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global economy | Aug 22nd, 2017

Americans Are Losing Faith in Democracy. Political Theorist Yascha Mounk Explains Why and What We Can Do About It

Liberal democracies are dying, while far-right groups and authoritarian leaders are thriving. It’s a grim fact, but Harvard professor, writer, and new Lavin Speaker Yascha Mounk is hopeful in his engaging talks about why it’s happening, how it’s happening, and what every day citizens can do about... Continue Reading →
the lavin weekly | Aug 18th, 2017

The Lavin Weekly: American Violence, Problem Prosecutors, A Talk With Teju Cole, Women in STEM, and How to Live Longer

The Lavin Weekly is a round-up of our favourite speaker stories of the week. Sometimes our Lavin Speakers are the writers, sometimes they’re the subjects, but always they’re making the world a smarter place.  This week Rich Benjamin weighs in on Charlottesville; Emily Bazelon exposes a disturbing... Continue Reading →
activism | Aug 17th, 2017

Speaking Truth to Power: Though Their Activism Looks Different, These Speakers All Fight for Human Rights & Equality

“It couldn’t happen here, not in 2017.” This is the soothing delusion many of us have recited over the past year, but its potency is waning—and now it’s time to act. This week we look at five Lavin speakers—Jelani Cobb, Reza Aslan, Angie Thomas, Megan Phelps-Roper, and Matt Taibbi—who seek to... Continue Reading →
psychology | Aug 16th, 2017

Success or Confidence: What Comes First? Lavin Talks to Dr. Jonathan Fader, Head of Mental Conditioning for the New York Giants

In his role as the Director of Mental Conditioning for the New York Giants, Dr. Jonathan Fader teaches already high-performing individuals to transcend their inhibitions. When not with the Giants, he helps other specialized workers—including New York Fire Department first responders—perform better... Continue Reading →
college | Aug 15th, 2017

Kwame Anthony Appiah: “Sometimes in Thinking About the World, the Truth Isn’t What You Need”

In his newly released book, As If: Idealization and Ideals, Kwame Anthony Appiah makes a compelling argument for the importance of “useful fictions” when it comes to understanding nature, society, and ourselves.   These useful fictions are not to be confused with “alternative facts,” says Appiah,... Continue Reading →
the lavin weekly | Aug 14th, 2017

The Lavin Weekly: The “Anti-White Bias,” Ageism, Meaning at Work, America’s Rogue Populace, & A Collaboration for Trans Rights

Our busy speakers are always making the news, both literally and figuratively. The Lavin Weekly is a handy curation of our favourite speaker stories of the week; stories in which we see our speakers doing what they do best: making the world a smarter place.  Last week we had Nikole Hannah-Jones’... Continue Reading →
corporate culture | Aug 9th, 2017

Leading Psychologist Mitch Prinstein on the Eternal Popularity Contest and Why It Matters

Mitch Prinstein—psychologist, professor, and author of the fascinating new book Popular—helps us come to terms with the various social dynamics at play in our organizations. Offering a new framework, he shows us how to deal with everything from feedback to rejection, promotions to raises, roles and... Continue Reading →
authors | Aug 4th, 2017

Just Released, Teju Cole’s Blind Spot Has Already Been Named One of TIME’s Best Books of 2017 So Far

“The author annotates his own photography with short essays that read like prose poetry,” says TIME, which placed TEJU COLE’s Blind Spot alongside Ariel Levy’s The Rules Do Not Apply on its Best of 2017 So Far list. That’s one way to describe the book. Former United States Poet Laureate Robert... Continue Reading →
visual artists | Aug 1st, 2017

“We can’t erase this history. We have to know it.” Titus Kaphar’s New TED Talk Uses Art to Amend the Past

Titus Kaphar is a painter and sculptor, best known for his TIME Magazine portrait of Ferguson protestors, and for The Jerome Project, in which he explores the volume of black men trapped in the criminal justice system. In Kaphar’s TED Talk (released today), he applies an on-the-spot amendment to a... Continue Reading →
lavin weekly | Jul 28th, 2017

The Lavin Weekly: American Islam, Saying Yes To No, Future Art, a Pageant Queen Retires, & Selfies of Yore

It’s never a slow news week at Lavin, rather the opposite among our busy speakers. Whether they’re creating news or reporting on it, the Lavin Weekly offers a select round-up of our speakers’ endeavors—especially if they’ve been doing what they're known for: making the world a smarter place.  This... Continue Reading →
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