Thanks for a great conference! See you next year!

#AynRandCon 2016 Summary

This fall, the Ayn Rand Institute, in collaboration with STRIVE, hosted a student conference on the concept of free will from the perspective of Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism. The conference, entitled “Ayn Rand Student Conference: Live Free and Thrive,” took place in Atlanta, Georgia from November 4-6. Over this weekend, students interested in Ayn Rand gathered to hear leading experts of her philosophy discuss the nature of free will and its implications for a range of issues including inequality, free speech, and U.S. foreign policy.

Before the activities began, STRIVE took its awesome student leaders, club members and executive team out to tour the World of Coca-Cola for the afternoon. We had a blast spending time together, learning about the history of Coca-Cola, and sampling the many Coca-Cola beverages.

At the conference, STRIVE hosted a Speed Mentoring session, during which students networked with conference speakers, ARI staff, and STRIVE mentors to ask them questions about decision points they faced in their lives. This was a wonderful opportunity for students to hear about the application of Rand’s ideas to one’s life, to show students what it looks like to use Rand’s ideas to achieve happiness, and to forge connections within the Objectivist community.

The next conference will be the Ayn Rand Institute’s Objectivist Summer Conference, taking place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from June 10-15, 2017. Registration for this conference has not yet opened, but we will be sure to post information on our website as soon as it does. We would love to see you there!

Photo by Pavel Rusakov
Photo by Pavel Rusakov


Don't miss STRIVE's next event!

If you are interested in joining us for OCON 2017 in June, contact us to enquire about registration and scholarship opportunities. Qualified students will have a large portion of their airfare, lodging and conference expenses covered. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet like-minded students, interesting speakers and mentors, and to discuss important and exciting ideas.

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