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The Seventh Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival is a week-long celebration of innovators, visionaries, and artists who are shaping small cities. The Festival occurs at dozens of venues throughout downtown Charlottesville. 

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Thursday, April 12 • 9:00am - 10:10am
OPENING KEYNOTE: Our Towns: A 100,000 Mile Journey Into the Heart of America Now Open

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Special preview! Having spent three years criss-crossing America’s small cities by single engine plane, two of the nation’s leading journalists offer a unique, revelatory portrait of the civic and economic renewal they discovered taking place beyond the headlines.

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James Fallows

National Correspondent, The Atlantic
JAMES FALLOWS has been a national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly for more than thirty years. His work has also appeared in Slate, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Review of Books, and The New Yorker, among other publications. He is a former editor of U.S. News & World... Read More →
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Deborah Fallows

Author, Contributing Writer, Dreaming in Chinese, The Atlantic
Deborah Fallows is the author of two books that report on the people, culture, and values in the communities of two different countries, China and the U.S.  The first, Dreaming in Chinese, is based on 4 years of living and working in China. The newly-released Our Towns: A 100,000... Read More →

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Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Kauffman’s most enduring legacy to his community and the world is the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He established the Foundation with the same sense of opportunity he brought to his business endeavors, and, with the same convictions. Kauffman wanted his foundation to... Read More →

Thursday April 12, 2018 9:00am - 10:10am EDT
The Jefferson Theater
  Government & Society, Summit