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lavin weekly | Jul 28th, 2017

The Lavin Weekly: American Islam, Saying Yes To No, Future Art, a Pageant Queen Retires, & Selfies of Yore

It’s never a slow news week at Lavin, rather the opposite among our busy speakers. Whether they’re creating news or reporting on it, the Lavin Weekly offers a select round-up of our speakers’ endeavors—especially if they’ve been doing what they're known for: making the world a smarter place.  This... Continue Reading →
lavin weekly | Mar 31st, 2017

Lavin Weekly: 3 Ways to Fight Bigotry, “Full Frontal” Intel, & Photographing a Movement

There must be something in the water, because no less than three of our speakers this week discussed their uniquely humane ways of challenging bigotry. Negin Farsad on the TED Radio Hour, Reza Aslan in The New York Times, and David Sax in The New Yorker all argued for speaking up through different... Continue Reading →
lavin weekly | Mar 27th, 2017

Lavin Weekly: Young Adult Fiction, Workplace Dynamics, Grit, Prison, and the President

Last week our speakers covered a lot of topical ground. For the New Yorker, Eyal Press wrote about injustice in a Florida prison; Angela Duckworth discussed grit in Marie Claire; in Big Think, Esther Perel discussed navigating office life; The New York Times name-checked Angie Thomas (yet again!),... Continue Reading →
lavin weekly | Mar 17th, 2017

Lavin Weekly: Design, Multi-Media, Magic, ISIS, Analog, and Afghanistan

A weekly overview of cool things accomplished by (some of) our cool speakers, feat. architect Neri Oxman, designer John Maeda, historian Andrew Bacevich, journalist Graeme Wood, writer David Sax and illusionist David Kwong 1) Neri Oxman is Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT... Continue Reading →
lavin weekly | Mar 10th, 2017

Lavin Weekly: Atwood on The Handmaid’s Tale, Bazelon on Threats to American Justice, & Halpern on a New Underground Railroad

The US is locked in a partisan thumb war, the media makes its own news, and systems of justice seem increasingly vulnerable to interior threat. This past week, three formidable thinkers from the Lavin roster spoke out on issues affecting us domestically and abroad. 1.) “Department of Justification... Continue Reading →
lavin weekly | Jan 6th, 2017

Lavin Weekly: Threats at Home and Abroad—Graeme Wood on ISIS, Andrew Bacevich on Foreign Policy, and Martin Ford on Automation

A trio of forward-thinking speakers headline today’s Lavin Weekly: Graeme Wood’s new book is the ultimate guide to understanding ISIS; Andrew Bacevich wonders how Trump will handle our Middle Eastern interests; and Martin Ford reminds us that disruption isn’t limited to one industry.  1. Graeme... Continue Reading →
lavin weekly | Dec 9th, 2016

Lavin Weekly: Pinker Urges Optimism, Post-Trump, Shukla Looks to Solve the Food Crisis, & Holiday Brings Stoicism to the Masses

Is the world as awful as we’re sometimes led to believe? Could a simple piece of paper solve some of our biggest food problems? Might stoicism be the answer to our deepest personal struggles? Find out in today’s Lavin Weekly.  1. Are We Seeing the End of Days? Steven Pinker Doesn’t Think So.... Continue Reading →
lavin weekly | Dec 2nd, 2016

Lavin Weekly: Trump Takes Power Soon—So What? Halpern, Bazelon, and Cobb on Consumer Debt and Freedom of the Press

Today’s Lavin Weekly features three plugged-in speakers who understand the ins and outs of the incoming Trump administration. How will Trump’s Presidency affect credit, debt, and banking? Ask Jake Halpern. What about freedom of the press? Emily Bazelon and Jelani Cobb weigh in. 1. Will Trump... Continue Reading →
lavin weekly | Nov 25th, 2016

Lavin Weekly: Fallows on China’s Mounting Repressiveness, Ford on Job-Stealing Robots, & Sax on Analog Spaces in Digital Companies

Is China moving backward in terms of civil liberties? Are trade and globalization really to blame for shrinking manufacturing jobs, or is there something else at play? Why do digital companies thrive on analog resources, like whiteboards and face-to-face conversation? It’s all here, in today’s... Continue Reading →
lavin weekly | Nov 11th, 2016

Lavin Weekly #62: Klosterman, MacArthur, Gutsche, & Prevette

1. Chuck Klosterman: What Does Trump’s Triumph Signify for Future Elections?   In the wake of President-elect Trump’s shocking victory, cultural critic Chuck Klosterman, author of New York Times bestseller But What If We’re Wrong?, spoke to Inverse to share his always-relevant thoughts.... Continue Reading →
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