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Charlotte: Social Disruption: How to Confront the Fraying Social Fabric and Social Inequality in Germany and the U.S.

May 22, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm EDT

The American Council on Germany and the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius will host a discussion and reception on how the United States and Germany are confronting the fraying of the fabric of society and tackling social inequality with Dr. Deborah and James Fallows, Co-Authors of “Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America” and Martin Klingst, Author of “Trump’s America” and Political Correspondent for DIE ZEIT.

“Social Disruption: How to Confront the Fraying Social Fabric and Social Inequality in Germany and the U.S.?” is being held under the auspices Deutschlandjahr USA 2018/2019 – Year of German-American Friendship, which is funded by German Federal Foreign office, implemented by the Goethe-Institut, and supported by the Federation of German Industries (BDI).

With thanks to Belmont University for hosting this event.

Dr. 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 four grandchildren.

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.

Martin Klingst has been with DIE ZEIT for more than 20 years. From 1999 to 2007, he headed the political department of DIE ZEIT. He served as U.S. Coorespondent from 2007 to 2014. Now, he is the Political Correspondent for DIE ZEIT in Berlin . In 2018, he published his new book about the presidency of Donald Trump’s called “Trumps America.”