Devon, PA. I’m pleased to announce that FPR will be holding a panel discussion at the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture’s Annual Conference — Summons to Freedom: Virtue, Sacrifice, and the Common Good — this coming weekend. For those of you unfamiliar with the Center for Ethics and Culture, I recommend you investigate and register for the conference here; it stands out as one of those handful of academic programs that distinguish Notre Dame as a great Catholic university (a redundant term, but there you have it). The conference runs from Thursday (November 12) through Saturday (November 14) at McKenna Hall, the Center for Continuing Education on Notre Dame Ave. in South Bend.
Our panel is titled Front Porch Republic: The Places of Virtue, and will comprise papers by Patrick Deneen (Democracy as Self-Government) , Jason Peters (The Limits of Place as Freedom: A Reminder from Flannery O’Connor), and James Matthew Wilson (The Rock against Shakespeare: Stoicism and Community in T.S. Eliot). It will take place on Saturday, and run from 3:15-4:30. As the complete conference schedule suggests, this panel may be the least compelling of reasons to attend the conference, a minor light in a very crowded heaven; but we hope regular FPR readers in the heartland will feel most welcome to join us for an afternoon chat.
Mark T. Mitchell will also be speaking at the conference that same day, at 9:00 a.m. as part of the panel Wendell Berry: A Man for All Seasons. Mark will join a distinguished group of speakers, including the nicest guy in the Great Lakes State, Michael Stevens, of Cornerstone University.
All of us at FPR would like to thank the Center for Ethics and Culture for welcoming and encouraging our participation so warmly. We are delighted that the normally placeless academy can find not only some place but such a place for the discussion virtue, limits, and locality.