Fall Leadership Breakfast

Speaker: Malcolm Gladwell, Author of Talking to Strangers

Fresh on the heels of a new book release, “Talking to Strangers : What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know,” best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell will bring his unique perspective and thought-provoking insights to Belmont University this fall.

Named one of the 100 most influential people by Time magazine and one of Foreign Policy’s top 100 Global Thinkers, Gladwell is a staff writer at The New Yorker and hosts the podcasts Revisionist History and Broken Record. His first new book in six years, “Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know” (Little, Brown; September 10, 2019) offers an incisive and powerful examination of our interactions with strangers—and why they often go so terribly wrong. In this classically Gladwellian intellectual adventure, he starts by asking a question: “What happens when we have to deal with the unfamiliar?”

As Gladwell sets out to show us in his new book, strangers are not easy. He leads us on a provocative journey through history, psychology, and the most scandalous stories plucked from the news. He examines how spies could go undetected in the U.S. intelligence community for years and ponders why Neville Chamberlain thought he could trust Adolf Hitler. He asks: How can we tell whether a person is lying? In probing the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, the suicide of Sylvia Plath, the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia scandal at Penn State, and the death of Sandra Bland, he throws into doubt our conception of these and other stories we thought we knew so well.

Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Time: 6:45 am – 9 am
            6:45 am: Registration & Networking
            7:00 am: Breakfast/Doors Open
            7:30 am: Malcolm Gladwell Presentation
            9:00 am: Book Signing
Location: Massey Performing Arts Center, Belmont University
Parking: Curb Event Center Garage, Belmont University

Community Partner: EO Nashville