IDEAS MATTER:

AYN RAND'S

MESSAGE TO TODAY'S WORLD

A LIVE LECTURE BROADCAST TO UNIVERSITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY

THURSDAY, MAR 31 - 6:00 PM PACIFIC, 9:00 PM EASTERN

"Ideas Matter: Ayn Rand's Message to Today's World" is the first-of-its-kind lecture event, during which students across the country will be able to participate and connect with others interested in Ayn Rand's ideas.

The lecture will be broadcast from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and will be viewable live at 24 other schools across the country. The speaker, Dr. Yaron Brook, will take questions from students at all locations nationwide.

For more information about the event being held on your campus, select it from the list below.

If your campus is not listed, you can still view the lecture online. More details here.

Carnegie Mellon University Columbia University
Cornell University Duke University
Harvard University Kansas State University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology New York University
Penn State University Princeton University
Rice University Stanford University
University of Chicago University of Colorado at Denver
University of California, Los Angeles University of California, Berkeley
University of Michigan, Ann-Arbor University of Minnesota, Twin-Cities
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University of Pennsylvania
University of Southern California University of Texas at Austin
University of Toronto University of Wisconsin at Madison
University of Wisconsin at Whitewater Yale University

Today's young people face an uncertain world. Unemployment among recent college graduates is at a record high, the United States is still bogged down in two foreign wars, and the wobbling American economy is in danger of deteriorating further once the Baby Boomers retire.

Voters choose between Democrats in one landslide election and Republicans in another, expressing their discontent with each party, and seemingly, their own uncertainty about how America should move forward. Many people wonder: where are we headed? Will America continue to be the land of opportunity, or are our best days behind us?

Dr. Yaron Brook, President of the Ayn Rand Institute, will argue that the answer to that question depends on what ideas young people accept and fight for. Join Dr. Brook as he goes beyond the headlines, examining the basic ideas that have shaped today's events. And learn why the solution to today's problems lies in rethinking not just our political system, but in abandoning the worship of selflessness.

AYN RAND came to America from Soviet Russia in 1926. Inspired by American movies and fleeing communist oppression, she sought work in Hollywood,becoming a junior screenwriter for Cecil B. DeMille. After achieving success as a Broadway playwright, in 1936 she published her first novel, We the Living, which dramatized the plight of the individual against the Soviet state. In 1943, she achieved enduring fame as a novelist with The Fountainhead, which celebrated, against the backdrop of the world of architecture, the value of independence and integrity in the face of a culture of collectivism and compromise. But in 1957, Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged delivered not only the gripping story of a woman's struggle to build a railroad and preserve a continent, but also a new philosophy, Objectivism.

Through the 1960s Rand would compose nonfiction essays defining the principles of Objectivist philosophy, which stood for the power of the rational mind to know reality, the nonnegotiable moral value of an individual's own happiness, and a principled defense of laissez-faire capitalism. Rand died in 1982, but her novels and philosophy continue to inspire more and more young people to seek an alternative to the dogmas of our culture, to define their own vision of happiness and the future.

To watch online, choose your campus below, or choose General Attendees.

These links will not become active until 5:00 PM Pacific Time on Thursday, March 31st.

General Attendees

Carnegie Mellon University Columbia University
Cornell University Duke University
Harvard University Kansas State University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology New York University
Penn State University Princeton University
Rice University Stanford University
University of Chicago University of Colorado at Denver
University of California, Los Angeles University of California, Berkeley
University of Michigan, Ann-Arbor University of Minnesota, Twin-Cities
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University of Pennsylvania
University of Southern California University of Texas at Austin
University of Toronto University of Wisconsin at Madison
University of Wisconsin at Whitewater Yale University