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what are you reading? | Sep 12th, 2016

What Are You Reading?: Shetterly, Jackson, and Anand

What are the ideas and voices informing our most exciting keynote speakers? This week, we reached out to three of our roster—Hidden Figures author Margot Lee Shetterly, The Residue Years author Mitchell S. Jackson, and intrapreneurship expert Chitra Anand—and asked them a simple question: what are... Continue Reading →
science | Sep 8th, 2016

The Globe: Levitin’s A Field Guide to Lies Is “Smart, Timely, and Massively Useful”

Daniel Levitin has written three consecutive New York Times bestsellers—This Is Your Brain on Music, The World in Six Songs, and The Organized Mind. This week, he’s launched yet another fascinating, must-read book. His newest effort is called A Field Guide to Lies, and it’s already earned a glowing... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Sep 7th, 2016

Margot Lee Shetterly and NASA’s Black Women ‘Human Computers’ in NYT

Alan Shepard, John Glenn, and Neil Armstrong are the heroes of the Space Race, but soon a less-heralded, equally deserving set of names will join them: Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson. Yes, all three are women. They’re also African-American—and the subjects of Margot Lee... Continue Reading →
arts & pop culture | Sep 6th, 2016

ABC Picks Up Bestselling Author Reza Aslan’s Iranian-American Family Comedy

On the heels of successful sitcoms like Black-ish and the Eddie Huang-created Fresh Off the Boat, ABC has purchased a new single-camera comedy from Lavin’s own Reza Aslan and former Friends executive producer/co-showrunner Andrew Reich.  Executive-produced by Aslan and Reich, the as-yet-unnamed... Continue Reading →
lavin weekly | Sep 2nd, 2016

Lavin Weekly #52: Walkowicz, Rushkoff, Bazelon, & Lin

1. Lucianne Walkowicz — Mars Is a Lifeboat, Not a Landfall   TED Fellow Lucianne Walkowicz is having a busy summer. She’s featured prominently in the new Werner Herzog Internet-existentialism documentary Lo and Behold, discussing the potential for interplanetary communication using a form of... Continue Reading →
corporate culture | Sep 1st, 2016

New Videos: Jessica Kriegel Says We’ve Got Millennials All Wrong

Millennials are entitled. They’re lazy, and don’t know how to dress for work. They were born with a silver spoon in one hand and an iPhone in the other. If you haven’t heard these stereotypes yet, you’re either lying or you’ve somehow avoided the swarm of Internet thinkpieces detailing the needs... Continue Reading →
leadership | Aug 31st, 2016

Have the Courage to Listen: Rev. Jeffrey Brown and the Boston Miracle

In the late 1980s and early 90s, Boston was overrun with youth violence. Gun trafficking and gang activity ran rampant, and between 1987 and 1990, the youth homicide rate more than tripled. But beginning in 1990, the trend began a curious reversal, and over the next nine years, youth violent crime... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Aug 30th, 2016

“The M Word”: American Muslim Storytellers Ali, Aslan, Farsad Speak Out

A brand-new initiative from PEN America will showcase American Muslim storytellers and their allies, focusing on intersecting topics of identity, race, politics, and media representation. The series, called “The M Word,” is co-curated by Lavin speaker and award-winning playwright Wajahat Ali, and... Continue Reading →
the 12th floor | Aug 30th, 2016

The 12th Floor: Meet Maisa from the Toronto Office

In The 12th Floor series, Lavin’s Spencer Gordon interviews the many amazing people who make up the team here at our head office in Toronto, Canada. The Lavin Agency relies on its creative, intelligent, and passionate staff to represent its roster of world-changing speakers. Here you’ll get a... Continue Reading →
education | Aug 29th, 2016

Scientific American’s Scott Barry Kaufman: “Does Giftedness Matter?”

When the elementary-school academic split happens—that is, divvying up kids into gifted and regular streams—what bearing does it really have on future success? In the latest installment of his Scientific American blog, “Beautiful Minds,” Scott Barry Kaufman responds to a recent Huffington Post... Continue Reading →
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