The Lavin Agency Speakers Bureau

A speakers bureau that represents the best original thinkers,
writers, and doers for speaking engagements.

Does Religion Help You See the World as Good?

Losing my religion: life after extreme belief

In CNN’s ‘Believer,’ Reza Aslan to aim for a window on world religions

Religion Scholar And TV Host Reza Aslan Is Not Going To Pick A Lane

TED: Is Religion Good or Bad?

Why Religion?

Is Religion Really to Blame for Global Violence?

Jared Diamond: The Rise and Fall of Religion

A New Look at Religion: David Eagleman’s Possibilianism

Using Religion as a Return to Compassion

Is Religion Good or Bad? (This Is a Trick Question)

Lavin’s Top Religion Speakers Offer a Nuanced Understanding of Faith in the Modern World

While some consider religion a pillar of morality and community, others believe it to be the root cause of wars, political strife, and ideological dust-ups. With compassion, honesty, and humor, Lavin’s Top Religion Speakers shine a light on the pivotal role faith continues to play in modern-day life.   Megan Phelps-Roper Meghan Phelps-Roper grew up […]

Fields of Blood

Religion and the History of Violence

The Great Derangement

A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, and Religion

Roe v. Wade Helps Us Understand Our Current Moment: Mary Ziegler’s Roe Is a “Must-Read” (Publishers Weekly)

As one of our foremost authorities on the Constitution and our reproductive rights, Mary argues that the effects of Roe v. Wade don’t just end at the abortion debate. Instead, Roe has taken on meanings far beyond its original purpose. Its repercussions have affected us all, in many different areas of our lives—from women’s rights […]

Approaching Diversity with Humor and Storytelling: Wajahat Ali’s Memoir Out in Paperback Next Week

It’s easy to give up on the fight for true diversity, but TED speaker WAJAHAT ALI says we can’t give in to cynicism — if we remain resilient and invest in hope, we can still create the future we want. His memoir Go Back to Where You Came From, a funny and deeply personal look into his experiences […]

Media Mogul and Religious Scholar Reza Aslan Featured in L.A. Weekly’s ‘People 2019’ Issue

Is there anything Reza Aslan can’t do? The Harvard-educated religious scholar has published numerous books and screenplays, is adapting his New York Times bestseller Zealot into a feature film, and executive produces the new Chuck Lorre comedy on CBS. Combine that with his hilarious podcast with Rainn Wilson, and you have a bona-fide “multi-hyphenate.” “I […]

The New York Times ‘100 Notable Books of 2019’ Features Six Lavin Speakers

 Selected by the editors of the New York Times Book Review, The 100 Notable Books of 2019 feature the year’s most memorable reads. The latest list include works by Lavin speakers Shoshana Zuboff, David Wallace-Wells, Margaret Atwood, George Packer, Andrew Marantz, and Karen Armstrong.  Shoshana Zuboff—The Age of Surveillance Capitalism Shoshana Zuboff’s meticulously researched book […]

Bridging the Divide: The Top 10 Political Speakers Standing Up for Democracy

Ever since the 2016 election, American politics have seemed more like a circus than a system of government. Lavin’s top ten political speakers are some of the brightest, sharpest minds fighting anti-democractic forces and standing up for the values of free society.   Garrett M. Graff: Garret Graff has unique insight into America’s ever-shifting political […]

From NPR to Fast Company, Lavin Speakers Dominate the Summer Must-Reads Lists

A good book can be the perfect companion for balmy summer days. This year, Lavin speakers dominated the summer 2019 must-read lists, featuring in round-ups from INC, Financial Times, and the New York Post. From Safi Bahcall to Chuck Klosterman, check out these recommended reads from some of the literary world’s best and brightest.   […]

The Rise and Fall of Civilizations: Sam Harris Sits down with Jared Diamond for Making Sense Podcast

Public intellectual and international best-selling author Sam Harris is well-versed on issues ranging from moral philosophy and religion, to neuroscience and human reasoning. In the latest episode of his wildly popular Making Sense podcast he interviews inimitable historian Jared Diamond on his new book Upheaval, and the rise and fall of civilizations. In Upheaval—the third […]

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 the collective, contradictory identities that are responsible not only […]

Lavin Speakers Reza Aslan and Wajahat Ali Land On CNN’s Most Influential American Muslims List

CNN spent a year interviewing more than 100 American Muslims, asking who they believed were the most influential Muslims in their fields. Though no one can speak for the nearly 3.5 million Muslims in America, Reza Aslan and Wajahat Ali were among the most influential to be named, alongside an Olympic hero, a nationally televised comedian, the leader […]