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finance | Feb 27th, 2018

Blockchain Speaker Michael Casey’s New BookThe Truth Machine Illuminates the Constructive Potential of Cryptocurrency

Blockchain—the ubiquitous business phenomenon—isn’t the clearest idea to explain. Lavin’s Michael Casey, author of The Truth Machine (a new book on the subject out this February) says blockchain is “changing the paradigm” of how companies transfer and monitor value. A Senior Advisor at MIT Media... Continue Reading →
education | Feb 27th, 2018

How Can We Create an Open, Practical Dialogue Around Consent on Campus? Vanessa Grigoriadis Draws Clear Lines

Questions about power, consent, and assault on college campus have sparked difficult—but necessary—conversations. In this #MeToo moment, how do we engage in practical dialogue? New speaker Vanessa Grigoriadis embedded herself in colleges across America, conducting interviews with the survivors, the... Continue Reading →
psychology | Feb 22nd, 2018

“An intellectually exhilarating book.” Raves Pour In For Steven Pinker’s Enlightenment Now, His Masterpiece on Human Progress

Compelling speaker, bestselling author, and Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker has already received the ultimate book review from Bill Gates: “It’s my new favorite book of all time.” Now, a week after the publication of Enlightenment Now—a masterfully argued and timely defense of reason,... Continue Reading →
literature | Feb 21st, 2018

With Debut Novel The Hate U Give Still a #1 Bestseller, Speaker Angie Thomas Introduces Her Next Dynamic and Timely Book

With The Hate U Give enjoying its 52nd week at the top of The New York Times bestseller list, the follow-up novel by speaker Angie Thomas could not be more eagerly anticipated. Entertainment Weekly released a sneak peek of the forthcoming title’s cover and plotline—about aspiring rapper Bri, as she... Continue Reading →
global politics | Feb 16th, 2018

What Does Russia Want? Atlantic Writer and Former Russian Correspondent Julia Ioffe Illuminates the Method in Putin’s Madness

New speaker Julia Ioffe – author of the revealing Atlantic cover story “What Putin Really Wants” – has emerged as the premier voice to access Russia’s intentions, and what they mean for America. A gifted speaker, Ioffe unpacks this defining geopolitical drama with piercing clarity, showing us how... Continue Reading →
education | Feb 14th, 2018

Applying Entrepreneurial Solutions to Social Problems: How Karim Abouelnaga is Bridging the Educational Achievement Gap

New Lavin speaker Karim Abouelnaga knows firsthand how tough it is to attend school when you’re impoverished—let alone excel. “So much of our education reform is driven by a sympathetic approach instead of an empathetic approach,” he says. “Someone who has grown up in this environment can say, ‘I... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Feb 12th, 2018

“One of the Strongest Artists to Emerge in This Country, This Century.” New York Magazine Lead Art Critic on LaToya Ruby Frazier

LaToya Ruby Frazier—photographer, MacArthur “Genius” and one of Lavin’s most compelling speakers on the entanglement of race, labor, family, and the environment—was described by influential New York Magazine art critic Jerry Saltz as a, “36-year old oracle … one of the strongest artists to emerge... Continue Reading →
gender & sexuality | Feb 6th, 2018

Victims’ Rights Attorney Carrie Goldberg is the Fearless, “Time’s Up” Era Voice We Need to Hear

Welcome Carrie Goldberg to the Lavin roster. She’s a tenacious lawyer fighting for individuals under attack—online and off. Profiled in a major New Yorker feature, with an upcoming memoir and TV show in the works, Goldberg is the charismatic legal warrior we need in a post-Weinstein, #MeToo world.... Continue Reading →
psychology | Feb 5th, 2018

Ignore the Headlines, Says Harvard Professor Steven Pinker. Out Today, His New Book Explains Why The World is Doing Better Than You Think.

Newspaper headlines are an endless stream of violence, destruction, and looming threats. But Harvard professor and leading cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker says that we’re actually living longer, healthier, and happier lives than ever before. In his much-anticipated book Enlightenment Now... Continue Reading →
mental health | Jan 31st, 2018

3 Speakers Offer Practical, Meaningful Strategies in the Pursuit of Mental Wellness

Sometimes we don’t know how to face a challenge until we’re already struggling with it. Michael Landsberg, Candy Chang, and Dr. Jonathan Fader are three speakers who approach the issue of mental health from all angles: acknowledging the realities of illness while also promoting mental wellness for... Continue Reading →
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