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ted speakers | Sep 12th, 2017

Seek a Life of Meaning, Not Happiness, Says Emily Esfahani Smith in Her New TED Talk

Our “single-minded obsession with happiness” is leading us astray, says speaker Emily Esfahani Smith in her just-released hit TED2017 keynote. Smith lays out the four pillars of wisdom that are not about banishing unhappiness, but rather, finding meaning within an emotional spectrum. “I used to... Continue Reading →
innovation & creativity | Sep 11th, 2017

Augmented Reality is about “Living in the real world” Says Dr. Helen Papagiannis in her New Book, Augmented Human

Dr. Helen Papagiannis is a world-leading speak in the field of Augmented Reality (AR). In the just-released Augmented Human—the first non-technical, accessible take on AR—Papagiannis reveals how this technological revolution will impact us and our organizations, and the opportunities that lie... Continue Reading →
the lavin weekly | Sep 8th, 2017

The Lavin Weekly: Undercover in North Korea, The DACA Decision, Neoliberal Problems, and Why It’s Okay to Not be Famous

In this Lavin Weekly, Suki Kim tells us how to deal with North Korea; Derek Thompson breaks down the disasterous DACA repeal; Douglas Rushkoff talks about Google’s latest controversy; and Emily Esfahani Smith serves up some hard but important truths.  1. “The Great Leader can’t be moderated. You... Continue Reading →
college | Sep 7th, 2017

Repairing an Unequal Nation: Five Top Speakers on the Art of Change

Keynote speakers Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Jeff Chang, Gabby Rivera, and Reza Aslan hail from the middle east to the midwest, but they all have one thing in common: an infectious desire to make the world a more peaceful and equitable place.  Khalil Gibran Muhammad: Professor of... Continue Reading →
technology | Sep 6th, 2017

Critical Thinking is the New Firewall: Cybersecurity Analyst Laura Galante’s New TED Talk

“Our realities are increasingly based on the information that we’re consuming in the palm of our hand” says leading cybersecurity analyst Laura Galante in her recent TED Talk. Brilliantly, Galante shows not only how we’re being deceived, but more vitally, ways we can protect ourselves.    Citing... Continue Reading →
college | Sep 5th, 2017

First a Memoir, Soon a Film. Megan Phelps-Roper’s Story of Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church Is a Study in Empathy

Megan Phelps-Roper, once a prominent member of the Westboro Baptist Church, known for its vicious hate speech and cruel protests, is now one of its rare defectors. Her highly anticipated memoir, titled This Above All is coming soon to the big screen.  Produced by Reese Witherspoon, and set to be... Continue Reading →
authors | Sep 5th, 2017

“Truth is whatever you say it is. And that’s terrifying”: Salman Rushdie’s The Golden House Is Out

Set against the bizarre, surreal, and often frightening backdrop of current American culture and politics, Sir Salman Rushdie’s latest novel The Golden House thrillingly speaks to a world where objective truth is the crumbling social foundation that we’re only now on the brink of. René, the... Continue Reading →
the lavin weekly | Sep 1st, 2017

The Lavin Weekly: Taking the High Road, Democracy vs. Math, The Last “Ism,” Afghanistan Strategy, & "Islam’s Mosh Pit"

In this Lavin Weekly, Jelani Cobb argues for the high road; Emily Bazelon reveals how voters’ rights are being violated; Ashton Applewhite continues the fight to end ageism, MJ Hegar asks what victory looks like in Afghanistan, and we get an excerpt from Parvez Sharma’s upcoming book. 1. “Trump is... Continue Reading →
social science | Aug 31st, 2017

Build Your Village: Susan Pinker’s New TED Talk Shows How Real Life Social Interactions Can Extend Your Life

What does it take to live to 100? In her just-released TED Talk, psychologist Susan Pinker explains the fascinating data drawn from her study of the Italian village of Villagrande. Why do so many of its inhabitants hit triple-digit birthdays? Hint: it has nothing to do with a low-fat diet.  As... Continue Reading →
leadership | Aug 30th, 2017

How Does a Liberal Arts Major (and Woman!) Lead 3,500 Engineers (Most of Whom Are Men)? Minette Norman on Radical Empathy

The VP of Engineering Practice at Autodesk—a world leader in software tech—is neither an engineer nor a man. She’s Minette Norman, a liberal arts major and new Lavin speaker whose unique perspectives on leadership initiated the company’s transformative culture change.   She achieved this by... Continue Reading →
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