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Visit the Virtual Jefferson Lecture

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) invites you to join us online for a gala national event featuring Walter Isaacson, the biographer of Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein, speaking on The Intersection of the Humanities and the Sciences.

Isaacson will be delivering the 2014 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, the most prestigious honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities. The date is 7:30 p.m. May 12th at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

NEH will make a free, high definition, live stream of the lecture available for national viewing. Read more.

Watch Walter Isaacson

Isaacson is one of the preeminent biographers, journalists, and intellectual leaders of our time. He conducted more than 40 interviews with Steve Jobs to write his definitive biography, getting  Jobs to describe his own legacy in both the humanities and in technology. His biography of Albert Einstein defined unconventional thinking; his work on Benjamin Franklin and others describes The Intersection of the Humanities and the Sciences in human terms. As president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, he gathers the intellectual elite in a policy powerhouse. Read more.

Convene Film Nights and Start New Conversations

NEH will make the Jefferson Lecture instantly available to very community in the United States with a high speed internet connection. We hope that hundreds of groups will sponsor Jefferson Lecture nights and film discussion groups to consider The Intersection of the Humanities and the Sciences within their schools, communities, and states. Read more.

Catch Up Later

Busy on May 12th?  The lecture will be available on for a year to spur reading and discussion of the Humanities and STEM—science, technology, engineering and math.  America needs both the sciences and the humanities to be competitive, innovative, and strong. Read more.

What Do I Need To Do?

Find a venue. Invite an audience. Plan a program.  Go to  Let us know of your plans so people can find a nearby location. Read more.

Join the National Conversation

Share your thoughts and comments with viewers across the country using the Twitter hashtag: #JeffLec2014.