Friday, October 10, 2014

Award winning author Malcolm Gladwell to help raise funds for Sir John Golding Rehab Centre

Award winning journalist and bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell will be the guest speaker at a fundraising lecture at The University of the West Indies (UWI) onMonday, October 13, 2014.  All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre (formerly the Mona 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 nonfiction 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 nonfiction 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 charitable event, Gladwell said “I will speak about Capitalization, 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 University of the West Indies says “His books have had record success and he is sought by entities all over the world for speaking engagements, we are truly fortunate that he is available for this local engagement. Mr. Gladwell will be able to offer great insight on global and socioeconomic 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 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 on Monday, October 13, 2014 in UWI’s Assembly Hall, starting at 5:00 p.m. Please contact 977-1600, 977-0052, 977-0054, 579-7617 or 503-4988 for ticket details.

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 Centre offers nursing, medical, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, social work, dietetics and psychiatric services. It has capacity for over 75 inpatients – an adult ward (the Henriques Wing) 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). 

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