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Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership presents

A Place in the World: Geography, Identity, and Civic Engagement in Modern America

March 11-12, 2011
School of Public Policy
Pepperdine University
Malibu, California

A Place in the World

For most of human history, “place” was something simple and obvious, central to one’s identity. That is no longer true today. But have we grasped the full implications of that change, and its consequences for our lives? “A Place in the World” is a unique conference to be held in a unique place, Los Angeles.

Featured speakers include:

Christine Rosen
Senior Editor
The New Atlantis

Witold Rybczynski
Martin & Margy Meyerson Professor of Urbanism
University of Pennsylvania

Yi-Fu Tuan
J. K. Wright and Vilas Professor Emeritus of Geography
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Practitioner Roundtables featuring:

Rick Cole, City Manager, City of Ventura
Jim Keene, City Manager, City of Palo Alto
Karen Baker, Secretary of Service, CaliforniaVolunteers
Ted Winterer, Planning Commissioner, City of Santa Monica
John Kaliski, Principal, Urban Studio LA
Daniel Iacofano, Principal, MIG, Inc.

A distinguished array of speakers will address the following topics:

  • Mobility and Membership
  • Cosmopolitanism and Place
  • Building a Place: The Shape and Scale of the Good Life
  • Is Los Angeles a Place?
  • The Public’s Role in Defining Place
  • Public Engagement: A Chance to Build Community in the “New Normal”?

Registration for the conference is now full. If you would like to be placed on a cancellation list, please contact Mary Jo Hardman at 310.506.7490 or email

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