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celebrities | Jun 5th, 2013

Social Media Gives Petitions New Life: The NYT Profiles Ben Rattray

Change.org, the online petition platform founded by Ben Rattray, has been garnering a lot of positive press. Most recently, the social change speaker and his website were profiled by The New York Times. With the company growing so rapidly, petitions started by its users are generating an increasing... Continue Reading →
celebrities | May 9th, 2013

In The Name Of STEM: Kal Penn's Keynote On Pursuing Careers In Science

Kal Penn recently ventured to Benjamin Banneker Middle School in the name of science. Well, in the name of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to be more exact. The actor and former civil servant gave a keynote to stress the importance of studying STEM-based courses in school. As the... Continue Reading →
celebrities | May 1st, 2013

American Life: Stephen Tobolowsky On His "Fascinating"—And True!—Stories

In his podcast, The Tobolowsky Files, Stephen Tobolowsky tells the wildly entertaining stories that have defined his life. As wacky as some of them may seem, they're all true. And true stories, he has argued, trump fictional ones any day of the week. Tobolowsky has been featured in a slew of small,... Continue Reading →
celebrities | Apr 14th, 2013

Why Rick Mercer Won't Be Pursuing A Career In Politics Anytime Soon

"The rants are the part of the show that’s completely personal because I write the rants myself," celebrity speaker Rick Mercer explains in a Yahoo! interview. "I actually view [the rants] first and foremost as my job. Every week I make sure that the rant is done and if people think it’s personal... Continue Reading →
celebrities | Apr 9th, 2013

Why's Rick Mercer Wearing Pink Today? To Put A Stop To Bullying

Rick Mercer is wearing pink today. While the celebrity speaker and host of the Rick Mercer Report says he's usually more of a black and white guy, he's veering away from his usual color palette for a good cause. "I am happy to make the exception [and wear pink]," he says, "if it means stating loud... Continue Reading →
celebrities | Apr 3rd, 2013

You Can't Really Say No: Celebrity Speaker Kal Penn On Working In Politics

"I feel very lucky to have done two things that are so disparate that I love so much," celebrity speaker Kal Penn says of his switch from acting to politics, and his recent transition back to acting. Well-known for his roles on House, 24, How I Met Your Mother, and the Harold & Kumar franchise, Penn... Continue Reading →
celebrities | Apr 1st, 2013

The Big Brain Theory: Celebrity Speaker Kal Penn Hosts New Discovery Show

There's no shortage of reality television shows looking to find the next best chef, singer, dancer, or model. But the new show that celebrity speaker and actor Kal Penn will be hosting this May is looking for something different. The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius, the newest show from The Discovery... Continue Reading →
celebrities | Feb 28th, 2013

Celebrity Speaker Rick Mercer Snags 3 Canadian Screen Awards

It looks like celebrity speaker and television host Rick Mercer is going to have to clear out some room in his trophy case. Again. At the inaugural Canadian Screen Awards (a combination of what were once the Genie and Gemini Awards), he took home 3 awards for his work with the record-breaking CBC... Continue Reading →
celebrities | Feb 27th, 2013

Global Awareness Week: Jessi Cruickshank On School-Life Balance

As part of Global Awareness Week, celebrity speaker Jessi Cruickshank ventured to MacEwan University to give the students a keynote on striking a school-life balance and fulfilling their potential. (Another Lavin speaker, Shalini Kantayya, also spoke during that week.) The event was organized to... Continue Reading →
celebrities | Feb 26th, 2013

Honored: Bryn Mawr College Awards Patti Smith The Katharine Hepburn Medal

As one of TIME's most influential people in the world, Patti Smith has inspired generations of fans all over the world. Bryn Mawr College recently honored Smith's contribution to music and the arts by presenting her with the Katharine Hepburn Medal. They called her a "trailblazer in the... Continue Reading →
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