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awards and honors | Jul 12th, 2022

Making Science Fun for Kids: Jennifer Gardy’s Children's Book Wins International Literary Association Award

“It Takes Guts,” a delightful look at the inner workings of the digestive system, won the ILA’s 2022 award for Intermediate Nonfiction. It’s Jennifer’s second kids’ book, and she draws on her career as a scientist, writer, and broadcaster to make science interesting and engaging for people of all ages.

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new book | Jul 8th, 2022

How One Community Fought Racial and Environmental Injustice: LaToya Ruby Frazier’s New Photobook

An award-winning photographer and MacArthur Genius, LaToya travelled to Flint, Michigan to document the community’s struggle against poisoned water and environmental racism. There, she found hope, resilience, and community.

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new speaker | Jul 6th, 2022

Rebellion Done Right is Vital to Success: Lavin Welcomes Award-Winning Psychology Professor Todd Kashdan

The best change-makers are rebels with a cause, and the best organizations make room for them. Todd's book "The Art of Insubordination" is a scientific handbook for rebelling well, which Kirkus called “a useful primer for those determined to make waves for a good cause.”

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new book | Jul 4th, 2022

Finding Purpose Amidst Our Climate Anxiety (and Our Other Anxieties!): Stanford Fellow Britt Wray’s New Book

Our climate change anxieties—our anxieties about seemingly everything—have never been more overwhelming. But they’re also the key to change for the better. “Generation Dread” is a “vital and deeply compelling read” (award-winning writer and director Adam McKay).

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new speaker | Jun 30th, 2022

Roe v. Wade and the Future of Democracy: Lavin Welcomes Legal Historian and Justice System Expert Mary Ziegler

Mary is the go-to nonpartisan speaker on Roe, the courts, and their impact on our democracy. She offers an enlightening perspective on this critical moment, and a realistic way out of deepening polarization.

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awards and honors | Jun 29th, 2022

Deep Focus in a World of Distraction: Johann Hari's Book Named Amazon’s Best Science Book of 2022 So Far

"Stolen Focus,” Johann’s bestselling investigation into why we can’t pay attention, reveals that the world around us is designed to keep us from concentrating—but we can still reclaim our minds.

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speaker news | Jun 27th, 2022

A Love Letter to Young Black Dreamers: A Sneak Peek at Angie Thomas’s On the Come Up Film Adaptation

This film is based on Angie’s #1 New York Times bestseller, which follows a remarkable teenager trying to make it big as a rapper even though the odds are stacked against her. Kirkus called the book a “musical love letter” and an “honest and unflinching story of toil, tears, and triumph.”

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speaker news | Jun 22nd, 2022

40 Years Capturing Our Impact On The Planet: Acclaimed Photographer Edward Burtynsky’s New Project

Enveloped by 30-foot screens and an original soundtrack, audiences will journey through images and film from throughout Edward’s 40-year career. “In the Wake of Progress” premieres indoors this weekend, challenging us to have a conversation about our legacy and future on Earth.

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new speaker | Jun 20th, 2022

Imagination Is Where Black, Queer Freedom Resides: Lavin Welcomes Bestselling YA Author George M. Johnson

Called "an absolute necessity" by Booklist, George’s powerful, bestselling memoir "All Boys Aren't Blue" sits alongside titles by Toni Morrison and Lavin speaker Angie Thomas as among the 10 Most Challenged Books of 2021.

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new book | Jun 16th, 2022

Protecting Democracy is Our Greatest Challenge—Diversity Is the Key! Yascha Mounk's New Book

In “The Great Experiment: Why Diverse Democracies Fall Apart and How They Can Endure," one of our foremost political scientists gives us fresh optimism for the greatest challenge of our time: building democracies that are both diverse AND equal.

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