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pop culture | Aug 1st, 2011

First Look: New Chuck Klosterman Novel, The Visible Man

Lavin speaker and pop culture pontificator Chuck Klosterman has a new book out this fall, The Visible Man. It’s his second novel, following the Friday Night Lights-esque glory of Downtown Owl. Pre-order from Amazon here. From the publisher: From the provocative cultural commentator and author... Continue Reading →
politics + hollywood | Jul 28th, 2011

Kal Penn's Three-Year Journey at The White House Ends Today

Today, actor Kal Penn leaves the White House after a three-year stint as Associate Director of the Office of Public Engagement. He describes his time serving his country as both “awe-inspiring” and “humbling.” In 2009, the former star of House, 24, and the Harold and Kumar franchise shocked... Continue Reading →
immigration | Jul 28th, 2011

Marcelo Suarez-Orozco: After Oslo, Clearing Up Facts on Immigration

“The irrational fear of immigration does not align with the facts,” says Marcelo Suarez-Orozco. In a recent Huffington Post article, he addresses the tragedy in Norway, where Anders Behring Breivik killed dozens of people, acting on his worldview that “Muslim Colonization” would result in the... Continue Reading →
taking it global | Jul 25th, 2011

Two Lavin Speakers Founded Mashable's #1 Social Good Youth Website

Mashable, the web's premiere social media resource, recently named Jennifer Corriero and Michael Furdyk's TakingITGlobal as the world's #1 social good website aimed at youth. TakingITGlobal, started when Corriero and Furdyk were teens, is one of the world’s first social networking sites, founded... Continue Reading →
digital culture | Jul 25th, 2011

Virginia Heffernan: Google Plus Needs to Cultivate Two Illusions to Succeed

In her latest New York Times Op-Ed column, Virginia Heffernan says she’s on Google+, and only has 20 friends. But, that's the way she likes it. Google, on the other hand, might not be too crazy about having that friend number stay low. To avoid having their new social network follow Friendster and... Continue Reading →
cultural history | Jul 24th, 2011

Is Society Getting Less Violent? In a New Book, Steven Pinker Says Yes.

Harvard Psychology professor, Blank Slate author, and Lavin speaker Steven Pinker returns this October with a provocative and counterintuitive new book, The Better Angels of Our Nature, that looks at why we are less violent today than perhaps we’ve ever been. From the publisher: Faced with... Continue Reading →
the brain | Jul 21st, 2011

"There's Somebody Else in My Head?" Stephen Colbert Talks to David Eagleman

Last night, David Eagleman—one of the most acclaimed neuroscientists today, and certainly the coolest—visited The Colbert Report to talk about his new bestseller, Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain. During the course of the interview, Colbert asked, with typical mock befuddlement: “What... Continue Reading →
innovation | Jul 20th, 2011

Sketching Big Ideas: Tom Wujec on Visual Note-Taking

Tom Wujec doesn't just write, consult, and speak on the power of visualization—he actually practices what he preaches. In this video from the TED Blog, Wujec talks about how he uses visual note-taking—using diagrams, sketches and drawings instead of straight text—to help absorb and make sense of the... Continue Reading →
global health | Jul 19th, 2011

Ten Years Later, Pulitzer Prize Winner Laurie Garrett Revisits 9/11

UPDATED: September 11, 2012. I Heard the Sirens Scream is now available in hardcover. Check it out here.  In anticipation of the tenth anniversary of September 11th, global health speaker Laurie Garrett has released I Heard the Sirens Scream: How Americans Responded to the 9/11 and Anthrax Attacks.... Continue Reading →
education reform | Jul 19th, 2011

Pedro Noguera: Longer School Years May Bridge the Achievement Gap

An important voice for healthy public education, Pedro Noguera has a plan for making public schools better—especially ones in poor neighborhoods: make the school year longer. It's a plan no kid wants to hear, but, according to Noguera's recent New York Times Op-Ed, “differences in learning time and... Continue Reading →
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