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pop culture | Jun 8th, 2011

Chuck Klosterman at Grantland: On Watching Pre-Recorded Sports

Celebrated pop culture author Chuck Klosterman's life is broken into two parts: the first deals with unraveling universal mysteries around time and reality, and the other deals with scheduling when to watch sports. The two halves intersect in his sports columns. Writing for Bill Simmons'... Continue Reading →
race relations | Jun 6th, 2011

Randall Kennedy: A Major Survey of America's First Black Presidency

Two years into the first black presidency of the United States, Harvard professor Randall Kennedy is set to release a major academic analysis on how race has affected political culture in America during Obama’s run thus far. Kennedy, a public intellectual unafraid of hot-button issues, is releasing... Continue Reading →
foreign policy | Jun 5th, 2011

Seymour Hersh: What if Iran Isn't Making a Nuclear Bomb?

In a recent New Yorker article, legendary Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh investigates whether rumors of nuclear weapons in Iran have been greatly exaggerated. It’s another in a series of remarkable reports that Hersh has produced on some of the major foreign policy issues of the... Continue Reading →
the brain | Jun 2nd, 2011

David Eagleman's Mind-bending New Book, Incognito

We might like to think our brains are fundamentally created equal, but David Eagleman, all-star neuroscientist and Lavin speaker, disagrees. “Many of us like to believe that all adults possess the same capacity to make sound choices,” he argues in his amazingly-received new book, Incognito. “It's a... Continue Reading →
water | Jun 1st, 2011

Charles Fishman's The Big Thirst is a "Deliciously Fun Book"

Flushing your toilet is about to get a lot harder to do if you care about water, says Charles Fishman. It turns out the average American is flushing 70 liters of fresh cold drinkable water via the toilet each day. It's a staggering number, and just one of many eye-openers revealed by a glowingly... Continue Reading →

Virginia Heffernan: The End of E-Mail As We Know It

Remember the good old days of e-mail? Internet scribe and New York Times' Op-Ed contributor Virginia Heffernan does. Back in the early 1990s you could count users in millions (not billions, like today), but more importantly, you could let loose in a way that wasn't possible through face-to-face... Continue Reading →
social media | May 29th, 2011

Going Mobile: Amber Mac on the Next Step in Online Engagement

Amber Mac, the consultant, author, and TV host who has chronicled and even enabled the growth of social media, is now co-hosting a new show dedicated to the next step in online and mobile engagement. App Central, airing on BNN and CTV (and, of course, on the web) covers apps for iPads, Blackberries,... Continue Reading →
leadership | May 29th, 2011

John Maeda Redesigns Leadership: Learn from Artists, Change the World

One of the world’s most respected innovation educators, John Maeda has learned many valuable lessons on leadership from his first few eventful years as president of The Rhode Island School of Design, one of the country’s most prestigious colleges of art and design. Those lessons—part of his process... Continue Reading →
social media | May 26th, 2011

Alexandra Samuel: Social Media in Three Hours a Week

If you feel like you're drifting aimlessly in a sea of social media—endless Tweets, Facebook status updates, and blog posts to read for work—we have good news: Lavin's latest speaker, Alexandra Samuel, has your social life raft. As the founder of the acclaimed Social Signal, one of the world's first... Continue Reading →
the brain | May 25th, 2011

Jonah Lehrer on Product Placement in Our Minds

Yesterday, Jonah Lehrer, one of our great popular interpreters of neuroscience, wrote a Wired blog post on the way advertising is actually penetrating our minds. So, if you're questioning whether those soft-focus recollections of summers clutching a cool Coke actually happened, you might be onto... Continue Reading →
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