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u.s. politics | Oct 9th, 2018

Three Causes of Populism, and One Solution: Positive Nationalism

Yascha Mounk recently spoke as part of the Rotman School of Management’s #shiftdisturbers series. Drawing from his book The People vs. Democracy, his fact-packed talk explored the populist phenomenon, with examples from around the world: how it gains power, how it fails people, and the three... Continue Reading →
u.s. politics | May 31st, 2018

Mark Leibovich—the Chronicler of Washington Mayhem—Profiles the New White House Press Secretary

Mark Leibovich is the author of This Town, the #1 bestseller that revealed the near-surreal excess, insecurity, and egotism that really runs Washington. In his latest for The New York Times Magazine, the seasoned journalist applies his gift for parsing humanity from the absurd in a profile of Hogan... Continue Reading →
u.s. politics | Mar 2nd, 2018

“America is Not a Democracy,” says Harvard professor Yascha Mounk in His Upcoming Book. But It’s Not Too Late to Change.

Democracy is in decline in the West, especially among young people. They don’t trust their politicians and they don’t see themselves reflected in policy. Harvard professor Yascha Mounk’s new book The People vs. Democracy (recently excerpted in The Atlantic) explores this alarming phenomenon—and... Continue Reading →
u.s. politics | Dec 28th, 2017

Fighting Fake Stories with Real Ones: Lavin Signs David Rohde, Pulitzer Prize–Winner and News Director of NewYorker.com

David Rohde has covered wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Bosnia. But tracking the polarization and propaganda of Trump’s presidency for NewYorker.com has been one of the toughest challenges of his career. On stage, he explains why “original, ethical, fact-based reporting” is more vital than ever.... Continue Reading →
u.s. politics | Jan 30th, 2017

Kal Penn Raises Half a Million (and Counting) in Just Two Days for Syrian Refugees

Since being the target of a xenophobic Twitter comment, speaker Kal Penn has crowdsourced more than half a million dollars in support of Syrian refugees. The actor and former Obama staffer sought to raise $1500, but eclipsed the quarter-million mark in 24 hours—and the donations are still pouring... Continue Reading →
u.s. politics | Jan 18th, 2017

Letters from the Big Top: Matt Taibbi’s New Book, Insane Clown President

In Insane Clown President, author and Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi delivers a scathing record of the 2016 presidential election, both a postmortem and vital look ahead as the new guard moves in.  Previously, Taibbi turned his unforgiving eye on the American wealth gap in The Divide (2014),... Continue Reading →
u.s. politics | Nov 10th, 2016

Trump Won. What’s Next? Lavin Speakers Help Us Understand the Election

Donald Trump has led the Republican Party to unexpected success—baffling pollsters across the world and driving people of all political persuasions to seek out expert opinion. What does a Trump victory mean for international relations and global health? How will it alter world and domestic... Continue Reading →
u.s. politics | Oct 12th, 2016

Caution Inside the Clinton Campaign: Mark Leibovich’s NYT Mag Cover Story

Mark Leibovich—one of our sharpest political analysts—has released another fresh and unmistakable look at the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Rodham Clinton (or HRC). Titled, “I’m the Last Thing Standing Between You and the Apocalypse”—an actual quotation from Clinton!—this New York... Continue Reading →
u.s. politics | Oct 11th, 2016

We Yearn for More Nuanced Conversations: Rich Benjamin Responds to the 2nd Debate

With the second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton now behind us, we turn to expert commentators to understand the cultural and political fallout to come. In a Lavin exclusive, Searching for Whitopia author and TED Speaker Rich Benjamin shares his thoughts on the... Continue Reading →
u.s. politics | Sep 27th, 2016

Debate Central: Ibbitson, Heffernan, & Leibovich Weigh in After Round One

Last night saw Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump trade verbal blows in the first of three Presidential debates as the world looked on. Who hit harder on key policy points? Who swayed the undecided vote?   The Lavin Agency’s whip-smart political speakers know what yesterday’s debate signifies for... Continue Reading →
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