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science + democracy | Jul 4th, 2011

Dr. Jared Diamond on the Future of Human Rights

Celebrity scientist and Pulitzer Prize winning author Jared Diamond knows how to tackle big questions. His bestsellers, Collapse, and Guns, Germs, and Steel, have changed the ways we look at how societies thrive or fail and how we can maximize happiness while dodging ecological collapse. Now, in a... Continue Reading →
diversity | Jul 4th, 2011

Two Comedies: Maulik Pancholy Stars on 30 Rock and Whitney

Lavin diversity speaker Maulik Pancholy will appear this fall on NBC’s highly-anticipated comedy, Whitney, starring alongside Whitney Cummings in the role of Neal—a modern day renaissance man who is sensitive, cool, and in a seemingly perfect relationship with his girlfriend Lily (Zoe Lister-Jones)... Continue Reading →
ideas | Jul 3rd, 2011

Why Do Humans Lie? David Livingstone Smith Explains

A fascinating philosopher, David Livingstone Smith is obsessed with making complicated ideas—such as what drives humanity’s darker impulses—accessible to broad audiences, while losing none of the rigorous depth of academia. In this video from the Ciudad de las Ideas Conference, in Mexico, Smith... Continue Reading →
creativity | Jul 3rd, 2011

A New Show from Joel Cohen, Simpsons Writer and MBA

Earlier this week, MTV International announced its acquisition of the prime-time animated series Crash Canyon, which was developed and co-produced by Lavin speaker Joel Cohen. Cohen, who is also a writer and co-executive producer for The Simpsons—"the greatest TV show of the 20th Century," according... Continue Reading →
foreign policy | Jun 29th, 2011

Andrew Bacevich on America's Waning Interest in War

In a recent Huffington Post piece, influential historian and military expert Andrew Bacevich writes that America goes through a feverish sort of delirium that manifests itself “in delusions of grandeur and demented behavior” every time wars are fought. The good news, says Bacevich, is that fevers... Continue Reading →
decision making | Jun 27th, 2011

Neuroscience Speaker Jonah Lehrer: Don't Rely on Statistics Alone

Watch out sports stat nerds, neuroscience speaker Jonah Lehrer has set his sights on you in his debut article for Grantland. True to form, Lehrer takes a fascinating look at the way our minds make choices—in this case, the increasingly prevalent practice of leaning on math—and turns the tables. He... Continue Reading →
literature | Jun 26th, 2011

Salman Rushdie: A Rare Glimpse Into a Tumultuous Life

Over the weekend, The Guardian published an interesting interview with Salman Rushdie, in which the legendary author chats about fatherhood, faith, fatwa, and the writing of his 600-page biography—which industry insiders have pegged as one of the most anticipated releases of the decade. The... Continue Reading →
retail | Jun 23rd, 2011

Doug Stephens on How We Shop Now

Today, Doug Stephens, who runs Retail Prophet, stopped by The Lavin Agency's Toronto offices to talk about the history and future of retail through the lens of sociology, trends, demographics, and personal experience. The period from 1940 to 2007 in North America, Doug said, was an unprecedented era... Continue Reading →
leadership | Jun 23rd, 2011

From War Room to Boardroom: Rick Hillier's Tangible Lessons

"Charismatic, compelling. . . quick with the jokes and bearing a salty tongue that seemed especially to amuse the middle managers in attendance.” This is how the Financial Post described retired general Rick Hillier at the recent Art of Leadership conference in Toronto. The article highlighted that... Continue Reading →
baseball + business | Jun 21st, 2011

Jonah Keri's Montreal Expos Book: Sports, Commerce, Community

Jonah Keri—whose latest New York Times bestseller, The Extra 2%, examines the incredible turnaround of the Tampa Bay Rays—is now working on the definitive history of the Montreal Expos. Youppi! More than a history of the franchise, Jonah’s book, to be published by Random House in 2014, is an... Continue Reading →
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