Rockhurst Reads Online Book Club - "Talking to Strangers"

Malcolm Gladwell
Thursday, August 6, 2020 (All day)

Join "Rockhurst Reads" our FREE online university book club open to all Rockhurst alumni and friends for a discussion Aug. 6 through Oct. 8 of Malcolm Gladwell's Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know.

Gladwell is an English-born Canadian journalist who has covered science and business at the Washington Post and freelanced at the New Yorker. He is the author of The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers (among other titles)—all popular books relating to social phenomenon. Blink, for example, is about snap judgments and how/why people make them—the idea for the book stemmed from Gladwell’s personal experience of growing out his afro (he had kept his hair short prior and suddently noticed people treated him differently with long hair).

Talking to Strangers examines several incidents in which misjudgment and assumptions about a situation observed led to negative (or terrible in some instances) consequences. The book begins by dissecting what happened to Sandra Bland, the unarmed African-American woman who in 2015 was pulled over for a minor traffic violation by a white policeman, was arrested, jailed, and then found dead from suicide. Gladwell asks us to consider how things may have happened differently in this situation and others if our society was better at making sense of strangers. 

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