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New Speakers

At Lavin, we are serious about which keynote speakers we put up on our site. That said, we are always adding select new voices. This next wave of college speakers is tackling tomorrow’s challenges, starting today.

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Marcus Bullock

Founder and CEO of Flikshop | Justice Reform Advocate | TED Speaker

Sentenced at fifteen years old to eight years—for stealing a car—Bullock faced many challenges once released. But he found a creative solution that sparked social change: founding his own software company, Flikshop, Inc. It’s mission is to connect incarcerated people with their families, build community, and empower inmates in constructive ways to ease their return to society—and help reduce recidivism. 
Andrew Marantz

New Yorker Staff Writer | Author of Antisocial

Social media has hijacked the global conversation. We face an informational crisis that is radicalizing youth, sowing confusion, and shaking democracy to its core. For his new book, Antisocial, Andrew Marantz spent four years with the two groups who increasingly control the internet: the founders of social media platforms, and the conspiracists, trolls, and white supremacists who use them to advance their toxic agendas. With clarity, courage, and humor, Marantz explains how we got into this mess—and how we can get out.  
David Fajgenbaum

Author of the national bestseller Chasing My Cure | Co-founder and Executive Director of the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network

How do you tackle a pressing challenge when the clock is running out? For former Georgetown quarterback Dr. David Fajgenbaum, that challenge was his own incredibly rare condition. There was no known cure—top experts had no answers and he was read his last rites—but then, he tried to cure it himself. In his one-of-a-kind memoir Chasing My Cure, Fajgenbaum shares the urgency of his unparalleled perseverance in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. His remarkable story proves the power of hope, and resilience.
Shoshana Zuboff

Author of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism | Harvard Business School Professor Emerita | Activist and Scholar

As we attempt to grasp the consequences of our digital era, Shoshana Zuboff’s The Age of Surveillance Capitalism “shines a searing light on how this latest revolution is transforming our economy, politics, society—and lives” (Financial Times). Surveillance capitalism—a concept coined by Zuboff herself—defines the current age in which we’ve all opted into the commodification of our personal information. 
 
David Wallace-Wells

Author of the Instant New York Times Bestseller The Uninhabitable Earth

The future is being transformed by climate change, faster and more dramatically than we realized. Politics, technology, cities, business, even our sense of history, human rights, and justice—all will be changed by this massive force. But how? To what degree? In his critically-hailed instant New York Times bestseller The Uninhabitable Planet, David Wallace-Wells tells the epic story of our time.
Jamil Zaki

Director of the Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab | Author of The War for Kindness

Most people think empathy is a trait—you have it or you don’t. But empathy is a skill that anyone can get better at, says Jamil Zaki, a Stanford psychologist and one of America’s pre-eminent speakers on empathy. At a time when the world is empirically less empathetic—when tribalism, social isolation, and other factors drive us apart—this is insight worth acting on.