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diversity | Jan 25th, 2022

Wajahat Ali’s Memoir Is “Hilarious, Fearless, Humane”

A heartful, honest, and uproarious life in a divided America.

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diversity | Jan 10th, 2018

These Three Speakers Explain Exactly What Diversity Means and Why You Should Care About It

Companies do better when they embrace and support diversity. But diversity isn’t just about ethnicity. It’s about gender, age, ability, perspective and it’s different for every industry. Lavin’s diversity and inclusion experts—Ritu Bhasin, Minette Norman, and Ashton Applewhite, to name a few—come... Continue Reading →
diversity | Jun 8th, 2016

A Classroom Divided: Nikole Hannah-Jones on School Segregation

It’s been 62 years since Brown v. Board of Education, but school segregation in America is very much alive. In a recent long-form feature for NYT Magazine, Nikole Hannah-Jones—winner of a 2015 George Polk Award for radio reporting for her This American Life story on school segregation—gives an... Continue Reading →
diversity | May 23rd, 2016

NC’s “Bathroom Bill” and Segregation: Jelani Cobb in The New Yorker

Bill HB2 should jog your memory, says Jelani Cobb—and not in a good way. The controversial North Carolina bill—which requires citizens to use the restroom that corresponds to their assigned sex at birth—has drawn the ire of many, including businesses, other state governments, and popular musicians... Continue Reading →
diversity | Aug 17th, 2015

Negin Farsad Is One of“10 Feminist Comedians You Should Be Paying Attention To”

TED Senior Fellow Negin Farsad has made Paper magazine’s “10 Feminist Comedians You Should Be Paying Attention To.” The list showcases Farsad as a “rising feminist comic” who combines “intellectual acuity with endearing delivery.” However, as an ambassador of ‘social justice comedy,’ she also packs... Continue Reading →
diversity | Feb 17th, 2015

The Beauty & Diversity of Muslim Life: Bassam Tariq Speaks at TEDGlobal

In his new TED talk (embedded above), Bassam Tariq speaks passionately about “the beauty and diversity of Muslim life.” Talking about the creative impulse that unifies his various professional pursuits, he argues that it’s crucial for us to create art and institutions that celebrate (and encourage)... Continue Reading →
diversity | Nov 13th, 2013

Video: Comedian and Diversity Speaker Negin Farsad on Moral Courage

Social justice comedian Negin Farsad uses humor to talk about serious issues. In a video for the Moral Courage project, Farsad—who is a TED Fellow and the director of comedy documentary The Muslims are Coming!—takes on gender issues, sex, and women's equality in the Muslim community: I want to... Continue Reading →
diversity | Oct 9th, 2013

Preview: Black History Month Speakers Angela Davis & Minnijean Brown Trickey

Lavin has a powerhouse lineup of Black History Month speakers and diversity speakers perfect for your upcoming event. Whether you're celebrating this month (in The United Kingdom) or in February (for Canada and The United States), our keynote presenters deliver powerful and inspiring speeches that... Continue Reading →
diversity | Sep 15th, 2013

The Muslims Are Coming!: Negin Farsad Debuts Her Social Justice Comedy

“After September 11, being Muslim almost became an accusation,” comedian and diversity speaker Negin Farsad told Policy Mic. "It was almost like, 'How dare you be Muslim!'" She adds: "The idea of 'being Muslim' was used to galvanize another group of people." Policy Mic calls Farsad "courageous" for... Continue Reading →
diversity | May 27th, 2013

Who We Be: Jeff Chang's Convocation Speech On Race, Rap, & America

Jeff Chang, a diversity speaker and author of Who We Be, recently gave a rousing keynote at Carleton College in Minnesota. In the speech, Chang focused on exploring cultural identity and discussed the role that the arts has in molding attitudes about race, multiculturalism, and the demographics of... Continue Reading →
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