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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 →
authors | Dec 22nd, 2016

The Best of 2016: Lavin Speakers Top Lists from NYT, Time, Harper’s, & More

It’s nearing the end of the year, and that means Best-of lists. And recent books from Lavin speakers—Teju Cole’s Known and Strange Things, Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures, David Sax’s The Revenge of Analog, and more—have won over critics and readers alike. To start, four Lavin speaker books... Continue Reading →
innovation & creativity | Dec 21st, 2016

Want to Become an Expert? Hear New Speaker Anders Ericsson, the World’s Foremost Authority on Top Performance

What makes someone an expert? Is it inborn talent? Years of study? Accolades and credentials? To Anders Ericsson, the world’s foremost authority on expertise, and author of the book Peak, it all comes down to deliberate, purposeful practice—around 10,000 hours of it. We tend to think of star... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Dec 20th, 2016

Are “We Gon’ Be Alright”? Jeff Chang on the Future of Activism in a Post-Trump World

As the era of Trump begins, how will social activism change? In a perceptive new essay, We Gon’ Be Alright author Jeff Chang argues that “Just as the symbol of Barack Obama united the fringes of the right,” “Trump’s presidency will galvanize an opposition ready for the mainstream.” “This moment is... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Dec 20th, 2016

When Civil Rights Met the Space Program: Margot Lee Shetterly Reveals the Untold History behind Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures, the true story of the black female mathematicians instrumental to the Space Race, hits theaters Christmas day, based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s book of the same name. In a recent panel, Shetterly joined BUILD Series to illuminate some of the real-life hardships faced by NASA’s “human... Continue Reading →
canada 150 | Dec 19th, 2016

Celebrating Canada’s Urban Reality: Shawn Micallef Speaks on Identity & Nationhood at 150

As Canada celebrates its 150th year, we reflect on what unites us nationally by looking to both our past and future. In a new keynote, Toronto Star columnist and Spacing editor Shawn Micallef argues that Canada’s identity is built around its urban centres—growing, thriving, and innovating like... Continue Reading →
innovation & creativity | Dec 19th, 2016

Is Creativity Just a “Messy Mind”? Scott Barry Kaufman Speaks at PopTech’s SuperCreativity Conference

At PopTech’s SuperCreativity conference, Scott Barry Kaufman delivered a new keynote on the nature of creative minds. What makes people creative? Is it intelligence? Openness? Or something more? Kaufman, who studies the development of intelligence and creativity, digs deep in this new lecture. In... Continue Reading →
trends | Dec 16th, 2016

David Sax’s The Revenge of Analog Is One of Michiko Kakutani’s Top Ten Books of 2016 in The New York Times

New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Michiko Kakutani has named David Sax’s The Revenge of Analog one of her Top Ten Books of 2016, further cementing the book’s place among the hottest business titles of the year. An additional, glowing review, also from Kakutani, calls The Revenge of... Continue Reading →
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