NEH presents the 2014 Jefferson Lecture with Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson
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Patrice Gilbert

WASHINGTON, (April 22, 2014)

*** Tickets to the 2014 NEH Jefferson Lecture with Walter Isaacson are currently sold out. Those wishing to attend can join a stand-by line at the Kennedy Center on May 12 where unclaimed tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. We expect to be able to seat a large number of individuals from the stand-by line. 

You can also watch a live-stream of the lecture at starting at 7:30 PM on May 12 ***

Online registration for tickets to the 2014 National Endowment for the Humanities’ (NEH) Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities by biographer Walter Isaacson will open today at 10 AM EST.

Walter Isaacson will present the 43rd Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities on Monday, May 12, 2014 at 7:30 PM at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, speaking on the subject of The Intersection of the Humanities and the Sciences.

In his lecture, Isaacson, acclaimed author, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization, and biographer of Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, will touch on the careers of Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Steve Jobs, Ada Lovelace and others who fused humanistic thought with scientific discovery. The annual Jefferson Lecture, sponsored by NEH, is the most prestigious honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities.

Tickets to the 2014 Jefferson Lecture will be made available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis via the following TicketLeap online registration form:

Tickets must be requested online through this registration form; NEH cannot accept ticket requests made by phone, email, or other means.

Due to high demand for tickets for the Jefferson Lecture, ticket requests will be limited to two tickets per email address. After completing the online reservation form, registrants will receive an emailed confirmation receipt. Please note that receipts are proof of registration only, and do not themselves constitute a ticket to the May 12th Jefferson Lecture.

Actual tickets may be picked up (using either photo ID or a TicketLeap receipt) at an NEH Will Call table in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on May 12 immediately prior to the lecture, between 5:30 – 7:30 PM. All tickets that have not been claimed by 7:30 PM on May 12 will be released on a first-come first-served basis to individuals waiting in a stand-by queue.

The May 12th Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities will be live-streamed at NEH invites those unable to attend to watch the event online and join the national conversation about the intersection of the humanities and the sciences using the hashtag #JeffLec2014.

The Jefferson Lecture is the Endowment’s most widely attended annual event. Past Jefferson Lecturers include Martin Scorsese, Wendell Berry, Drew Gilpin Faust, John Updike, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Bernard Bailyn, Toni Morrison, Arthur Miller, James McPherson, Barbara Tuchman, and Robert Penn Warren.

Note to press: Accredited journalists wishing to cover the 2014 Jefferson Lecture should RSVP to Paula Wasley at @email with your full name, organization, email address, and phone number. Due to high demand for tickets and limited capacity, journalists are encouraged to pre-register to cover the event by May 9 at 12 p.m. EST and to arrive at the event before 7:15 PM. Preference will be given to reporters with a demonstrated commitment to covering the Lecture. Once capacity has been reached at the Kennedy Center, all guests, including media, will be unable to enter the theater.

Media Contacts:
Paula Wasley: (202) 606-8424 |