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Malcolm Gladwell at the Spring 2009 President's Council Dinner

March 2, 2009

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Extraordinary Patterns in Ordinary Life

The President's Council Spring Dinner featured special guest speaker Malcolm Gladwell, best-selling author of Outliers, Blink and The Tipping Point.  Gladwell gave a thought-provoking, lively, and timely presentation, captivating the audience of over one hundred guests.  He discussed ways of overcoming seemingly impossible odds, drawing lessons from David and Goliath, Lawrence of Arabia, modern political insurgencies, and a California middle-school girls' basketball team. Following cocktails and Gladwell's presentation in the South Court Auditorium, an intimate dinner was held in the Library's grand white marble entranceway, Astor Hall.