'Marcher, Walker, Pilgrim': Luther College to present guest lecturer Ed Fallon on Feb. 21

On an eight month walk from Los Angeles to Washington D.C., dozens of marchers became a mobile village, sounding an alarm about the climate crisis. Among those marchers was Ed Fallon, the author of "Marcher, Walker, Pilgrim," a story about his journey and experiences along the way. Fallon will be speaking about his story at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21 in Olin Hall, Room 102 on the Luther College Campus.

This lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission. Fallon will be available after the lecture for discussion and a book signing.

Before taking on the role of activist, Fallon acted as an Iowa state representative, spending 13 years as a Democratic representative in the Iowa Legislature. During this time, he tended to stray from the general Democratic view, even supporting the Green Party presidential candidate, Ralph Nader, over Al Gore in 2000. Fallon also sought the Democratic nomination for governor in 2006, but did not receive it.

In 2014, Fallon organized an eight month, 3,000-mile trek across the country to call attention to climate change, with between 35 and 50 other people behind him. About halfway through this adventure, Fallon found himself questioning whether or not his work was really worth it. This was the time that he began his book. According to the Des Moines Register, "From the first page, you understood that Fallon’s account of “The Great March for Climate Action,” won't be some scientific analysis of why we have alternating droughts and floods, and occasional July winters and December summers. Nor does it get into the fine points of government land, air and water policies or how we can turn back the clock on so-called progress. His book is more of a tribute to the natural world."

Fallon loved the conversations that he witnessed while on the march. He was especially intrigued by the conversations that his fellow urban marchers had with the rural conservatives that they encountered. His book tells the story of the numerous conversations that he witnessed and took part in over the course of his journey.

Fallon's lecture is sponsored by the Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center as well as the Luther College Center for Ethics and Public Engagement.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,005, 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.