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Wednesday, June 18
 

6:15pm

Student Reception and Barbecue
This is a friendly welcoming cookout and barbecue dinner for students attending the Atlas Summit, hosted by Atlas Society CEO Aaron Day.

Wednesday June 18, 2014 6:15pm - 9:00pm
To be announced
 
Thursday, June 19
 

9:30am

Intermediate Course 1: Why Philosophy? Russell versus Rand
Part 1 of  the Thursday, June 19, Objectivist Education Program Intermediate Course

Objectivism and mainstream philosophy have sharply contrasting visions of philosophy and its importance. Using Ayn Rand’s “Philosophy: Who Needs It” (http://www.tracyfineart.com/usmc/philosophy_who_needs_it.htm) and Bertrand Russell’s “The Value of Philosophy” (http://skepdic.com/russell.html), this session explores how these views of philosophy differ on the content, methodology, and purpose of philosophy.

Speakers
avatar for Shawn Klein

Shawn Klein

Rockford University
Shawn Klein teaches philosophy at Rockford University in Rockford, Illinois. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from Arizona State University.


Thursday June 19, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am
Loft North Manchester Country Club

9:30am

Introductory Course 1: Living for Yourself
Part 1 of the special Thursday, June 19, Objectivist Education Program Introductory Course: “Objectivism: A Rational Philosophy for the Hero in Your Soul”

To know what the best of any kind of thing is—be it the best knife, the best life, or the best philosophy—one needs to identify the purpose of that kind of thing. This lecture will consider the purpose of a system of ethics and what you should look for in choosing one. It will explore what it means to value something, and in particular, what it means to regard your own life as your ultimate value.

 




Speakers
avatar for Alexander R. Cohen

Alexander R. Cohen

Philosopher / Activist, The Center for the Individual
Alexander R. Cohen, JD, MA, an independent writer, editor, and scholar. He has taught Objectivism at the introductory level and at TAS’s Graduate Seminar, and he has lectured at the Atlas Summit (or its predecessor events) every year since 2006. He has also been an Associate Scholar at The Atlas Society as well as managing editor of the Business Rights Center. Cohen studied philosophy at the graduate level at the City University of New... Read More →


Thursday June 19, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am
Loft South Manchester Country Club

10:45am

Introductory Course 2: Focusing on Reality
Part 2 of the special Thursday, June 19, Objectivist Education Program Introductory Course: “Objectivism: A Rational Philosophy for the Hero in Your Soul”

In order to survive, flourish, and be happy in the world, we need to know what kinds of things we are dealing with and what they might do, so that we can choose our actions accordingly. That means we need entities to have fixed natures and predictable behaviors. But do they? And even if they do, can we know them? This lecture will explore the fundamental nature of reality and of human knowledge.

Speakers
avatar for Alexander R. Cohen

Alexander R. Cohen

Philosopher / Activist, The Center for the Individual
Alexander R. Cohen, JD, MA, an independent writer, editor, and scholar. He has taught Objectivism at the introductory level and at TAS’s Graduate Seminar, and he has lectured at the Atlas Summit (or its predecessor events) every year since 2006. He has also been an Associate Scholar at The Atlas Society as well as managing editor of the Business Rights Center. Cohen studied philosophy at the graduate level at the City University of New... Read More →


Thursday June 19, 2014 10:45am - 11:45am
Loft South Manchester Country Club

10:45am

Intermediate Course 2: Why Liberty? Objectivism versus Libertarianism
Part 2 of  the Thursday, June 19, Objectivist Education Program Intermediate Course

Objectivism is libertarian in its politics, but it recognizes individual rights as having a particular basis in human nature and the needs of the individual. In this session, David Kelley, Shawn E. Klein, and William R Thomas will discuss the differences between the ways Objectivists and other libertarians argue for liberty. Thomas will contrast Objectivism and the arguments of utilitarian economists. Kelley will discuss the arguments put forward by Friedrich Hayek. And Klein will compare Objectivism to the views of “bleeding heart” libertarians focused on the poor and suffering.

Speakers
avatar for David Kelley

David Kelley

Chief Intellectual Officer, The Atlas Society
David Kelley is the founder and Chief Intellectual Officer of The Atlas Society. After earning a Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University in 1975, he joined the philosophy department of Vassar College, where he remained until 1984. He has also taught at Brandeis University as a visiting lecturer. Among his books are Unrugged Individualism: The Selfish Basis of Benevolence; The Contested Legacy of Ayn Rand; The Evidence of the Senses, a... Read More →
avatar for Shawn Klein

Shawn Klein

Rockford University
Shawn Klein teaches philosophy at Rockford University in Rockford, Illinois. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from Arizona State University.
avatar for William R. Thomas

William R. Thomas

Director of Programs / CFO, The Atlas Society
William R. Thomas is Director of Programs and CFO of The Atlas Society. He is also Lecturer in Economics at the University at Albany. He holds a Master's Degree in Economics from the University of Michigan. | | Thomas is the editor of Ethics at Work (2016) and of The Literary Art of Ayn Rand (2005, 2nd edition 2014), and he is author of Radical for Capitalism. He is the primary contributor to the best-selling Myths About Ayn Rand. He is also... Read More →


Thursday June 19, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Loft North Manchester Country Club

1:15pm

Intermediate Course 3: Objectivity: Metaphysical and Epistemological
Part 3 of  the Thursday, June 19, Objectivist Education Program Intermediate Course

What does it mean to be objective? David Kelley will discuss the relation of the objective, the intrinsic, and the subjective. He will discuss objectivity both in a metaphysical and in an epistemological sense. He will show why objectivity is essential to the Objectivist conception of reason as an absolute.


Speakers
avatar for David Kelley

David Kelley

Chief Intellectual Officer, The Atlas Society
David Kelley is the founder and Chief Intellectual Officer of The Atlas Society. After earning a Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University in 1975, he joined the philosophy department of Vassar College, where he remained until 1984. He has also taught at Brandeis University as a visiting lecturer. Among his books are Unrugged Individualism: The Selfish Basis of Benevolence; The Contested Legacy of Ayn Rand; The Evidence of the Senses, a... Read More →


Thursday June 19, 2014 1:15pm - 1:45pm
Loft North Manchester Country Club

1:15pm

Introductory Course 3: Valuable Virtues
Part 3 of the special Thursday, June 19, Objectivist Education Program Introductory Course: “Objectivism: A Rational Philosophy for the Hero in Your Soul”

Because a human being has a specific nature, there are certain values every one of us needs to pursue, and certain ways of pursuing them—the virtues—we all need to use. Some of these virtues are exercised primarily within oneself; some pertain essentially to one’s relationships with others. This lecture will explore the nature of virtue and introduce the major Objectivist virtues. It will indicate how virtues relate to survival, flourishing, and happiness. It will show that Objectivism’s brand of egoism calls for offering others benefits rather than harms, and that it is a very demanding moral code.




Speakers
avatar for Alexander R. Cohen

Alexander R. Cohen

Philosopher / Activist, The Center for the Individual
Alexander R. Cohen, JD, MA, an independent writer, editor, and scholar. He has taught Objectivism at the introductory level and at TAS’s Graduate Seminar, and he has lectured at the Atlas Summit (or its predecessor events) every year since 2006. He has also been an Associate Scholar at The Atlas Society as well as managing editor of the Business Rights Center. Cohen studied philosophy at the graduate level at the City University of New... Read More →


Thursday June 19, 2014 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Loft South Manchester Country Club

2:30pm

Introductory Course 4: Individual Rights
Part 4 of the special Thursday, June 19, Objectivist Education Program Introductory Course: “Objectivism: A Rational Philosophy for the Hero in Your Soul”

Because of Objectivism’s profound commitment to the individual, it has to approach political philosophy with radical questions: What makes living in a society valuable to an individual human being? And what foundational principles make for a society best suited to a good human life? This lecture will explore these questions and the principles with which Objectivism responds to them: the principles of individual rights. It will discuss the related issues of the need for government and for objective law.

Speakers
avatar for Alexander R. Cohen

Alexander R. Cohen

Philosopher / Activist, The Center for the Individual
Alexander R. Cohen, JD, MA, an independent writer, editor, and scholar. He has taught Objectivism at the introductory level and at TAS’s Graduate Seminar, and he has lectured at the Atlas Summit (or its predecessor events) every year since 2006. He has also been an Associate Scholar at The Atlas Society as well as managing editor of the Business Rights Center. Cohen studied philosophy at the graduate level at the City University of New... Read More →


Thursday June 19, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Loft South Manchester Country Club

2:30pm

Intermediate Course 4: Socratic Seminar: “Causality versus Duty”

Part 4 of  the Thursday, June 19, Objectivist Education Program Intermediate Course

Strengthen your ability to read Ayn Rand and understand her most complex ideas yourself by attending our Socratic Seminar on this text. Our form of the Socratic Seminar is a learning methodology which, if properly implemented, fosters independence, develops excellent reasoning skills, and nurtures a sense of the rightness of individual liberty. Participation in these seminars significantly increases the participants’ abilities to think for themselves. In this seminar we will examine our understanding of Ayn Rand’s essay “Causality versus Duty” (in Philosophy: Who Needs It) to learn what she means, her evidence for her arguments, how these arguments relate to her other writing, and what implications this essay has for our lives. All participants are expected to have read this essay before the session and to bring a copy with them.


Speakers
avatar for Marsha  Familaro Enright

Marsha Familaro Enright

President, The Reason, Individualism, Freedom Institute
Marsha Familaro Enright, M.A. Psychology, is President of The Reason, Individualism, Freedom Institute. She writes and presents on a broad range of topics, from research neuropsychology to philosophical biology to contemporary culture. She is the lead instructor of the “Great Connections” summer seminar for high-school and college students.


Thursday June 19, 2014 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Loft North Manchester Country Club

4:00pm

Intermediate Course 5: Virtue and Selfishness

Part 5 of  the Thursday, June 19, Objectivist Education Program Intermediate Course

The Objectivist ethics is based in a recognition that, for each organism, its life is its ultimate value. This is the egoism, or “selfishness,” that lies at the root of the Objectivist ethics. In this session, we will discuss this metaethical view and contrast it with other ethical conceptions. And we will explore the idea of Objectivism as a virtue ethic, or an ethic of principle, where treating others benevolently and justly, and seeking to offer them benefits, is a key aspect of flourishing. Is Objectivism actually “selfish” at all? When does its egoism matter for practical action? Students should read “The Objectivist Ethics” in The Virtue of Selfishness and the Conclusion to The Logical Structure of Objectivism beta draft (on the TAS website).


Speakers
avatar for William R. Thomas

William R. Thomas

Director of Programs / CFO, The Atlas Society
William R. Thomas is Director of Programs and CFO of The Atlas Society. He is also Lecturer in Economics at the University at Albany. He holds a Master's Degree in Economics from the University of Michigan. | | Thomas is the editor of Ethics at Work (2016) and of The Literary Art of Ayn Rand (2005, 2nd edition 2014), and he is author of Radical for Capitalism. He is the primary contributor to the best-selling Myths About Ayn Rand. He is also... Read More →


Thursday June 19, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Loft North Manchester Country Club

4:00pm

Introductory Course 5: Spiritual Fuel
Part 5 of the special Thursday, June 19, Objectivist Education Program Introductory Course: “Objectivism: A Rational Philosophy for the Hero in Your Soul”

Some of the most important values are spiritual: they relate primarily to the needs of a person’s mind and emotions. Among these are art and friendship. This lecture will consider why a person focused on achieving his values in reality needs art, and why a person committed to self-interest has an interest in having friends.




Speakers
avatar for Alexander R. Cohen

Alexander R. Cohen

Philosopher / Activist, The Center for the Individual
Alexander R. Cohen, JD, MA, an independent writer, editor, and scholar. He has taught Objectivism at the introductory level and at TAS’s Graduate Seminar, and he has lectured at the Atlas Summit (or its predecessor events) every year since 2006. He has also been an Associate Scholar at The Atlas Society as well as managing editor of the Business Rights Center. Cohen studied philosophy at the graduate level at the City University of New... Read More →


Thursday June 19, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Loft South Manchester Country Club

5:00pm

Conference Registration: Main Program
Register for the Atlas Summit. Get your program. Meet and mingle.

(We expect most non-students to first arrive at the conference at this time. However, all properly registered participants are welcome to attend the Objectivist Education program beginnng 9:30 am Thursday, June 19th.)

Thursday June 19, 2014 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Lobby Manchester Country Club

5:15pm

Registration Reception
Refreshments will be offered. A chance to be social as you wait for the opening cookout.

Thursday June 19, 2014 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Lobby Manchester Country Club

6:30pm

General Opening Cookout
Most Atlas Summit participants will arrive Thursday, June 27. (Students will generally arrive Wednesday, June 26.) After you register for the conference and join us for a cookout dinner of casual food. Meet the staff and speakers, meet or catch up with other attendees.

After the reception ends, the common room gets going back at the hotel, offering a chance to further unwind.

Meet, greet, eat, and be merry as the Atlas Summit gets underway.

Thursday June 19, 2014 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Great Room Manchester Country Club
 
Friday, June 20
 

9:30am

The Sanction of the Victim

The central plot device in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged is the strike of the producers led by John Galt. And the essential purpose of the strike is to withdraw the sanction of the victim. What exactly does that sanction involve? What is the purpose of withdrawing it? David Kelley will discuss the meaning of this core idea in the novel. He will contrast Galt’s strike with labor strikes, and with other forms of organized protest such as Gandhi’s passive resistance, as well as explaining the philosophical basis of the idea. The talk is intended to provide insight into the forthcoming Atlas Shrugged Part III, the final installment of the film adaptation.


Speakers
avatar for David Kelley

David Kelley

Chief Intellectual Officer, The Atlas Society
David Kelley is the founder and Chief Intellectual Officer of The Atlas Society. After earning a Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University in 1975, he joined the philosophy department of Vassar College, where he remained until 1984. He has also taught at Brandeis University as a visiting lecturer. Among his books are Unrugged Individualism: The Selfish Basis of Benevolence; The Contested Legacy of Ayn Rand; The Evidence of the Senses, a... Read More →


Friday June 20, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am
Great Room Manchester Country Club

10:45am

How to Make a Great Person 1

Symposium on Parenting and Childhood

Does the Objectivist philosophy apply to parenting? What should parents and parents-to-be think about when deciding to bring children into the world? This session is the first of two presentations covering the stages of development from birth to early adulthood and offering parents and others specific strategies plus an overarching map for guiding a child to independent, competent adulthood. Young adults who are thinking ahead to their parenting years are especially welcome to these sessions.


Speakers
avatar for P. Donohue Shortridge

P. Donohue Shortridge

P. Donohue Shortridge is a Montessori consultant based in Littleton, CO. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler, Early Childhood).


Friday June 20, 2014 10:45am - 11:45am
Loft North Manchester Country Club

10:45am

Bucking the Establishment in Art

Paul Ingbretson is an accomplished professional artist and teacher and a leading modern-day exponent of what became known as the “Boston School” of American art. As a creator and exponent of representative painting that values beauty and meaning, he has been bucking the art-world establishment his entire career.

His background includes several years at the Art Students League of New York with numerous of their top artists. But he ultimately organized his artistic approach around the values associated with the “Boston School” as interpreted by the late R. H. Ives Gammell. Paul is equally adept and successful in portrait, interior, still-life, and landscape painting. He teaches privately in Manchester and Haverhill, New Hampshire and is currently President of the prestigious Guild of Boston Artists.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Ingbretson

Paul Ingbretson

Painter
Paul Ingbretson is an accomplished professional artist and teacher and a leading modern-day exponent of what became known as the “Boston School” of American art. Paul is equally adept and successful in portrait, interior, still-life, and landscape painting. He teaches privately in Manchester and Haverhill, New Hampshire and is currently President of the prestigious Guild of Boston Artists.


Friday June 20, 2014 10:45am - 11:45am
Loft South Manchester Country Club

10:45am

The Real Legacy of the Enron Task Force
Sidney Powell will describe how a handful of corrupt federal prosecutors destroyed Arthur Andersen; assaulted Wall Street; sent innocent Merrill executives to prison; changed the balance of power in the US Senate; facilitated the enactment of Obamacare; and became assistant attorneys general for the criminal division of the Department of Justice, chief White House counsel, and general counsel for the FBI.

Speakers
avatar for Sidney Powell

Sidney Powell

Principal, Sidney Powell, P.C.
Sidney Powell is the author of Licensed to Lie, the true story of the strong-arm, illegal, and unethical tactics used by headline-grabbing federal prosecutors in their narcissistic pursuit of power. | | Ms. Powell served in the Department of Justice for ten years in Texas and Virginia and has devoted her private practice to federal appeals for the past twenty years. She was the youngest Assistant United States Attorney in the country and the... Read More →


Friday June 20, 2014 10:45am - 11:45am
Great Room Manchester Country Club

12:00pm

Luncheon Panel: Republican Party Values
This special luncheon event will feature a panel discussing what fundamental values should be guiding the American right wing. The panelists include Edward Hudgins, editor and lead author of The Atlas Society's hit publication The Republican Party's Civil War: Will Freedom Win?, Charlie Arlinghaus, President of New Hampshire's Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy, and Shannon McGinley, activist and former Board Chair of Cornerstone, a research and policy organization "dedicated to preserving New Hampshire’s traditional values, limited government, and free markets." Pro-liberty TV and radio star Ben Swann will moderate the discussion.

Moderators
avatar for Ben Swann

Ben Swann

Journalist, Founder, Truth in Media Project
Ben Swann is a 2-time Emmy Award/ 3 time Edward R. Murrow award winning journalist. After 15 years as a broadcast journalist, working for NBC and FOX affiliate TV stations, Ben set out to create the Truth in Media Project. The crowd sourced project has had over 1,000,000 views on Benswann.com, Youtube and Roku. The Truth in Media Project is now headed to Hulu and Amazon Prime. In both 2014 and 2013, Ben was the popular vote winner of the Shorty... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Charles M. Arlinghaus

Charles M. Arlinghaus

President, The Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy
Since 2003, Charlie Arlinghaus has served as president of The Josiah Bartlett Center, New Hampshire's free market think tank. | | He writes a weekly column on public policy for The New Hampshire Union Leader. His policy research covers a broad range of state policy including education, health care, and fiscal policy. | | Charlie has been interviewed on public policy issues on the major domestic networks, in the 25 largest newspapers in the... Read More →
avatar for Edward Hudgins

Edward Hudgins

Director of Advocacy, The Atlas Society
Edward Hudgins is Director of Advocacy at The Atlas Society. Formerly director of regulatory studies for the Cato Institute and editor of Regulation magazine, Ed is an expert on the regulation of space and transportation, pharmaceuticals, and labor. He served as a senior economist for the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress and was both deputy director for economic policy studies and director of the Center for International... Read More →
avatar for Shannon McGinley

Shannon McGinley

Shannon McGinley is a conservative activist based in Bedford, NH. She has served as Board Chair of Cornerstone Action and Cornerstone Policy Research.


Friday June 20, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Great Room Manchester Country Club

1:15pm

How to Make a Great Person 2

Symposium on Parenting and Childhood

Does the Objectivist philosophy apply to parenting? What should parents and parents-to-be think about when deciding to bring children into the world? This session is the second of two presentations covering the stages of development from birth to early adulthood and offering parents and others specific strategies plus an overarching map for guiding a child to independent, competent adulthood. Young adults who are thinking ahead to their parenting years are especially welcome to these sessions.


Speakers
avatar for P. Donohue Shortridge

P. Donohue Shortridge

P. Donohue Shortridge is a Montessori consultant based in Littleton, CO. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler, Early Childhood).


Friday June 20, 2014 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Loft North Manchester Country Club

1:15pm

Objectivism in India

Using cultural themes specific to India, Jerry Johnson will explore how Objectivism can be more easily promoted and digested within non-Western cultures. For instance, using the symbols of Hindu gods Laxmi, Durga, and Saraswati—who stand for Wealth, Emotional Security, and Wisdom, respectively—he will explore how Objectivism has deep appreciation for values that Indians understand as making for a good life. Likewise, by shining light on Objectivism’s emotional thrust—the passionate dedication to life, reason, liberty, and happiness that Objectivism champions—he will draw parallels to the Indian mode of experiencing life: dramatically, emotionally, deeply, and profoundly.


Speakers
avatar for Jerry Johnson

Jerry Johnson

Jerry Johnson is a corporate communication professional with academic training in psychology and philosophy. He is also a TEDx speaker and TEDx curator. His articles have appeared in the Times of India, DNA, and Open magazine. Jerry has been active in spreading the ideas of Objectivism in India through his collaboration with think-tanks in India, the philosophy groups at the University of Mumbai, and through his soon-to-be-launched institute... Read More →


Friday June 20, 2014 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Loft South Manchester Country Club

1:15pm

Presidential Power and the Dangers of Delegation

The United States Code is filled with collections of words that look and act like laws but in reality simply delegate authority to make law to executive and judicial agents. Prime examples include the most important major modern acts such as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”), and the Troubled Assets Relief Program (“TARP”). The Constitution is specifically designed to prevent this kind of delegation of legislative authority, but for three quarters of a century presidents, Congress, and the Supreme Court have all acquiesced to permit it. As a result, the president, through supervision of administrative agencies, now functions as the country’s most important lawmaker. Gary Lawson will explain that while there are plausible arguments in political science for why presidents will, in many circumstances, make “better” lawmakers than Congress, the long-term danger that legislative delegations pose to the separation of powers likely swamps any short-terms gains from “better” legislation. Yet the separation of powers remains the most powerful structural device (apart from a well-armed citizenry) yet invented for reducing the risk of tyranny.


Speakers
avatar for Gary Lawson

Gary Lawson

Philip S. Beck Professor of Law, Boston University
Gary Lawson is the Philip S. Beck Professor of Law at Boston University. Professor Lawson twice clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia, first at the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and then at the United States Supreme Court. He has authored five editions of a textbook on administrative law, co-authored two books on aspects of constitutional history, and authored or co-authored more than sixty scholarly articles. He is a... Read More →


Friday June 20, 2014 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Great Room Manchester Country Club

2:30pm

Why John Galt Is an Inventor

Why did John Galt say: “I was an inventor. I was one of a profession that came last in human history and will be first to vanish on the way back to the sub-human?” Today, there is an all-out attack on inventors.

Effective property rights for inventors are relatively new, dating from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Currently, patent rights are under assault from all ends of the political spectrum and almost everywhere around the world. Was Ayn Rand wrong when she said, “Patents … are the legal implementation of the base of all property rights”?


Speakers
avatar for Dale Halling

Dale Halling

Patent Attorney, Law Office of Dale B. Halling, PC
Dale B. Halling is a patent attorney, with a BSEE, an MS in Physics, and a JD. He is the author of The Source of Economic Growth and The Decline and Fall of the American Entrepreneur: How Little Known Laws and Regulations are Killing Innovation. He and his wife, Kaila Halling, are coauthors of the novels Trails of Injustice and Pendulum of Justice, August 2013. Dale B. Halling is a named inventor on nine patents.


Friday June 20, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Great Room Manchester Country Club

2:30pm

Objectivist Ethics for Parents and Children

Symposium on Parenting and Childhood

When children are born, they are mentally and spiritually unformed. For parents, they imply an obligation to provide love and care. Why should people consider taking on such an obligation? And what do the values at stake in parenting imply about how parents should treat children? For their part, children grow up taking their parents and family as given. And children are accustomed to depending on their parents for love and support. How should minor children act to develop their own independence and to convert their familial relations from duty to a positive, value-based relation? William R Thomas will address these issues.


Speakers
avatar for William R. Thomas

William R. Thomas

Director of Programs / CFO, The Atlas Society
William R. Thomas is Director of Programs and CFO of The Atlas Society. He is also Lecturer in Economics at the University at Albany. He holds a Master's Degree in Economics from the University of Michigan. | | Thomas is the editor of Ethics at Work (2016) and of The Literary Art of Ayn Rand (2005, 2nd edition 2014), and he is author of Radical for Capitalism. He is the primary contributor to the best-selling Myths About Ayn Rand. He is also... Read More →


Friday June 20, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Loft North Manchester Country Club

2:30pm

Socratic Seminar: “The Ethics of Emergencies”

Strengthen your ability to read Ayn Rand and understand her most complex ideas yourself by attending our Socratic Seminar on this text. Our form of the Socratic Seminar is a learning methodology which, if properly implemented, fosters independence, develops excellent reasoning skills, and nurtures a sense of the rightness of individual liberty. Participation in these seminars significantly increases the participants’ abilities to think for themselves. In this seminar we will examine our understanding of Ayn Rand’s essay “The Ethics of Emergencies” (in The Virtue of Selfishness) to learn what she means, her evidence for her arguments, how these arguments relate to her other writing, and what implications this essay has for our lives. All participants are expected to have read this essay before the session and to bring a copy with them.


Speakers
avatar for Marsha  Familaro Enright

Marsha Familaro Enright

President, The Reason, Individualism, Freedom Institute
Marsha Familaro Enright, M.A. Psychology, is President of The Reason, Individualism, Freedom Institute. She writes and presents on a broad range of topics, from research neuropsychology to philosophical biology to contemporary culture. She is the lead instructor of the “Great Connections” summer seminar for high-school and college students.


Friday June 20, 2014 2:30pm - 3:45pm
President's Boardroom Manchester Country Club

4:00pm

Parenting Like Ragnar and Kay: How to Raise an Individualist with High Self-Esteem

Symposium on Parenting and Childhood

How would children be raised in Galt’s Gulch? Most Objectivist parents want to raise their children with as little coercion as possible, but lack the knowledge of how to do so: how to get children to eat vegetables, bathe, study and make safe choices, even as toddlers, without trickery, manipulation, bribery, punishment, or other forms of coercion. Parenting can and should be completely consistent with Objectivist values—there are no contradictions, just faulty premises. Join Roslyn Ross as she examines the most common mistakes Objectivists parents make and how to avoid them.


Speakers

Friday June 20, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Loft North Manchester Country Club

4:00pm

The Search for Romanticism in Hollywood

Ayn Rand wrote the obituary of literary romanticism in 1965. Nevertheless, romanticism has survived on screen, for Hollywood’s paradox is that romanticist plots perform better at the box-office. Screenwriting teachers and studio executives desperately want more romanticism. However, the desired end-values are not necessarily objectivist. Screenwriter turned novelist Vinay Kolhatkar will take you through the basics of contemporary screenwriting theory and draw parallels with romanticism. After this talk, you may be perpetually walking out of theaters re-plotting the story to make it more inspiring, more intriguing, and more conflict-driven. You could even be on your way to becoming a romanticist fiction writer.

Vinay Kolhatkar studied film and television scriptwriting at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, then at ScreenwritingU (Los Angeles), and further at The Story Department, Sydney. His debut novel, The Frankenstein Candidate, was published by Leadstart Publishing.


Speakers
avatar for Vinay Kolhatkar

Vinay Kolhatkar

Chief Editor, Publisher, Columnist, The Savvy Street
Vinay Kolhatkar studied screenwriting at NIDA, ScreenwritingU (LA), and at The Story Department. He wrote Casting Impressions, a short film that was produced by King Creatives, and a TV pilot titled "And Justice for Some." His debut novel, The Frankenstein Candidate, was published by Leadstart Publishing. He is the founder, publisher, and Chief Editor of Savvy Street (www.thesavvystreet.com), an online site devoted to Individualism and the Art of... Read More →


Friday June 20, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Great Room Manchester Country Club

4:00pm

Desperate Exchanges in the Kidney Black Market

Economists claim that a voluntary exchange has to be mutually beneficial, and that such an exchange can never be exploitative or unjust. But in desperate circumstances, an individual might, with full knowledge, accept a short-term benefit in exchange for a great benefit to the other party and a long-term harm to himself. For example, a woman might sell her kidney for a sack of rice if her family is on the brink of starvation and she knows of no better alternative. Neera K. Badhwar argues that heroic figures like Dagny or Rearden would never give a starving woman only a sack of rice for a kidney, because they would regard it as unjust. But pinpointing the injustice of the act is not so easy. She will focus on trying to understand this issue.


Speakers
avatar for Neera K. Badhwar

Neera K. Badhwar

Professor Emerita (U. of Ok)/Affiliate (GMU), University of Oklahoma/George Mason University
Neera K. Badhwar taught philosophy at the University of Oklahoma for 22 years, and is now affiliated with the Philosophy and Economics departments at George Mason University. She has published articles on ethical theory and moral psychology in *Ethics*, *Journal of Philosophy*, and other philosophy journals. Her book, *Well-Being: Happiness in a Worthwhile Life*, has recently been published by Oxford University Press. She has also published an... Read More →


Friday June 20, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Loft South Manchester Country Club

5:15pm

PSS: Connecting the Dots: “Atlas Shrugged” and Top Secret
Michael Brakey will discuss whether Ayn Rand based many characters in Atlas Shrugged on her study of the atomic bomb project. Was Alvin Weinberg a real John Galt?


Speakers
avatar for Michael Brakey

Michael Brakey

Founder, Brakey Energy, Inc.
Mike Brakey holds a B.S. in engineering physics from the University of Maine and an Executive M.B.A. from Baldwin-Wallace College in Strategic Planning and Marketing. He has been granted seven U.S. and worldwide energy patents.  An expert in writing computer algorithms, he has copyrights on utility and energy analyzing software.  | | Before founding Brakey Energy in 1999, Mike spent 22 years in the manufacturing industry including five... Read More →


Friday June 20, 2014 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Loft South Manchester Country Club

5:15pm

PSS: Creativity Unbound: A Workshop in Story Plotting

This is a highly interactive hour-long workshop in which participants, divided into small groups, interact within their group to attempt to come up with a half-page romanticist story outline in a half-hour.

Each group would start with any one of (a) a concept (b) a context (c) a half-logline (supplied on the day) (d) a historic incident (e) a popular naturalist film or novel story or (f) a blank sheet of paper. Acting as the Masters of the Fiction Universe (i.e. anything can be changed), the groups would seek to introduce elements of external and internal conflict, jeopardy, high stakes, fictional characters, and heroism, while keeping the principle of human-induced causality sacrosanct.

Facilitating the groups would be romantic-realism fiction writers Walter Donway, Vinay Kolhatkar, and Dale Halling.

 

Ideally, participants would have attended the Romanticism in Hollywood talk just prior , or recently read through Chapters 3 (Theme and Plot) and 4 (The Plot-Theme) from The Art of Fiction, edited by Tore Boeckmann from an informal course of lectures given by Ayn Rand.

 

Half-logline examples are:

 

  1. When a young military man returns from overseas deployment, he finds his parents, house, and the whole street missing, whereabouts unknown, so then....

 

  1. When a preacher with a terminally-sick daughter discovers an illegal stem-cell cure, so then...

 

  1. After an investigative journalist encourages her husband to have an affair to gain access to classified files, so then...

 


Speakers
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Walter Donway

Publisher, Novelist, Essayist, Poet, Romantic Revolution Books
Walter Donway was one of the first trustees of the Atlas Society and served as trustee for 20 years; he was editor of the organization's first publication and has contributed many print and online articles to TAS. Walter is a poet ("Touched By Its Rays" and "How Glad I am for Man, Tonight") and fiction writer ("The Price of Hannah Blake," "The Lailly Worm," "O Human Child," and "Holidays Frightened My Father and Other Stories") who created the... Read More →
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Dale Halling

Patent Attorney, Law Office of Dale B. Halling, PC
Dale B. Halling is a patent attorney, with a BSEE, an MS in Physics, and a JD. He is the author of The Source of Economic Growth and The Decline and Fall of the American Entrepreneur: How Little Known Laws and Regulations are Killing Innovation. He and his wife, Kaila Halling, are coauthors of the novels Trails of Injustice and Pendulum of Justice, August 2013. Dale B. Halling is a named inventor on nine patents.
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Vinay Kolhatkar

Chief Editor, Publisher, Columnist, The Savvy Street
Vinay Kolhatkar studied screenwriting at NIDA, ScreenwritingU (LA), and at The Story Department. He wrote Casting Impressions, a short film that was produced by King Creatives, and a TV pilot titled "And Justice for Some." His debut novel, The Frankenstein Candidate, was published by Leadstart Publishing. He is the founder, publisher, and Chief Editor of Savvy Street (www.thesavvystreet.com), an online site devoted to Individualism and the Art of... Read More →


Friday June 20, 2014 5:15pm - 6:15pm
President's Boardroom Manchester Country Club

5:15pm

Panel on Parenting and Childhood

Symposium on Parenting and Childhood

Friday’s symposium on parenting and childhood has featured distinct presentations on the Objectivist approach to issues related to choosing to have children, best techniques for raising children, and the educational, developmental, and ethical needs of children. The day’s speakers join together here on a panel to compare notes and discuss differences of opinion. New insights will be gained and differences will be clarified in a showcase of open Objectivist intellectual exchange. The panelists will include Roslyn Ross, Donohue Shortridge, and William R Thomas.


Speakers
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P. Donohue Shortridge

P. Donohue Shortridge is a Montessori consultant based in Littleton, CO. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler, Early Childhood).
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William R. Thomas

Director of Programs / CFO, The Atlas Society
William R. Thomas is Director of Programs and CFO of The Atlas Society. He is also Lecturer in Economics at the University at Albany. He holds a Master's Degree in Economics from the University of Michigan. | | Thomas is the editor of Ethics at Work (2016) and of The Literary Art of Ayn Rand (2005, 2nd edition 2014), and he is author of Radical for Capitalism. He is the primary contributor to the best-selling Myths About Ayn Rand. He is also... Read More →


Friday June 20, 2014 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Loft North Manchester Country Club

6:30pm

Dinner Event: Insights on Atlas Shrugged Part III

Atlas Summit attendees will have an unprecedented and exclusive opportunity to view and offer feedback on Atlas Shrugged Part III as it is in the process of final production. It’ll be like sitting in the producer’s chair as you view a full-length preview of Atlas Shrugged Part III.

The producers are interested in the reaction of fans as they prepare the film for public release September 12th.  They know that Atlas Summit attendees can be expected to provide the insight of people who know and love the story of Atlas Shrugged and are eager to see the film succeed.

The centerpiece of the night's events will be a full-length preview of the film, courtesy of the film producers. Not a trailer, not a few scenes, but the full movie in an early screening.

Join us at the Manchester Country Club for a delicious dinner, with a program that will include Associate Producer Scott DeSapio and consultant David Kelley. The speakers will share inside perspectives on the making and meaning of the film.

After dinner, travel with us to the Cinemagic & IMAX Hookset cinema for a screening of the film.

Viewers will be able to enjoy the full sweep and drama of the movie even though in some respects the film will be in draft (some scenes may not be completed, or they may lack the final music and color correction). This will be the earliest complete screening of Atlas Shrugged Part III.


 


Speakers
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Scott DeSapio

Scott DeSapio is an Associate Producer of Atlas Shrugged Part III.
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David Kelley

Chief Intellectual Officer, The Atlas Society
David Kelley is the founder and Chief Intellectual Officer of The Atlas Society. After earning a Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University in 1975, he joined the philosophy department of Vassar College, where he remained until 1984. He has also taught at Brandeis University as a visiting lecturer. Among his books are Unrugged Individualism: The Selfish Basis of Benevolence; The Contested Legacy of Ayn Rand; The Evidence of the Senses, a... Read More →


Friday June 20, 2014 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Great Room Manchester Country Club

8:30pm

Atlas Shrugged Part III: A First Look

Atlas Summit attendees will have an unprecedented and exclusive opportunity to view and offer feedback on Atlas Shrugged Part III as it is in the process of final production. It’ll be like sitting in the producer’s chair as you view a full-length preview of Atlas Shrugged Part III.

The producers are interested in the reaction of fans as they prepare the film for public release September 12th.  They know that Atlas Summit attendees can be expected to provide the insight of people who know and love the story of Atlas Shrugged and are eager to see the film succeed.

Join us at the Cinemagic & IMAX Hookset cinema for a full-length preview of the film, courtesy of the film producers. Not a trailer, not a few scenes, but the full movie in an early screening.

Viewers will be able to enjoy the full sweep and drama of the movie even though in some respects the film will be in draft (some scenes may not be completed, or they may lack the final music and color correction).

This will be the first complete screening of Atlas Shrugged Part III ever shown in public! Don't miss it!


Speakers
avatar for Scott DeSapio

Scott DeSapio

Scott DeSapio is an Associate Producer of Atlas Shrugged Part III.
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David Kelley

Chief Intellectual Officer, The Atlas Society
David Kelley is the founder and Chief Intellectual Officer of The Atlas Society. After earning a Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University in 1975, he joined the philosophy department of Vassar College, where he remained until 1984. He has also taught at Brandeis University as a visiting lecturer. Among his books are Unrugged Individualism: The Selfish Basis of Benevolence; The Contested Legacy of Ayn Rand; The Evidence of the Senses, a... Read More →


Friday June 20, 2014 8:30pm - 11:00pm
Cinemagic & IMAX Hookset 1226 Hooksett Road Hooksett, NH 03106
 
Saturday, June 21
 

9:30am

Using Sufi Tales to Cultivate Critical Thinking in Children

Jurgis and Nora Brakas have been working to help elementary school teachers use picture storybooks to develop their students’ critical thinking skills, arguably the most important skill students can learn. This session will discuss how critical thinking can be taught through delightful Sufi tales written for Western children, tales in which the thinking of the characters has gone or does go awry. Each story raises its own perplexing question: Why would an old woman insist an eagle is a pigeon? How could five men—in the same situation and confronted with the same object—arrive at five widely different and incorrect identifications of that object? How does a chicken frighten a group of townspeople to the point where they want to escape from the earth? Why would villagers be terrified by a fruit? These are all questions that involve critical-thinking issues. These two sessions will summarize some of the stories; systematically apply a logical and analytical framework to each story; and discuss the significance of each story, indicating in what way the thinking of the characters has gone awry and what principle of thinking would have prevented it. The sessions will also raise a few open-ended questions to illustrate how the principles of thinking in each story can be applied to the personal lives of the children.


Speakers
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Jurgis Brakas

Marist College, Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus
Jurgis Brakas received his PhD in philosophy from Columbia University and his AB in philosophy from Princeton University. He began teaching at Marist College in 1990; in the fall of 2013, he retired to pursue research and writing full time.
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Nora K. Jachym Brakas

Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, Marist College
Nora K. Jachym Brakas is Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at Marist College. She received her Certificate of Advanced Study and her PhD and MS degrees from the University at Albany.


Saturday June 21, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am
Loft South Manchester Country Club

9:30am

Official Activism: Advancing Liberty as an Elected Official
Some think that advancing the cause of liberty as an elected official is an oxymoron. George Lambert has demonstrated that it is a necessary requirement and can be used effectively. Unless liberty voices have a seat at the table, their concerns may not be heard or understood by those in power. Being elected gives you a voice at the table and allows you to ask questions and demand answers. Even when you cannot win a fight or an election, you engage the public and the press as an elected official.

Speakers
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George Lambert

Advisory Board, ardventures.com
George Lambert has been a state representative in New Hampshire and a candidate for the New Hampshire Senate. He has advocated for libertarian principles in the courts, the media, and the state house. George Lambert is also an entrepreneur and businessman who has been involved in several successful ventures. He is curently Vice President, Engineering, at Goldenware Travel Tech,


Saturday June 21, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am
Great Room Manchester Country Club

9:30am

Three Enemies of Capitalism 1
Part of John Galt’s success in stopping “the motor of the world” by persuading producers to go on strike is due to knowing his intellectual enemies. He defeats enemies of capitalism not only by making the moral case for capitalism, but also by reclaiming terminology and undermining the false premises of his enemies’ views. In this first part, Carrie-Ann Biondi will explain and challenge the essential claims of Karl Marx’s communism and Alasdair MacIntyre’s conservatism, and defend capitalism against the false accusations lodged against it by these enemies concerning alienation, exploitation, and consumerism.

(The two parts of "Enemies of Capitalism" will be informative whether one attends one or both.)

Speakers
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Carrie-Ann Biondi

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Marymount Manhattan College
Carrie-Ann Biondi is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Marymount Manhattan College, NY, and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Reason Papers. She holds a BA and an MA in American Studies and an MA and a PhD in Philosophy, and works primarily in moral and political philosophy and ancient Greek philosophy (specializing in Aristotle).


Saturday June 21, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am
Loft North Manchester Country Club

10:45am

Developing Self-Awareness
The approach to life that Ayn Rand recommended requires knowing ourselves well, in order to make good and appropriate decisions about how to lead our lives. What does it mean to understand ourselves? And how can we go about doing it? Self-understanding means understanding our outward behaviors and our internal thoughts, feelings, motivations, temperaments, values and virtues. It also means having a sense of ourselves both at an individual moment and over time. Dr. Raymond Raad will argue that three mental tools are necessary in the process of seeking self-understanding: a commitment to reason, a willingness to examine and fully experience one’s emotions, and in many cases a suspension of moral judgment

Speakers
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Raymond Raad

Self - Private Practice
Raymond Raad, MD MPH is a general and forensic psychiatrist in private practice in New York City. 


Saturday June 21, 2014 10:45am - 11:45am
Loft South Manchester Country Club

10:45am

Building the Movement

What makes for a successful movement in favor of liberty and reason? Alexander McCobin, Co-Founder and President of the hugely successful Students for Liberty organization, shares his thoughts on what has been holding our movement back and what new steps are needed to reach wider audiences.         


Speakers
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Alexander McCobin

President, Students for Liberty
Alexander McCobin is co-founder and president of Students for Liberty. Under his leadership, Students for Liberty has grown into the largest libertarian student organization in the world. It includes over 400 leaders that support over 1,300 student groups representing over 50,000 students. Previously, Alexander worked at the Cato Institute and ran another non-profit organization that introduced high school debate programs to under-served youth in... Read More →


Saturday June 21, 2014 10:45am - 11:45am
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