James Fallows, former speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter and 43-year veteran writer for The Atlantic, will give the Luther College 2017 Farwell Distinguished Lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther campus.
Fallows will discuss the rebuilding of America through a wide range of civic projects in his lecture, "It's Happening Here: American Renewal, Ingenuity, and Innovation." The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission.
Throughout Fallows' three-year, 54,000-mile journey across the country, he discovered over and over again in every region of the country, surprising points of reinvention- enough to refute the bleak national conversation that America is in a state of decline.
In his lecture, Fallows will show examples of real private-public partnerships, resuscitated downtowns, flourishing arts scenes and experimental educational opportunities that are mending the tattered social fabric and bringing America together.
The lecture includes a question and answer session, and will be followed by a book signing.
After writing for The Atlantic since the late 1970s, Fallows is currently serving as the Europe Editor for he magazine's first Global Bureau located in London, England. He is also the chair in U.S. media at the U.S. Studies Centre at the University of Sydney in Australia.
In addition to working for The Atlantic, he has also served as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter-the youngest ever to hold the position, the editor of US News & World Report, and a program designer at Microsoft. He is also an instrument-rated private pilot.
Fallows has won the National Book Award, the American Book award and the National Magazine Award. His most recent book, "China Airborne," is a study of the staggering rise of China's airlines and airport infrastructure that The Economist calls, "informative and lively." His other books include "Postcards from Tomorrow Square," essays about China's economic and political transformation; "Blind into Baghdad," Fallows' take on what led to the War in Iraq-now required reading in many military programs; and "Breaking the News," Fallows' position on the contemporary news media crisis.
He earned the 2010 Emmy Award for his documentary series, "On the Frontlines: Doing Business in China."
He was raised in Redlands, California, received his undergraduate degree in American history and literature from Harvard, and received a graduate degree in economics from Oxford as a Rhodes scholar.
A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,050, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the bachelor of arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.