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politics & society | Jul 29th, 2019

The Five Stages of Polling: Lavin Speaker Shachi Kurl Reveals the Best Way to Read the Data

Much like grief, consuming political polling data can be interpreted through five stages, says Shachi Kurl, the Executive Director of The Angus Reid Institute. In her latest op-ed, Kurl breaks down the stages—and reveals how we can digest the data without becoming overwhelmed.  According to... Continue Reading →
economics | Jul 29th, 2019

“More Money Than Anyone Imagined”: Atlantic Writer Annie Lowrey Explains Why the Tech Bubble Never Burst

Years ago, journalists and pundits were warning about the tech bubble. But unlike the dot-com explosion before it, the tech bubble never burst. It simply faded from public consciousness, as investors continued to invest. Atlantic writer Annie Lowrey explains what happened.   “Back then, the... Continue Reading →
| Jul 26th, 2019

Rediscovering Hope After Loss: Introducing New Lavin Speaker Jayson Greene

After a sudden, unthinkable accident, Jayson Greene and his wife Stacy found themselves mourning the death of their two-year-old daughter Greta. Overcome with grief, Greene—a music editor by trade—instinctively turned to writing to help him process the tragedy. In Once More We Saw Stars, the... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Jul 26th, 2019

Political Journalist Garrett Graff Weighs in on Robert Mueller’s Testimony for NPR

Hailed as a “voice of reason” in today’s political media circus, Garrett Graff is a distinguished journalist who’s covered Robert Mueller extensively throughout his career. He authored The Threat Matrix : Inside Robert Mueller’s FBI and the War on Global Terror, as well as the WIRED cover story,... Continue Reading →
the arts | Jul 25th, 2019

Nikole-Hannah Jones Explores the Legacy of Slavery in a New Project with the New York Times

August 20th, 1619 is an important date, but few know its historical significance: on this day, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in Jamestown. Though America did not yet exist, this day marked “the beginning of the system of slavery on which the country was built.” Lavin... Continue Reading →
cryptocurrency & blockchain | Jul 25th, 2019

Why Blockchain Technology Is the Answer to Our Trust Problem: Michael Casey Explains

What is the value of blockchain technology? Does Bitcoin have a future? And will it truly be a peer-to-peer system—without third-party intervention? Michael Casey, MIT educator and the author of The Age of Cryptocurrency, investigates.   Cryptocurrency expert Michael Casey joined Kiana Danial, the... Continue Reading →
visual arts | Jul 24th, 2019

A “Poem of Contemporary America”: Teju Cole’s New Exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Photography

Go Down Moses, a new art exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, features 150 archival images depicting a longing for freedom. Selected to guest curate the exhibition is acclaimed author, photographer, and Harvard professor Teju Cole.  Go Down Moses, an exhibition which uses... Continue Reading →
literature | Jul 24th, 2019

Two Lavin Speakers—Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie—Longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize

The leading literary award for original fiction written in the English language, The Booker Prize, has announced its much anticipated long list for 2019. Nominated this year are two Lavin speakers—and both former winners as well—Margaret Atwood and Sir Salman Rushdie. Having won for The Blind... Continue Reading →
innovation | Jul 24th, 2019

Why Does Having a Minimum Viable Product Matter? Laura Huang Explains the Benefits for Innovation

How can you maximize innovation, reduce risk, and build an entrepreneurial organization? Harvard Business Professor Laura Huang explains the importance of the Minimum Viable Product in achieving all three goals.  Instead of creating the disparate parts of a product and then assembling them into... Continue Reading →
cryptocurrency & blockchain | Jul 24th, 2019

Blockchain Start-Up CEO Amber Baldet Weighs in on the Future of Bitcoin for Fortune

What is the future of bitcoin? That is the question that Fortune posed to seven CEOs and one COO at their most recent Brainstorm Finance Conference. Lavin Speaker and Blockchain CEO Amber Baldet weighed in on the question.   Fortune’s Brainstorm Finance Conference gathered notable finance... Continue Reading →
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