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Virginia Heffernan Speaks on Digital Delight -- and Anxiety -- at School of Visual Arts

Virginia Heffernan — who writes often, and provocatively, on the way digital technology has reconfigured the cultural landscape — will deliver her keynote, “The Pleasures of the Internet,” at the School of Visual Arts in New York on Tuesday, March 29. The event is part of the esteemed D-Crit Lecture... Continue Reading →
neuroscience | Mar 24th, 2011

Keynote Review: Jonah Lehrer on Why Brainstorming Doesn't Work

Earlier this week, Jonah Lehrer delivered a keynote to a prestigious advertising crowd in New York, concentrating on the pivotal question of where creativity can be found. Speaking to a packed house of modern day Don Drapers & Peggy Olsons — ad men and women who are finding ways to wield magazine... Continue Reading →
television | Mar 23rd, 2011

John Elder Robison Profiled on Science Channel's Ingenious Minds

John Elder Robison, Lavin speaker and author of Look Me in the Eye, was recently profiled on an episode of Science Channel’s Ingenious Minds – a show that explores the lives of savants. Robison was born with Asperger’s syndrome (but wasn’t diagnosed until age forty), a type of autism that is... Continue Reading →
education | Mar 22nd, 2011

Jeremy Gutsche on MBAs: It's Not What You Learn, It's Who You Learn With

Jeremy Gutsche, Lavin speaker and founder of Trendhunter.com, didn’t achieve success all on his own. It was his well rounded background, including an MBA from Queen’s University, that gave him the foundation he needed to become one of the world’s foremost expert on consumer trends. That — and a... Continue Reading →
speaker review | Mar 22nd, 2011

Patti Smith Performs and Reads from Just Kids in New York City

The legendary Patti Smith performed last month in New York, where she read from her book Just Kids and played some of her most famous songs to a packed house at the 92nd St. Y. In a special live show, Smith alternated between reading from the National Book Award winning memoir, musing about life... Continue Reading →
bioethics | Mar 22nd, 2011

Arthur Caplan: The Extraordinary Bravery of the Fukushima 50 Must Be Repaid

While most people have been evacuated from the surrounding areas of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, there are those brave few that stay behind. These fearless workers, dubbed “the Fukushima 50”, are risking their lives — by facing possible explosions, fires, and extended periods of radiation —... Continue Reading →
design | Mar 21st, 2011

Bridging the Gap Between Craft and Technology: John Maeda at The Adobe Museum of Digital Technology

John Maeda, the President of the Rhode Island School of Design and one of the world’s foremost design thinkers, presents a brand new exhibit at the uniquely virtual Adobe Museum of Digital Media. The exhibit, entitled “Atoms + Bits = the neue Craft (ABC)” will run from March 23 - December 31 on... Continue Reading →
leadership | Mar 21st, 2011

Drew Dudley: How We've Made Leadership Into Something Bigger Than Us

Here is the amazing Drew Dudley, at TEDxIBYork, talking about how we’ve made leadership into something bigger than us, something beyond our reach. Most people, when asked, simply refuse to call themselves a leader, no matter how accurate that descriptor might be. This is wrong for a number of... Continue Reading →
black america | Mar 20th, 2011

Ta-Nehisi Coates Profiles 'The Other Detroit'

In this month’s Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates profiles the Detroit neighborhood of Palmer Woods — “arguably the American black elite’s most majestic enclave.” Established in 1915 as a whites-only retreat from urban life, Palmer Woods became popular with upper middle class African-Americans after... Continue Reading →
op-ed | Mar 20th, 2011

James Fallows on Military Action in Libya: “What Happens Then?”

“Count me among those very skeptical of how this commitment was made and where it might lead,” James Fallows recently wrote in reaction to the news that America and other countries were imposing a no-fly zone over Libya. Though he was busy on assignment in China, Fallows was moved to comment... Continue Reading →
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