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diversity & race | Nov 24th, 2017

Memorializing America’s Black Working Class: LaToya Ruby Frazier, Artist/Archivist, is “A Public Figure the Country Needs”

In a New Yorker feature this week: “LATOYA RUBY FRAZIER can capture the decline of an entire economy; the vulnerable cycles of American industry, within a single human face.” In Frazier’s expansive new photography exhibit, On the Making of Steel Genesis, the single human face is Sarah Gould... Continue Reading →
business strategy | Nov 21st, 2017

Disappointed by the So-Called Digital Age? David Sax Offers an Analog Solution in The New York Times

A decade into the digital utopia, and its dark side is finally showing. Every day we learn another way our devices are making us miserable. Enter David Sax. He’s a sophisticated observer of consumer behaviour and author of one of the New York Times Top Ten Books of the Year, The Revenge of Analog.... Continue Reading →
the lavin weekly | Nov 17th, 2017

The Lavin Weekly: Broken Glass, Brain Software, A La Carte Reality, and Contagious Violence

In this Lavin Weekly, Teju Cole explores the role of broken glass in photojournalism; David Eagleman asks about the brain’s basic cognitive software; Jelani Cobb talks about what it’s like to be a journalist in the Trump era; and Derek Thompson explains how mass shootings are infectious.  1. “The... Continue Reading →
grit | Nov 16th, 2017

Changing Behavior Means Changing the World: Angela Duckworth and Katherine Milkman on Making Good Habits Stick for Life

Anyone can drop a bad habit for a little while—but what about kicking it forever? Researchers Angela Duckworth (who literally wrote the book on Grit) and Katherine Milkman, a leading expert in behavioral economics, are investigating how to turn the intention to change into long-term reality.   “... Continue Reading →
corporate culture | Nov 16th, 2017

Can Popularity Affect Professional Status? Psychologist Mitch Prinstein Offers Some Surprising Tips

  Mitch Prinstein hates to break it to you, but popularity still matters … at work. “Ideas offered by those most likeable will generate far greater buy-in, allegiance, and team cohesion,” says the distinguished professor of psychology, and author of the book Popular: The Power of Likeability in a... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Nov 14th, 2017

“Who is represented? Who is invisible?” A Public Sculpture by Titus Kaphar Confronts a University’s Past

Controversy around America’s public sculptures has swept the nation—how should such a complex legacy be represented? Enter Titus Kaphar, the visual artist and standing-O garnering TED speaker, whose newly unveiled campus sculpture has been described by The Atlantic as, “a bold, exquisite way to... Continue Reading →
innovation & creativity | Nov 8th, 2017

Building a Creative Company Isn’t Luck—It’s a Science. David Eagleman, the World’s Coolest Neuroscientist, Explains

As machines advance, human imagination will become a company’s most valuable resource. This, says DAVID EAGLEMAN—neuroscientist, bestselling author and host of PBS’ The Brain—is the dawn of The Creativity Economy. In his new book, The Runaway Species, he explains why the brain is hardwired to... Continue Reading →
social change | Nov 7th, 2017

Reza Aslan: Fighting Islamophobia, Championing Diversity, and Now, in His New Book, Writing a Human History of God

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Zealot and host of CNN’s Believer, Reza Aslan continues his investigation of our relationship to religion—historically, and in the 21st century—with his fascinating new book God: A Human History, out today.  As discussed on WNYC’s Leonard Lopate show,... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Nov 6th, 2017

How Art Shapes Justice, Citizenship, and “What Humanity Looks Like”: Sarah Lewis, The Lavin Interview

When award-winning photography magazine Aperture asked Sarah Lewis to edit their “Vision and Justice” issue, she used the opportunity to redefine the parameters of American citizenship: “who belongs, who counts, what humanity looks like.” In her Lavin interview, she elaborates on the process of... Continue Reading →
the lavin weekly | Nov 3rd, 2017

The Lavin Weekly: Reclaiming ‘Allahu Akbar,’ Behavioral Architecture, The Irony of Ageism, and A Study in Solitude

In this Lavin Weekly, Wajahat Ali wants ‘Allahu akbar’ back; Adam Alter explains how to build screens out of your life; Ashton Applewhite’s review of a new ageism book offers insights of its own; and Kate Bolick explores solitude in the desert.  1. “I want ‘Allahu Akbar’ back.” “I say ‘Allahu... Continue Reading →
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