I am pleased to introduce the Objectivist Summer Conference 2008 Web site. We have assembled an
exciting lineup of lectures and events for this year’s conference, set in the remarkable coastal environment of
Changing the culture will be a recurring theme of this summer's conference. Onkar
Ghate and I have made this the topic of our three-part lecture series, "Cultural Movements: Creating Change"; Tara
Smith will give a talk titled "The Menace of Pragmatism"; Dina Schein Federman discusses Ayn Rand's approach to
activism in "Ayn Rand as Intellectual Activist"; and Lin Zinser will give the talk "Health-Care Activism: Saving
the Life Savers," based on her own experiences as an activist. There will also be a cultural change workshop, "How
to Be an Agent of Cultural Change," held in ARI's Irvine offices, delivered by Debi Ghate and Tom Bowden, as part
of an ARI Open House on July 2.
Our other lectures and courses will show the power of Ayn Rand's ideas in areas
such as economics ("Philosophic Issues in Economics," by Harry Binswanger); intellectual history ("Ayn Rand Contra
Friedrich Nietzsche," by John Ridpath); philosophy ("Altruism vs. Principles," by Peter Schwartz); history
("Freedom of Speech in American History," by Eric Daniels); and literature ("Russian Short Stories," by Lisa
There will be a variety of events and social opportunities for conference
attendees as well, with dance lessons, opening and closing receptions, and a special Independence Day celebration
on July 4.
The location of this year's conference is Newport Beach, California, offering the
beautiful scenery, coastal climate, shopping and dining of Orange County. You won't want to miss it!
We are looking forward to an inspiring and memorable conference—we hope to
see you there!
Dr. Yaron Brook
P.S. Enroll by March 31 to take advantage of discount pricing.
P.P.S. For students there are a number of registration options at significantly
reduced rates; see our registration options and
pricing for more details.
Within this site you'll find all the information you need to plan your trip to Objectivist
Summer Conference 2008, and to select the best registration options for you and your family.
For an overview of the course content offered at this year's conference, look to our
General Sessions listing, and to the
Optional Courses and
Events pages. Speaker bios are on our
Faculty page. We've assembled some information on
the Newport Beach local area, including the
Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa, our meeting facility. There is a page for details about our July 2
ARI Open House, and another that describes our popular
Dance Workshop. And once you've made your
selections of conference courses and events, our registration form and instructions can be found on our
To maximize your enjoyment of Objectivist Summer Conference 2008, we recommend making
air and lodging arrangements early—and if you have any further questions, please call 1-800-365-6552,
ext. 239, for more information.
What attendees said about last year's conference:
- "Powerful presentations … I’m eager for next year’s conference and the
opportunity to meet other Objectivists."
- "Super high-caliber teachers and lectures! Excellent all around."
- "OCON is awesome because you get to meet people your age with similar interests
and career plans, and you get to study subjects that actually matter and benefit your life from people who lecture with
clarity, all while basking in a benevolent, uplifting, pro-man atmosphere."