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global politics | Feb 16th, 2018

What Does Russia Want? Atlantic Writer and Former Russian Correspondent Julia Ioffe Illuminates the Method in Putin’s Madness

New speaker Julia Ioffe – author of the revealing Atlantic cover story “What Putin Really Wants” – has emerged as the premier voice to access Russia’s intentions, and what they mean for America. A gifted speaker, Ioffe unpacks this defining geopolitical drama with piercing clarity, showing us how... Continue Reading →
u.s. politics | Feb 15th, 2018

“America is Not a Democracy,” says Harvard professor Yascha Mounk in The Atlantic. But It’s Not Too Late to Change.

Democracy is in decline in the West, especially among young people. They don’t trust their politicians and they don’t see themselves reflected in policy. Harvard professor Yascha Mounk’s much anticipated new book The People vs. Democracy (recently excerpted in The Atlantic) explores this alarming... Continue Reading →
education | Feb 14th, 2018

Applying Entrepreneurial Solutions to Social Problems: How Karim Abouelnaga is Bridging the Educational Achievement Gap

New Lavin speaker Karim Abouelnaga knows firsthand how tough it is to attend school when you’re impoverished—let alone excel. “So much of our education reform is driven by a sympathetic approach instead of an empathetic approach,” he says. “Someone who has grown up in this environment can say, ‘I... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Feb 12th, 2018

“One of the Strongest Artists to Emerge in This Country, This Century.” New York Magazine Lead Art Critic on LaToya Ruby Frazier

LaToya Ruby Frazier—photographer, MacArthur “Genius” and one of Lavin’s most compelling speakers on the entanglement of race, labor, family, and the environment—was described by influential New York Magazine art critic Jerry Saltz as a, “36-year old oracle … one of the strongest artists to emerge... Continue Reading →
gender & sexuality | Feb 6th, 2018

Victims’ Rights Attorney Carrie Goldberg is the Fearless, “Time’s Up” Era Voice We Need to Hear

Welcome Carrie Goldberg to the Lavin roster. She’s a tenacious lawyer fighting for individuals under attack—online and off. Profiled in a major New Yorker feature, with an upcoming memoir and TV show in the works, Goldberg is the charismatic legal warrior we need in a post-Weinstein, #MeToo world.... Continue Reading →
psychology | Feb 5th, 2018

Ignore the Headlines, Says Harvard Professor Steven Pinker. Out Today, His New Book Explains Why The World is Doing Better Than You Think.

Newspaper headlines are an endless stream of violence, destruction, and looming threats. But Harvard professor and leading cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker says that we’re actually living longer, healthier, and happier lives than ever before. In his much-anticipated book Enlightenment Now... Continue Reading →
mental health | Jan 31st, 2018

3 Speakers Offer Practical, Meaningful Strategies in the Pursuit of Mental Wellness

Sometimes we don’t know how to face a challenge until we’re already struggling with it. Michael Landsberg, Candy Chang, and Dr. Jonathan Fader are three speakers who approach the issue of mental health from all angles: acknowledging the realities of illness while also promoting mental wellness for... Continue Reading →
psychology | Jan 30th, 2018

“A Meeting of the Minds”: Steven Pinker and Bill Gates Discuss Human Progress and How the World is Getting Better

In advance of speaker Steven Pinker’s new book, Enlightenment Now, the Harvard professor sat down with Microsoft visionary and philanthropist Bill Gates to discuss the Enlightenment values of reason and science —which Pinker believes are still key to human progress —and why “we have no right to... Continue Reading →
happiness | Jan 25th, 2018

Productive Ease, Meaningful Work, Peaceful Communities: Three Speakers Offer Plans for Happiness at Work and Beyond

Consider the possibility of handling the everyday challenges of work, school, city dwelling, and creative pursuits with nothing more than your own mind. Speakers Daniel Lerner, Emily Esfahani Smith, and Charles Montgomery lay out straightforward actions towards living well, avoiding burnout, and... Continue Reading →
creativity | Jan 24th, 2018

“Everyone is Creative. It’s Part of the Basic Software We’re All Running.” Three Creativity Speakers on How to Cultivate Inspiration

The path to developing creative, innovative ideas at work isn’t as illusive as it might seem. Just ask Harvard history professor Sarah Lewis, neuroscientist and bestselling author David Eagleman, or Welby Altidor, the man responsible for the corporate culture at Cirque du Soleil, one of the world’s... Continue Reading →
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