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diversity & race | Nov 7th, 2018

Black History Month: The Struggles of Our Past Teach Us About Our Present

February is Black History Month—a time in which we celebrate the important contributions and achievements of African Americans throughout history. Lavin speakers Titus Kaphar, Heather McGhee and Margot Lee Shetterly engage with this crucial history through a variety of lenses: art, policy, STEM.... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Oct 19th, 2018

“Fierce.” “Impassioned.” “Oscar-Worthy.” The Hate U Give Movie—Based on Angie Thomas’s #1 Bestseller—Opens Today.

Not content to spend 85 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list (where it’s currently enjoying a return to the #1 spot), Lavin speaker Angie Thomas’ phenomenon of a first novel is currently sweeping the nation as a feature film, collecting popular and critical praise—and even being touted as an... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Oct 15th, 2018

Nikole Hannah-Jones is “One of the country’s most distinctive and respected voices” says Columbia Journalism School Dean Steve Coll

Columbia Journalism School has awarded Nikole Hannah-Jones, investigative reporter and author of the upcoming book The Problem We All Live With, the 2018 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism. Hannah-Jones’ groundbreaking reporting on modern segregation in American schools has already... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Feb 12th, 2018

“One of the Strongest Artists to Emerge in This Country, This Century.” New York Magazine Lead Art Critic on LaToya Ruby Frazier

LaToya Ruby Frazier—photographer, MacArthur “Genius” and one of Lavin’s most compelling speakers on the entanglement of race, labor, family, and the environment—was described by influential New York Magazine art critic Jerry Saltz as a, “36-year old oracle … one of the strongest artists to emerge... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Nov 24th, 2017

Memorializing America’s Black Working Class: LaToya Ruby Frazier, Artist/Archivist, is “A Public Figure the Country Needs”

In a New Yorker feature this week: “LATOYA RUBY FRAZIER can capture the decline of an entire economy; the vulnerable cycles of American industry, within a single human face.” In Frazier’s expansive new photography exhibit, On the Making of Steel Genesis, the single human face is Sarah Gould... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Nov 14th, 2017

“Who is represented? Who is invisible?” A Public Sculpture by Titus Kaphar Confronts a University’s Past

Controversy around America’s public sculptures has swept the nation—how should such a complex legacy be represented? Enter Titus Kaphar, the visual artist and standing-O garnering TED speaker, whose newly unveiled campus sculpture has been described by The Atlantic as, “a bold, exquisite way to... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Nov 6th, 2017

How Art Shapes Justice, Citizenship, and “What Humanity Looks Like”: Sarah Lewis, The Lavin Interview

When award-winning photography magazine Aperture asked Sarah Lewis to edit their “Vision and Justice” issue, she used the opportunity to redefine the parameters of American citizenship: “who belongs, who counts, what humanity looks like.” In her Lavin interview, she elaborates on the process of... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Oct 23rd, 2017

I Can’t Breathe: Matt Taibbi’s Gut-Wrenching Account of the Life and Police Killing of Eric Garner Is out Today

Matt Taibbi is one of the smartest chroniclers of the American spectacle. All of his books are New York Times bestsellers and his column in Rolling Stone (largely dedicated to the rise of Trump alongside the decay of truth) earned a National Magazine Award. His latest is a riveting exposé on the... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Oct 11th, 2017

Nikole Hannah-Jones Has Been Named a MacArthur Fellow for Her Reporting on Racial Resegregation in American Schools

Nikole Hannah-Jones’ investigations into the re-segregation of the American education system have earned her a National Magazine Award, the Peabody, the George Polk Award, and, today, a 2017 MacArthur Genius Grant Fellowship—a distinction awarded to those who are forging truly significant progress... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Sep 21st, 2017

A Town Wants to Secede From Its School District: Nikole Hannah-Jones’ NYT Mag Cover Story Probes the Return of Segregation

In her recent, rigorous, and heart-stopping cover story for The New York Times Magazine Education Issue, National Magazine Award-winner Nikole Hannah-Jones delivers a probing view into the black population of Jefferson County, Alabama, as they try to live freely in a town looking to resegregate the... Continue Reading →
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