CIQ@SMU: The Bridge Builder Lectures

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CIQ@SMU: The Bridge Builder Lectures

CIQ@SMU is SMU’s signature initiative on cultural intelligence led by Senior Advisor to the President for CIQ Maria Dixon Hall. Learn more at our website here!

This series of lectures highlights the work of those who have dedicated their public work to building bridges across our cultural divide.

For our inaugural lecture series, we are pleased to welcome, four outstanding speakers whose life's work is dedicated to demonstrating the importance of using cultural intelligence to bridge the differences between us.

Malcolm Gladwell
Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell
The Bridge Builder Author Circle Lecture
Presented in Partnership with Interabang Books

October 7, 2019
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium

Malcolm Gladwell, host of the podcast "Revisionist History" and bestselling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, David and Goliath, and What the Dog Saw, offers a powerful examination of our interactions with strangers—and why they often go wrong.  SMU Faculty/Staff/Students - click here to reserve tickets

Talking to Strangers is a classically Gladwellian intellectual adventure, a challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology, and scandals taken straight from the news. He revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, the suicide of Sylvia Plath, the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia scandal at Penn State University, and the death of Sandra Bland—throwing our understanding of these and other stories into doubt. Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don't know. And because we don't know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world. In his first book since his bestseller, David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell has written a gripping guidebook for troubled times.

$80 main floor (ticket holders will receive latest copy of Gladwell's book)
Faculty and Students- 1st Tier Balcony (Free)
$55 2nd Tier Balcony

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Past Events

Eboo Patel

Eboo Patel
The Bridge of Faith and Religion: The Necessity of Viewpoint Diversity in American Higher Education

September 18, 2019

  • Talk Back Session (Students/Faculty only): September 18th 10 - 11:30 a.m. (Taubman Atrium - Owen Arts Center)
  • Keynote Luncheon $25 (General Public/Faculty/Student): 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (The Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom - Umphrey Lee)

Dr. Eboo Patel founded Interfaith Youth Core on the idea that religion should be a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. He is inspired to build this bridge by his identity as an American Muslim navigating a religiously diverse social landscape.

For over 15 years he has worked with governments, social sector organizations and colleges and universities to help make interfaith cooperation a social norm. Named by U.S. News & World Report as one of America's Best Leaders of 2009, Eboo served on President Obama's Inaugural Faith Council and is the author of Acts of FaithSacred GroundInterfaith Leadership: A Primerand Out of Many Faiths: Religious Diversity and the American PromiseHe holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship.

Dr. Arlie Hochschild

Dr. Arlie Hochschild
The Bridge of Politics: Anger, Mourning and Empathy in American Politics

September 18, 2019

  • Reading Circle (Students and Faculty): Strangers in Their Own Land
    3 - 4:30 p.m. Bob Hope Theatre - Owen Arts Center
  • The Public Scholar's Forum sponsored by the Simmons School Of Education and Human Development
    (General Public/Faculty/Staff): 7 p.m.
    Bob Hope Theatre

Dr. Arlie Hochschild, bestselling author and professor emeritus of sociology at the University of California at Berkeley has used her life’s work to bridge the cultural divides of class and work. Her 2016 bestselling book, Strangers in their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right became the touchstone for scholars and pundits seeking to understand the rise of Donald Trump. Rather than vilification, Dr. Hochschild explores the deep stories, fears, and hopes of the voters that propelled Donald Trump to the White House in a bid to create empathy connections between the political left and right. 

W. Kamau Bell

W. Kamau Bell
The Bridge of Racial Difference

September 19, 2019

  • The Artist as Advocate Master Class (Student, Faculty) 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. Bob Hope Theatre
  • The Artist as Advocate Public Lecture sponsored by the Meadows School of the Arts
    (General Public/Faculty/Student) : 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Bob Hope Theatre.

W. Kamau Bell, is the Emmy-award winning host of the CNN original series "United Shades of America" and the former FX television series, "Totally Biased with Kamau Bell."  He is the host of the live radio show and podcast "Kamau Right Now" on KALW. Bell's CNN series is recognized for its efforts to bring audiences deeper understandings of the rich cultural shades that are the fabric of America including an exploration of the emerging Sikh culture in California, the South Carolina Gullah culture, the New Ku Klux Klan and the people of Appalachia.

Arthur C. Brooks

Arthur C. Brooks
Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from a Culture of Contempt

October 2, 2019

  • Lecture sponsored by the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility in partnership with CIQ@SMU. General public/faculty/staff/students welcome. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 6-7:30 p.m. (Crum Auditorium - Collins Executive Education Center)

Arthur C. Brooks is Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and an Arthur C. Patterson Faculty Fellow at the Harvard Business School. Before joining the Harvard faculty, he served for 10 years as president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a public policy think tank in Washington, DC. His latest book Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt argues that America has developed a “culture of contempt” in which we increasingly view people who disagree with us not as merely incorrect or misguided, but as worthless. This, Brooks argues, is warping political discourse, tearing us apart as people, and even wrecking our health. According to Brooks, to overcome polarization, we shouldn't disagree less, rather we should disagree better.