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politics & society | Aug 1st, 2019

Our Man”: George Packer Chronicles the Life and Career of American Diplomat Richard Holbrooke

In his latest book, award-winning journalist George Packer tells the story of controversial American diplomat Richard Holbrooke. Our Man paints a dazzling portrait of a policy giant who was brilliant, self-absorbed, and willing to do anything to fulfill his political ambition. Recently, Packer... Continue Reading →
economics | Aug 1st, 2019

Save Tomorrow, Tomorrow: Schlomo Benartzi’s TED Talk Picked as One of the “5 Best on Money” by Yahoo! Finance

People seeking information on how to improve their finances often turn to the Internet for help over the advice of a professional. Yahoo! Finance has compiled a list of the most beneficial TED talks on money and included in the round-up is economist and Lavin speaker Shlomo Benartzi.   Save More... Continue Reading →
visual arts | Jul 31st, 2019

Understanding American Culture: Sarah Lewis Speaks to the New York Times on the Ebony Photo Archives

The Ebony and Jet archive—a collection of over four million prints documenting African-American life—will finally be open to the public after decades of mystery. Harvard historian Sarah Lewis spoke to the New York Times about the significance.  “It is impossible to overstate the importance of the... Continue Reading →
literature | Jul 31st, 2019

Surviving the Internet: Chuck Klosterman Speaks to GQ about Life in the Digital Age

When Chuck Klosterman first emerged into public consciousness, he was a cultural critic hailed for his funny, idiosyncratic, and prescient voice. But as social media has become more ubiquitous, it seems everyone on the Internet is now a “cultural critic” of sorts. In his GQ interview, Klosterman... Continue Reading →
technology | Jul 31st, 2019

What Are the Consequences of Facebook’s New Mind-Reading Technology? Nita Farahany Weighs In

Facebook has been funding research at the University of California to develop “speech decoding” technology with far-reaching effects. Neuro-ethicist Nita Farahany explains the potential it has to change our lives.   A report published in Nature Communications details how researchers used... Continue Reading →
civic engagement | Jul 30th, 2019

Jane Golden’s Mural Arts Transforms the Lives of Homeless Philadelphians

Jane Golden is the Executive Director at Mural Arts Philadelphia, the nation’s largest public art program. Under her leadership, the organization’s latest project—a mural painted by people with economic insecurities—will be unveiled in SEPTA’s Suburban Station.  The project will not only... Continue Reading →
motivational | Jul 30th, 2019

Turning Hope into Action: Introducing New Lavin Speaker David Fajgenbaum

Faced with a life-threatening illness with no known cure, David Fajgenbaum made it his mission to find one. In his beautiful memoir Chasing My Cure, Fajgenbaum explores how his fight for survival led to a revolution in rare disease research. David Fajgenbaum was the picture of health. A... Continue Reading →
corporate culture | Jul 30th, 2019

How Performance Metrics Influence Culture: Adam Bryant Unveils a New Approach to Leadership

Corporate culture has become a hot-button topic frequently discussed by CEOs and leadership teams. But, according to a new paper by Adam Bryant and David Reimer, a company’s most powerful cultural signals are communicated less by talking, and more by who gets promoted and financially rewarded.... Continue Reading →
innovation | Jul 30th, 2019

Lavin Speakers Amber Mac and Arlene Dickinson Headline TELUS Pitch Competition

Digital entrepreneur Amber Mac is set to host the TELUS Pitch small business competition, which concludes today. Fellow Lavin Speaker Arlene Dickinson, of Dragons’ Den fame, will be judging. The event will kick off with a live Q&A session between Amber Mac, who also co-hosts Accenture’s... Continue Reading →
literature | Jul 29th, 2019

Hulu Series Based on Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale Will Return for Season Four

After an incredible response to its’ first three seasons, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale is returning to television for a highly anticipated fourth run. Following the story of Offred and her fellow “handmaids” in a dystopian near-future, Margaret Atwood’s 1985 classic still strikes a... Continue Reading →
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