I’m in Louisville, KY to attend Front Porch Republic‘s annual conference tomorrow. The topic is Making a Home Fit for Humans: Localism Beyond Food, with Kentucky farmer and writer Wendell Berry giving the keynote address.
I don’t think I would have discovered FPR several years ago if Berry hadn’t already sparked in my mind the kinds of questions that FPR has made it its job to explore.
I remember when I first encountered Berry’s work. I was visiting my older brother at university and picked up his copy of Berry’s agrarian essays, The Art of the Commonplace on a whim. The writing drew me in at once in both its simple elegance and the writer’s keen vision, which was clear and challenging, but not closed and self satisfied. Reading him, like other great writers, felt something like all the windows in a house being flung open by a strong breeze that rushes through, kicks up the dust, and smells very old and very fresh.
Needless to say I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s events. This is what’s expected:
A Front Porch Republic Conference
Chao Library, University of Louisville
September 27, 2014
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 UniversityJack Ray Baker, Spring Arbor UniversityJohn E. Kleber, University of Louisville
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