Big Data | June 27, 2016
New Videos: Jordan Ellenberg Runs the Numbers
— Jordan Ellenberg sees math everywhere. Behind each of our decisions are unseen forces, equations with tangible, real-world outcomes, and Ellenberg lays them bare in fascinating keynotes. His book How Not to Be Wrong (named to Bill Gates’s summer 2016 reading list) unearths the mathematical underpinnings of some unlikely subjects—everything...
Exclusives | June 24, 2016
Lavin Weekly #43: Maeda, Samuel, & Scudamore
— 1. “Money Isn’t the Enemy”—John Maeda in Good Magazine...
Environment | June 24, 2016
It’s Easy Being Green: Lavin Speakers Talk Technology and Sustainability
— Melting ice caps. Rising sea levels. Steadily mounting temperatures. The fallout from industrialization has been significant, and climate change is here. But is there still time to change our fate? A new generation of thinkers—of entrepreneurs, innovators, and inventors—are changing the way we look at green technology. It’s not a concession: it’s untapped economic opportunity, ready for the taking. These environment speakers...
Politics | June 22, 2016
Mark Leibovich’s NYT Magazine Cover Story on the GOP Identity Crisis
— What does Donald Trump’s campaign—both highly public and decidedly unconventional—mean for the party he represents? Will the GOP become inextricably tied to Trump’s manner and viewpoints, win or lose? Two Lavin speakers have recently written high-profile pieces on Trump and the fate of the Republican party—Mark Leibovich for The New York Times Magazine and
Diversity | June 21, 2016
One Giant Leap: Introducing New Speaker Margot Lee Shetterly
— Margot Lee Shetterly’s forthcoming book Hidden Figures goes behind the scenes of the Space Race to reveal some of its unheralded—but instrumental—contributors. It’s the true story of NASA’s female African-American mathematicians who helped achieve some of America’s proudest moments...
Arts and Pop Culture | June 20, 2016
All Together Now: Choir! Choir! Choir! Profiled in The New Yorker
— A new article in The New Yorker sheds light on one of our most unconventional—yet fascinating—entertainers: Choir! Choir! Choir! Tracing their humble beginnings as an impromptu choir for a birthday party to their now-viral tribute to the late David Bowie at Carnegie Hall, the feature...
In a riveting interview conducted by Riaz Meghji, Mohamed Fahmy recounts tales of his imprisonment in Egypt, the importance of journalism, and what this means to each of us in today’s society.