Economics | May 28, 2015
The Carbon Bubble and Superpower: New Books by Jeff Rubin and Ian Bremmer
— Jeff Rubin and Ian Bremmer, two of our powerhouse economics and politics speakers, both have new books out this month. Rubin, who is also the bestselling author of Why Your World is About To Get a Whole Lot Smaller and The End of Growth, is back with The...
Social Change | May 27, 2015
"Afghanistan Has a Chance to Decide Who it Really Is:" Kimberley Motley on a Landmark Case
— Lavin Speaker Kimberley Motley, who represented the family of a woman brutally beaten to death in Afghanistan, has written a moving editorial in the Telegraph explaining the case’s enormous significance—both in that country and around the globe....
Diversity | May 13, 2015
First Look: Ta-Nehisi Coates' New Book, Between the World and Me
— Ta-Nehisi Coates, “the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States” (The New York Observer), has a new book coming out on September 8, 2015. Between the World and Me explores the past 150 years of America's racial history: from the Civil War to the crises still happening on our streets today. Coates recently received the George Polk Award for his Atlantic cover story...
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Authors | May 08, 2015
Going Undercover in North Korea: Introducing New Speaker Suki Kim
— Suki Kim—the first writer to go undercover in North Korea—is the newest addition to Lavin’s roster of keynote speakers. Kim's recent NYT bestseller Without You There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite is a harrowing and incisive account of her time there in 2011, during the last days of Kim Jong-Il's reign. As an English teacher at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, she...
Economics | May 05, 2015
Escaping Poverty? It's All About Place: A Bracing New Study Co-Authored by Raj Chetty
— A much-talked-about new study on poverty in America, co-authored by Lavin speaker Raj Chetty, reveals how hard it is for poor children in certain cities and towns (like Balitmore City) to climb the income ladder over the course of their lives. Place, it turns out, plays a major...
Investigate journalist Charles Fishman talks about his new book on curiosity, A Curious Mind, and highlights how we're not focusing enough on the value of being curious.