Former speech writer for President Jimmy Carter, Fallows has over 20 years of experience as an editor with publications such as Atlantic Monthly and U.S. News & World Report and as a freelance journalist and writer covering American politics, foreign affairs, military policy and the computer industry. Fallows' books include More Like Us: Making America Great Again (1989), an examination of American business competition with Japan; National Defense (1981), a penetrating look at the defense establishment; and Looking at The Sun (1994), a examination of contemporary East Asian society and economics. His latest work, Breaking the News: How the Media Undermine American Democracy (1997), has drawn acclaim and inspired controversy as it sharply looks at a growing, politically-tied media elite that focuses on ideological spin over the nuances and substance critical to solving America's political and societal problems.
Fallows' talk is sponsored by Washington College's Goldstein Program in Public Affairs, now celebrating its 10th anniversary. Established in honor of the late Louis L. Goldstein, a 1935 alumnus and Maryland's longest-serving elected official, the Goldstein Program sponsors lecture series, symposia, visiting fellows, travel and other projects that bring students and faculty together with leaders experienced in developing public policy.
The Guy F. Goodfellow Memorial Lecture Series was established upon Goodfellow's death in 1989 to honor the memory of the history professor who had taught at Washington College for 30 years. The intent of the endowed lecture series is to bring a distinguished historian to campus each year to lecture and spend time with students in emulation of Dr. Goodfellow's vibrant teaching style.