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u.s. politics | Jan 18th, 2017

Letters from the Big Top: Matt Taibbi’s New Book, Insane Clown President

In Insane Clown President, author and Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi delivers a scathing record of the 2016 presidential election, both a postmortem and siren song as the new guard moves in.  Previously, Taibbi turned his unforgiving eye on the American wealth gap in The Divide (2014), which... Continue Reading →
retail | Jan 11th, 2017

How Did Maureen Chiquet Lead Chanel Through a Decade of Disruption?

We don’t often think of empathy and collaboration as intrinsic to heading a thriving global business. But when Maureen Chiquet led Chanel through one of the most tumultuous eras in retail—and grew the company threefold, no less—it was this overlooked skillset that allowed them to evolve. Chiquet... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Jan 10th, 2017

Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures Is a #1 NYT Bestseller and the #1 Film in America

Huge congratulations to Margot Lee Shetterly—her book, Hidden Figures, is a #1 New York Times bestseller, and its movie adaptation was #1 at this weekend’s box office! It’s an epic Civil-Rights history, but also a story of innovation, technology, and women breaking through in STEM fields. Hidden... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Jan 10th, 2017

Sarah Lewis’s “Vision & Justice” Is “the visual analog for Black Lives Matter” — The Boston Globe

Last summer, Harvard professor and bestselling author Sarah Lewis guest-edited “Vision & Justice,” a special issue of Aperture magazine dedicated to photography depicting black experiences. Its impact, half a year later, and in such a fraught cultural moment, is undeniable. The issue sold 20,000... Continue Reading →
lavin weekly | Jan 6th, 2017

Lavin Weekly: Threats at Home and Abroad—Graeme Wood on ISIS, Andrew Bacevich on Foreign Policy, and Martin Ford on Automation

A trio of forward-thinking speakers headline today’s Lavin Weekly: Graeme Wood’s new book is the ultimate guide to understanding ISIS; Andrew Bacevich wonders how Trump will handle our Middle Eastern interests; and Martin Ford reminds us that disruption isn’t limited to one industry.  1. Graeme... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Jan 6th, 2017

The Real Strength of American Diversity: Wajahat Ali on Unity in the Age of Trump

As the Trump era dawns, how can we preserve our welcoming nation? To renowned playwright and journalist Wajahat Ali, we can combat racism and Islamophobia. But we need to think beyond partisanship, he says, and celebrate the differences and commonalities that make our country great. Modern... Continue Reading →
trends | Jan 5th, 2017

Popularity Isn’t Luck. It’s a Science. Derek Thompson’s New Book Hit Makers Explains How Major Trends Take Off

Why do some songs, apps, games, films, or celebs blow up, while others flop? To Atlantic senior editor Derek Thompson, “going viral” is more than blind luck. In his new book Hit Makers, he reveals the hidden web of power, influence, business smarts—and even genius—that makes culture happen. In Hit... Continue Reading →
religion | Jan 4th, 2017

Reza Aslan’s New CNN Series Believer Is a Deep Dive into the Religious Unknown

The newest show from Reza Aslan is almost here. The six-part series Believer follows Aslan as he travels the globe meeting the true adherents, religious rebels, fanatics, and gurus behind the fringes of some of the world’s major religions. And it’s coming to CNN this Spring—check out the first... Continue Reading →
gender & sexuality | Jan 4th, 2017

Smashing Stereotypes with the Greatest Female Chess Player of All Time, Judit Polgár

At just 15, chess prodigy Judit Polgár became the youngest Grandmaster in history, surpassing Bobby Fischer’s seemingly unbeatable record. Now, the game’s greatest female player speaks on what it takes to shine in male-dominated fields and on cultivating raw talent—on and off the chessboard. Judit... Continue Reading →
technology | Dec 23rd, 2016

The New AI: David Rose Speaks on Staying Human in the Age of Automation

David Rose taught us about the Internet of Things—the interconnected web of objects transforming our day-to-day routines. Now, in a new keynote, he raises vital questions regarding AI: How will it alter our lives, both at home and at work? What jobs will it replace? And what if the machines make us... Continue Reading →
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