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Presidential Lecture Series

James Fallows

Recognition Year: 

National correspondent for The Atlantic and award winning writer

"Postcards from Tomorrow Square: Reports from China"

Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Student Union, Apollo Room 

A national correspondent for The Atlantic, James Fallows is one of America’s most respected journalists. Whether writing about politics, national security, the economy, or foreign policy, Fallows strives to do one thing: “Make the important interesting.” For his always-perceptive, sometimes-prescient writing, he has won the National Book Award, the American Book Award, and been a finalist for the National Magazine Award five times, winning once. Writing from China since 2006, he is now chronicling that country’s explosive growth and its staggering ramifications for America and the world.

Fallows has covered the major foreign policy stories of our time—from Iraq to North Korea to Iran to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and beyond. In his lectures, he delivers an unsparing look at the challenges to American foreign policy posed by our actions in various regions, how other countries perceive us, and how upheavals overseas will impact us.

In his more than 25 years working for The Atlantic, Fallows has been based in Washington, DC, Seattle, Berkeley, Austin, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and now Beijing. In addition to working for The Atlantic, he has spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, two years as the editor of US News & World Report, and as a program designer at Microsoft. He received his undergraduate degree in American history and literature from Harvard, and received a graduate degree in economics from Oxford.

In addition to his latest book, Postcards from Tomorrow Square: Reports from China, Fallows is also the author of Breaking the News, about the crisis facing contemporary news mediaand Blind into Baghdad, about the lead-up to the War in Iraq (now required reading in many military programs).

Please also join us on Wednesday, February 17, for the Wright State University Honors Institute Symposium on Connecting with China. For more information, please visit the Honors Institute 2010 page.