Objectivist Conferences™

Conferences for the rational mind™

Objectivist Summer Conference 2012

Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina
San Diego, California

June 30–July 8


Dear Reader:

San Diego SkylineWe are pleased to present the website for Objectivist Summer Conference 2012. We’ve assembled an exciting lineup of speakers and events, and we look forward to sharing the experience with you!

Ayn Rand’s philosophy offers more than just ideas; it is designed to help us live happier, more successful lives—and it has the power to change the world. For those who want to live in and explore such a new world for eight days this summer, we’ve put together a number of talks and courses. Peter Schwartz will deliver a talk titled “How to Dissuade an Altruist”; a panel of experts in medicine and advocacy will discuss the Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare; C. Bradley Thompson will discuss education reform in his talk, “The New Abolitionism: On Separating School and State”; and more. There will also be courses on a wide variety of other topics, including history (“The History of the Supreme Court [part 2]” by Eric Daniels); short fiction (“Preserving the Hero in Your Soul,” by Shoshana Milgram); and astronomy (“The Inductive Way to Understand the Sky,” by David Harriman).

In response to popular demand, we’ve also created a new optional course: an introduction to Objectivism, suitable for beginners or for those who want a refresher on the fundamentals of Objectivism. The course is taught by OAC staff members Doug Altner, Onkar Ghate and Keith Lockitch.

As always, there will be a variety of events and social opportunities for conference attendees, with elegant opening and closing receptions, group lunches, an Independence Day Celebration and the always popular RockStar Karaoke, in which singers are accompanied by a live band.

This year’s conference is set on the beautiful San Diego bay, adjacent to the airport. There are many colorful local attractions in the area; see our San Diego local area page for more information.

We are looking forward to another 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 page for more details.


Marina View Within this site you’ll find all the information you need to plan your trip to Objectivist Summer Conference 2012, 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 at our General Sessions listing, and at the Optional Courses and Events pages. Speaker bios are on our Faculty page. We’ve assembled some information on the San Diego local area, including the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, our host facility. 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 2012, we recommend making air and lodging arrangements early—and if you have any questions, please call 1-800-365-6552, ext. 239, for more information.

What attendees have said about past conferences:

  • “I really appreciate the fact that the optional courses encompass such a wide variety of topics, from metaphysics to epistemology to psychology, esthetics and history.”
  • “I particularly enjoyed the dialogue with other Objectivists that takes place outside of the formal conference sessions.”
  • “This was my first conference, and the quality of the speakers and presentations exceeded my expectations.”
  • “Each year that I attend I value even more my interactions with fellow Objectivists, both teachers and attendees.”

Register now!