ESMT Open Lecture with
Alec MacGillis

Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-Click America 

Please note: Due to the current developments regarding the spread of COVID-19, this event will NOT take place on campus at ESMT Berlin, but exclusively via Zoom. If you would like to participate online, please register here.

Moderator: Katja Zelljadt, International Outreach, Leibniz Research Museums

December 08, 2021 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. CET 

The United States is growing increasingly divided between a handful of hyper-prosperous cities, mostly on the coasts, and countless left-behind cities and towns. Regional inequality helped give rise to Donald Trump and is making different parts of the country incomprehensible to each other. It’s not only causing resentment and despair in the left-behind places, but also driving the affordability crisis in the winner cities. How did we get here, and what can be done about it? In this ESMT Open Lecture, Alec MacGillis takes on those questions through the frame of one of the forces driving the divergence: Amazon.

This lecture will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience. 

About the speaker
Alec MacGillis is a senior reporter for ProPublica and a current fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. MacGillis previously reported for The New Republic, The Washington Post, and the Baltimore Sun. He won the 2016 Robin Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting, the 2017 Polk Award for National Reporting, and the 2017 Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, Atlantic, New York Times, Harper’s, and New York Times Magazine, among other publications. A resident of Baltimore, MacGillis is the author of The Cynic, a 2014 biography of Senator Mitch McConnell, and Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-Click America. The German edition of the book, “Ausgeliefert,” is published with S. Fischer Verlag.

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