CORVALLIS - James Fallows, an award-winning author and the editor of U.S. News and World Report, will deliver the 16th annual Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Memorial Lecture for World Peace on April 6 at Oregon State University.

His talk, "War, Peace and the News: The Life and Death Impact of the Media's World View," will begin at 8 p.m. in LaSells Stewart Center, 26th Street and Western Boulevard in Corvallis. The event is free and open to the public.

Fallows was the chief speech writer for President Jimmy Carter. He spent 17 years as the Washington editor for The Atlantic Monthly, and joined the staff of U.S. News and World Report in 1986. He has done regular weekly commentaries for National Public Radio since 1987.

An expert on American foreign policy, Fallows has written widely on U.S. politics, foreign affairs and technological developments. He spent four years living in Japan and Malaysia with his family, and has traveled to numerous Asian countries working as a reporter. His experiences in Asia became the basis of a book, "Looking at the Sun," published in 1994.

Fallows' latest book, "Breaking the News: How the Media Undermine American Democracy," was published two years ago. He also wrote "More Like Us," in 1989, and "National Defense," 1981.

In addition to working for U.S. News and World Report, Fallows' articles have been published in the New York Times, Esquire, Fortune and The Smithsonian.

The 48-year-old Fallows was raised in Redlands, Calif., and studied American history and literature at Harvard University, where he was president of the Harvard Crimson. Between 1970 and 1972, he studied economics at The Queen's College in Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.

The Pauling lecture, established in 1982 by OSU's College of Liberal Arts in cooperation with Linus Pauling, annually brings to campus speakers recognized for their efforts to promote world peace.

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Laurie Girtman, 541-737-4582