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  • First Look: Ta-Nehisi Coates' New Book, <em>Between the World and Me</em> Diversity | May 13, 2015 First Look: Ta-Nehisi Coates' New Book, Between the World and Me

    Ta-Nehisi Coates, “the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States” (The New York Observer), has a new book coming out on September 8, 2015. Between the World and Me explores the past 150 years of America's racial history: from the Civil War to the crises still happening on our streets today. Coates recently received the George Polk Award for his Atlantic cover story...

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  • Wired to Solve: New Speaker David Kwong Performs Crossword Magic Entertainers | May 11, 2015 Wired to Solve: New Speaker David Kwong Performs Crossword Magic

    — When new Lavin speaker David Kwong was planning his 2014 TED Talk, he knew he wanted to do something big—but to accomplish what he had in mind, he needed a little help....

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  • Going Undercover in North Korea: Introducing New Speaker Suki Kim Authors | May 08, 2015 Going Undercover in North Korea: Introducing New Speaker Suki Kim

    Suki Kim—the first writer to go undercover in North Korea—is the newest addition to Lavin’s roster of keynote speakers. Kim's recent NYT bestseller Without You There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite is a harrowing and incisive account of her time there in 2011, during the last days of Kim Jong-Il's reign. As an English teacher at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, she...

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  • Escaping Poverty? It's All About Place: A Bracing New Study Co-Authored by Raj Chetty Economics | May 05, 2015 Escaping Poverty? It's All About Place: A Bracing New Study Co-Authored by Raj Chetty

    — A much-talked-about new study on poverty in America, co-authored by Lavin speaker Raj Chetty, reveals how hard it is for poor children in certain cities and towns (like Balitmore City) to climb the income ladder over the course of their lives. Place, it turns out, plays a major...

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  • How To Control Someone Else With Your Brain: TED Fellow Greg Gage TED Fellows | April 29, 2015 How To Control Someone Else With Your Brain: TED Fellow Greg Gage

    — Many TED talks are, in some way, about the power of the human mind—whether they’re showcasing incredible new innovations, presenting bold new developments in the design world, or talking about the changes people can make in the world. But at this year’s TED 2015, Lavin speaker and TED Fellow Greg Gage took things one step further by giving a demonstration of what the human brain can do. TED's incredible video of Gage getting one person’s...

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  • The Power of Curiosity: Charles Fishman's Instant<em> New York Times</em> Bestseller Arts and Pop Culture | April 28, 2015 The Power of Curiosity: Charles Fishman's Instant New York Times Bestseller

    A Curious Mind, the new book by Lavin speaker Charles Fishman—co-authored with Hollywood producer Brian Grazer—has reached a triumphant second week on the New York Times bestseller list....

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