September 2015 Brown Bag Luncheon and Book Discussion
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
Moderated by Caroline Young
Associate Director for Public Services at Rutgers Law School
At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They prefer listening to speaking, innovate and create but dislike self-promotion, and favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts like Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss and Steve Wozniak, that we owe many of the great contributions to society.
In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how
much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the
twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture. She
also introduces us to successful introverts—from a witty, high-octane public speaker
who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly
taps into the power of questions. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled
with indelible stories of real people, Quiet has the power to permanently change how we
see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.
This topic is particularly relevant for members of a field that is stereotypically viewed as
introvert-dominated. Attendees are encouraged to read the book before the discussion, where they can share ideas and experiences, and learn how others have
dealt with similar challenges. Whether you read the book or not, all are welcome to participate in the discussion.
Since publishing Quiet, Susan Cain has started Quiet Revolution, a for-profit company focused on the work, education and lifestyle of introverts. The company’s website is www.quietrev.com.
If you can’t read the book, watch Susan Cain’s TED Talk.
Please bring your own lunch. Drinks and dessert will be provided by the host.
Date and Time:
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 12:00 – 2:00 PM
Rutgers Law School, Library Conference Room (third floor of the library)
123 Washington St
Newark, NJ 07102
RSVP by Thursday, September 17 to Caroline Young at firstname.lastname@example.org.