Malcolm Gladwell in Conversation with Lisa Christiansen

Malcolm Gladwell in Conversation with Lisa Christiansen


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Thursday, October 3
The Orpheum Theatre
601 Smithe Street

International bestselling author of The Tipping Point, Outliers and Blink, and host of the top-ranking podcast Revisionist History, visits Vancouver.

We’re thrilled to present Malcolm Gladwell in Conversation with Lisa Christiansen, discussing his must-read work, Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know. 

How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why did Neville Chamberlain think he could trust Adolf Hitler? Why are campus sexual assaults on the rise? Do television sitcoms teach us something about the way we relate to each other that isn’t true?

With these questions at the heart of a gripping intellectual adventure of history, psychology and even recent scandals, Gladwell will bring to light how bad we are at making sense of people we don’t know and the profound effect it has on our lives and the world. He’ll also explore just what the tools and strategies may be to solve this pressing issue.

Presented in partnership with Vancouver Foundation, Bennett Jones LLP, Tourism Vancouver and UBC Library.

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Malcolm Gladwell in Conversation with Lisa Christiansen

Malcolm Gladwell is the author of five New York Times bestsellers: The Tipping PointBlinkOutliersWhat 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.

Lisa Christiansen is a Vancouver broadcaster who manages traffic and music weekdays on CBC Radio’s On the Coast, as well as a music panelist on q. She is the co-host of the feminism and pop culture podcast Pop This!, a two time Polaris Music Prize grand juror and a three-time Juno Awards’ judge for Heavy Metal Album of the Year.