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technology | Aug 6th, 2019

Should Addictive Tech Be Banned? Psychologist Adam Alter Weighs in on New Regulation

Republican Senator Josh Hawley recently proposed a bill that would ban tech companies from implementing the addictive features that prompt us to spend more and more time on our devices. Adam Alter, the New York Times bestselling author of Irresistible, weighs in.  Rather than a full-on ban on... Continue Reading →
disruption | Aug 6th, 2019

The Rise of Convenience Maximalism: The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson Explores the Meal- Delivery Industry

In 2015, for the first time ever, Americans spent more money in restaurants than they did in grocery stories. Now, the food industry is preparing for yet another major shift: by 2020, an estimated half of restaurant spending will occur “off premises.” Deliveries, drive-throughs, and takeaway meals... Continue Reading →
literature | Aug 6th, 2019

Four Lavin Speakers Named Among Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2019 by Publisher's Weekly

For its “Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2019” list, Publisher’s Weekly includes work by four Lavin speakers: beloved author Margaret Atwood, education journalist Paul Tough, activist Megan Phelps-Roper, and music legend Patti Smith. Margaret Atwood’s sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, called The... Continue Reading →
execution & performance | Aug 6th, 2019

How to Reach Your Peak: Anders Ericsson Explains the Science of Expertise with Thrive

Psychologist and author Anders Ericsson has spent decades studying how people reach exceptional levels of success. His data shows that, more than talent, deliberate practice has a profound impact on performance. In a new interview with Thrive, Ericsson dives into what means to practice with... Continue Reading →
teaching & learning | Aug 2nd, 2019

Anthony Jack’s Book The Privileged Poor Honored by Harvard University Press with the Thomas J. Wilson Memorial Prize

This year’s historic Thomas J. Wilson Memorial Prize goes to Anthony Jack for his first book, The Privileged Poor. Bestowed by Harvard University Press, the prize acknowledges an exemplary first book manuscript, and is judged for its outstanding style, content, and presentation. It also highlights... Continue Reading →
| Aug 2nd, 2019

Abandoning the Status Quo: Innovation Guru Jeremy Gutsche Shares How CIOs Can Help Companies Disrupt

As the CEO of Trend Hunter, the largest trend-spotting platform in the world, Jeremy Gutsche is well-versed in the art of bringing big ideas to life. Now, he explains how CIOs will become crucial to disruptive innovation in the coming years.   The average lifespan of a fortune 500 company has... Continue Reading →
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 →
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