oin Indiana Humanities and New America Indianapolis for an INconversation with James and Deborah Fallows featuring Ashley C. Ford on March 20 at the Snyder Academic Center at Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne. The Fallowses will share stories of community revitalization as part of the Our Towns: Indiana Tour supported by Ruoff Home Mortgage.
The Fallowses, authors of Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America, will join Fort Wayne native Ashley C. Ford for a conversation about what thriving towns and cities have in common, who’s trying new ideas that work and how Hoosiers are working through differences to solve local problems.
The challenges of our cities and small towns are big—and often similar: What does the future of work look like? How can we keep talented young people from moving away? What new businesses will liven that empty block? How do we make our community welcoming to newcomers? Are our public schools good enough? How do we ensure our differences don’t keep us from tackling shared obstacles? In addition to Fort Wayne, we’re taking the conversation to three other stops along the I-69 corridor—Angola, Indianapolis and Muncie—where committed, creative and practical-minded people are finding surprising solutions to these and other tough questions.
The Our Towns: Indiana Tour is the kickoff event for Indiana Humanities’ new thematic initiative, INseparable, which invites Hoosiers to explore how we relate to each other across boundaries, real or imagined, and consider what it will take to indeed be inseparable, in all the ways that matter. Like New America Indianapolis, Indiana Humanities believes that greater connectivity will improve our neighborhoods, communities and state
Where: Multi-Flex Theater inside the Snyder Academic Center at Indiana Tech
When: 6:30-8 p.m. | Doors open at 6 p.m. A book-signing reception, including book sales, will follow the event.
RSVP: Registration is encouraged but not required. Seating is first come, first served.
About James and Deborah Fallows
James Fallows has been a national correspondent for The Atlantic for more than 35 years. He is the author of 12 books and is the recipient of a National Book Award, a National Magazine Award and a documentary Emmy. He studied American history and literature at Harvard, studied economics at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and worked for two years in the White House as President Jimmy Carter’s chief speechwriter.
Deborah Fallows is a linguist and a writer who holds a PhD in theoretical linguistics. She is the author of two previous books and has written for many publications, including The Atlantic, National Geographic, Slate, The New York Times and Washington Monthly. Most recently, she was a senior research fellow at the Pew Research Center.
About Ashley C. Ford
Ashley C. Ford, a Fort Wayne native and Ball State graduate, is known for her incisive, lively and surprising interviews and writing on American culture and news. She currently lives in Brooklyn and hosts PROFILE by BuzzFeed News, an online interview show with the biggest names in news and entertainment. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, ELLE, Slate, Teen Vogue, New York Magazine and many other outlets.
This event is free and open to the public, though advance registration is requested. Doors open 30 minutes prior to start time, and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
We’re all in this together. Whether due to real or perceived differences, Americans see each other differently depending on whether they live in rural, suburban or urban communities. The conclusion drawn from the near-constant polling, media commentary and academic analysis of the past two years is that America is a nation culturally divided by geography. In 2019 and 2020, Indiana Humanities invites Hoosiers to dig into these divides, exploring how Hoosiers relate to each other across boundaries and considering what it will take to indeed be inseparable, in all the ways that matter.
About Indiana Humanities
Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage Hoosiers to think, read and talk. www.IndianaHumanities.org
About New America Indianapolis
New America Indianapolis introduces local innovators to New America’s community and connects locally-generated and our work as a research institute, technology lab, solutions network, media hub, and public forum. This year, New America celebrates 20 years of creating and incubating the next big ideas that address some of the nation’s and the world’s toughest problems. We are thinkers, researchers, problem-solvers, and storytellers, united by our goal to hold our nation to its highest ideals while confronting the challenges and seizing the opportunities created by rapid technological and social change. www.newamerica.org/indianapolis
About Indiana Tech
Established in 1930 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as an engineering college, today’s Indiana Tech is a comprehensive university that educates students beyond its home base with regional campuses in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Michigan, and online programs that meet the needs of students worldwide. This private, not-for-profit university specializes in career-oriented degree programs in business, engineering, computer science, criminal justice and health care administration. We prepare students for active participation, career advancement, and leadership in the global 21st century society, and motivate them toward lives of significance and worth. www.indianatech.edu