For those in the LA area, Pepperdine University will be hosting an intriguing conference on the idea of place. The conference is titled A Place in the World: Geography, Identity, and Civic Engagement in Modern America (March 11-12). It is being organized by FPR contributor Ted MacAllister and historian Wilfred McClay and will include an assortment of speakers ranging from theorists to practitioners. Some of the speakers include Christine Rosen, Phillip Bess, Witold Rybczynski, and Yi-Fu Tuan. I will be delivering a paper on cosmopolitanism and place.
Here is a brief description of the conference:
For most of human history, “place” was something simple and obvious, central to one’s identity. That is no longer true today. But have we grasped the full implications of that change, and its consequences for our lives? “A Place in the World” is a unique conference to be held in a unique place, Los Angeles.
I hope to see some of you there.