Politics | November 25, 2015
Understanding Extremism: Dr. Benedetta Berti & Suleiman Bakhit
— Today, it’s crucial to understand the origins of extremism. How do militant groups grow and enlist members? How do they win the support of communities? And how, ultimately, can they be stopped? To answer these and other timely questions, we turn to the experts. The Lavin Agency represents a number of keynote speakers who understand the big picture of global politics, offering informed analyses of the political, economic, and cultural factors that shape and drive extremism. ...
Education | November 23, 2015
The Battle for American Education: Introducing New Speaker Ed Boland
— When we think of tough inner-city schools, we often think of ‘hero teachers’ who miraculously ‘save’ their students. Think Dangerous Minds or Freedom Writers. Ed Boland left a successful position in fundraising, thinking he could be that kind of inspiration. But his dream soon met with reality: extreme poverty, racial segregation, drugs and crime and more meant Boland’s students...
Exclusives | November 20, 2015
Lavin Weekly #16: Ford, Harfoush, Mažar, & Samuel
— 1. Rise of the Robots Rises Even Higher...
Diversity | November 19, 2015
Ta-Nehisi Coates Wins the 2015 National Book Award for Non-Fiction
— A hearty congratulations to Lavin keynote speaker Ta-Nehisi Coates—his memoir Between the World and Me has won the 2015 National Book Award for non-fiction. The book has been described as “a powerful new framework for understanding America’s history and current crisis, and a transcendent vision for a way forward.”...
Innovation | November 17, 2015
Tom Wujec Talks on Disruption, Robo-Economics, & Information Technology
— Tom Wujec—Chief Disruptor at Autodesk, and world-renowned innovator—dropped by The Lavin office in Toronto to speak about his current research, work, and keynote topics. In particular, he spoke about new disruptive technologies and creation processes: everything from the 3D printing of luxury goods to large-scale mapping software for city planners to innovations in dental surgery. ...
Mental Health | November 16, 2015
The Truth About Addiction: Introducing New Speaker Johann Hari
— Writing for The Huffington Post, Johann Hari states: “the opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It is human connection.” This crucial distinction, learned through his 12-country, 30,000-mile journey into the war on drugs, has massive implications for how we think about addiction and the laws that police...
David Eagleman is a daring young scientist who provides a new understanding of our brains—and ourselves. As a speaker, this Guggenheim Fellow and NYT bestselling author is energizing, edifying, and able to connect scientific discovery to any field. He’s the writer and host of the upcoming PBS series The Brain with David Eagleman: a six-hour international event on what it means to be human. This television series will tell the story of the inner workings of the brain and take viewers on an epic, visually stunning journey into why we feel and think the things we do.