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  • NC’s “Bathroom Bill” and Segregation: Jelani Cobb in <em>The New Yorker</em> Diversity | May 24, 2016 NC’s “Bathroom Bill” and Segregation: Jelani Cobb in The New Yorker

    — Bill HB2 should jog your memory, says Jelani Cobb—and not in a good way. Cobb makes an eerie and telling comparison: HB2 recalls the segregation policies of the Jim Crow South. The controversial North Carolina bill—which requires citizens to use the restroom that corresponds to their assigned sex at birth—has...

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  • Want to Help Children Succeed? Help Their Parents, Says Paul Tough Education | May 24, 2016 Want to Help Children Succeed? Help Their Parents, Says Paul Tough

    — Last week, Paul Tough wrote a piece for The Atlantic called “How Kids Learn Resilience,” in which he champions the development of noncognitive skills—grit, optimism, self-control, among others—in children. The foundation for these skills is laid in our first few years of life, he argues; and for...

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  • Lavin Weekly #38: Bacevich, Stephens, Nair, & MacArthur Exclusives | May 20, 2016 Lavin Weekly #38: Bacevich, Stephens, Nair, & MacArthur

    1. Andrew Bacevich Takes American Foreign Policy to Task in Salon...

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  • Closing the Education Gap: Paul Tough’s New <em>Atlantic</em> Feature Education | May 19, 2016 Closing the Education Gap: Paul Tough’s New Atlantic Feature

    — To author Paul Tough, American education is in dire trouble unless our low-income students catch up to their more privileged classmates. Tough’s latest effort, drawing insight from his upcoming book Helping Children Succeed (May 24), is an article for The Atlantic called “

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  • What’s on Bill Gates’s Nightstand? Jordan Ellenberg’s <em>How Not to Be Wrong</em> Big Data | May 18, 2016 What’s on Bill Gates’s Nightstand? Jordan Ellenberg’s How Not to Be Wrong

    — Every year, Bill Gates releases his summer reading list—the books that influence him, and in turn, shape thought in the wider world. He’s praised books by Lavin speakers in the past (Steven Pinker’s The Better Angels of Our Nature, Jared Diamond’s

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  • First Look: Ryan Holiday’s New Book, <em>Ego Is the Enemy</em> Motivational | May 18, 2016 First Look: Ryan Holiday’s New Book, Ego Is the Enemy

    — In The Obstacle Is the Way, media strategist Ryan Holiday taught us how to turn impediment into advantage. But what if our greatest obstacle isn’t so obvious—and not even external? In his new book Ego Is the...

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