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keynote review | Jan 23rd, 2011

Jeff Chang Speaks at Sundance: "Cultural Change Always Precedes Political Change."

At the Sundance Festival last week, Jeff Chang (Cant’ Stop Won’t Stop) led a rousing panel on social and political change that included, among others, Harry Belafonte and filmmaker Michael Moore. By way of an intro, Jeff said, “As artists, we ask ourselves, what can art do? What can film do?... Continue Reading →
honors | Jan 23rd, 2011

Social Entrepreneur Speaker Bill Strickland Joins White House Council for Community Solutions

For the past three decades, speaker Bill Strickland has been transforming the lives of thousands of adults and teenagers through his innovative jobs training and education centers. Last seen in the public education documentary Waiting for Superman, Bill has just been chosen as one of the 25... Continue Reading →
economics | Jan 20th, 2011

"The Poor Didn't Cause the Crisis": Daron Acemoglu Cited by Former IMF Chief Economist

Lavin speaker Daron Acemoglu, recently named by Foreign Policy as one of the world’s top 100 public intellectuals, has a way of sparking conversations about what makes some countries poor and others rich. In this a recent op-ed, former chief IMF economist Simon H. Johnson uses Acemoglu as his... Continue Reading →
design | Jan 20th, 2011

Design Speaker Neri Oxman to Keynote Fabricate Conference in London

MIT design speaker Neri Oxman — who just received a rave review from her speech at Bucknell University — will take to the stage again at London’s Fabricate Conference in April. A brief description of Fabricate, here: Discussing the progressive integration of digital design with manufacturing... Continue Reading →
college | Jan 20th, 2011

Jonah Lehrer: The Best Way to Learn at College? Be an Outsider

In this exclusive Lavin video, neuroscience speaker Jonah Lehrer explains to Willamette University students why broadening their intellectual horizons is one of the most important aspects of a college education. The keynote is cheekily titled “Jonah Lehrer’s Metacognitive Guide to College,” and... Continue Reading →
books | Jan 18th, 2011

Religions Expert Karen Armstrong Focuses on Compassion in Her New Book

Lavin speaker Karen Armstrong, one of the foremost experts on world religions, has just released her new book, Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life — a hardbound manifestation of the journey she started, in 2007, when she won the prestigious TED Prize. Using her prize money, and working with input... Continue Reading →
social entrepreneurs | Jan 18th, 2011

No Handouts: Kiva Co-founder Jessica Jackley Talks About Poverty, Money, and Love

In her recent TED Talk, the wonderfully upbeat Jessica Jackley explains the motivations that led her to start KIVA, and tells us why the unique connections created between lenders and lendees separates microfinance from traditional charity. What makes microfinance different? Respect and love.... Continue Reading →
education | Jan 12th, 2011

George Clooney Visits Valentino Deng’s School in Southern Sudan

Last month, George Clooney visited Valentino Deng’s Marial Bai Secondary School in Southern Sudan to highlight the Sudanese referendum. (Video of Clooney’s visit, here.) The historic referendum, which began on January 9th, could finally lead to Southern Sudan’s independence from the north after... Continue Reading →
book reviews | Jan 10th, 2011

Maureen Dowd Calls Patti Smith's Memoir, Just Kids, "Achingly Beautiful"

Lavin speaker Patti Smith, as I’m sure you’ve heard, won the 2010 National Book Award for Non-Fiction in November. In her acceptance speech, Patti implored us to not give up on the book as a physical object: “There is nothing in our material world more beautiful.” Patti won for Just Kids, a memoir... Continue Reading →
articles | Jan 3rd, 2011

Neuroscience Speaker Jonah Lehrer's "The Truth Wears Off" Still #1 on The New Yorker

Weeks after we first wrote about it, neuroscience speaker Jonah Lehrer’s article “The Truth Wears Off” is still the #1 most-read on The New Yorker’s website. The piece is a stunning take on the scientific method—and why it may not be as perfect as we think. In a follow-up blog post, Lehrer answers... Continue Reading →
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