2022 Stern Lecture speaker: Walter Isaacson

Bestelling author will speak this fall, ticket information to be announced

CINCINNATI — Besides their great success, Ben Franklin, Steve Jobs, Henry Kissinger and Leonardo da Vinci have another thing in common: Walter Isaacson wrote the book on them, literally.

Now, the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library, opens a new window will bring Isaacson to Cincinnati for the Mary S. Stern Lecture this fall at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. The lecture is specifically designed to bring the top thought leaders to the area and make them accessible to our community. Isaacson’s topic will be “The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race., opens a new window

The date, start time, ticket price and where tickets will be available will be announced soon.



“On behalf of the Mary S. Stern Lecture Committee, I am pleased to announce Walter Isaacson as the next speaker in the Mary S. Stern Lecture Series. Mom’s dream was to bring well-recognized authors to Cincinnati and make them available to as many people as possible, not just the few who could afford expensive tickets,” Peter J. Stern, M.D., chair of the Mary S. Stern Lecture Committee and Library Foundation board member, said. “Mr. Isaacson encapsulates this vision, through his amazing books about world-changing individuals, work as a public servant and his influential journalism. Mom would be so proud to see how her dream has taken shape.”

Photos of Isaacson and Mary S. Stern can be found in the Library's media gallery, opens a new window.

Walter Isaacson, opens a new window is many things: Journalist, editor, best-selling author, public servant, adviser and professor. His authorized biography of Apple, Inc. founder Steve Jobs shared specific details about the tech pioneer, his path to success and little-known details about Jobs’ personal life making it a runaway international best-seller – topping all biography sales ever written. His ability to delve into the genius behind so many notable pioneers — such Ben Franklin, Leonard da Vinci and Henry Kissinger — has garnered him nearly universal acclaim from colleagues, critics and audiences alike. His most recent book “The Code Breaker” about Jennifer Doudna, a pioneer in gene editing, showcased this Nobel Prize in Chemistry’s brilliance in gene editing.

The late Mary S. Stern endowed an annual lecture series for the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library through The Library Foundation to support bringing internationally renowned thought leaders to our community. The Stern Lecture selection committee (Tony Covatta, Vicky and Rick Reynolds, Betsy Sittenfeld, and Sandy and Peter Stern) was formed in 2018 to select and invite lecturers who can honor Stern’s legacy by advancing the Library’s mission to connect our community with a world of ideas and information. The committee is committed to making the topic and speaker accessible to the community physically and financially.

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