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diversity & race | Mar 28th, 2017

Sarah Lewis’s Photographic Vision of Justice: Harvard, Brooklyn, and Beyond

As reported in The New York Times, Sarah Lewis’s exploration of race through the lens of photography is seeding new educational streams. Her three-part “Vision and Justice” course at the Brooklyn Public Library, inspired by her Aperture issue of the same name, is already at capacity. Author, art... Continue Reading →
lavin weekly | Mar 27th, 2017

Lavin Weekly: Young Adult Fiction, Workplace Dynamics, Grit, Prison, and the President

Last week our speakers covered a lot of topical ground. For the New Yorker, Eyal Press wrote about injustice in a Florida prison; Angela Duckworth discussed grit in Marie Claire; in Big Think, Esther Perel discussed navigating office life; The New York Times name-checked Angie Thomas (yet again!),... Continue Reading →
business strategy | Mar 23rd, 2017

New Videos: Adam Bryant on Enhancing the Relationships that Promote Office Culture

Having culled years of leadership wisdom for his weekly New York Times “Corner Office” column, Adam Bryant knows what it takes to be a great CEO. In the following six videos, Bryant outlines the simple but profound principles that help employers and employees align goals, hear each other out, and... Continue Reading →
sociology | Mar 22nd, 2017

Are You a Superfan? An In-Depth Look at Society’s Alpha Consumers

Zoe Fraade-Blanar and Aaron M. Glazer are co-authors of Superfandom and new additions to the Lavin roster. They checked in with us to offer thoughts on fandom v. consumerism, leveraging loyalty, and what exactly it means to be “super” in today’s fan-driven economy. What is Superfandom (both the... Continue Reading →
business strategy | Mar 21st, 2017

Ajay Agrawal’s Creative Destruction Lab: Driving the Potential of Artificial Intelligence

Rotman’s Creative Destruction Lab is “paving the way for a more vibrant Canadian economy,” touts The Globe and Mail’s recent front page. In the associated “Report on Business” cover story, CLD founder and CEO Ajay Agrawal unpacks the profoundly successful concept behind this revolutionary lab.... Continue Reading →
lavin weekly | Mar 17th, 2017

Lavin Weekly: Design, Multi-Media, Magic, ISIS, Analog, and Afghanistan

A weekly overview of cool things accomplished by (some of) our cool speakers, feat. architect Neri Oxman, designer John Maeda, historian Andrew Bacevich, journalist Graeme Wood, writer David Sax and illusionist David Kwong 1) Neri Oxman is Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT... Continue Reading →
innovation | Mar 16th, 2017

Sneak Peak: David Robertson’s The Power of Little Ideas, from LEGO to Gatorade

The Power of Little Ideas: A Low-Risk, High Reward Approach to Innovation, Wharton professor David Robertson’s latest book after 2015’s Brick by Brick, goes even deeper into LEGO’s particular model of innovation. And this company wasn’t alone, according to the book’s new trailer. Brands like... Continue Reading →
social change | Mar 14th, 2017

Angie Thomas’s #1 NYT Bestseller The Hate U Give: A Novel Inspired by Black Lives Matter

Author of one of the first-ever Black Lives Matter novels for YA audiences, Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give has been called “a stunning, brilliant, gut-wrenching novel that will be remembered as a classic of our time” (The New York Times). Angie Thomas’ phenomenal new novel evokes, with vivid... Continue Reading →
religion | Mar 13th, 2017

CNN Premieres Reza Aslan’s Six-Part Investigation of Faith, Believer

“What is your most unshakeable belief?” This is the question driving religious scholar and writer Reza Aslan’s new spiritual adventure series on CNN, Believer. Aslan puts faith into provocative action, and is already making headlines for it. In each episode of Believer, the six-part television... Continue Reading →
lavin weekly | Mar 10th, 2017

Lavin Weekly: Atwood on The Handmaid’s Tale, Bazelon on Threats to American Justice, & Halpern on a New Underground Railroad

The US is locked in a partisan thumb war, the media makes its own news, and systems of justice seem increasingly vulnerable to interior threat. This past week, three formidable thinkers from the Lavin roster spoke out on issues affecting us domestically and abroad. 1.) “Department of Justification... Continue Reading →
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