The Aspen Institute Hurst Lecture Series Presents A Conversation With Google Chairman Eric Schmidt

July 10, 2013

Contact: Cristal Logan
Director, Aspen Community Programs
The Aspen Institute
Tel. 970-544-7929

The Aspen Institute Hurst Lecture Series Presents A Conversation With Google Chairman Eric Schmidt

Aspen, CO, July 10, 2013 –– The 2013 Aspen Institute Hurst Lecture Series welcomes Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt for a conversation with Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute. This series is made possible by a gift from the Hurst Family Foundation. The conversation will take place 2:00 – 3:00 PM on Tuesday, July 16 in the Doerr-Hosier Center on the Institute’s Aspen Meadows campus in Aspen, CO. Tickets are $20 each and go on sale Thursday, July 11 through Aspen Show Tickets at the Wheeler Opera House. As a full-capacity audience is expected for this program, early ticket purchasing is encouraged. Doors will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the event, and unclaimed tickets will be on sale at the door.

Eric E. Schmidt is the Executive Chairman of Google. Since joining Google in 2001, Eric Schmidt has helped grow the company from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology. As executive chairman, he is responsible for the external matters of Google: building partnerships and broader business relationships, government outreach and technology thought leadership, as well as advising the CEO and senior leadership on business and policy issues.

From 2001 to 2011, Eric served as Google’s chief executive officer, overseeing the company’s technical and business strategy alongside founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Under his leadership, Google dramatically scaled its infrastructure and diversified its product offerings while maintaining a strong culture of innovation.

Prior to joining Google, Eric was the chairman and CEO of Novell and chief technology officer at Sun Microsystems, Inc. Previously, he served on the research staff at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Bell Laboratories and Zilog. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University as well as a master’s degree and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Eric is a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council in the U.K. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006 and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as a fellow in 2007. He also chairs the board of the New America Foundation, and since 2008 has been a trustee of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.

Walter 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.

He 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 coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made (1986).

Isaacson was born on May 20, 1952, in New Orleans. He is a graduate of Harvard College and of 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/States-Item. He joined TIME in 1978 and served as a political correspondent, national editor, and editor of new 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.

He is chair emeritus of Teach for America, which recruits recent college graduates to teach in underserved communities. He was appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other international broadcasts of the United States, a position he held until 2012. He is vice-chair of Partners for a New Beginning, a public-private group tasked with forging ties between the United States and the Muslim world. He is on the board of United Airlines, Tulane University, and the Overseers of Harvard University. From 2005-2007, after Hurricane Katrina, he was the vice-chair of the Louisiana Recovery Authority.

Upcoming events at the Aspen Institute:

Saturday, July 13
McCloskey Speaker Series
Decision-making and Leadership: Views from the Statehouse
A conversation with Democratic governors, including Governor Jay Inslee of Washington, Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado, Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri, and Governor Peter Shumlin of Vermont on priorities, issues, and successes. Moderated by Aspen Institute Executive Vice President Elliot Gerson.
Greenwald Pavilion, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Fee: $20. Tickets on sale June 28 at

Tuesday, July 16
Mercedes T. Bass Lecture
Reflections on Leadership: Einstein, Franklin & Jobs
Featuring Walter Isaacson, president and CEO, The Aspen Institute. 
Paepcke Auditorium, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Fee: $20. Tickets on sale July 10 at

Wednesday, July 17
McCloskey Speaker Series
In collaboration with the Aspen Security Forum 
Off We Go into the Wild Blue Yonder: The Air Force’s Role in Securing the Nation
Featuring US Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III. As Chief, Gen. Welsh serves as the senior uniformed Air Force officer responsible for the organization, training, and equipping of 690,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve, and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas. As a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the General and other service chiefs function as military advisers to the Secretary of Defense, National Security Council, and to the President. Moderated by John King, CNN National Correspondent
Greenwald Pavilion, 6:007:00 p.m.
Fee: $20. Tickets on sale now at  

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The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for discussing and acting on critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.


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