New Episode of "Our Call to Beneficence" Features Influential, Accomplished Writers Deborah and James Fallows

May 26, 2022

Don’t miss the newest episode of Ball State’s monthly podcast Our Call to Beneficence, hosted by President Geoffrey S. Mearns. This episode—available now—features wife and husband Deborah and James Fallows—veteran journalists who have influenced American culture through their insights on politics, foreign affairs, and life in cities and towns across the America. Our Call to Beneficence showcases President Mearns’ conversations with graduates and friends of Ball State who embody the spirit of Beneficence through their professional success and personal service.  

The Fallows are co-authors of the book Our Towns, which describes how they spent four years traveling 100,000 miles in their single-engine plane. The couple flew to dozens of cities and towns across the country, and their book celebrates how these communities are successfully navigating the socio-economic challenges in America in the 21st century. 

In this episode of Our Call to Beneficence, the Fallows talk about their life story and share some of the defining attributes of cities and towns that are on the rise. They also share observations from their visits to Muncie and why they believe Ball State’s partnership with Muncie Community Schools is “unprecedented in modern American history.” 

Deborah and James Fallows spoke at Ball State’s 2022 Commencement on May 7. Each were bestowed with an honorary Doctorate of Arts degree at the main Commencement ceremony. The Fallows’ bios can be found on Ball State’s Spring Commencement site.

All Our Call To Beneficence episodes are available online, as well as on multiple platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. Subscriptions and reviews are also encouraged to help grow the audience for this podcast.

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