FPR’s Third Annual Conference is shaping up to be a fantastic event. It will be held at Pomona College on September 20-21.  The conference will kick off on Friday evening, September 20, with a screening of the new film Copperhead, directed by Ron Maxwell. The screenplay was written by Bill Kauffman, who will lead a Q&A session after the film. On Saturday, Dana Gioia will provide the keynote address at lunch. The theme of the conference is “City People and Country People: Being a Localist in a Megalopolis.” Morning and afternoon sessions will address various aspect of our theme, including the idea of a city, work, food, and philanthropy. A slate of FPR regulars, including Patrick Deneen, Jason Peters, Susan McWilliams, and Jeremy Beer, will be speaking along with an assortment of other writers and practitioners from the area.

Registration information is coming soon, but in the meantime, mark your calendars and plan to join us.


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Mark T. Mitchell
Mark T. Mitchell teaches political theory at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, VA. He is the author Michael Polanyi: The Art of Knowing and The Politics of Gratitude: Scale, Place, and Community in a Global Age (Potomac Books, 2012). He is co-editor of another book titled, The Humane Vision of Wendell Berry. Currently he is writing a book on private property. In 2008-9, while on sabbatical at Princeton University, he and Jeremy Beer hatched a plan to start a website dedicated to political decentralism, economic localism, and cultural regionalism. A group of like-minded people quickly formed around these ideas, and in March 2009, FPR was launched. Although he was raised in Montana and still occasionally longs for the west, he lives in Virginia with his wife, three sons and one daughter where they are in the process of turning a few acres into a small farm. See books written by Mark Mitchell.


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