The fifth annual Front Porch Republic conference will be held on October 3 in Geneseo, New York. The conference will explore sustainable localism and will feature a panel on the thought of Christopher Lasch and talks on Liberty Hyde Bailey, Richard Russo, and Booth Tarkington. James Howard Kunstler will deliver the keynote address.

Speakers will include Bill Kauffman, Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn, Abbot Gerard D’Souza-OCSO, Jason Peters, Eric Miller, Jeremy Beer, Robb Westbrook, Catherine Tumber, Jeff Polet, and Tim Tielman.

The conference registration fee includes lunch and light snacks. The evenings before and after the conference will provide plenty of opportunities for attendees to gather informally with one another, speakers, and FPR editors.

Seating is limited, so get your tickets early. We hope to see you in upstate New York in October!



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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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