary S. Stern Lecture with Walter Isaacson

Written by Joe Armstrong, Content Specialist, Marketing, Downtown Main Library

CHPL’s Mary S. Stern Lecture brings internationally-renowned thought leaders to Hamilton County – and this year’s event on Thursday, October 6 at 7 p.m., opens a new window features someone you don’t want to miss.

Acclaimed historian, journalist, and biographer Walter Isaacson will be recounting with his signature insight the gripping medical revolution led by Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna featured in his latest book, The Code Breaker, opens a new window. If you haven’t already purchased your $5 ticket, opens a new window to see him at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, here are five signs that you need to buy yours today:

1. A One-of-a-Kind Opportunity at a One-of-a-Kind Price

Like previous Stern lectures with speakers Doris Kearns Goodwin and Bryan Stevenson, all tickets to this year's lecture will be $5, opens a new window. The low ticket price for this annual lecture ensures the world’s top thought leaders are accessible to as many people as possible.

"Mom’s dream was to bring important people to town and make them available to as many people as possible, not just the few who could afford expensive tickets,” said Peter J. Stern, M.D., chair of the Mary S. Stern Lecture Committee and Library Foundation board member.

Purchase your tickets online, opens a new window.

2. This Year's Speaker Covers Ethical Questions at the Forefront of Science

Walter Isaacson will share insights into Jennifer Doudna's work launching CRISPR as featured in The Code Breaker, exploring the ethical implications of this revolutionary technology.

Ahead of Walter Isaacson's visit as the Mary S. Stern Lecturer this year, we’re hosting a panel of genetics experts to discuss the ethics surrounding gene editing on Tuesday, September 13 at 7 p.m. at our Deer Park Branch Library.

This panel will be moderated by Andy Cullison, Executive Director of the Cincinnati Ethics Center, opens a new window housed at the University of Cincinnati, and include an expert panel:

  • Dr. Anil Menon, Director of UC's Biomedical Program
  • Dr. Daniel Gurnon, Rare Genomics Expert & Professor of Biochemistry – DePauw University
  • Dr. Michelle McGowan, Research Professor, Ethics Center - Cincinnati Children's

Find more details about the event on our website, opens a new window.

3. Thinkers – Young and Old Alike – Will Spark Their Curiosity

Isaacson’s lecture will examine his latest book, The Code Breaker, profiling Jennifer Doudna, a pioneer in gene editing. He will showcase the Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner’s brilliance in unlocking the human genome – a perfect chance for students to learn more about one of the most innovative advances of modern science.

Ahead of the lecture, check out both the adult and young reader adaptation of The Code Breaker, available with your library card:

The Code Breaker

The Code Breaker

4. CHPL is Hosting a Book Discussion That Will Get You Thinking

Join in a book discussion of The Code Breaker hosted at the Monfort Heights Branch Library on Monday, September 26, opens a new window. Use the book’s Discussion Guide, opens a new window to spark your thoughts as you read.

5. This Lecture Is Only the Beginning

Walter Isaacson is sure to give us a lot to chew on. Attend a community conversation hosted by The Cincinnati Ethics Center and CHPL on Tuesday, October 11. We'll work through complicated topics posed during the lecture and reflect on big ideas. Find more information about this Post-Lecture Community Conversation held at University of Cincinnati’s Digital Futures Building, opens a new window.

The Mary S. Stern Lecture Series is possible through an endowment to The Library Foundation, opens a new window. Learn more about the annual Mary S. Stern lecture, opens a new window.