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astro | Jun 10th, 2019

The Moon Landing Was Virtually Impossible. In One Giant Leap—Out Tomorrow—Charles Fishman Charts How We Arrived.

In 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin went to the moon, and their skill, courage, and the moment itself has been well-documented in the 50 years since. But the astronauts weren’t the only ones who made the moon landing possible. In One Giant Leap—out tomorrow—Charles Fishman offers a... Continue Reading →
literature | Jun 10th, 2019

Margaret Atwood’s Acclaimed Debut Novel—The Edible Woman—Is Being Adapted for Television

Hot on the heels of Emmy award-winning series The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood’s first published novel The Edible Woman is being optioned for the small screen. Published on the cusp of the feminist movement, the 1969 novel explores the maddeningly restrictive nature of society’s perscribed... Continue Reading →
panel discussions | Jun 7th, 2019

Why Do Panel Discussions Fail? Tips for Planning an Engaging Speaking Event

What’s better than a lively dialogue between fascinating experts? A panel discussion seems like the logical choice, leaving your audience with valuable takeaways and insights. Truth is, most panels don’t live up to the hype. In this guide, based on the experience of our President and CEO David... Continue Reading →
technology | Jun 7th, 2019

AR and VR Are Permeating Pop Culture—and New Digital Aggregator XRGoesPop Tracks These Cross-Reality Explosions

As a world-leading expert in Augmented Reality, Helen Papagiannis dynamically shows how the technology applies to a variety of industries. Now she’s launched XRGoesPop: an ever-evolving digital archive that gorgeously documents XR (Augmented Reality, Virtual reality, and Virtual Beings) and how it’... Continue Reading →
business strategy | Jun 6th, 2019

Meltdown Wins National Business Book Award—and Proves That We Can Avoid Catastrophe

Disasters seem to just happen, but in Chris Clearfield and András Tilcsik’s National Business Book Award-winning Meltdown, the two authors, professors, and Lavin speakers prove that catastrophic failures—from a email reply-all disaster to a car crash—are more avoidable than we think.   A former... Continue Reading →
psychology | Jun 4th, 2019

How Do We Build Empathy in a Fractured World? Learn From Jamil Zaki’s The War for Kindness—Out Today.

As a child stuck in the middle of his parent’s contentious divorce, Stanford psychologist Jamil Zaki had his first lesson in empathy. “That two people’s experiences could differ so drastically, yet both be true and deep is maybe the most important lesson I’ve ever learned,” he writes in his new... Continue Reading →
trending | Jun 3rd, 2019

This Storm—the Anticipated New Novel from L.A. Confidential Author James Ellroy—Is Out Tomorrow

James Ellroy is the canonized writer behind some of America’s most famous crime novels, such as The Black Dahlia and L.A. Confidential. With his highly-anticipated This Storm, Ellroy takes us back in time to examine power and corruption in WWII. A celebrated crime author,  James Ellroy is equally... Continue Reading →
trending | Jun 3rd, 2019

Can Libraries Fight Populism? Eric Klinenberg Explores for The Economist.

Populism is on the rise around the world—and it’s having an unprecedented disruptive impact on political disourse. Author Eric Klinenberg sat down with The Economist to discuss how a surprising space—public libaries—may hold the key to fighting back. A sociologist at New York University, Eric... Continue Reading →
trending | May 31st, 2019

Raised in Captivity by Chuck Klosterman is a WIRED Must-Read of the Summer

Touted for being funny, smart, and delightfully weird, Chuck Klosterman’s latest book (out July 16th) is a must-read of the season according toWIRED.  Cultural critic and renowned author Chuck Klosterman has a knack for condensing the current cultural moment to its most essential elements. This... Continue Reading →
artificial intelligence | May 31st, 2019

Broadening the Definition of AI: Introducing New Lavin Speaker Radhika Dirks

Artificial intelligence today has the remarkable capability of mimicking human intelligence—but what if we could create technology with a different type of intelligence to our own? Quantum physicist and entrepreneur Radhika Dirks believes that by broadening the definition of AI, we will realize the... Continue Reading →
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