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2013 Commencement Speech by Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson is president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute. He is a former chairman and CEO of CNN and former editor of TIME. In 2012, he was selected as one of the Time 100, the magazine’s list of the most influential people in the world. 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 Six Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made (1986). He began his career at The Sunday Times of London and then moved to the New Orleans Times-Picayune/States-Item. He joined TIME in 1978 and served as a political correspondent, national editor and editor of new media before becoming editor in 1996. He was named chairman of CNN in 2001, and then president and CEO of the Aspen Institute in 2003. He is the chairman of the board for Teach for America; vice chair of Partners for a New Beginning, a public-private group tasked with forging ties between the United States and the Muslim World; and from 2009-2012, served as chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees Voice of America, Radio Free Europe and other international broadcasts of the U.S. From 2005-2007, he was vice chair of the Louisiana Recovery Authority. He is a graduate of Harvard University and of Pembroke College of Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.