Sociopolitical comedian W. Kamau Bell and author Malcolm Gladwell are among the speakers bringing their unique perspectives on building bridges across the cultural divide to SMU.
Bell is the Emmy-award winning host of the CNN original series United Shades of America, which explores such topics as the emerging Sikh culture in California, the South Carolina Gullah culture, the new Klu Klux Klan and the people of Appalachia in an effort to bring a deeper understanding of the rich cultural shades that are the fabric of America. He will speak about “The Bridge of Racial Difference” on Thursday, September 19.
In his new book, Talking with Strangers, Gladwell takes a challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology and scandals taken straight from the news to illustrate how and probe the reasons why interactions with strangers often go terribly wrong. He will discuss his book on Monday, October 7.