December 18, 2013 Malcolm Gladwell Event
Socrates in the City New York
December 18, 2013
Please join our host Eric Metaxas and special guest
Malcolm Gladwell is the author of five New York Times bestsellers: The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and now, his latest, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants. Mr. Gladwell has been named one of the 100 most influential people by TIME magazine and one of the Foreign Policy's Top Global Thinkers. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996.
Eric Metaxas will interview Mr. Gladwell on his book,
David and Goliath:
Featured Video: Gala Interview with Christian Wiman
Eric Metaxas discusses poetry, faith, and Trans Ams (or was it Camaros?) with Christian Wiman, author of My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer, at the Socrates Gala held in June. Watch it here!
Featured Video: Socrates in the City Gala
"Eric Metaxas and the Seven Men" perform "Fly Me to the Moon" in this highlight from the Socrates in the City Gala, which featured a special guest appearance by Dick Cavett.
Featured Video: Eric Metaxas Interviews Rod Dreher
In this poignant and at times heart-rending conversation, Eric Metaxas talks with Rod Dreher about his book, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life. We've made the full-length video available RIGHT HERE for you to view and enjoy!
Featured Video: Dr. John Lennox
Dr. John Lennox spoke on the topic, "Seven Days That Divide the World" at our January 31 event. Afterward Eric Metaxas was heard asking, "Why didn't I ever have any math teachers like this?" Watch the lecture in its entirety here!
Featured Video: Dr. Os Guinness
The Greek philosopher Socrates famously said that "the unexamined life is not worth living." Taking this as a starting point, Eric Metaxas thought it would be valuable to create a forum that might encourage busy and successful professionals in thinking about the bigger questions in life. Thus Socrates In The City: Conversations on the Examined Life was born.
Every month or so Socrates In The City sponsors an event in which people can begin a dialogue on "Life, God, and other small topics" by hearing a notable thinker and writer such as Dr. Francis Collins, Sir John Polkinghorne, Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks, N.T. Wright, Os Guinness, Peter Kreeft, or George Weigel. Topics have included "Making Sense Out of Suffering," "The Concept of Evil after 9-11," and "Can a Scientist Pray?" No question is too big—in fact, the bigger the better. These events are meant to be both thought-provoking and entertaining, because nowhere is it written that finding answers to life's biggest questions shouldn't be exciting and even, perhaps, fun.
Eric Metaxas is the author of two critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling biographies, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy and Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery.
He is also the author of the Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (but were afraid to ask) apologetics trilogy, which has been praised by pastor Tim Keller ("The difficulty is not to gush."); Dick Cavett ("Stylish and entertaining... Metaxas deserves a prize); and the actress Ann B. Davis (Alice of the Brady Bunch), ("I'm absolutely smitten with this book!").
Metaxas is Founder and host of Socrates in the City, a Manhattan speakers series on "life, God, and other small topics" featuring such speakers as Dinesh D'Souza, Os Guinness, Sir John Polkinghorne, Baroness Caroline Cox, and Francis Collins.
Eric has worked for VeggieTales, where he co-wrote Lyle the Kindly Viking and was featured as the voice of the narrator on the Esther video. He has authored over 30 children's books, including Squanto and the Miracle of Thankgiving. His work for Rabbit Ears radio has won three Grammy nominations for Best Children's Recording.
Woody Allen has called Eric's humor writing “quite funny”, and the musician Moby has called Eric “one of the funniest people I know.” Metaxas edited the Yale humor magazine and his humorous essays and cultural commentary have appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post, among other places.
Eric has debated Christopher Hitchens about Jerry Falwell on CNN and has debated at the Oxford Union on the subject of American Christianity. He has been featured on Huckabee, Hannity & Colmes, NPR’s Morning Edition and Talk of the Nation, and many other programs.
Eric lives in Manhattan with his wife and daughter, and may be found at www.ericmetaxas.com.