Event

Authors of "Our Towns" Speak at MIT Sloan

April 22, 2019

MIT Wong Auditorium

Building E51 (Tang Center)

2 Amherst Street

Cambridge, MA 02142

JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF AMERICA:

A CONVERSATION WITH JAMES AND DEBORAH FALLOWS ABOUT THEIR BOOK "OUR TOWNS"

Mon, April 22, 2019

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT

James and Deborah Fallows traveled to dozens of towns and small cities across America – places like Duluth, MN and Demopolis, AL –- and from their interviews and experiences crafted their best-selling book Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America. In a conversation with Barbara Dyer, Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan and Executive Director of the Good Companies, Good Jobs Initiative at MIT Sloan, the Fallowses discussed what they’ve learned about the surprising reinvention going on in many American communities. The discussion was followed by questions from the audience. After the event, there was a book signing in the Ting Foyer outside the auditorium.

The event was open to the public and was sponsored by: MIT's Mens et Manus America Initiative; the Good Companies, Good Jobs Initiative at MIT Sloan; the MIT Sloan Student Life Office; the MIT School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; and the MIT Press Bookstore. 

 

ABOUT JAMES AND DEBORAH FALLOWS:

JAMES FALLOWS has been a national correspondent for The Atlantic for more than thirty-five years, reporting from China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Europe, and across the United States. He is the author of eleven previous books. His work has also appeared in many other magazines and as public-radio commentaries since the 1980s. He has won a National Book Award and a National Magazine Award.

DEBORAH FALLOWS is a linguist and writer who holds a doctorate in theoretical linguistics and is the author of two previous books. She has written for The Atlantic, National Geographic, Slate, The New York Times, and The Washington Monthly, and has worked at the Pew Research Center, Oxygen Media, and Georgetown University.

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