Gustav Niebuhr in conversation with Jim Fallows

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Location Hall of Philosophy

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Gustav Niebuhr is associate professor of newspaper and online journalism in the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University; he also teaches in the Religion Department in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Before coming to Syracuse in 2004, Niebuhr was scholar-in-residence at Princeton’s Center for the Study of Religion. Until 2001, he covered religion for The New York Times and, earlier, for The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.

He is author of Lincoln’s Bishop: A President, a Priest and the Fate of 300 Dakota Sioux Warriors (HarperCollins, 2014) and Beyond Tolerance: Searching for Interfaith Understanding in America (Viking, 2008). In 2010, Niebuhr received the William Reed Lifetime Achievement Award of the Religion Newswriters Association.

A graduate of Pomona College and Oxford University, he is married to Margaret L. Usdansky. They have two sons.

A national correspondent for The Atlantic, James Fallows is co-creator, with his wife Deborah, of the publication’s American Futures project.  Through that project in partnership with Marketplace, the Fallowses travel the country reporting on the people, organizations, and ideas re-shaping the country. They have just completed a book based on their travels ready for publication in 2017.

James Fallows has written for The Atlantic since the late 1970s, living and reporting in Seattle, Berkeley, Austin, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and Beijing.  He is currently based in Washington, DC.   In addition to working for The Atlantic, Fallows spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter and two years as the editor of US News & World Report.  He has won the National Magazine Award and the American Book Award among other recognitions, and a N.Y. Emmy award for the documentary series “Doing Business in China.”  

Founding chairman of the New America Foundation and a frequent public-radio commentator, James Fallows has written 11 other books, including National DefenseBreaking the NewsBlind Into Baghdad, and two books based from China, Postcards From Tomorrow Square and China Airborne