Live Free and Thrive
Join STRIVE at the Ayn Rand Student Conference 2016 (#AynRandCon) for an in-depth exploration of the concept of free will from the perspective of Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism.
Rand rejected the false view of “nature vs. nurture” and instead put forth a radical alternative, that you are a “being of self-made soul,” capable of exercising fundamental control over your own thinking, actions and character. Hear leading experts of Rand’s philosophy discuss the nature of free will and its implications for your life and for a range of issues including inequality, free speech and U.S. foreign policy.
The conference is brought to you by the Ayn Rand Institute in collaboration with STRIVE (STudents for Reason, Individualism, Value pursuit, and Enterprise) and is made possible by the generous support of the Michael and Andrea Leven Family Foundation, as well as by the support of the Charles Koch Foundation, Ellen and Harris Kenner, and Chris J. Rufer.
Thanks to these donors, students are able to attend this conference at little or no cost. All students will receive a scholarship covering their travel, lodging and registration expenses.
The conference will take place at the Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel located in Atlanta, Georgia. The discounted conference room pricing is $129.00 per night plus applicable taxes and fees (approx. $26/night). The approximate per person costs based on room occupancy are:
- $155 per person total for two nights in a DOUBLE room (includes taxes)
- $103 per person total for two nights in a TRIPLE room (includes taxes)
- $78 per person total for two nights in a QUAD room (includes taxes)
The rooms have two queen beds. Double occupancy means you each get a bed, triple occupancy means one bed is shared, quad occupancy means both beds are shared. Anyone looking for roommates should post a message on the #AynRandCon 2016 Facebook group
November 4-6, beginning at 6:00 PM on Friday and ending at 4:00 PM on Sunday. All attendees are required to stay at the hotel for the duration of the conference.
You will need to arrange and pay for your lodging at the Renaissance, but your scholarship will cover most or all costs depending on how many roommates you have. A guest checking into a room must be at least eighteen years of age, have a valid picture ID, and present a method of payment upon arrival.
Guest room reservations can be made online at the conference booking website or by calling 1-800-468-3571. If you call, you must mention that you are with the Ayn Rand Student Conference. Hotel reservations must be made by Tuesday, October 18. After October 18, rooms will not be available at the group rate.
Scholarships will be paid around the time of the conference. Scholarship amounts are based on travel distance:
- Within 250 miles: $225 scholarship ($175 travel and lodging; plus $50 registration fee refund upon completion of exit survey)
- East/Central: $450 scholarship ($400 travel and lodging; plus $50 registration fee refund upon completion of exit survey)
- West: $575 ($525 travel and lodging; plus $50 registration fee refund upon completion of exit survey)
- International: up to $1,000 (up to $950 for lodging and travel based on distance; $50 registration fee refund upon completion of exit survey)
Apply to attend by October 10, 2016!