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      A Conversation with James and Deborah Fallows in Jacksonville

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      April 8, 2019

      Monday   6:00 PM

      1 Independent Drive
      Jacksonville, Florida 32202

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      A Conversation with James and Deborah Fallows

      Note: You must be a World Affairs Council Sponsor or Ambassador's Circle member to attend this event. A CONVERSATION WITH JAMES AND DEBORAH 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. For two years he was President Jimmy Carter’s chief speechwriter. DEBORAH FALLOWS is a linguist and writer who holds a PhD 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. She and her husband have two sons and five grandchildren. OUR TOWNS For five years, James and Deborah Fallows have travelled across America in a single-engine prop airplane. Visiting dozens of towns, the America they saw is acutely conscious of its problems—from economic dislocation to the opioid scourge—but it is also crafting solutions, with a practical-minded determination at dramatic odds with the bitter paralysis of national politics. At times of dysfunction on a national level, reform possibilities have often arisen from the local level. The Fallowses describe America in the middle of one of these creative waves. Their view of the country is as complex and contradictory as America itself, but it also reflects the energy, the generosity and compassion, the dreams, and the determination of many who are in the midst of making things better. Our Towns is the story of their journey—and an account of a country busy remaking itself. Education and entertainment meet when the Council hosts smaller, more intimate gatherings that provide timely presentations and spirited dialogue as well as opportunities to explore international issues in new, creative ways. Private receptions are hosted throughout the season, and about town, providing opportunities to “dig deeper” into international issues of the day with the Council’s acclaimed speakers. If you are not currently a member or sponsor of the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville, please contact the Council office at (904) 280-8162 or visit to learn more about securing a reservation for our Special Engagements.

      Categories: Politics & Activism

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