Town Hall | Germany & US Confronting Social Disruption | May 23

cordially invite you to a discussion and reception as part of Deutschlandjahr 2019


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

with our panel

With Moderator Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean

Thursday, May 23, 2019

5:30 pm Reception
6:00 – 8:00 pm Program

Belmont University
Massey Business Center
4th Floor, Massey Boardroom
1900 Belmont Blvd.
Nashville TN 37212

Hors d’oeuvre and beverages will be available at a reception preceding the program.

Open to all. No charge to attend this event, but you must RSVP by May 21st.


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. Correspondent 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.”

Karl Dean was the sixth mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. He was elected on Sept. 11, 2007 and was re-elected on Aug. 4, 2011. He completed his second term in office on September 25, 2015. Dean first held public office when he was elected as Nashville’s Public Defender in 1990, a post he was re-elected to in 1994 and 1998. He served as Metro Law Director from 1999 to January 2007, when he resigned to run for the office of mayor. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Vanderbilt. Dean was the Democrat Party nominee for Governor of Tennessee in 2018.

Karl Dean is a member of the Tennessee World Affairs Council Board of Directors and host of the TNWAC Podcast, “Global Nashville with Karl Dean.”

“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).

Massey Boardroom Directions & Parking

Located on the fourth floor of the Jack C. Massey Business Center just off Wedgewood Avenue near 15th Avenue South, on the northern front of campus. There is free, lighted parking in the North Garage located underneath the Gordon E. Inman building, adjacent to the Massey Business Center. Entrances are located off of Wedgewood Avenue via the alley entrance and 15th Avenue South, through both roundabouts. For more details on parking, please click here.  Campus Maps 

When parked in the Inman garage take the elevator to the second floor, turn left to cross the pedestrian bridge to the Jack C. Massey Business Center. Take the elevator to the 4th floor for the Massey Boardroom.  Last minute directions: 931-261-2353.

Park below #6. Pedestrian bridge from 2nd floor to #5.


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