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authors | Sep 18th, 2017

In a Historic Sweep, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale Wins Eight Emmys, Including Outstanding Drama Series

With eight history-making Emmy wins, Margaret Atwood received the biggest standing ovation of the night for The Handmaid’s Tale, the Hulu adaptation of her dystopian classic.  Set in a totalitarian society where a small population of women are enslaved due to their much-coveted fertility, the... Continue Reading →
the lavin weekly | Sep 15th, 2017

The Lavin Weekly: Resegregation in the U.S., Confronting Racial Bias, Marriage Anxiety in the White Working Class, and a Modern Hajj

In this Lavin Weekly, Nikole Hannah-Jones reveals resegregation in the U.S., Ritu Bhasin shows us how to combat everyday racial bias, Rich Benjamin explains why Hilary Clinton’s marriage mattered, and Wajahat Ali takes us on a modern hajj.   1. “The names of towns and neighborhoods can serve as... Continue Reading →
authors | Sep 14th, 2017

Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace Netflix Adaptation Is Led by an All-Star (and All-Female) Team

After the success of The Handmaid’s Tale—Hulu’s most watched show ever, nabbing 13 Emmy nominations—Netflix is adapting another Margaret Atwood novel: the Giller-winning, Booker-shortlisted murder mystery Alias Grace, written, produced and directed by women.  Every episode is directed by indie... Continue Reading →
college | Sep 13th, 2017

Suki Kim is One of The Only Writers to Ever Live Undercover in North Korea. Now’s the Time to Listen.

Suki Kim is one of the only writers to ever live undercover in North Korea. Completely immersed, intimate with people no other outsider will ever meet, her rare knowledge about the world’s most mysterious and unpredictable nuclear power is both crushing and captivating. And with the type of... Continue Reading →
ted speakers | Sep 12th, 2017

Seek a Life of Meaning, Not Happiness, Says Emily Esfahani Smith in Her New TED Talk

Our “single-minded obsession with happiness” is leading us astray, says speaker Emily Esfahani Smith in her just-released hit TED2017 keynote. Smith lays out the four pillars of wisdom that are not about banishing unhappiness, but rather, finding meaning within an emotional spectrum. “I used to... Continue Reading →
innovation & creativity | Sep 11th, 2017

Augmented Reality is about “Living in the real world” Says Dr. Helen Papagiannis in her New Book, Augmented Human

Dr. Helen Papagiannis is a world-leading speak in the field of Augmented Reality (AR). In the just-released Augmented Human—the first non-technical, accessible take on AR—Papagiannis reveals how this technological revolution will impact us and our organizations, and the opportunities that lie... Continue Reading →
the lavin weekly | Sep 8th, 2017

The Lavin Weekly: Undercover in North Korea, The DACA Decision, Neoliberal Problems, and Why It’s Okay to Not be Famous

In this Lavin Weekly, Suki Kim tells us how to deal with North Korea; Derek Thompson breaks down the disasterous DACA repeal; Douglas Rushkoff talks about Google’s latest controversy; and Emily Esfahani Smith serves up some hard but important truths.  1. “The Great Leader can’t be moderated. You... Continue Reading →
college | Sep 7th, 2017

Repairing an Unequal Nation: Five Top Speakers on the Art of Change

Keynote speakers Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Jeff Chang, Gabby Rivera, and Reza Aslan hail from the middle east to the midwest, but they all have one thing in common: an infectious desire to make the world a more peaceful and equitable place.  Khalil Gibran Muhammad: Professor of... Continue Reading →
technology | Sep 6th, 2017

Critical Thinking is the New Firewall: Cybersecurity Analyst Laura Galante’s New TED Talk

“Our realities are increasingly based on the information that we’re consuming in the palm of our hand” says leading cybersecurity analyst Laura Galante in her recent TED Talk. Brilliantly, Galante shows not only how we’re being deceived, but more vitally, ways we can protect ourselves.    Citing... Continue Reading →
college | Sep 5th, 2017

First a Memoir, Soon a Film. Megan Phelps-Roper’s Story of Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church Is a Study in Empathy

Megan Phelps-Roper, once a prominent member of the Westboro Baptist Church, known for its vicious hate speech and cruel protests, is now one of its rare defectors. Her highly anticipated memoir, titled This Above All is coming soon to the big screen.  Produced by Reese Witherspoon, and set to be... Continue Reading →
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