ODEI Library Lending Spotlight: Talking to Strangers

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion recommends the book, "Talking to Strangers," by Malcolm Gladwell.

Book shelves in the MSU Main Library

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) is spotlighting the book Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about People We Don't Know (2019) by Malcolm Gladwell.

Int he book, Gladwell explains our abbreviated awareness of knowing people that we do not know. He connects with the reader through a logical exploration by addressing current event topics formed by controversial scandals through the media.Talking-to-Stranger-bookcover

The text outlines a concept on how to recognize ways to speak with strangers to understand the full picture and talk about more and more in equity-focused spaces. Why do our interactions with strangers so often go wrong? Gladwell discusses the methods we use when engaging with strangers that exemplify ambiguous practices. These misconceptions create deep effects on our lives when misunderstanding the strangers that we interact with daily.

The book is a powerful illustration that discovers biases and misunderstandings with strangers that could encounter consequences. Malcolm Gladwell expands on ways people can build more tolerance and patience when connecting with strangers.


ODEI maintains a lending library of books and DVDs related to our mission that are available for checkout. Materials focus on issues of race and ethnicity in higher education, sexuality and gender, diversity trainings, civil rights history and other topics of general and academic interest. Our library is located in our office at 102 Agriculture Hall.

Email anr.dei@msu.edu to request materials or for recommendations.

MSU Libraries are also an option for physical or virtual copies for checkout.

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