Design | August 24, 2016
Design and Tech Speaker John Maeda Moves on from KPCB, Joins Automattic
— Congratulations are in order for design speaker John Maeda, who’s moving on after three productive years as the Design Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Maeda will join Automattic, parent company of WordPress.com, WooCommerce, and Jetpack, as their Global Head of Computational Design and Inclusion, where he’ll...
Environment | August 24, 2016
What Are You Reading?: Adam Briggle Makes Two Eco-Minded Recommendations
— What are the ideas and voices informing our most exciting keynote speakers? This week, we reached out to Adam Briggle, Lavin environment speaker, grassroots leader, and author of A Field Philosopher’s Guide to Fracking, and asked him a simple question: what are you reading? As it turns out, Briggle’s wading through two works, one of fiction and one of non-, that both have much to say about today’s...
Mental Health | August 23, 2016
New Videos: Michael Landsberg Opens Up about Depression & Mental Health
— Last December, Michael Landsberg ended his 18-year run as the host of TSN’s Off the Record. Now, he’s free to pursue a cause that’s near and dear to him: mental health awareness. Far from the image we’re used to seeing on TV, Landsberg suffers from depression, and has for most of his adult life. Today, he’s the creator of #SickNotWeak:...
Authors | August 17, 2016
Meet Guy Lawson, the Journalist Behind War Dogs
— This Friday (August 19), the crime-war-comedy biopic War Dogs hits theaters, starring Jonah Hill, Miles Teller (Whiplash) and Bradley Cooper. War Dogs tells the unlikely story of Efraim Diveroli and David Mackouz, two twenty-something Miami hustlers who land a massive contract to supply weapons to U.S. troops in Afghanistan. And while you may see it in all its silver-screen glory this weekend, the...
Food | August 16, 2016
WATCH: Food Speaker Bryant Terry’s New TEDMED Talk
— Food justice activist Bryant Terry’s talk from TEDMED 2015 is now available to watch! Terry, the author of the critically acclaimed Vegan Soul Kitchen and Afro-Vegan, spoke last November at the conference. In the video, Terry tells the story of a hip-hop song that forever changed the way he looked at food—and shares what he’s doing now to...
Arts and Pop Culture | August 15, 2016
WATCH: New Speaker Margot Shetterly’s Hidden Figures Film Trailer
— The trailer for the much-anticipated film Hidden Figures is officially out! Based on the book of the same name by new Lavin speaker Margot Lee Shetterly, Hidden Figures stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, and Kevin Costner, and chronicles NASA’s female African-American mathematicians, who worked behind...
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.