James and Deborah Fallows In the Press

Fallowses Keynote at Delaware Community Foundation

Posted on November 8th, 2019 at 12:56 PM

Dover PostDelaware Towns 'set the bar'

James and Deborah Fallows presented the Delaware Community Foundation's Building Opportunity Keynote in Wilmington on Nov. 6. “One of the things that touched us around the country was seeing people who decided to pour themselves into the future of their communities and that’s what you are doing in Wilmington and in Delaware,” James Fallows said during the talk.

Read the article from the Dover Post here.

James and Deborah Fallows to Present Delaware Community Foundation Building Opportunity Keynote Nov. 6

Posted on November 3rd, 2019 at 3:29 PM

Delaware Community FoundationBuilding Opportunity Keynote

James and Deborah Fallows will present the 2019 Delaware Community Foundation Building Opportunity keynote address Wednesday, November 6, at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington.

The event also will be livestreamed at Lewes Public Library, Laurel Public Library and the Paradee Center in Dover through partnerships with Sussex County Libraries and the Delaware Department of Human Resources. Hundreds of other Delawareans will attend the discussion of how to build opportunity in Delaware towns, inspired by ideas the Fallowses have gathered while visiting dozens of rebounding towns across America over the past five years. Over the past several months, nearly 500 Delawareans all over the state have been reading and discussing Our Towns in foundation book circles. In partnership with Delaware Humanities, the foundation gave away hundreds of copies of the book, along with reading guides, to individuals and various libraries.

For more information, go to

James Fallows Featured at CityLab DC

Posted on November 3rd, 2019 at 3:06 PM

CityLab DC

James Fallows moderated a discussion at the CityLab DC summit on global cities on October 28, 2019. The discussion, with Sidewalk Labs' Head of Urban Systems, Rohit Aggarwala, General Manager of LADOT, Seleta Reynolds, and the City of Amsterdam's Lead Public Tech, Aik van Eemeren, focused on the kinds of practical, financial, and ethical issues that arise in the smart city process and what tools leaders have available to make smart decisions. The 7th annual two-day conference in Washington, D.C. is organized by The Aspen Institute, The Atlantic, and Bloomberg Philanthropies and brings together city leaders from around the world, along with renowned experts, to explore the challenges facing global urban centers through a diverse series of panel discussions, keynotes, workshops, and field trips. 

To watch a full recording of the day visit the CityLab DC event website.

Referenced in Humanities Magazine

Posted on October 28th, 2019 at 8:47 PM

Humanities Magazine

The Complicated Role of the Modern Public Library

In her feature in Humanities, The Magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Jennifer Howard describes libraries as one of the only, "truly public places left in America." She references James and Deborah Fallows and Our Towns, in which public libraries play, "a starring role."

Read the entire feature here.

Referenced in The Herald Republican

Posted on October 28th, 2019 at 8:27 PM

The Herald RepublicanEvents take a closer look at what defines Angola

Jim and Deb Fallows visited Angola, IN in April of 2019 for a project organized jointly by New America Indianapolis, and Indiana Humanities, as part of their new two-year-long INseparable program intended to foster conversations across the usual partisan divides. The Fallowses public appearance at the Brokaw Theater has inspired a new round of three public events aimed at refining the answers to the question, “Exactly who are we in this small Hoosier town in Steuben County, USA?”

Read the entire article here.


Featured in The Bulletin

Posted on October 23rd, 2019 at 11:01 PM

The BulletinHBO to Show

The Fallowses have been in Central Oregon filming a segment of their upcoming HBO documentary. Read the article in The Bulletin here.

Fallowses to be Featured at Original Minds Festival

Posted on September 29th, 2019 at 3:58 PM

Original ThinkersOriginal Thinkers, The Character of our Country

James and Deborah Fallows will headline Show 9 - The Character of Our Country at the Original Thinkers Festival in Telluride, CO on Sunday, October 6, 2019.

The festival melds speakers, films, and performance to "illuminate the role that storytelling plays in a changing society." Read more.

Fallowses Featured in Roanoke Times Editorial

Posted on September 19th, 2019 at 1:10 PM

The Roanoke Times

Lessons from Danville

The Roanoke Times' September 19, 2019 editorial discusses Danville, Virginia's comeback, as highlighted recently by the Fallowses. The article describes the city's transformation from "a Southern mill town without any active mills to a poster child for how to build a new economy out of the ruins." 

The Fallowses highlighted three things that have powered Danville’s transition from the industrial age to the information age — and, the article points out, not a single one has been directed by the federal government. The editorial concludes, "National politicians can be glib about assigning blame — be it foreign competition or rapacious corporations — but local leaders need to ignore all that and get to work fixing their own communities. The lesson for voters: If your local elected officials aren’t doing that, replace them with ones who will."

Fallowses to Deliver 2019 Building Opportunity Keynote

Posted on September 12th, 2019 at 12:49 PM

Delaware Community FoundationBuilding Opportunity Keynote

Jim and Deb Fallows will deliver the Delaware Community Foundation's annual Building Opportunity Keynote on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. The annual presentation, which seeks to elevate big ideas and inspire conversations statewide, inspired the Our Lens Challenge, a statewide photography competition which allows high school students to showcase the stories of their towns. In addition to the keynote, the Foundation is also supporting statewide Book Circles reading Our Towns. Through this project, the DCF is inspiring conversation by providing up to 500 free books to discussion groups statewide. 

For more information:  Building Opportunity Keynote    Our Lens Challenge     2019 Book Circle

Featured in the Holland Sentinel

Posted on September 8th, 2019 at 10:56 AM

Holland Sentinel

In his September 8, 2019 column in the Holland Sentinel, Douglas Brouwer writes about the positive changes he's seen since his return to Holland, MI in the last year. The Fallowses featured Holland as an example of resurgence in small-town life across the U.S., an argument, Brouwer says seems, "just right to me." 

Read the article here.