Go Back to School in the Pursuit of Truth

Despite some time away from the classroom, September always marks “back to school” for me. And I can’t think of a better way to send your brain back to school than hearing from two great literary minds: Malcolm Gladwell and Michael Patrick Lynch. 

On September 13, Malcolm Gladwell will take us on one of his signature intellectual adventures in Talking to Strangers, going from deception and death to scandal and strategy with historic and psychological data. The host of the popular podcast Revisionist History and author of many influential books including The Tipping Point and David and Goliath, Malcolm suggests that something is very wrong with how we interact with strangers, but he offers us this new guidebook to smarter choices. Make it a whole day of learning and come to TEDxPortsmouth!

Michael Patrick Lynch’s research and writing on technology and the internet’s effect on our brains come together in his latest book, The Know-It-All Society. Michael was last here with The Internet of Us and is an experienced TED speaker—he has been heralded as the “philosopher of truth” by Jill Lepore for a reason. I have it on good authority (*cough* Patricia Lynch *cough*) that this is an impactful and insightful book, so I wouldn’t miss out on this lesson if I were you. Join us on September 24 for a deep dive into core ideas around overconfidence, political atmosphere, and social media’s impact on truth.

And while we’re on the topic of learning, if you’re interested in writing, film, or producing, do not miss The Perks of Being a Wallflower author and acclaimed director Stephen Chbosky on October 2. Stephen has been busy writing screenplays and directing blockbusters, but he finally wrote his long-awaited second novel, the first in 20 years and a book the publishing world can’t stop talking about!