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gender | Feb 18th, 2020

Why the ‘Business Case’ for Diversity Doesn’t Work: Rotman Professor Sarah Kaplan for Fast Company

Diversity is good for the workplace. The so-called “business case for diversity,” isn’t. Popular as it may be—trumpeted everywhere from the Wall Street Journal to the Financial Times—the “business case” is ultimately a failed strategy. Here to explain why is Rotman professor Sarah Kaplan in Fast... Continue Reading →
arts & pop culture | Feb 13th, 2020

Pop Culture Guru Chuck Klosterman Announces New Music Podcast for Spotify

Beloved pop culture philosopher and author Chuck Klosterman is taking his sharp wit and wry observational humor off the page and onto the airwaves, with his new 12-week music podcast on Spotify. With co-host Chris Ryan of The Ringer, Klosterman will delve deep into his love of music, and the... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Feb 11th, 2020

Acclaimed Artist and Activist Molly Crabapple Interviewed on NPR's Democracy Now

On the latest Democracy Now, Molly Crabapple sat down with Amy Goodman and Juan González to discuss her time on the campaign trail with Bernie Sanders, the Electoral College system and the Democratic primaries—and how she is using her art and activism to fight for change.  “I was doing these... Continue Reading →
| Feb 10th, 2020

Lavin’s Top Pandemic Speakers Explore the Spread of Diseases like the Coronavirus

In just a couple of months the Coronavirus that emerged from the Chinese city of Wuhan has spread around the world, sparking a race to find treatments and vaccines against it. Zeroing in on how this deadly virus is spreading and what everyone can do to take preventative measures are The Lavin... Continue Reading →
technology | Feb 7th, 2020

AI Pioneer Radhika Dirks Discusses Technology’s Disconnect from Humanity in New TEDx Talk

 Scientific study was born out of a desire to answer big, philosophical questions on the meaning of life. When scientists and technologists forget this nascent connection, says Radhika Dirks, they run the risk of creating without considering the ethical implications of their work. In her TEDx talk,... Continue Reading →
race and america | Feb 6th, 2020

The 1619 Project’s Nikole Hannah-Jones Interviewed on The Daily Show

The viral, groundbreaking sensation of the New York Times Magazine’s “The 1619 Project” is still going strong, with its lead writer, Nikole Hannah-Jones appearing on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah to discuss the message and history behind the landmark project observing the 400th anniversary of... Continue Reading →
mental health | Feb 6th, 2020

‘A Battle No One Knows About’: Canada’s First Inuk NHL Player Jordin Tootoo Speaks Candidly About Mental Health

Former professional hockey player Jordin Tootoo lost his brother to suicide. Today, he’s committed to starting a national conversation about addiction and mental health. CBC News caught up with him to discuss his meaningful work in suicide prevention.   “Every Indigenous person I've met has been... Continue Reading →
psychology | Feb 5th, 2020

Do Politics Make Us Irrational? NYU’s Jay Van Bavel Illustrates the Effects of Partisanship for TED-Ed

Can someone’s political identity influence their ability to process information? It appears so. In the cognitive phenomenon known as partisanship, identification with a social group becomes so important, it can override reality.  Psychology professor Jay Van Bavel shares strategies to combat this... Continue Reading →
literature | Feb 3rd, 2020

Books From Uber Whistleblower Susan Fowler, and Harvard’s Laura Huang, Top Silicon Valley’s Most Anticipated of 2020

Forbes recently announced its list of Silicon Valley’s 5 Most Anticipated Books Of 2020, and two of the five authors are Lavin Speakers, making their book debuts to a lot of buzz. Now a TIME Magazine Person of the Year, and the Technology Editor of the New York Times opinion section, Susan Fowler... Continue Reading →
entrepreneurship | Jan 31st, 2020

To be, or Not to Be Authentic?: Harvard’s Laura Huang and Francesca Gino Explore Authenticity and Performance

When it comes to making a first impression, whether it be a job interview, a networking event, or a pitch, many people tend to cater to the other person’s interests, rather than behave according to their own. But does this approach help or harm our chances of getting what we want? Harvard... Continue Reading →
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