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politics & society | Nov 23rd, 2018

Steven Pinker’s Enlightenment Now is One of the New York Times’ Most Notable Books of 2018

In a follow-up interview with bestselling author and Harvard professor Steven Pinker, he explains (among other things) what gave him the idea for Enlightenment Now—a book about why and how the world is getting better. “It was an epiphany from seeing graphs of human improvement that changed my view... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Nov 5th, 2018

Amidst Increasing Polarization, Robb Willer Teaches “Moral Reframing”—a Method for Making Your Message Heard

Leading into the 2018 midterms, we’re in the most polarized political climate since the Civil War says Robb Willer, Stanford social psychologist and new Lavin speaker. In timely keynotes and brilliant workshops, Willer explains and teaches a technique called “moral reframing”—a rigorously tested... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Sep 6th, 2018

In His New Book, Celebrated Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah Disarms Identity

The question of who you think you are is inextricably linked to what you think you are. That is, what gender, religion, race, nationality, class, culture. In Kwame Anthony Appiah’s latest book, The Lies That Bind, the celebrated philosopher and bestselling author explores, disarms, and repositions... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Aug 29th, 2018

America is a Nation Divided. Eric Klinenberg’s Palaces for the People Offers a Strong Solution.

America is fractured and Eric Klinenberg, professor of sociology and director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University, has written a real, actionable fix. Palaces for the People (out Sept. 11, 2018) is a brilliant, fascinating, and uplifting argument for the importance of... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Aug 24th, 2018

Want to Do Something Meaningful But Don’t Know Where to Start? Read Molly Crabapple’s Guide to Making a Difference.

Molly Crabapple is one of the most determined and gifted political voices of our time. Her illustrations and writing on the Occupy Wall Street movement, Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, and the Syrian War make human and visceral what can often seem distant and abstract. She spoke to Huck Magazine... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Jul 26th, 2018

Our Towns: Deborah & James Fallows Take Us On a Tour of Small-Town America’s Surprising Economic Renewal and Growth

“We began this project with one purpose in mind: we wanted to take a fresh look at the country, its disappointments and its possibilities.” In James and Deborah Fallows’ bestselling new book Our Towns, two seasoned journalists go on a remarkable exploration of America’s “flyover country,” creating... Continue Reading →
politics & society | May 8th, 2018

Journalist James Fallows and Author Deborah Fallows Spent Five Years Documenting an America Reinventing Itself

James Fallows has been a national correspondent for The Atlantic for over three decades. Deborah Fallows is a linguist and author. Together, they spent five years travelling the US, compiling a surprising portrait of the civic and economic reinvention taking place across the country. The result is... Continue Reading →
politics & society | Apr 18th, 2018

Empathy Takes the Pulitzer: Jake Halpern’s New York Times Series “Welcome to the New World” Wins Prize

Journalist and speaker Jake Halpern took the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning this week, the first time a writer (and non-artist) has won. The 20-part “Welcome to the New World” series tells the story of a Syrian family, new to the US and dealing with the possibility of deportation. In a... Continue Reading →