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Political speakers at Lavin are chosen for their ability to cut through spin, bridge the left-right divide, and deliver informed, comprehensive commentary: what are the political trends, how do they affect your industry, and what’s next?

 
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George Packer

Bestselling Author of The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

In the wake of the election, The New York Times chose George Packer’s The Unwinding as a key book “To Help You Understand Trump’s Win.” In his articles, Packer explores the notion of ‘unwinding’—the r...

David Rohde

Online News Director, The New Yorker | Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

As News Director of NewYorker.com, David Rohde is at the helm of online news coverage at one of the country’s most respected magazines—a bastion of fact-checked journalism in an era of ‘fake news.’ A ...

Mark Leibovich

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author of This Town

Mark Leibovich is the author of the #1 bestseller This Town, about the elite world of Washington politics. In the wake of the 2016 election results, with its repudiation of so-called insider politics,...

Andrew Bacevich

Foremost American Military Historian and New York Times Bestselling Author

Andrew Bacevich is a war veteran, retired Colonel, New York Times bestselling author, and massively influential historian. He’s also one of our most incisive critics of U.S. foreign policy—35 years of...

Yascha Mounk

Speaker on the Decline of Democracy & Rise of Populism | Harvard Lecturer

Today, in countries around the world, support for democracy is waning. And Yascha Mounk provides startling explanations for why people (and especially young people) are losing faith in the liberal dem...

Graeme Wood

National Correspondent for The Atlantic | Author of The Way of the Strangers

“What ISIS Really Wants.” That’s the title of Graeme Wood’s viral Atlantic cover story, which was the most-read piece on the Internet—the entire Internet—in 2015. Its influence on how we understand IS...

Matt Taibbi

Rolling Stone Writer | Author of Four New York Times bestsellers, including Insane Clown President and The Divide

One of the smartest—and funniest—chroniclers of the rise of Trump, growing inequality, and Wall Street excess, Matt Taibbi is also the author of four New York Times bestsellers: The Great Derangement,...

Jeremy Scahill

Author of Dirty Wars, Blackwater, and The Assassination Complex

Jeremy Scahill confronts America’s War on Terror—a campaign of assassinations, drone strikes, surveillance, and covert ops—with rare insight. In talks, he draws from his nearly two decades of investig...

James Fallows

The Atlantic’s First Europe Editor at Its International Bureau

The first-ever Europe Editor for The Atlantic, James Fallows is one of the world’s most respected journalists. Today, he’s reporting on how America is putting itself back together in the wake of reces...

Mohamed Fahmy

Award-Winning Journalist Imprisoned in Egypt for 438 Days

Mohamed Fahmy spent 438 days in an Egyptian prison—unjustly jailed for conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood, and for fabricating news for Al Jazeera during his tenure as bureau chief for the Qatari ...

Ian Bremmer

Creator of the Wall Street Global Political Risk Index

Ian Bremmer is the president and founder of Eurasia Group, the leading global political risk research and consulting firm. In 1998, Bremmer founded Eurasia Group with just $25,000. Today, the company ...

David Trimble

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate for Bringing Peace to Northern Ireland

In his stately lectures, David Trimble talks about leading when times are tough and bringing about change when seemingly everyone, inside and outside your group, is against you. The Nobel Peace Prize ...

Marcelo Suarez-Orozco

Worldwide Expert on Globalization, Immigration and Education

America has more immigrants than ever before, and debates over immigration are boiling over. Again. But how is this wave of immigrants vastly different from previous ones? Assured and reassuring, the ...

Parvez Sharma

Award-Winning Filmmaker and Bestselling Author of A Jihad for Love and A Sinner in Mecca

Parvez Sharma makes fearless award-winning films and authors bestselling books about faith, identity, social justice and the world’s unfortunate right-ward spiral. A Jihad for Love was the world’s fir...

Jake Halpern

Author of Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld

What happens when a banker and an armed robber go into business together to buy $1.5 billion worth of bad debt? In his new real-life thriller Bad Paper, acclaimed writer and Fulbright Scholar Jake Hal...

Reggie Love

President Barack Obama's Former Personal Aide, Author of Power Forward

Drawing from his coveted experience as President Obama’s personal aide (the subject of his book, Power Forward), Reggie Love shares timeless—yet timely—lessons on crisis management, collaboration and ...

Nadya Tolokonnikova

Human Rights Activist, Founding Member of Pussy Riot

As co-founder of Pussy Riot, Nadya Tolokonnikova spent two years in jail for performing an anti-Putin concert in a Moscow cathedral. Her imprisonment sparked global debate about freedom of expression ...

Suki Kim

New York Times bestselling author of Without You, There Is No Us, Expert on North Korea

Suki Kim is one of the only writers to ever go undercover in North Korea. An award-winning novelist, Kim’s obsession with the country led her to pursue journalistic assignments there beginning in 2002...

Dr. Benedetta Berti

Expert on Modern Terrorism, Security, and Civil Wars

What do armed groups like ISIS and Hezbollah do “when they’re not shooting?” The answer to this question is the focus of Benedetta Berti’s work. A security expert who’s worked with organizations acros...

Molly Crabapple

Painter, Writer, and Author of Drawing Blood

Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer whose work has been described as “God’s own circus posters,” by Rolling Stone. Crabapple’s art engages injustice, subversiveness, and rebellion. The New York Ti...

John Stackhouse

Former Editor-in-Chief, The Globe and Mail; Author of Mass Disruption

Few Canadians are as acquainted with our nation’s political and business landscape as John Stackhouse. The former editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail, Stackhouse has been plugged into the country’s ...

John Ibbitson

Globe and Mail's Senior Political Correspondent and #1 Bestselling Author

No one understands Canada-U.S. relations like John Ibbitson. As a #1 bestselling author, senior political correspondent for The Globe and Mail, and former bureau chief in Washington and Ottawa, Ibbits...

Peter MacKay

Canada’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of National Defence, and Minister of Justice

As Canada’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of National Defence, and Minister of Justice, The Hon. Peter MacKay has been at the forefront of some the most vital decisions affecting Canada...

Shachi Kurl

Executive Director of the Angus Reid Institute

Where are we heading—culturally, politically, economically? As the Executive Director of the Angus Reid Institute, Shachi Kurl asks important questions and reveals what we really think about them. She...

Chantal Hébert

National Affairs Columnist for The Toronto Star

Given Canada’s historic linguistic duality, it helps to have political commentators who not only understand that reality, but who have actually lived it. Chantal Hébert is one such commentator. Knowle...

Diane Francis

Bestselling Author and Editor-at-Large at The National Post

Creating a robust agenda for the development of emerging tech isn’t a frill, but a necessity in the 21st century. An award-winning, bestselling author and futurist, Diane Francis argues for a more eff...

Allan Gregg

Chairman of Decima Research

Monitoring the economic, social, and political pulse of Canada, Allan Gregg is one of our most respected research professionals and political analysts. Gregg makes sense of current affairs—the economy...

Deborah Fallows

Linguist, Author, and China Expert

The author of Dreaming in Chinese, Deborah Fallows spent the last few years absorbing the culture, the politics, and the people of China to offer talks that give a refreshingly different take of the w...

Andrew Coyne

National Post Columnist & CBC “At Issue” Panelist

A columnist at The National Post, and the former National Editor of Maclean’s, Andrew Coyne is thoughtful, intrepid, and never afraid to speak his mind. Coyne is highly sought after by audiences looki...