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  • Heart of the Conversation: Ta-Nehisi Coates’s <em> Between the World and Me </em> Is a #1<em> NYT</em> Bestseller Diversity | July 28, 2015 Heart of the Conversation: Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me Is a #1 NYT Bestseller

    Ta-Nehisi Coates’s revelatory memoir on institutional racism, Between the World and Me has debuted on The New York Times Bestsellers List at #1. “It is the book everyone is talking about right now,” says The New Yorker’s David Remnick, “and for good reason.” With its fingers on...

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  • Changing the World With Science: Scott Barry Kaufman, Nina Tandon, Hugh Herr Science | July 21, 2015 Changing the World With Science: Scott Barry Kaufman, Nina Tandon, Hugh Herr

    — "Scientists who ask the right questions at the right time can make history and change the world," writes Business Insider. The publication has complied a new list of 50 groundbreaking scientists who are changing the way we see the world, from human happiness, evolutionary biology, neutrino physics, biotechnology, archeology, and more....

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  • An Instant Classic, Even Sooner: Ta-Nehisi Coates's New Book on Race Gets Bumped Up Diversity | July 14, 2015 An Instant Classic, Even Sooner: Ta-Nehisi Coates's New Book on Race Gets Bumped Up

    — Demand for Ta-Nehisi Coates's new book is so great that the publisher, in a rare move, pushed up its release date. Between the World and Me—a slim but powerful book on race and America—hit bookstores today, two months sooner than planned. A surge in interest, the timely topic, and a confluence of other factors, including praise from John Legend, New Yorker editor David Remnick, and Nobel Laureate Toni...

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  • A Blueprint for Change: Jessica Jackley's First Book, <em>Clay Water Brick</em>, Publishes Today Social Change | June 23, 2015 A Blueprint for Change: Jessica Jackley's First Book, Clay Water Brick, Publishes Today

    — "The heart of entrepreneurship is never about what we have," says Jessica Jackley, co-founder of revolutionary microlending site KIVA. "It’s about what we do.” Jackley's first book, Clay Water Brick: Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most with the Least, is out today. It features lessons learned from successful businesses in the world’s poorest...

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  • From the Kitchen to the Boardroom: Introducing New Speaker Vikram Vij Entrepreneurship | June 22, 2015 From the Kitchen to the Boardroom: Introducing New Speaker Vikram Vij

    Vikram Vij is the owner of award-winning restaurants Vij’s Restaurant, Vij’s Rangoli, and My Shanti, and food truck Vij’s Railway Express. Vij’s Restaurant is world-renowned, described by New York Times food writer Mark Bittman as “easily among the finest Indian restaurants in the world.” But when Vij immigrated to Canada in 1989, he...

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  • The Comedian & the Sociologist: Aziz Ansari & Eric Klinenberg tackle <em>Modern Romance</em> Science | June 16, 2015 The Comedian & the Sociologist: Aziz Ansari & Eric Klinenberg tackle Modern Romance

    — Stand-up powerhouse and Parks and Recreation star Aziz Ansari releases his first book today, Modern Romance—a hilarious, thought-provoking look at dating. To write it, Ansari star teamed up with NYU sociology professor (and Lavin speaker) Eric Klinenberg. Together, the comedian and the sociologist designed a massive research project spanning hundreds of interviews across continents, from Witchita, Kansas to Tokyo,...

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