COLUMBUS, Miss. – Malcolm Gladwell’s overarching question--what makes high achievers different?—will be explored as part of Mississippi University for Women’s Common Reading Initiative this fall.
“Outliers: The Story of Success” by Gladwell was selected for this year’s Common Reading Initiative, a program that encourages the campus community to read and come together to discuss a book.
There will be two discussion groups for MUW employees on Friday, Sept. 28. The face-to-face discussion group will have its first meeting at 3 p.m. at the Center for Creative Learning, fourth floor of the Education and Human Sciences Building, and the online group will meet via Blackboard.
The Common Reading Initiative will also allow students a chance to participate in an essay contest for prizes and recognition based on their analytical understanding of Gladwell’s book.
Dr. Suzanne Bean, community liaison for the Center for Creative Learning, said, “This will be an opportunity for us to connect with others from across campus, to build a culture of collaboration and to grow professionally.”
Gladwell is a National Magazine Award winner and was named one of Times Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2005. He is the author of four books, including “The Tipping Point,” all which have made the New York Times Bestsellers list. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Trinity College, with a degree in history.
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Sept. 18, 2012
Contact: Julessa Oglen