Walter E. Dandy Oration
Malcolm Gladwell will speak during the General Scientific Session on Monday, October 18.
Malcolm Gladwell is the author of five New York Times bestsellers—“The Tipping Point,” “Blink,” “Outliers,” “What the Dog Saw,” and “David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants.” He has been named one of the 100 most influential people by TIME magazine and one of the Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers.
Gladwell’s new book, “Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know,” offers a powerful examination of our interactions with strangers and why they often go wrong. Through a series of encounters and misunderstandings—from history, psychology, and infamous legal cases—Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual adventure and challenges our assumptions on human nature and strategies we use to make sense of strangers. He explains why we act the way we do, and how we all might know a little more about those we don’t.
He has explored how ideas spread in “The Tipping Point,” decision making in “Blink,” and the roots of success in “Outliers.” With “David and Goliath,” he examines our understanding of advantages of disadvantages, arguing that we have underestimated the value of adversity and overestimated the value of privilege. His next book, "The Bomber Mafia," which explores the relationship between technology and ideology, will be available on April 27.
Gladwell is the host of a 10-part podcast, “Revisionist History,” now in its fourth season. In the weekly podcast, Malcolm re-examines an overlooked or misunderstood aspect of past events. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996. He has won a national magazine award and been honored by the American Psychological Society and the American Sociological Society. He was previously a reporter for The Washington Post.