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environment | Dec 19th, 2019

Four Lavin Speakers Featured on Prospect Magazine’s Best Books of 2019 Lists

Shoshana Zuboff, Jared Diamond, David Wallace-Wells, and Naomi Klein are undoubtedly some of the most interesting thinkers of our time—and Prospect recently named their newest books to their prestigious Best of 2019 series. Shoshana Zuboff’s groundbreaking The Age of Surveillance... Continue Reading →
the arts | Dec 19th, 2019

‘This Is Us’ Producer to Adapt Angie Thomas’ YA Novel On the Come Up For Paramount

Angie Thomas became a household name with the release of her debut novel The Hate U Give, an instant YA classic that soon became a major motion picture. Her follow-up novel On the Come Up is once again getting the Hollywood treatment, in a project with some of the industry’s top talent attached.... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Dec 19th, 2019

Unfollow Author and Former Westboro Baptist Church Member Megan Phelps-Roper Profiled in The Cut

“I think for some people who leave Westboro, losing that sense of specialness feels like you’ve lost something really valuable and important. I had the opposite experience,” former Westboro Baptist Church member and author of Unfollow Megan Phelps-Roper tells The Cut. “I was so grateful to know... Continue Reading →
film | Dec 19th, 2019

Documentary Filmmaker Bassam Tariq’s Ghosts of Sugar Land Shortlisted for an Academy Award

In his award-winning documentary Ghosts of Sugar Land, Bassam Tariq shares a story that transcends religion and politics to paint a truly human picture. Now, the remarkable doc is shortlisted in the Documentary Short Subject category for the 92nd Academy Awards.  Tariq is keenly aware of the... Continue Reading →
climate crisis | Dec 18th, 2019

Fighting Climate Change Through the World of Finance: Climate Activist Bill McKibben For TIME

Maintaining hope for the future—when climate change poses as an existential threat and government officials seem content with doing nothing—can be difficult. But in his latest piece for TIME Magazine, climate activist Bill McKibben shows us that hope can come from the unlikeliest sources: the world... Continue Reading →
trending | Dec 18th, 2019

Protecting Civil Discourse: Former White House Advisor Yaël Eisenstat Joins The Lavin Agency

How did a former Intelligence Officer for the United States of America become an insider at Facebook? As crazy as it sounds, this is the story of new Lavin speaker Yaël Eisenstat. In talks, she reveals why she joined the tech giant, the reason it’s so difficult for them to get elections right, and... Continue Reading →
environment | Dec 16th, 2019

The Anthropocene Project, Featuring the Acclaimed Photography of Edward Burtynsky, Launches New VR App

The Anthropocene Project—the cumulative work of a years-long exploration of humanity’s impact on the world—is embracing the future with a new VR app. A multidisciplinary endeavor combining a feature documentary (directed by Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal, and Nicholas de Pencier), art... Continue Reading →
artificial intelligence | Dec 16th, 2019

Prediction Machines: Ajay Agrawal Shows Business Leaders How to Leverage AI in Forbes

The revolutionary author of Prediction Machines Ajay Agrawal sat down with Forbes to discuss how AI functions, where it is best applied, and why we should embrace, rather than fear the technology.  As a researcher. entrepreneur, and bestselling author, Ajay Agrawal focuses on the economics of... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Dec 12th, 2019

Media Mogul and Religious Scholar Reza Aslan Featured in L.A. Weekly’s ‘People 2019’ Issue

Is there anything Reza Aslan can’t do? The Harvard-educated religious scholar has published numerous books and screenplays, is adapting his New York Times bestseller Zealot into a feature film, and executive produces the new Chuck Lorre comedy on CBS. Combine that with his hilarious podcast with... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Dec 12th, 2019

Garrett Graff Reveals How Fox News Became a Threat to National Security for WIRED

Fox News’ reporting is growing more and more dangerous, says WIRED contributor Garrett Graff. For the latest issue of the tech magazine, Graff looks into Fox’s propagandizing influence on the upcoming election.  Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz found no political bias in the 2... Continue Reading →
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