The Creativity of Leonardo da Vinci
The celebrated journalist, biographer, intellectual leader, and humanist discusses how da Vinci’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves.
The Walter S. Gubelmann Memorial Lecture
Walter Isaacson is a Professor of History at Tulane and an advisory partner at Perella Weinberg, a financial services firm based in New York City. He is the past CEO of the Aspen Institute, where he is now a Distinguished Fellow, and has been the chairman of CNN and the editor of TIME magazine.
Isaacson’s most recent biography, “Leonardo da Vinci” (Oct. 2017), offers new discoveries about Leonardo’s life and work, weaving a narrative that connects his art to his science. Isaacson is also the author of “The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution” (2014), “Steve Jobs” (2011), “Einstein: His Life and Universe” (2007), “Benjamin Franklin: An American Life” (2003), and “Kissinger: A Biography” (1992).
Isaacson is from New Orleans, and is a graduate of Harvard College and Pembroke College of Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He began his career at The Sunday Times of London and then the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He joined TIME in 1978 and served as a political correspondent, national editor, and editor of digital media before becoming the magazine’s 14th editor in 1996. He became chairman and CEO of CNN in 2001, and then president and CEO of the Aspen Institute in 2003.
Among his many honors, he is chair emeritus of Teach for America, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and serves on the boards of Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Rockefeller Foundation.
The Esther B. O’Keeffe Speaker Series features notable speakers from the fields of politics, culture and the media. Lectures take place January through March on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. Book signings, when offered, are held in the O’Keeffe Gallery Building following the lecture, and are available to the public at no charge.