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School of Public Policy Hosts “Reclaiming Place: A Civic Conversation”

"Reclaiming Place," which will take place Thursday, Mar. 27, at 1 p.m. in Wilburn Auditorium, Malibu, is a blend of lectures and freewheeling discussions by scholars and practitioners reflecting more deeply on the practical challenges and potential rewards of place-making in California cities. The event will also celebrate the publication of the new book, Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Civic Life in Modern America.

"Reclaiming Place" will be split into two sessions, the first featuring lectures by Rod Dreher senior editor of The American Conservative; Ted V. McAllister 
Edward L. Gaylord Chair/associate professor of public policy at Pepperdine University; 
Wilfred M. McClay
, G. T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty at the University of Oklahoma; and 
Susan McWilliams, associate professor of politics at Pomona College.

The second session will feature discussions by California government officials and address how they will put the concepts and themes from the book into practice. Confirmed panelists will include James Keene
 city manager of the City of Palo Alto, California; Joe Mathews, "Connecting California" columnist and editor of Zocalo Public Square; and
Pete Peterson executive director of Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at Pepperdine University.

Reservations are required ahead of time. To RSVP, contact Mary Jo Hardman at (310) 506-7490 or visit the School of Public Policy website.


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