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The latest headlines from our world-changing keynote speakers

macarthur fellows | Oct 17th, 2018

Get to Know Lavin’s MacArthur “Geniuses”!

This year Titus Kaphar and Vijay Gupta join a whopping SIX other Lavin Speakers in receiving MacArthur “Genius” Grants—a prestigious honor awarded to those who are forging truly significant progress towards “building a more just, verdant and peaceful world.” Get to know Lavin’s “geniuses”: Titus... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Oct 15th, 2018

Nikole Hannah-Jones is “One of the country’s most distinctive and respected voices” says Columbia Journalism School Dean Steve Coll

Columbia Journalism School has awarded Nikole Hannah-Jones, investigative reporter and author of the upcoming book The Problem We All Live With, the 2018 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism. Hannah-Jones’ groundbreaking reporting on modern segregation in American schools has already... Continue Reading →
entrepreneurship | Oct 11th, 2018

Kavita Shukla Honored at Variety’s Power of Women Event for Tackling Global Food Waste

FreshPaper inventor and Lavin speaker Kavita Shukla—named one of TIME Magazine’s “5 Most Innovative Women in Food”—will be honored alongside March for Our Lives’ Emma Gonzalez, Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman, and Emmy Award winners Tiffany Haddish, Regina King, and Lena Waithe at Variety’s... Continue Reading →
u.s. politics | Oct 9th, 2018

Three Causes of Populism, and One Solution: Positive Nationalism

Yascha Mounk recently spoke as part of the Rotman School of Management’s #shiftdisturbers series. Drawing from his book The People vs. Democracy, his fact-packed talk explored the populist phenomenon, with examples from around the world: how it gains power, how it fails people, and the three... Continue Reading →
the arts | Oct 4th, 2018

Titus Kaphar, an Artist Who Explores Race, History and Mass Incarceration, Named a 2018 MacArthur “Genius”

Titus Kaphar’s arresting sculptures, paintings and installations converge on art, history and civic agency, highlighting the lack of representation of people of color in the Western art canon. “I’m asking the viewer to try to piece that whole story together without leaving behind the valuable... Continue Reading →
social change | Oct 4th, 2018

Lavin Speaker Vijay Gupta—a Violinist Who Helps the Homeless and Incarcerated—Named a 2018 MacArthur “Genius”

Violinist and educator Vijay Gupta has just been named by the MacArthur Foundation as one of their 2018 Fellows—a distinction known cheekily as the “Genius” Award. Recognizing Gupta’s remarkable work with Street Symphony, his musical engagement program that pairs professional musicians with Skid... Continue Reading →
consumer behavior | Oct 2nd, 2018

Catching up with Speaker Katherine Milkman (And Learning Tips for Lasting Change)

Change—we all want it, we just don’t want to do it. As behavioral economist and grit expert Katherine Milkman proves, we need all the help we can get to not just kickstart change, but make it stick. Why leave it up to chance? Milkman recently dropped by the Lavin office to fill us in on her most... Continue Reading →
climate science | Sep 27th, 2018

Anthropocene, the Latest Project from Renowned Photographer Edward Burtynsky, Opens Tomorrow

The Anthropocene is our current geological age, in which humans are the primary cause of permanent planetary change. It’s also the name of renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky’s latest project, a meditation (via film, exhibit, book and education program) on humanity’s massive, powerful... Continue Reading →
technology | Sep 26th, 2018

The Markup, Sue Gardner’s New Journalism Venture, Will Hold Institutions That Abuse Technology Accountable

Launching today, Sue Gardner’s investigative journalism venture, The Markup, seeks to uncover how powerful institutions use and abuse technology in ways that cause widespread harm. “In a healthy society, there’s an ongoing conversation about what’s in the public interest—it includes legislators,... Continue Reading →
science | Sep 25th, 2018

Getting Curious with New Speaker, Scientist and Former Daily Planet Co-Host Dan Riskin

To evolutionary biologist, TV host, and bestselling author Dan Riskin, picking his scientific focus was easy. “I had a crush on bats,” he says. “I thought they were cute!” Maybe you don’t share the sentiment, but there’s a strong chance that you feel passionate about something, and that passion can... Continue Reading →
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