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education & technology | Feb 2nd, 2011

Teachers and Twitter: Jennifer Corriero Talks About Technology in the Classroom

This sign-of-the-times tweet — from education speaker Jennifer Corriero — just caught my eye: “Teaching a teacher about twitter right now ;)”. How very 2011! How very Jennifer Corriero! A world-renowned expert on new technologies and their role in the classroom, Jennifer is the co-founder of... Continue Reading →
middle east | Feb 1st, 2011

Talking About Cairo: Reza Aslan on the Future of Democracy in the Middle East

The protests in Cairo have added searing urgency to a topic that experts like Reza Aslan have been discussing for years: the future of democracy in the Middle East. Since 2005, Reza has been pushing for change in the region and, in fact, many of his books — including the seminal No god but God —... Continue Reading →
speaker photos | Jan 27th, 2011

Photos: Sloane Crosley & Kwame Anthony Appiah at PEN American Center

Just came across some cool photos of Lavin keynote speakers at PEN American Center’s New Member/New Books Party 2011. The event went down at Brooklyn’s PowerHouse Arena a few weeks back. Pictured above are the hilarious Sloane Crosley, whose latest essay collection is How Did You Get This Number,... Continue Reading →
speaker stories | Jan 27th, 2011

Amber Mac and Margaret Atwood Play Angry Birds

How cool would it be to play Angry Birds with Margaret Atwood? On Thursday, Amber Mac did just that — spending some quality videogame time with the Booker-winning author who, at the age of 70, has embraced new mediums such as Twitter with a surprising zeal. Atwood recently documented her adventures... Continue Reading →
events | Jan 26th, 2011

Lavin Speaker Reza Aslan Participates in "Walls & Bridges"

Franco-American relations have always been a bit chippy to say the least. The two nations are amongst the most influential in history and share the same sense of bravado and cultural pride, often reacting to one another like two positively charged magnets. Starting today, a yearlong initiative... Continue Reading →
military | Jan 26th, 2011

Foreign Policy Speaker Andrew Bacevich: "Why Military Spending Remains Untouchable"

While a large portion of Obama’s State of the Union address (and almost all of the Republican response) focused on America’s massive debt, the idea of reducing American military spending only received scant mention in Obama’s speech, and none at all in the Republican rebuttal. In his article at... Continue Reading →
television | Jan 25th, 2011

NOVA Profiles Neuroscience Speaker David Eagleman

Neuroscience speaker David Eagleman — who released his latest book, Why the Net Matters, as an iPad-only app — will be featured on PBS’s venerable science show NOVA on February 2, 2011. An acclaimed neuroscientist, David has found inventive ways of studying brain functions, such as throwing test... Continue Reading →
neuroscience | Jan 25th, 2011

Jonah Lehrer Asks: Where Have All the Geniuses Gone?

In an article about President Obama’s State of the Union address, Jonah Lehrer takes a fascinating look at the nature of genius and innovation in the 21st century. In watching the speech, Jonah notes that Obama seeks to “usher in a golden era of American ingenuity.” Yet, ingenuity demands genius,... Continue Reading →
speaker news | Jan 24th, 2011

Food Speaker Mark Bittman Retiring "The Minimalist" Column, Moving to Opinion Section of NYT

Food personality, writer, and speaker Mark Bittman is best known for his candor, his no-nonsense style and his simple recipes. Bittman is not a chef, and he’s never worked in a restaurant. But as a television personality, as a columnist, as the author of several blockbuster cookbooks, he is... Continue Reading →
speaker interview | Jan 24th, 2011

Patti Smith in The Guardian UK: "It Was The Impulse to Write That Led Me to Singing."

In this weekend’s Guardian, Patti Smith opened up on everything from irony to artistic integrity to motherhood — a nice thematic timeline cutting across her life and work. Here are some highlights: Patti on artistic integrity: When she was still stacking books a couple of people “saw potential... Continue Reading →
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