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diversity & race | Nov 24th, 2016

“We need new heroes”—Time Features Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures, the Untold Story of NASA’s Black Female Mathematicians

Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures, the incredible true story of the black women mathematicians who helped America win the space race, is the subject of a lengthy feature in the latest issue of Time. The book is an instant bestseller, the film a star-studded affair out this Christmas, and the... Continue Reading →
design | Nov 24th, 2016

The Next Revolution in Design? It’s 4D Printing—and Skylar Tibbits’s New Self-Assembly Lab Is the Perfect Guidebook.

Skylar Tibbits is leading the next design revolution. In his Self-Assembly Lab at MIT, he’s on the cutting edge of what he calls 4D printing (think: objects that adapt to their surroundings like living things—and create endless possibilities for construction, manufacturing, and infrastructure in... Continue Reading →
motivational | Nov 22nd, 2016

Want to Be Happy? You Don’t Have to Be So Positive All the Time. How This Refreshing Advice Worked for Mark Manson.

MARK MANSON’s approach to happiness and motivation is refreshingly direct: Focus on what truly matters; ignore the noise; and learn what to actually care about. He’s the author of the NYT bestseller The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, a blogger on a mission, and a hilarious, iconoclastic speaker.... Continue Reading →
religion | Nov 18th, 2016

An Interfaith Couple Explains Trump to Their Kids — Reza Aslan & Jessica Jackley Choose Tolerance

As an interfaith, interracial family, Reza Aslan and Jessica Jackley were at a loss to explain Trump’s win to their young kids. But their eldest child already knew exactly what to say: “The way we defeat bad guys is by loving them so they become good guys.” Reza Aslan is a NYT bestselling author... Continue Reading →
digital | Nov 16th, 2016

Can We Imagine Social Media as Biology—As a Living Thing? Michael Casey’s New Book The Social Organism

In his new book, The Social Organism, out yesterday, fintech expert Michael Casey proposes an intriguing theory: that social media “functions on every level like a living organism.” But what does this mean, for both individuals and organizations? And how does it change our understanding of digital... Continue Reading →
activism | Nov 15th, 2016

Surviving 438 Days in an Egyptian Prison: Human Rights Advocate Mohamed Fahmy’s Memoir, The Marriott Cell

Journalist Mohamed Fahmy’s memoir of his harrowing time spent in Egyptian prison, The Marriott Cell, is in stores today.  In 2014, the Egyptian-Canadian journalist was jailed in Egypt, falsely accused of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood and fabricating news for Al Jazeera. All told, he spent... Continue Reading →
lavin weekly | Nov 11th, 2016

Lavin Weekly #62: Klosterman, MacArthur, Gutsche, & Prevette

1. Chuck Klosterman: What Does Trump’s Triumph Signify for Future Elections?   In the wake of President-elect Trump’s shocking victory, cultural critic Chuck Klosterman, author of New York Times bestseller But What If We’re Wrong?, spoke to Inverse to share his always-relevant thoughts.... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Nov 10th, 2016

Must Watch: Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Powerful Keynote from the Morning After the Election

On the morning after Donald Trump’s stunning election victory, Ta-Nehisi Coates—one of America’s foremost writers on race and politics—spoke at the InBound 2016 Conference, in Boston, and delivered a powerful, impromptu keynote on “what happened last night” and what lies ahead. The author of... Continue Reading →
u.s. politics | Nov 10th, 2016

Trump Won. What’s Next? Lavin Speakers Help Us Understand the Election

Donald Trump has led the Republican Party to unexpected success—baffling pollsters across the world and driving people of all political persuasions to seek out expert opinion. What does a Trump victory mean for international relations and global health? How will it alter world and domestic... Continue Reading →
technology | Nov 8th, 2016

“We’re Starting to Use It Every Day”: Speaker Helen Papagiannis on Augmented Reality

With the overnight ubiquity of Pokemon Go this past summer, we saw the transformative power of a new kind of technology: augmented reality. And according to Helen Papagiannis, author of the upcoming book Augmented Human (March 2017), Nintendo’s creature-catching phenomenon marks only the beginning.... Continue Reading →
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