Conversations with Tyler: A Conversation with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar—one of the greatest NBA players of all time, a New York Times best-selling author, and social activist—will join Tyler Cowen for a wide-ranging, intellectual dialogue as part of the Conversations with Tyler series.
At 7 ft. 2 in. tall, Kareem is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, a three-time NCAA champion, and a six-time NBA champion. His successful basketball career spanned 20 years—one of the longest careers in professional sports—with most of his career at the Los Angeles Lakers. In 1995, he was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
As Kareem famously said, "I can do more than stuff a ball through a hoop. My biggest asset is my mind." After retiring from basketball in 1989, he went on to write several New York Times best-selling books on a variety of topics including World War II, the Harlem Renaissance, and the impact of African-American inventors. His most recent book was published in September 2015 about Sherlock Holmes’ older brother, Mycroft Holmes. He is also a national columnist for Time magazine and the Washington Post, where he discusses some of the most socially and politically relevant topics that face our nation today.
In 2012, Kareem was appointed to be the US Cultural Ambassador by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. That same year he was named California’s STEAM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics) Afterschool Ambassador. He is an inspirational leader who has become a passionate advocate for cancer research and a healthy lifestyle after being diagnosed with Philadelphia chromosome-positive chronic myeloid leukemia (Ph + CML) in 2008.
In November 2015, HBO released a documentary about his lifetime of achievements called “Kareem: Minority of One.”
Copies of Mycroft Holmes will be available for $16 (cash/credit/check) and there will be a book signing. Please only bring books for signing and not other memorabilia.
About Tyler Cowen
Cowen is a world-renowned professor of economics, co-author of the popular economics blog Marginal Revolution, co-founder of the award-winning online educational platform Marginal Revolution University, and chairman of the Board at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Bloomberg Businessweek profiled Cowen as “America’s Hottest Economist,” Foreign Policy named Cowen as one of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers,” and an Economist survey counted Cowen as one of the most influential economists of the last decade.
About the Conversations with Tyler Event Series
The Mercatus Center's Conversations with Tyler series brings world-class thought leaders to the Arlington campus of George Mason University to discuss how ideas, cutting-edge research, and applied economics can bring solutions to society’s most pressing problems.