An Evening with Malcolm Gladwell In Conversation with Matthew d’Ancona
Forget what you think you know about other people. Join the legendary bestselling author, podcaster and public intellectual for a tour of the darker side of human nature.
From Blink to Outliers, Revisionist History to David and Goliath, no-one challenges our shared assumptions and invites us to rethink human nature like Malcolm Gladwell.
Named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people and Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers, his ideas have passed into common currency and made him one of the most recognisable and beloved public intellectuals of our time. He is uncannily tuned into the zeitgeist, able to fuse scholarly insights, human stories and a global perspective to illuminate truths about our world that were otherwise destined to remain hidden.
Now he joins us for an In Conversation with Guardian columnist and Tortoise editor Matthew d’Ancona to take us on a tour of the darker side of human nature, where strangers are never simple and misreading them can have disastrous consequences.
Using stories of deceit and fatal errors to cast doubt on our strategies for dealing with the unknown – including the spy who spends years undetected at the highest levels of the Pentagon, and the false conviction of Amanda Knox – he will ask: Why do we so often get other people wrong? Why is it so hard to detect a lie, read a face or judge a stranger’s motives?
It’s an invitation to rethink our thinking in these troubled times.
Malcolm Gladwell is the author of five international bestsellers: The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath. He is the host of the podcast Revisionist History and is a staff writer at The New Yorker. He was named one of the 100 most influential people by Time magazine and one of the Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers. Previously, he was a reporter with the Washington Post, where he covered business and science, and then served as the newspaper’s New York City bureau chief. He graduated from the University of Toronto, Trinity College, with a degree in history. Gladwell was born in England and grew up in rural Ontario. He lives in New York.