ESRI Cultural Series: James Fallows to Give His Diagnosis on America’s Well-Being

James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic and commentator on American politics, technology, and culture, will speak in Redlands, California, on Sunday, February 21, 2010. The public is invited to hear his presentation—Is America “Going to Hell”?—which will take place from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the ESRI Conference Center, 380 New York Street.

A Redlands native who has lived in England, Japan, and China, Fallows brings a unique perspective to his view of the state of the American union. In his January 2010 cover article for The Atlantic, “After the Crash: How America Can Rise Again,” Fallows expresses optimism about America’s strengths but concern about its staying power. In the article, Fallows says, “What is obvious from outside the country is how exceptional it is in its powers of renewal: America is always in decline, and is always about to bounce back.”

Fallows draws on years of experience in journalism and other pursuits. He was an editor of the Washington Monthly and Texas Monthly, and from 1977 to 1979 served as President Jimmy Carter’s chief speech writer. His first book, National Defense, won the American Book Award in 1981. He has worked as a software designer at Microsoft and from 1996 to 1998 was an editor of U.S. News & World Report. His most recent books are Blind into Baghdad: America’s War in Iraq and Postcards from Tomorrow Square: Reports from China.

The speaking event is part of the cultural series that ESRI and the University of Redlands cosponsor through the Town & Gown organization. Jack Dangermond, ESRI president and also a Redlands native, commented, “It gives [University of Redlands president] Stuart Dorsey and me great pleasure to provide opportunities for members of our community to meet one another and enjoy presentations by the talented people who visit our town.”

To guarantee seating, attendees should register for the event on the Internet at www.esri.com/culturalseries or by calling 909-748-8011.

[Source: ESRI press release]