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authors | Oct 14th, 2016

Blurring the “lines between genius and madness”: Literary Legend Margaret Atwood’s New Book

This week saw the release of Hag-Seed, Margaret Atwood’s modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. And the reviews are flooding in: A.V. Club calls it “a brilliant retelling,” Paste says it “blurs the lines between genius and madness,” and the Los Angeles Review of Books argues that “Atwood... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Oct 13th, 2016

Jelani Cobb Explores Mass Incarceration in the New Netflix Documentary 13th

The much-talked-about Netflix documentary 13th shines a moving, galvanizing light upon the state of criminal justice in the U.S. Specifically, it examines a loophole in the 13th Amendment, ostensibly abolishing slavery, that has since allowed for the forced labor and mass incarceration of Americans... Continue Reading →
u.s. politics | Oct 12th, 2016

Caution Inside the Clinton Campaign: Mark Leibovich’s NYT Mag Cover Story

Mark Leibovich—one of our sharpest political analysts—has released another fresh and unmistakable look at the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Rodham Clinton (or HRC). Titled, “I’m the Last Thing Standing Between You and the Apocalypse”—an actual quotation from Clinton!—this New York... Continue Reading →
u.s. politics | Oct 11th, 2016

We Yearn for More Nuanced Conversations: Rich Benjamin Responds to the 2nd Debate

With the second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton now behind us, we turn to expert commentators to understand the cultural and political fallout to come. In a Lavin exclusive, Searching for Whitopia author and TED Speaker Rich Benjamin shares his thoughts on the... Continue Reading →
lavin weekly | Oct 7th, 2016

Lavin Weekly #57: Ali, Heffernan, & Crabapple

1. Wajahat Ali Dismantles Islamophobia for The Huffington Post   In a new video for The Huffington Post, Wajahat Ali looks to dispel some of the harmful myths that circulate around Islam in America. The Quran, the hijab, sharia, and jihad—all are elements of everyday Muslim life that have been... Continue Reading →
innovation & creativity | Oct 7th, 2016

Learn How to Spark a Revolution at the Trend Hunter Future Festival

Today is day three of Trend Hunter’s Future Festival—and attendees can expect a jam-packed morning of rapid innovation workshops, and another exciting afternoon of experiential trend safaris. But as the event continues, we thought we’d look back at a few highlights of yesterday’s incredible... Continue Reading →
cities | Oct 6th, 2016

Happier Cities Just Make Sense: Charles Montgomery Talks to The Guardian

As populations continue to urbanize, the debate rages as to how to best streamline our cities for productivity. But another question—one stemming from an emerging field—is now beginning to take hold: How can we be happier in cities? Urban experimentalist Charles Montgomery is the author of the... Continue Reading →
grit | Oct 6th, 2016

Grit and the Growth Mindset: Introducing New Speaker David Yeager

To what extent does mindset drive performance? Sure, inborn talent contributes to the achievement of our goals, but to David Yeager, it’s our state of mind that makes all the difference. Yeager, an Assistant Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, is a leading... Continue Reading →
authors | Oct 5th, 2016

First Look: Margaret Atwood’s New Book, Hag-Seed

The Hogarth Shakespeare Project began in October of last year, and since then, three of the Bard’s classics—The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice, and The Winter’s Tale—have been repackaged into modern novels by well-known authors. The project’s fourth installment is Margaret Atwood’s Hag... Continue Reading →
arts & pop culture | Oct 4th, 2016

"Put regular folks on TV, tell interesting stories”: Rick Mercer Report Returns Tonight

Canada’s favourite comic—the one-of-a-kind Rick Mercer—returns to CBC tonight (Oct 4) for the fourteenth season of perennial standout the Rick Mercer Report. Check out the trailer below.   Mercer, one of Canada’s sharpest political satirists, also dropped by CBC Radio’s Metro Morning to discuss... Continue Reading →
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