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digital | Aug 29th, 2016

#AskASpeaker #13: Twitter Q&A with Magic and Loss Author Virginia Heffernan

This past Thursday we resumed our live Twitter Q&A series with writer and cultural critic Virginia Heffernan, who, in the new book Magic and Loss, argues that the Internet is a massive and collaborative work of realist art—and so much greater than simply a tool for business, or a shiny bit of tech.... Continue Reading →
exclusives | Aug 26th, 2016

Lavin Weekly #51: Levitin, Konnikova, Sax, & Frazier

1. Daniel Levitin: This Is Sting’s Brain (on Music)   Back in 2007, when 80s hitmakers The Police were on their globetrotting, box-office-smashing reunion tour, they made three(!) appearances at Montreal’s Bell Centre. It was during one of these visits that lead singer Sting, having read Daniel... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Aug 25th, 2016

First Look: Jeff Chang’s New Book, We Gon’ Be Alright

Across America, it’s been a summer of turmoil and division. After shootings in Dallas, Minnesota, and Baton Rouge, protests and violence in Milwaukee, and ceaseless debate, racial tension remains at a boiling point. In his last book, Who We Be, author Jeff Chang examined racial progress in... Continue Reading →
design | Aug 24th, 2016

Design Evangelist John Maeda's New Job: Promoting Inclusion and Open Source

Congratulations are in order for design speaker John Maeda, who’s moving on after three productive years as the Design Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Maeda will join Automattic, parent company of WordPress.com, WooCommerce, and Jetpack, as their Global Head of Computational Design and... Continue Reading →
environment | Aug 24th, 2016

What Are You Reading?: Adam Briggle Makes Two Recommendations

What are the ideas and voices informing our most exciting keynote speakers? This week, we reached out to Adam Briggle, Lavin environment speaker, grassroots leader, and author of A Field Philosopher’s Guide to Fracking, and asked him a simple question: what are you reading? As it turns out, Briggle... Continue Reading →
mental health | Aug 23rd, 2016

New Videos: Michael Landsberg Opens Up about Depression & Mental Health

Last December, Michael Landsberg ended his 18-year run as the host of TSN’s Off the Record. Now, he’s free to pursue a cause that’s near and dear to him: mental health awareness. Far from the image we’re used to seeing on TV, Landsberg suffers from depression, and has for most of his adult life.... Continue Reading →
authors | Aug 17th, 2016

Meet Guy Lawson, the Journalist Behind War Dogs

This Friday (August 19), the crime-war-comedy biopic War Dogs hits theaters, starring Jonah Hill, Miles Teller (Whiplash) and Bradley Cooper. War Dogs tells the unlikely story of Efraim Diveroli and David Mackouz, two twenty-something Miami hustlers who land a massive contract to supply weapons to... Continue Reading →
food | Aug 16th, 2016

WATCH: Food Speaker Bryant Terry’s New TEDMED Talk

Food justice activist Bryant Terry’s talk from TEDMED 2015 is now available to watch! Terry, the author of the critically acclaimed Vegan Soul Kitchen and Afro-Vegan, spoke last November at the conference. In the video, Terry tells the story of a hip-hop song that forever changed the way he looked... Continue Reading →
filmmakers | Aug 15th, 2016

WATCH: New Speaker Margot Shetterly’s Hidden Figures Film Trailer

The trailer for the much-anticipated film Hidden Figures is officially out! Based on the book of the same name by new Lavin speaker Margot Lee Shetterly, Hidden Figures stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, and Kevin Costner, and chronicles NASA’s female African-American... Continue Reading →
neuroscience | Aug 15th, 2016

First Look: Daniel Levitin’s New Book, A Field Guide to Lies

Our lives are flooded with more information than ever before: emails, Facebook updates, push notifications, Google alerts, Tweets, texts, and even (still, somehow) telemarketers and junk mail. And if we need a question answered, Wikipedia is just a few clicks away. But how do we know what’s truth... Continue Reading →
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