Diversity | August 30, 2016
“The M Word”: American Muslim Storytellers Ali, Farsad, Aslan Speak Out
— A brand-new initiative from PEN America will showcase American Muslim storytellers and their allies, focusing on intersecting topics of identity, race, politics, and media representation. The series, called “The M Word,” is co-curated by Lavin speaker and award-winning playwright Wajahat Ali,...
Exclusives | August 30, 2016
The 12th Floor: Meet Maisa from the Toronto Office
— In The 12th Floor series, Lavin’s Spencer Gordon interviews the many amazing people who make up the team here at our head office in Toronto, Canada. The Lavin Agency relies on its creative, intelligent, and passionate staff to represent its roster of world-changing speakers. Here you’ll get a chance to meet the professionals who work behind the scenes to guarantee that you find the perfect guest...
Education | August 29, 2016
Scientific American’s Scott Barry Kaufman: “Does Giftedness Matter?”
— When the elementary-school academic split happens—that is, divvying up kids into gifted and regular streams—what bearing does it really have on future success? In the latest installment of his Scientific American blog, “Beautiful Minds,” Scott Barry Kaufman responds to a recent Huffington Post piece in which writer and mother Farrah Alexander denounces the “gifted”...
Digital and Social Media | August 29, 2016
#AskASpeaker #13: Twitter Q&A with Magic and Loss Author Virginia Heffernan
— This past Thursday we resumed our live Twitter Q&A series with writer and cultural critic Virginia Heffernan, who, in the new book Magic and Loss, argues that the Internet is a massive and collaborative work of realist art—and so much greater than simply a tool for business, or a shiny bit of tech....
Exclusives | August 26, 2016
Lavin Weekly #51: Levitin, Konnikova, Sax, & Frazier
— 1. Daniel Levitin: This Is Sting’s Brain (on Music)...
Diversity | August 25, 2016
First Look: Jeff Chang’s New Book, We Gon’ Be Alright
— Across America, it’s been a summer of turmoil and division. After shootings in Dallas, Minnesota, and Baton Rouge, protests and violence in Milwaukee, and ceaseless debate, racial tension remains at a boiling point. In his last book, Who We Be, author Jeff Chang examined racial progress in post-civil rights America. In his upcoming collection, We Gon’...
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.