Here is the program for our upcoming conference titled “City People, Country People: Being a Localist in the Megalopolis.” It will be held at Pomona College in Claremont, California. We’ll start on the evening of September 20 with a screening of the recent Ron Maxwell film Copperhead. The film’s screen writer, Bill Kauffman, will be on hand for a Q&A. On Saturday, September 21, we have a full day planned. We’ll hear a keynote address from the poet Dana Gioia as well as talks by an assortment of FPR regulars as well as writers and thinkers who reside in the Los Angeles area. It’s going to be a great time.

You can register here. I hope you can make it.

Friday, September 20

7:30 p.m.         Screening of Copperhead followed by Q&A with screenwriter Bill Kauffman (Rose Hills Theater)

Saturday, September 21

8:30 a.m.         Continental Breakfast (Rose Hills Theater Lobby)

9:00 a.m.         Introduction (Rose Hills Theater)

Susan McWilliams, Pomona College

9:15 a.m.         “The Good Twenty-First-Century City” (Rose Hills Theater)

Chair: Lily Geismer, Claremont McKenna College

Panelists: Phillip Bess, University of Notre Dame School of Architecture; Peter Dreier, Occidental College; Ted McAllister, Pepperdine University

10:45 a.m.       “The Possibilities of Work in the New World” (Rose Hills Theater)

Chair: John Seery, Pomona College

Panelists: Susan McWilliams, Pomona College; Andrew Yuengert, Pepperdine University; Victor Silverman, Pomona College

12:15 p.m.       Lunch and Keynote Address  (Rose Hills Theater and Lobby)

“I Can’t Believe You’re From L.A.: Los Angeles as a Cultural Center”

Speaker: Dana Gioia, author and former chair of the National Endowment for the Arts

2:00 p.m.         “Food in the Megalopolis” (Rose Hills Theater)

Chair: Jeff Polet, Hope College

Panelists: Nancy Neiman Auerbach, Scripps College; William Barndt, Pitzer College; Jason Peters, Augustana College

3:30                 “Philanthropy, Localism, and Hypermobility” (Rose Hills Theater)

Chair: William Schambra, Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal

Panelists: Jeremy Beer, American Philanthropic; David Bosworth, University of Washington; Alicia Manning, Bradley Foundation;

4:45 p.m.         Closing Remarks (Rose Hills Theater)

Mark T. Mitchell, Patrick Henry College

5:30 p.m.         Informal Reception

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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.


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