Welcome to the Web site for Objectivist Summer Conference 2009. For this conference, we bring
you nine days of social and intellectual stimulation that you'll find nowhere else during the year.
After the excellent experience that we had at Boston's Seaport Hotel during our
2006 conference, and the overwhelmingly positive attendee feedback that followed, we've arranged a return to the
same location, known for its comfortable and enjoyable accommodations and meeting spaces. In the surrounding
downtown area attendees can explore fine dining, shopping, and historical landmarks.
Recent months have poignantly demonstrated the importance of philosophy in
human life, as current events seem to spring directly from the pages of Atlas Shrugged. As most
Americans look towards government to rescue them, our speakers show what alternative solutions Ayn Rand's
philosophy can offer to today's world with presentations such as "The Separation of Church and State," by
Onkar Ghate; "Principled Leadership," by John Allison; “'Humanity’s Darkest Evil': The Lethal Destructiveness
of Non-Objective Law," by Tara Smith; "Free Minds and Free Markets," by Peter Schwartz; and "Property
Rights—and Wrongs," by Thomas A. Bowden. Other stimulating topics will be available as well, including
history, psychology, drama, epistemology, mathematics, and the nature and necessity of friendship. In all
there will be ten general session lectures and sixteen optional courses. Attendees may register for the entire
nine-day conference, or use ŕ la carte registration options to choose those parts that best fit their
schedule and budget.
As usual, we also bring you a variety of special events and social opportunities,
including two different dance workshops (Swing and Salsa), our annual opening and closing banquets and a special
Independence Day celebration.
We look forward to creating a unique and memorable conference in Boston, and we
hope to see you there!
Dr. Yaron Brook
P.S. In addition to our usual early registration price incentives (price
reductions available through March 31), this year we are offering a special advance-planning bonus: register by
February 1 to receive an even deeper discount. Details are available on our
registration options and 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 2009, 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 Boston local area, including the
Seaport Boston Hotel and World Trade Center, our meeting facility. There is also a page for details about our popular
Dance Workshops. And
once you've made your selections of conference courses and events, our registration form and instructions can be found
on our registration page.
To maximize your enjoyment of Objectivist Summer Conference 2009, 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:
- "Everything exceeded my expectations . . . the setting, courses and
above all everyone participating—speakers, staff and attendees."
- "It was exciting to meet and talk with other Objectivists. What a unique opportunity
to hear how Objectivism impacts the personal and professional lives of people worldwide."
- "A highlight for me was the overall sense that Objectivism has a thriving
intellectual life, demonstrated by the scope and quality of the talks."