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Best-selling Author Walter Isaacson is coming to USM!


The WEX Leadership and Creativity Event Series was created in 2010 to bring speakers or creative presenters of national or international renown to USM on an annual basis for the benefit of the entire community. This event is held each fall with proceeds supporting the invested and spendable endowed WEX Scholarship Fund at USM.  This fund provides financial support for students who are pursuing a career in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.  Past speakers include Senator George Mitchell, Pulitzer Prize winner and investigative reporter, Bob Woodward, and renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize winner, Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Join us for this year's event, "The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution" featuring best-selling author, Steve Jobs, historian, and President and CEO of the Aspen Institute Walter Isaacson.

Read the 10/30 article by Whit Richardson in the Portland Press Herald.
Watch and interview with Walter Isaacson from CBS This Morning
Read the New York Times review of his book.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014                                                         Walter Isaacson
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Hannaford Hall
Abromson Community Education Center
USM Portland Campus


Tickets can be purchased at the door for $35 each.

Cash, check, Mastercard, VISA, and Discover are accepted.

Sales will start at 6:30 p.m. when the doors open for general seating.

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Lecture Summary

Walter Isaacson’s remarks will draw heavily from his new book “The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution.”

Mr. Isaacson will address the history of those who created the computer and the Internet, discuss what talents allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their disruptive ideas into realities, what led to their creative leaps and why some succeeded and others failed.  Mr. Isaacson will share his perspectives on the minds of these individuals, what made them so creative and how their ability to collaborate and master the art of teamwork enabled them to make their vision a reality. 

Mr. Isaacson is the President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute based in Washington, DC. He has been the Chairman and CEO of CNN and the Editor of TIME magazine.   

Mr. Isaacson is the author of "Steve Jobs" (2011), "Einstein: His Life and Universe" (2007), "Benjamin Franklin: An American Life" (2003), and "Kissinger: A Biography" (1992), and co-author of "The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made" (1986).

View his full biography

This event made possible with the generous support of:

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