Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Gopnik (moderator)
Mon, January 13, 2020 | 6:30 pm | $44 (Members $32) | Students $12

Note: This event is sold out



Why do we so frequently misjudge strangers? From Fidel Castro fooling the CIA to Neville Chamberlain trusting Adolf Hitler, an inability to effectively evaluate the character and intentions of others has had disastrous consequences throughout history. Malcolm Gladwell, in conversation with Adam Gopnik, explores the history and psychology behind our treatment of strangers and the way this concept profoundly shapes the world around us.

Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer for the New Yorker, the host of the podcast Revisionist History, and the author of Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know. Adam Gopnik (moderator) is a staff writer for the New Yorker and the author of A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


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Through the generosity of Bernard and Irene Schwartz, the New-York Historical Society brings a wide array of extraordinary lectures and dynamic conversations to New York’s Upper West Side.

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