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Malcolm Gladwell to speak in Jamaica

Published:Wednesday | October 8, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Author Malcolm Gladwell. FILE

Award-winning journalist and best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell will be the guest speaker at a fundraising lecture at The University of the West Indies (UWI) on Monday, October 13. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre.

Gladwell, a staff writer with The New Yorker magazine since 1996, was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2005. He is the author of five books, The Tipping Point (2000, named one of the best books of the decade); Blink (2005, named best business book of 2005); Outliers (2008, Time's number 10 non-fiction book of 2008); What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures (2009) and David and Goliath (2013). It was said of him in The New York Times review that, in the world of non-fiction writing, "Malcolm Gladwell is as close to a singular talent as exists today". Through his writings, he has transformed businesses and cultures worldwide.

When asked about the scope of his speech for the charitable event, Gladwell said, "I will speak about capitalisation, about the idea that the truest test of a society is the extent to which it permits its citizens to reach their true potential."

Elizabeth Buchanan-Hind, executive director of the Institutional Advancement Division at the UWI says, "His books have had record success and he is sought by entities all over the world for speaking engagements. We are fortunate that he is available for this local engagement. Gladwell will be able to offer great insight on global and socio-economic issues. We have also allocated a question and answer period after he presents, for attendees to get direct answers to questions they may have."

Gladwell, who has lived in Ontario, Canada for most of his life, was born in England in 1963 to a Jamaican mother and an English father. In 2007, he won the American Sociological Association's first award for excellence in reporting of social issues, and received an honorary degree from University of Waterloo. In 2011, Gladwell received another honorary degree, this time, from the University of Toronto.

The conversation with Malcolm Gladwell takes place in UWI's Assembly Hall, starting at 5 p.m. Please contact 977-1600, 977-0052, 977-0054, 579-7617 or 503-4988 for ticket details.

Rehab centre

The Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre was established in 1954 by the late Professor Sir John Golding in response to a major poliomyelitis outbreak. It is now the only integrated treatment and rehabilitation facility for the physically disabled in the English-speaking Caribbean. The centre was renamed in 1996 after Sir John's death in March that year. Its primary purpose is to rehabilitate patients to a maximum level of function within the limits of their disability so they will be integrated into society.

The facility offers nursing, medical, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, social work, dietetics and psychiatric services. It has capacity for more than 75 inpatients - an adult ward holding approximately 35 patients, a paediatric ward holding 40 patients, and it also treats outpatients. The roster of patients consists of persons with spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, congenital deformities and other neurological conditions, as well as orthopaedic conditions (primarily amputations).