What's the good of having a blawg if you can't tell people what you're up to? (I draw the line at revelations about what I ate for breakfast, or worse...).
I'll be participating in two fantastic and fascinating events over the next two weekends, and invite any readers who might live in the vicinity, or be looking for an excuse to hit the road, to drop by.
The first, this coming weekend on October 19-20, is the annual Weaver/Ingersoll Symposium at which my friend and fellow political theorist and blawger Peter Lawler will receive the wonderful and deserved Weaver award. He joins the company of the likes of Russell Kirk, Robert Nisbet, Joseph Pieper, John Lukacs, Francois Furet, Roger Scruton, Robert George, and Bill McClay in receiving this prestigious and well remunerated award. The symposium consists of a number of public lectures by friends of Peter (I'm lucky to be included among such people as Dan Mahoney, Mark Guerra, Mark Henrie, Mary Keys, Thomas Hibbs and Robert Preston), with a keynote lecture by Peter on Friday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m. The symposium will be held at Belmont Abbey College outside Charlotte. More information is here and here.
The following weekend, from October 26-November 1, I will be flying to Asti, Italy for a long weekend conference devoted the question "E' necessario Dio per essere buoni cittadini? Politica e religione nelle democrazie contemporane." (or, "Do We Need God to Have Good Citizens? Politics and Religion in Contemporary Democracies"). The conference is being held under the auspices of the "Ethica Forum," and co-sponsored by the James Madison Program on American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. It is the brainchild of my friend and former Princeton colleague Maurizio Viroli. Among the speakers is Jean Elshtain, currently dividing her time between Georgetown University and some school in the midwest.
Readers may get the idea that the life of the tenured professor is very fine. I would argue, but I won't.