Objectivism Q&As

Are you new to Ayn Rand’s philosophy? Are you looking to understand Objectivism’s more advanced ideas? Perhaps you’re skeptical of how principles of selfishness and capitalism could be moral? STRIVE’s Objectivism Q&As is a series of free, online Q&As that allow students of any background to explore the philosophy and learn how it can empower each of them to live more successful and fulfilling lives. Students have the opportunity to ask questions and interact personally with experts in Objectivism, such as Dr. Gregory Salmieri and Dr. Harry Binswanger.

All Q&As are recorded. Short clips are published to YouTube, and full recordings are available on our closed Facebook group. The group is reserved for the community of students who enjoy STRIVE’s programs, where they can discuss ideas, projects, and progress they’ve made in their careers. Non-students over the age of 30 can gain access by becoming a STRIVE donor.



  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Format: Moderated Q&A. Guests and the moderators are visible and attendees are encouraged to use their webcams as well. Attendees who submit their questions in advance to objectivismqa@striveclubs.org receive priority, but you must be in attendance to ask them.
  • PlatformZoom
  • Schedule: Monthly
  • Recording: Q&As are recorded and shared on social media. Webcams and microphones can be turned off for privacy.
  • RSVP. Like our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/striveclubs/ to be notified of upcoming Objectivism Q&A events, and please RSVP so we may know how many are interested in attending.


Past Guests:

Dr. Gregory Salmieri

Dr. Gregory Salmieri is the co-editor, with Allan Gotthelf, of ‘A Companion to Ayn Rand’, an Anthem Foundation Fellow in philosophy, and part-time lecturer in philosophy at Rutgers University.

Dr. Harry Binswanger

Dr. Harry Binswanger is the author of ‘How We Know: Epistemology on an Objectivist Foundation, editor of The Objectivist Forum and Ayn Rand Lexicon, an instructor at ARI’s Objectivist Academic Center, and was an associate and friend of Ayn Rand in her last years.

Dr. Benjamin Bayer

Dr. Ben Bayer is a fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute, and an instructor at the Objectivist Academic Center. Previously he was visiting professor at Loyola University New Orleans, where his research focused on free will and epistemology.

Dr. Onkar Ghate

Dr. Onkar Ghate is a Senior Fellow and the Chief Content Officer at the Ayn Rand Institute. He’s one of the leading experts on Objectivism, a contributor to ‘A Companion to Ayn Rand’, and has taught philosophy for over ten years at ARI’s Objectivist Academic Center.

Prof. Adam Mossoff

Prof. Adam Mossoff is a professor of law at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, and is the Director of Academic Programs and Senior Scholar at the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property. He has also spoken at many conferences about Ayn Rand’s philosophy.

Dr. Robert Mayhew

Dr. Robert Mayhew is a professor of philosophy at Seton Hall University. His primary research interests are in ancient philosophy, and he has written or edited nine books about Ayn Rand, including ‘The Art of Nonfiction’ and ‘Essays on Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged’. Dr. Mayhew also serves on the board of the Anthem Foundation for Objectivist Scholarship

Dr. Gena Gorlin

Dr. Gena Gorlin is a clinical psychologist and postdoctoral fellow at Boston University. Her research and practice has focused on anxiety, depression, motivational deficits, and impulse control disorders. She has also given talks at conferences relating Ayn Rand’s ideas to psychology.

Don Watkins

Don Watkins is a fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute and co-author, with Yaron Brook, of the national best-seller ‘Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government’ and ‘Equal is Unfair: America’s Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality.’