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Making a Home Fit for Humans: Localism Beyond Food

A Front Porch Republic Conference

Chao Library, University of Louisville

September 27, 2014

Welcome: 9:00-9:15

 Panel 1: Going Home 9:15-10:30

  • Jeff Polet, Hope College
  • Jason Peters, Augustana College
  • Katherine Dalton, Louisville, KY

Panel 2: Educating for Place 10:45-12:00

  • Jeffrey Bilbro, Spring Arbor University
  • Jack Ray Baker, Spring Arbor University
  • John E. Kleber, University of Louisville

Lunch 12:15-12:45

 Keynote Address: Wendell Berry12:45-1:45

 Panel 3: Politics for Place 2:00-3:00

  • Susannah Black, New York, NY
  • Justin Litke, Belmont Abbey College

 Panel 4: New From FPR Books  3:15-4:30

  • David Bosworth, University of Washington
  • Bill Kauffman, Batavia, NY






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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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