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MacArthur Fellow Speakers 


Every year, the MacArthur Foundation selects “25 Extraordinarily Creative People Who Inspire Us All,” celebrating the creative potential of individuals through no-strings-attached fellowships. Lavin is proud to represent a diverse contingent of MacArthur “Geniuses” speakers, who are changing the world as we know it through social advocacy, journalism, science, art—and so much more.

MacArthur Fellows
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Annette Gordon-Reed

Pulitzer Prize-winning Author of On Juneteenth | Harvard Professor | MacArthur Genius

Juneteenth is America’s vital new holiday, commemorating the end of slavery. Annette Gordon-Reed, the first Black person to win the Pulitzer Prize for History and MacArthur Genius, is one of the integ...

Titus Kaphar

2018 MacArthur Fellow | Award-Winning Painter and Sculptor

Urgent and timely, Titus Kaphar’s artworks capture the spirit of social justice and change in America today (exemplified in his TIME cover portrait of the Ferguson protests). Named a 2018 MacArthur Fe...

Vijay Gupta

Founder of Street Symphony | 2018 MacArthur Fellow | TED Senior Fellow

The work of the citizen and the artist is one, says Vijay Gupta: to make sadhana—a daily practice—of the world we envision. Hailed by The New Yorker as a “visionary violinist” and “one of the most rad...

Nikole Hannah-Jones

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Creator of The 1619 Project | Executive Producer of the 1619 Project Hulu Docuseries | MacArthur Genius

Nikole Hannah-Jones is the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of the 1619 Project and a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine. Both the book version of The 1619 Project and the 1619 Project children...

LaToya Ruby Frazier

Award-Winning Photographer | Associate Professor at School of the Art Institute of Chicago | MacArthur Genius

One of the nation’s most acclaimed photographers, LaToya Ruby Frazier’s work depicts the stark reality of today’s America: post-industrial cities riven by poverty, racism, healthcare inequality, and e...

Raj Chetty

Economist and MacArthur Genius studying economic inequality

A MacArthur “Genius” and one of the top economists in the world, Raj Chetty tackles the inequality in American society—including in education, housing, and longevity—through the powerful lens of econo...

Angela Duckworth

Author of Grit, the #1 New York Times Bestseller | Pioneering Researcher on Grit, Perseverance, and the Science of Success

It takes more than IQ or talent to thrive at work, especially in today’s fast-paced world. But why do some of us get and stay ahead when we face challenging circumstances, compared to others? In her p...

Bill Strickland

An Extraordinary Business and Community Leader

As the founder and chairman of the Manchester Bidwell arts and training center, Bill Strickland inspires hope, generates jobs, and empowers citizens to become experts in any field—regardless of their ...

Jared Diamond

Pulitzer Prize Winning Author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, Collapse, and Upheaval

Jared Diamond is the epitome of a celebrity scientist—a Pulitzer Prize Winner, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, and one of the world’s Top 10 Public Intellectuals (Foreign Policy). He also uniq...