Objectivist Conferences™

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Dear Reader:

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 page.

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."


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