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women's rights | Mar 1st, 2011

"I Want Congo To Be a Movement, Like Darfur." Lisa Shannon in The Huffington Post

Lisa Shannon, the founder of Run for Congo Women, has been selected as the first “Greatest Woman of the Day” by The Huffington Post as part of its month-long celebration of Women’s History Month. Though Lisa admits that she wouldn’t have been able to find Congo on a map of Africa just a few years... Continue Reading →
middle east | Feb 28th, 2011

Reza Aslan Talks Libya, Iran, & the Middle East Youth Revolt with Christiane Amanpour

On ABC News This Week, Reza Aslan talked to Christiane Amanpour about the uprisings in Libya, and why the Middle East revolution is definitely a youth revolution. For one thing, the young revolutionaries benefit from — and obsessively use — new technologies that their parents’ generation simply... Continue Reading →
diversity | Feb 28th, 2011

Diffusing Stereotypes: 30 Rock's Maulik Pancholy Speaks About Life as an Indian-American Actor

Did you know that Maulik Pancholy — who plays the hilarious Jonathan on 30 Rock — is also an in-demand diversity speaker? In college lectures, Maulik uses his experiences as an Indian-American actor in Hollywood to discuss how media stereotypes have evolved, and how these stereotypes can be... Continue Reading →
resources | Feb 28th, 2011

Free is Not a Good Price for Water: Revelations from "The Big Thirst" by Charles Fishman

Charles Fishman’s upcoming book, The Big Thirst, looks at the new age of water, and how this often overlooked and utterly necessary resource may come to define the next century. He recently sent us this list, entitled “Ways The Big Thirst Will Forever Change How You Think About a Glass of Tap... Continue Reading →
articles | Feb 24th, 2011

The Medium Was Her Message: Virginia Heffernan's Last New York Times Magazine Column

Virginia Heffernan has written her last “Medium” column for The New York Times Magazine, and it is brilliant. In the article, Heffernan argues that Kindle Singles — which allow readers to buy individual stories at a cheap price — have saved long-form narrative non-fiction, “the only homegrown... Continue Reading →
keynote reviews | Feb 24th, 2011

"The Regime of Analog Culture Has Already Ended." Virginia Heffernan Speaks at Northwestern University

In a keynote speech delivered to Northwestern University’s Center for the Writing Arts, Virginia Heffernan, of The New York Times, talked about the dominance of digital culture, the loss of analog culture, and a subgroup of people — call them analog “hoarders” — who refuse to let go of physical... Continue Reading →
civil rights | Feb 23rd, 2011

An Ovation, and an Apology, for Civil Rights Icon Minnijean Brown Trickey

After Minnijean Brown Trickey gave her emotional keynote at Peru State College last month, something unexpected happened, something wonderful and heartfelt. Something 53 years in the making. First, a quick refresher: As a 16 year-old, Minnijean was a member of the Little Rock Nine, whose... Continue Reading →
speaker review | Feb 23rd, 2011

Andrew Ramlo: A Witty Demographer Turning Stats into Strategies

A few of the Lavin agents went to see demographics speaker Andrew Ramlo at his keynote in Toronto today. Ramlo’s on-stage style — quirky humor, quick wit, great energy — cuts against the stereotype of the rumbled, number-crunching demographer. His talks get audiences to laugh, applaud, and... Continue Reading →
food | Feb 23rd, 2011

Mark Bittman on How McDonald's Turned Oatmeal into "Expensive Junk Food"

“In typical McDonald’s fashion,” Mark Bittman writes, “the company is doing everything it can to turn oatmeal into yet another bad choice.” Bittman’s article on McDonald’s decision to sell oatmeal — or, as he puts it, a combination of “oats, sugar, sweetened dried fruit, cream and 11 weird... Continue Reading →
books | Feb 22nd, 2011

New in Paperback: Lisa Shannon's A Thousand Sisters

Lisa Shannon’s memoir A Thousand Sisters, about her journey to help women in the Congo at enormous personal cost, is now out in paperback. Since its release, Lisa has been named to Oprah Magazine’s Power List, profiled on ABC’s World News Tonight, and championed by Nicholas Kristof in both his... Continue Reading →
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