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...
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...
Exclusives | May 20, 2016
Lavin Weekly #38: Bacevich, Stephens, Nair, & MacArthur
— 1. Andrew Bacevich Takes American Foreign Policy to Task in Salon...
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 “
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
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...
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.