Conversations with Tyler: A Conversation with Malcolm Gladwell

Tyler Cowen explores the world of ideas in one-on-one dialogues with today’s top thinkers.

Feb 27, 2017Feb 28, 2017
The Westin Arlington Gateway F. Scott Fitzgerald Ballroom 801 North Glebe Road Arlington, VA 22203

Event Speakers

Tyler Cowen

Holbert L. Harris Chair of Economics at George Mason University

Malcolm Gladwell

"New York Times" best-selling author and columnist for "The New Yorker"

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Malcolm Gladwell—award-winning author, journalist and cultural critic—will join Tyler Cowen for a wide-ranging dialogue as part of the Mercatus Center’s Conversations with Tyler series.  

Gladwell is named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People and one of Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers. The Baltimore Sun described him as “the most original American journalist since the young Tom Wolfe” and, according to The New York Times Book Review, “In the vast world of nonfiction writing, Malcolm Gladwell is as close to a singular talent as exists today.”

Gladwell’s work takes a closer, scientific look at pop culture and how people interact with the world around them. Using easily accessible examples on crime, food, bias, marketing, consumers, race, and more, Gladwell explores counterintuitive cultural phenomena and sheds a different light on typically unquestioned ideas. In his new podcast show “Revisionist History,” Gladwell dives head first into issues like cultural moral licensing and why there aren’t more poor, smart kids at Harvard. Gladwell’s investigative journalism unapologetically thrusts ignored issues into the forefront of the public’s mind.

He is the author of five New York Times bestselling books including The Tipping PointBlinkOutliersWhat the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.