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2018 Chautauqua Season

Morning Lecture Series: James and Deborah Fallows

Jul 4, 2018 10:45am ‐ Jul 4, 2018 10:45pm



Authors, Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America
Creators, The Atlantic’s City Makers: American Futures project

For the last five years, James and Deborah Fallows have been traveling across America in a single-engine prop airplane and reporting on the people, organizations and ideas re-shaping the country. 

As part of their City Makers: American Futures project in partnership with The Atlantic and Marketplace, the Fallowses visited smaller and medium-sized cities, meeting civic leaders, factory workers, recent immigrants, and young entrepreneurs to take the pulse and understand the prospects of places that usually draw notice only after a disaster or during a political campaign. The Fallowses’ new book, Our Towns, is the story of their journey — and an account of a country busy remaking itself, despite the challenges and paralysis of national politics.

London-based national correspondent James Fallows has written for The Atlantic since the late 1970s, living and reporting in Seattle, Berkeley, Austin, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and Beijing. In addition to working for The Atlantic, Fallows spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter and two years as the editor of US News & World Report.

Fallows has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award five times and has won once; he has also won the American Book Award for nonfiction and a N.Y. Emmy award for the documentary series “Doing Business in China.” He was the founding chairman of the New America Foundation. He is the author of numerous books, including Breaking the News: How the Media Undermines American Democracy and China Airborne; as well as Blind Into Baghdad andPostcards From Tomorrow Square, which are based on his writings for The Atlantic

Deborah Fallows is a contributing writer for The Atlantic, and a co-creator of its City Makers: American Futures project. The author of Dreaming in Chinese,Fallows has lived in Shanghai and Beijing and traveled throughout China for three years with her husband. A graduate of Harvard University with a PhD in linguistics, she most recently worked in research and polling for the Pew Internet Project and in data architecture for Oxygen Media.


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