lavin weekly | July 28, 2017

The Lavin Weekly: American Islam, Saying Yes To No, Future Art, a Pageant Queen Retires, & Selfies of Yore

It’s never a slow news week at Lavin, rather the opposite among our busy speakers. Whether they’re creating news or reporting on it, the Lavin Weekly offers a select round-up of our speakers’ endeavors—especially if they’ve been doing what they're known for: making the world a smarter place. 

This week, we consider the work of  Reza Aslan, Cathy Salit, Gabriel Barcia-Colombo, Anastasia Lin, and Rich Benjamin.  
“There is no clash between Islam and American culture. In fact, there is no clash between any religion and any culture because religions are inextricably linked to culture.” In Foreign PolicyReza Aslan argues that the divide between Islam and American culture is non-existent, whatever the Trump administration would like us to believe.
In INC. magazine, new speaker Cathy Salit draws on the tools of theatrical improvisation to show what salespeople can learn from saying yes when the process seems peppered with nos.
As reported in The New York Times, artist and Senior TED Fellow Gabriel Barcia-Colombo’s landmark digital exhibition at Sotheby’s is getting people excited for a new artistic modality. As curated by Barcia-Colombo, the show examines contemporary life through the lens of digital technology.
“When she signed up for Miss World Canada 2015,  Anastasia Lin never thought she would receive international attention for her criticism of human rights abuses in China, or that the Chinese government would block her from representing Canada in the Miss World pageant there. Now, as her pageant career comes to a close, not even her exit is going as she planned.” Read more in the Globe and Mail about Lin as her bittersweet reign comes to an end.  
“What kind of self-portraits would art’s great masters have offered had they had access to smartphones?” In Quartz magazine, the always-engaging Rich Benjamin considers the selfie, and how it connects to the artistic output of geniuses past.
To book Aslan, Salit, Barcia-Colombo, Lin, or Benjamin, contact the Lavin Agency today.