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innovation | Sep 10th, 2019

Innovation Expert Jeremy Gutsche Interviews Celebrated Thought Leader Malcolm Gladwell on the Power of Ideas

Trend Hunter CEO Jeremy Gutsche invited New York Times alum Malcolm Gladwell to the Trend Hunter offices for a thoughtful discussion on how and why we should challenge our assumptions—and the value it brings.   As the founder and CEO of Trend Hunter —the world’s largest, most powerful trend... Continue Reading →
literature | Sep 9th, 2019

Margaret Atwood’s Hotly Anticipated Handmaid’s Sequel is Out Tomorrow

Atwood fans, rejoice! The Testaments—Margaret Atwood’s hyped-up sequel to The Handmaid's Tale—hits shelves tomorrow.  It’s been nearly 35 years since Margaret Atwood wrote The Handmaid’s Tale, and three years since the book was adapted into an Emmy award-winning series. Fans, old and new, are now... Continue Reading →
| Sep 9th, 2019

Can Being Nice Hurt Your Chances in Negotiation? Behavioral Scientist Francesca Gino Weighs In.

Negotiating is more than a skill; it’s a fact of life. One could argue that nearly every interaction we have is a form of negotiation, which begs the question: how can we do it better? Francesca Gino explains how—contrary to popular belief—being too friendly in a negotiation could actually have... Continue Reading →
the arts | Sep 6th, 2019

Pulitzer-Winning David Rhode and Acclaimed Illustrator Molly Crabapple Selected for Prestigious National Fellowship

New America’s National Fellows Class of 2020 includes 15 talented individuals—a combination of writers, educators, filmmakers, artists, doctors, and editors—who will be funded to pursue personal projects. Among them are Lavin speakers David Rohde and Molly Crabapple.   “Every year, we receive... Continue Reading →
literature | Sep 6th, 2019

"The Godfather of Crime Fiction" James Ellroy Named GQ’s Writer of the Year

James Ellroy, the prolific author known for the blockbuster novels L.A. Confidential and The Black Dahlia, released his fourteenth book this year. This Storm tells the story of war fever and racial hatred brewing in 1940’s America.  “There are crime writers and then there is James Ellroy,”... Continue Reading →
| Sep 5th, 2019

Shoshana Zuboff Dubs the City of Toronto the “New Frontier” of Surveillance Capitalism

Information is capital in the twenty-first century, a fact which has led companies like Google and Facebook to hunt, capture, and hoard the personal data of its consumers. The value lies not in the capacity for service improvement, but in the rich predictive signals such data provides. In an essay... Continue Reading →
| Sep 5th, 2019

Want to Foster Diversity? Forbes Taps Ashton Applewhite’s Book as a Top Guide

When thinking about diversity, we tend to consider factors like gender, sexuality, and ethnicity. But what about age? Activist Ashton Applewhite has written a manifesto raging against the perils of growing older in a society that is, at its core, deeply ageist. Forbes calls it a must-read for... Continue Reading →
teaching & learning | Sep 4th, 2019

When did College Turn So Cruel? Paul Tough’s Upcoming Book Profiled in The New York Times

In The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us, bestselling author Paul Tough re-evaluates the state of higher education across the United States. Does college still work? What are the flaws in our current system? And how can we do better?  “In an increasingly pessimistic country... Continue Reading →
literature | Sep 4th, 2019

The Reluctant Prophet: Margaret Atwood Featured in TIME, Long-Listed for the Giller Prize

Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s sequel The Testaments is almost here. The prolific author opens up about the decision to revisit the fictional world of Gilead, her knack for capturing the dark side of history, and her status as a national treasure in TIME magazine.   “Only dead people are allowed to... Continue Reading →
psychology | Sep 3rd, 2019

Anecdotes Aren’t Data: Psychologist Steven Pinker Calls for a Stronger Delineation Between Facts and Feelings

What is the one thing wrong with the world that you would change, and why? It’s a question posed by Harvard University to its faculty, in a new ongoing series. In it, professor Steven Pinker shares his desire to temper our cognitive biases with hard facts.   A president riling up citizens over... Continue Reading →
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