This year’s conference will be held on September 20-21  on the campus of Pomona College in Claremont, CA. We will begin on the evening of Friday the 20th with a screening of the new Ron Maxwell film Copperhead. The screenplay was written by FPR’s own Bill Kauffman, who will be on hand to lead a discussion after the screening. Saturday we’ll explore the theme for the conference: City People, Country People: Being a Localist in the Megalopolis. We will have panels on the idea of a city, on the nature of work, on the production of food, and on philanthropy. Speakers will include FPR writers such as Patrick Deneen, Jason Peters, Susan McWilliams, Jeremy Beer, and Ted McAllister. The Angeleno poet and critic Dana Gioia will deliver a keynote address at lunch. This is shaping up to be a fantasitc event you won’t want to miss. Registration information is coming soon.

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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.


  1. “Being a Localist in the Megalopolis.”

    I really like the fittingness of this title because of its descriptiveness of a group of men traveling across thousands of miles to discuss localism.

    We’re all creatures in our own way of the leviathan.

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