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Wednesday, June 17
 

6:30pm EDT

Student Reception and Dinner
This is a friendly welcoming dinner for students and other early arrivals attending the Atlas Summit, hosted by The Atlas Society.

Wednesday June 17, 2015 6:30pm - 9:00pm EDT
Hunt Club Crowne Plaza Nashua

8:00pm EDT

Common Room
After-hours hangout for the early arrivals at the Atlas Summit. 

Wednesday June 17, 2015 8:00pm - 11:30pm EDT
Windsor Suite Crowne Plaza Nashua
 
Thursday, June 18
 

9:30am EDT

Intermediate Course in Objectivist Ethics 1: The Nature of Ethics

Objectivism conceives of ethics as a practical code to guide our actions. Is this what ethics is? (Many traditions do not agree.) Why do humans need such a code? What do these facts imply about the content of ethics? This session will explain the distinction between values and virtues and discuss why we need principles. We will see that integrity is essential to ethics both as a matter of personal virtue and in the logical and factual consistency that ethics itself must have. 

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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... Read More →


Thursday June 18, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
Trafalgar Room Crown Plaza Nashua

10:45am EDT

Intermediate Course in Objectivist Ethics 2: Selfishness: What and Why

This session will explain the radical difference between Ayn Rand’s conception of selfishness and the conventional sense of that term. Key topics include: eqoism vs. altruism as ethical theories; the individual’s life as a fundamental value; and the relationships among life, flourishing, and happiness. The session will highlight differences between Objectivism and other common approaches in ethical theory as well as religious moral codes.


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... Read More →


Thursday June 18, 2015 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Trafalgar Room Crown Plaza Nashua

12:00pm EDT

Lunch
Enjoy lunch, open conversation, and the chance to recharge between sessions. 

Thursday June 18, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Ballroom C Crowne Plaza Nashua

1:15pm EDT

Intermediate Course in Objectivist Ethics 3: Ethics for the Individual

Objectivism holds that each person needs ethics regardless of his social situation. Indeed, a Robinson Crusoe needs ethics as much as anyone. This session discusses the core content of ethics for the individual as such, including principles of rationality, honesty, productiveness, and pride. We will see how each virtue relates to the other, and how all are connected to the pursuit of value. 




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... Read More →


Thursday June 18, 2015 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Trafalgar Room Crown Plaza Nashua

2:30pm EDT

Intermediate Course in Objectivist Ethics 4: Ethics in Society

While Objectivism holds that you’d need ethics even living alone, interacting with other people raises distinctive ethical questions and requires principles designed for the purpose. This session will discuss the trader principle and its application to a variety of human relationships, the vast range of values to be found in interacting with others, virtues such as honesty, and some of the places where ethics borders on political philosophy.


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... Read More →


Thursday June 18, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Trafalgar Room Crown Plaza Nashua

4:00pm EDT

Intermediate Course in Objectivist Ethics 5: Justice and Benevolence

Justice is an essential virtue in the Objectivist ethics. This session will cover the nature and importance of justice, both for personal life and for a good society. We will discuss the purpose and standards of moral judgment, the sanction of the victim, envy and egalitarianism as antitheses, and the relationship between justice and benevolence.




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... Read More →


Thursday June 18, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Trafalgar Room Crown Plaza Nashua

5:00pm EDT

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 registered participants are welcome to attend the Objectivist Education program beginnng 9:30 am Thursday, June 18th.)

Thursday June 18, 2015 5:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Lobby Crowne Plaza Nashua

5:15pm EDT

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

Thursday June 18, 2015 5:15pm - 6:30pm EDT
Lobby Crowne Plaza Nashua

6:30pm EDT

General Opening Cookout-Style Dinner
Most Atlas Summit participants will arrive Thursday, June 18. (Students will generally arrive Wednesday, June 17.) After you register for the conference, join us for a cookout-style 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, offering a chance to further unwind.

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

Thursday June 18, 2015 6:30pm - 9:00pm EDT
Ballroom A/B Crowne Plaza Nashua

9:00pm EDT

Common Room
The common room is the Atlas Society bar and hang-out each evening of the conference. Enjoy conversation with and getting to know the wonderful mix of people you'll find at the Atlas Summit. 

Thursday June 18, 2015 9:00pm - 11:30pm EDT
Library Crowne Plaza Nashua
 
Friday, June 19
 

9:30am EDT

State of the Culture: The American Ethic of Success

America was founded on the idea of liberty, and it succeeded because Americans highly valued individualism and achievement. But when philosophers today talk about ethics, they mostly talk about self-sacrifice, togetherness, and kindness. Do Americans still value achievement? This talk will assess the state of American culture today by looking at how Americans talk about ethics when they are talking about big decisions—in looking back on life and in advising graduates who are looking forward.




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... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
Ballroom C/D Crowne Plaza Nashua

10:45am EDT

Understanding and Appreciating Art

Michelle Marder Kamhi’s Who Says That’s Art presents a “commonsense view” of the visual arts that owes much to Ayn Rand’s understanding of the essential nature of art. Yet Rand’s idiosyncratic pronouncements about particular works of art, and about individual responses to them, have sometimes proved a stumbling block to full appreciation either of her theory of art, on one hand, or of the rich diversity of the world’s art, on the other. Drawing on material covered in the book, Kamhi will show how Rand’s fundamental insights can contribute to a broader understanding and enjoyment of visual art. 




Speakers
avatar for Michelle Kamhi

Michelle Kamhi

Independent scholar and critic on the arts
Independent scholar and critic Michelle Marder Kamhi is the author of Who Says That’s Art? A Commonsense View of the Visual Arts (Pro Arte Books, 2014) and co-author of What Art Is: The Esthetic Theory of Ayn Rand (Open Court, 2000). She co-edits Aristos (An Online Review of the... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Ballroom C/D Crowne Plaza Nashua

10:45am EDT

The Objective Values in Magna Carta

Magna Carta turns 800 this summer.

Why should American Objectivists celebrate this medieval document? What does it say that is relevant to us? Can history and tradition be valuable in a philosophy based on reason?

Objectivist philosopher and lawyer Alexander R. Cohen will address these questions.


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... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Trafalgar Room Crown Plaza Nashua

12:00pm EDT

Lunch
Enjoy lunch, open conversation, and the chance to recharge between sessions. 

Friday June 19, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Ballroom A/B Crowne Plaza Nashua

1:15pm EDT

Value Analysis Workshop 1

This two-part workshop is for the individual who chooses to think and who prefers to behave rationally. Have you ever made a bad decision? Have you ever suffered buyers’ remorse? In general, human decision making is a flawed process fraught with emotion. We make many decisions and live with the consequences. When the stakes are high, it is most important to “get it right.” A good decision does not guarantee a good outcome, but it most assuredly increases the likelihood of one.

The workshop explores the types of decisions people make and their psychological context. Emotions reflect judgments about values. If there were a way to capture our values in a rational framework and harness the emotions associated with potential outcomes, then we could apply an objective decision analysis process to the choices we make. In this workshop, you will learn how to do just that. 

Carol Ventresca is an engineer with a strong background in mathematics, statistics, and psychology. She has worked with teams to apply this rational decision-making process to major decisions, and the consensus is that it is well worth the time and effort.

Participants should plan on attending both sessions. Workshop size is limited to 20 participants. 





Speakers
avatar for Carol Ventresca

Carol Ventresca

Systems Engineer, Corporate Executive, SynGenics Corporation
Carol Ventresca is President and CEO of SynGenics Corporation, a small business that performs research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences. She has 30 years of progressive management and technical experience improving operations for Government and indu... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Hunt Club Crowne Plaza Nashua

1:15pm EDT

Are we in a Golden Age of Television? Is it Romanticist?

Symposium on Romanticist Narratives

The best writing talent in Hollywood is now working for Television. In a move that was unthinkable in the 20th Century, Oscar-winning film actors are also going across to the small screen—the depth of story facilitates the depth of character. Welcome to the era of Mad Men, House of Cards, and Homeland: the 50-hour epic, spun over five seasons of 12 episodes each. Is this the new Golden Age of Television?

Novelist and screenwriter Vinay Kolhatkar will explore why the digital economics of cable, Netflix, and DVD have facilitated the telling of epics, and what it means for Romanticism.


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 publishe... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Trafalgar Room Crown Plaza Nashua

1:15pm EDT

Interpreting the Constitution

How does one determine the meaning of a 200+ year-old document? Does it mean what it was understood to mean in the eighteenth century? Or what it is understood to mean today? Or what the morally best reading would be? Or does it mean what certain authoritative interpreters say that it means? How does the Objectivist epistemology help answer these questions? This presentation will show how legal interpretation, especially of documents that were the product of a group effort rather than of a single person, depends on two related subjects: a theory of concepts and a theory of language. 


Gary Lawson will propose answers that are somewhat different from those provided by Tara Smith, a noted Objectivist philosopher, and he will explain why and how they reach their various conclusions.



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... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Ballroom C/D Crowne Plaza Nashua

2:30pm EDT

Grace and Courtesy for Culturally Liberal Objectivists
Many Objectivists fall into the trap of calling for tolerance while at the same time being intolerant themselves of other Objectivists who hold opposing views on cultural issues. This friction increases because of the wider cultural rift in America generally on these same cultural issues. Abortion, gay marriage, divorce, and raising children outside of marriage are but a few of the more incendiary issues that cause Objectivists to become intolerant of opposing views.

This session will make the case for culturally traditional Objectivists. Dononohue Shortridge will argue they deserve their place at the Objectivist table just as do culturally liberal Objectivists.We have to learn to live together if the Objectivist movement is to grow.


Speakers
avatar for P. Donohue Shortridge

P. Donohue Shortridge

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


Friday June 19, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Trafalgar Room Crown Plaza Nashua

2:30pm EDT

The Source of Economic Growth

No school of economic thought is consistent with Objectivism, which is why Ayn Rand, in the very first sentences of Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, said “This book is not a treatise on economics. It is a collection of essays on the moral aspects of capitalism.” Dale Halling will propose a science of economics that is consistent with Rand’s philosophy. The path to that understanding of economics results from examining the source of real per capita increases in wealth, which puts man’s mind at the center of economics. No other school of economics puts emphasis on man’s mind, which is one reason why Rand had a tenuous relationship with even free market economists, see, for instance, Milton Friedman on Rand and Mises (YouTube) and "Can the Ideas of Mises and Rand be Reconciled?" (PDF) by Edward Younkins.




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... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Ballroom C/D Crowne Plaza Nashua

2:30pm EDT

Great Connections Seminar: “Concept Formation”
Strengthen your ability to read Ayn Rand, understand her most complex ideas, and think for yourself by participating in this intimate seminar. In this seminar we will examine our understanding of Ayn Rand’s chapter “Concept Formation” (Chapter 2 in Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology) 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... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 2:30pm - 3:45pm EDT
Hunt Club Crowne Plaza Nashua

4:00pm EDT

The Technology of Celebration

Have you ever asked yourself exactly what it means to “celebrate” something or someone? If you are like most of us, the answer is “no.” Yet celebration is the very sustenance that drives our lives and motivation—in every arena. In this presentation, we will:

  • Look at celebration as our spiritual filling station in life.

  • Explore its deeper meaning and its connection to the concepts of value and sense of life.

  • Walk away with a practical tool with which to turbo-charge the way we celebrate our world, our lives, and our successes along the way.



Speakers
avatar for Kim Sawyer

Kim Sawyer

theWealthSource
Kim Sawyer is a serial entrepreneur who has been a committed Objectivist since age 15. Kim has over 20 years of business experience. He has started businesses, led companies, and been involved in almost every aspect of a business enterprise. Today he coaches and facilitates key business... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Trafalgar Room Crown Plaza Nashua

4:00pm EDT

Romanticist Writers Panel

Symposium on Romanticist Narratives

Four fiction writers who write in the Romanticist tradition form a discussion panel to narrate their personal writing journeys and take questions from the audience.

The writers are poet and novelist Walter Donway, poet and playwright John Joseph Enright, screenwriter and novelist Vinay Kolhatkar, and novelist Dale B. Halling. Marsha Enright, President of the Reason, Individualism, Freedom Institute will act as moderator.

 




Moderators
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... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Walter Donway

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... Read More →
avatar for John Joseph Enright

John Joseph Enright

Dream Theatre Company
John Joseph Enright is a playwright and poet based in the Chicago area. His play O'Brien and O'Brian will be featured at the New York International Fringe Festival in August, 2015.
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... Read More →
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 publishe... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Hunt Club Crowne Plaza Nashua

4:00pm EDT

We Can't Make an Example of This Man: Legal Activism

This talk will be on “judicial activism” and the application of protesting law in the courts. George Lambert will recount his experiences as a legislator fighting bad laws in the legislature, the executive branch, and the courts, in an attempt to bring them into constitutional compliance. The talk will educate the audience on a) the Presumption of Constitutionality, b) the effect of a Supreme Court decisions on present and future law, c) understanding the risks and rewards of a judicial challenge, d) the process for effective Supreme Court challenges, and e) the issues around “despised litigants” and arguments that lawyers will not make.



Speakers
avatar for George Lambert

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... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Ballroom C/D Crowne Plaza Nashua

5:15pm EDT

Participant/Sponsored Session: Are You Prepared
Life has always been precarious.  From a vehicle accident to severe weather to terrorist event,  numerous hazards may arise.

Perhaps only your contented and well ordered existence would be disturbed.
Or you could face significant threat to life and limb.

Could you survive a disaster – flood, hurricane, storm, car accident, riot, etc?  
Have you talked yourself into an unsubstantiated state of security?  

Stating one is “tough and going to survive” is not good enough. Prepare to be shaken from your secure world as the speaker leads you thru an outline of issues and the components of preparation that are necessary.

Speakers
avatar for Lawrence Borland

Lawrence Borland

Lawrence M Borland has been a university professor his entire career.  Recently retired, he was a clinician, researcher, and educator. He is currently an elected school board officer in a public school district in Pennsylvania, where he is the school board president. He has spent... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 5:15pm - 6:15pm EDT
Hunt Club Crowne Plaza Nashua

5:15pm EDT

Participant/Sponsored Session: Objectivism with Impact: Introducing the Center for the Individual
The Center for the Individual targets specific issues where Objectivist insights can have an impact on existing conversations—and ultimately on policy and culture. The Center seeks to advance specific ideas, rather than selling the philosophy as a whole, both because this can advance freedom and individualism and because it can interest people in the larger philosophy. 

In this presentation, the Center’s founder, Alexander R. Cohen, will introduce the Center and discuss the first issues it is taking up: criminal justice and the choice to live.

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... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 5:15pm - 6:15pm EDT
Trafalgar Room Crown Plaza Nashua

5:15pm EDT

Participant/Sponsored Session: Revealing Atlas Shrugged’s 3rd Tier Story
Mike Brakey was contacted by an energy foundation five years ago.  He was asked if he might lend some of his time and expertise to investigating the rediscovery of a breakthrough energy technology first conceived in the early 1940s.  Around the time Ayn Rand (AR) was interviewing Manhattan Project leader, Robert Oppenheimer (Oppie), for her screenplay, “Top Secret”, he had dispatched Chicago physicist, Alvin Weinberg to a hidden government laboratory in the small rural community of Oak Ridge, Tennessee.  Weinberg was there to develop a secret technology that would have ended the age of petroleum.  Oppie confided to AR in their January, 1946 meetings that powerful “elites” vowed to keep this technology from ever seeing the light of day.  Just even personal knowledge of this ongoing research could get AR executed if these “elites” learned of it.
 
As Mike slowly unpeeled the layers of mysteries and clues from these past giants of the 20th century, he became more astonished at what he was unearthing.  The two most exciting aspects of this research was discovering the technology is a Geothermal Atmospheric Liquefied Thorium (GALT) chemical reactor.  The inventor’s personal biography is a close match to AR’s John Galt from the epic novel, Atlas Shrugged!  

Mike’s present theory is that AR executed the Atlas Shrugged code concept decades before Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code!  With the aid of his youngest son Stephen, Mike has dedicated the last two years in working on a book to capture and document all his findings.  The working title is Kid Atlas

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... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 5:15pm - 6:15pm EDT
Amphitheater Crowne Plaza Nashua

5:15pm EDT

US Hispanics and our Society, Economy and Politics

America has a history of cultural diversity, but now the growth of the Hispanic population is unlike any other minority group in our country's experience. By 2050, almost 1 in 4 Americans will be of Hispanic descent. This session will explore immigration policy: how flexible laws dating back to 1960s have resulted in an explosion in the Hispanic demographic from 7 million in 1970 to almost 57 million today and how this impacts our cultural, economic and political landscape. What should we understand about our changing population ?


Speakers
avatar for Clara Del Villar

Clara Del Villar

Founder and Editor in Chief, Hispanic Post
Clara E. Del Villar is Founder, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of the Hispanic Post-- providing online aggregated business news, political, policy issue updates and profiles of innovative enterprises for the U.S Hispanic community. Our focus is on expanding technology resources and digital... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 5:15pm - 6:15pm EDT
Ballroom C/D Crowne Plaza Nashua

6:30pm EDT

Dinner Event: The Atlas Society 25th Anniversary

2015 marks 25 years since David Kelley founded the Institute for Objectivist Studies (now, The Atlas Society) with a call for a new, more open Objectivist movement founded on independent thought and objectivity. In this special celebration, David Kelley and others will reflect on where open Objectivism has been and where it is going. 




Moderators
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... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Walter Donway

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... Read More →
avatar for James Lapeyre Jr

James Lapeyre Jr

President and CEO, Laitram, LLC
"Jay" LaPeyre is the President and CEO of Laitram, LLC, Laitram is a global manufacturing company based in Louisiana. Laitram is comprised of four operating divisions - Intralox L.L.C., Laitram Machinery, Inc., Lapeyre Stair, Inc., and Laitram Machine Shop L.L.C. and has over 1700... Read More →
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... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 6:30pm - 9:00pm EDT
Ballroom A/B Crowne Plaza Nashua

9:00pm EDT

Common Room
The common room is the Atlas Society bar and hang-out each evening of the conference. Enjoy conversation with and getting to know the wonderful mix of people you'll find at the Atlas Summit. 

Friday June 19, 2015 9:00pm - 11:30pm EDT
Library Crowne Plaza Nashua
 
Saturday, June 20
 

9:30am EDT

Ayn Rand Resuscitates Dying Romanticism

Symposium on Romanticist Narratives

Ayn Rand’s most original achievement was her resuscitation of a Romantic movement that had died of its philosophical contradictions. Without this achievement, as she implies in discussing the role of art in projecting a moral ideal (in The Romantic Manifesto), her philosophy could not have prevailed against the almost total embargo by the academic world. Her particular achievement was to reconnect Romanticism with its roots in the Enlightenment to create what she called “Romantic Realism.” What themes does her magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged, share with traditional Romanticism? How does her work differ from—and defy—Romanticism? How is her projection of the moral ideal traditional and how is it part of “realism”? Are there signs that she resuscitated Romanticism beyond her own novels and given rise to a new generation of Romantic Realists—a goal she stated in The Romantic Manifesto? Novelist, commentator, and poet Walter Donway will discuss these issues. 


Speakers
avatar for Walter Donway

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... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
Trafalgar Room Crown Plaza Nashua

9:30am EDT

The Three Best Arguments against Liberal Capitalism

The case for a free society is strong but many remain unconvinced. Why? In this lecture Stephen Hicks will present three of the strongest arguments against liberal capitalism and then respond to them.


Speakers
avatar for Stephen Hicks

Stephen Hicks

Professor of Philosophy, Rockford University
Stephen Hicks is Professor of Philosophy at Rockford College and executive director of the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship there. His works include “Ayn Rand and Contemporary Business Ethics,” Nietzsche and the Nazis, and Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socia... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
Ballroom C/D Crowne Plaza Nashua

10:45am EDT

It's Only Logical to Use Emotion

When making decisions, Objectivists and libertarians pride themselves on using logic rather than emotion. However, most individuals do not behave this way. From deciding on dinner to choosing political candidates, most people make decisions first via their gut. They often search for facts only to justify the decisions they’ve already made. Delivering ideas to the masses can often succeed better if your appeals involve humor, drama, and moral outrage. This session will use examples from pop culture and politics to demonstrate how to deliver your message more effectively by first reaching the heart of your audience.


Speakers
avatar for Adam Guillette

Adam Guillette

Vice President of Development, Moving Picture Institute
Adam Guillette is the Vice President of the Moving Picture Institute. Previously he served as State Director of Americans for Prosperity-Florida and as Distinguished Faculty Member for the Leadership Institute... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Ballroom C/D Crowne Plaza Nashua

10:45am EDT

Rights and the Constitution 1

What are “rights,” properly speaking? And what is the nature of our constitutional rights – specifically, what rights are protected by the Constitution of the United States? In this two-part talk, David Mayer will discuss the nature of constitutional rights, both generally and specifically. Part I will examine the general nature of those rights found in the Constitution—comparing the Founders’ theory of natural rights and civil rights with Objectivist rights theory—with a special emphasis on the Ninth Amendment and its rule of broad interpretation of the Constitution’s rights provisions. Part I also will discuss the historical background of both the federal Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment, which applied those rights provisions to the states. 

        


Speakers
avatar for David Mayer

David Mayer

David N. Mayer is Professor of Law and History, emeritus, at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, where he taught courses in English and American legal and constitutional history, among other subjects. Professor Mayer is the author of the books The Constitutional Thought of Tho... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Trafalgar Room Crown Plaza Nashua

10:45am EDT

Great Connections Seminar on “The Psycho-Epistemology of Art”

Strengthen your ability to read Ayn Rand, understand her most complex ideas, and think for yourself by participating in this intimate seminar. In this seminar we will examine our understanding of Ayn Rand’s essay “The Psycho-Epistemology of Art” (in The Romantic Manifesto) 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... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 10:45am - 12:00pm EDT
Hunt Club Crowne Plaza Nashua

12:00pm EDT

Lunch
Enjoy lunch, open conversation, and the chance to recharge between sessions. 

Saturday June 20, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Ballroom A/B Crowne Plaza Nashua

1:15pm EDT

Value Analysis Workshop 2

Part Two of this two-part workshop for the individual who chooses to think and who prefers to behave rationally. (See the full description under the Friday, 1:15 time slot.)

Participants in the Value Analysis Workshop should plan on attending both sessions. Workshop size is limited to 20 participants. 


Speakers
avatar for Carol Ventresca

Carol Ventresca

Systems Engineer, Corporate Executive, SynGenics Corporation
Carol Ventresca is President and CEO of SynGenics Corporation, a small business that performs research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences. She has 30 years of progressive management and technical experience improving operations for Government and indu... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Hunt Club Crowne Plaza Nashua

1:15pm EDT

The Forms and Limits of Presidential Power

The United States Constitution vests “[t]he executive Power” in the President. What does this mean? What does it authorize the President to do? Can a President unilaterally take the country to war? Choose not to enforce laws? Bail out the automobile industry? These are all actions taken by the last two presidents—of both political parties—so these questions are of considerable current concern. Understanding the scope of the executive power is vital to understanding the entire structure of the Constitution.


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... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Ballroom C/D Crowne Plaza Nashua

1:15pm EDT

Objectivism: Lost in Translation?

Ayn Rand had strong views on the meaning of certain words: “selfishness,” “altruism,” “intrinsic,” and so on. So when Objectivists read non-Objectivists, they often assume that the latter are using these words as Rand did and interpret them accordingly. However, these terms were in use in philosophy and ordinary English long before Rand appropriated them. If Objectivists want mutually beneficial transactions with the wider intellectual world in which they live, they need to understand—and be understood by—it much better. Neera Badhwar will analyze some passages from Objectivist and non-Objectivist writings with a view to retrieving what is getting lost in translation.




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... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Trafalgar Room Crown Plaza Nashua

2:30pm EDT

Impulses, Reactions, and Long Term Goals

You want to lose weight, but you’re too tempted by sweet and fatty foods; you want to exercise, but you never feel like it; you want to be more productive at work, but you keep being drawn to unnecessary e-mails or intriguing internet sites. These are just a few examples of how we let our short term desires drag us away from our long term goals. But there are ways to counter this, and from this talk you can learn them, and put them to use immediately. Our desires may or may not reflect our values; to the contrary, they may be things that we regret. But our long term goals are what we consciously choose. In this talk, you’ll learn how to aim more effectively toward your consciously chosen goals and values, and to become less susceptible to being thrown off track by your impulses.


Speakers
avatar for Joel Wade

Joel Wade

Joel F. Wade, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist, Life Coach, and speaker. He is the author of “Mastering Happiness: Ten Principles for Living a More Fulfilling Life;” a book that makes the burgeoning research from the field of Positive Psychology accessible and useful for anybody with... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Ballroom C/D Crowne Plaza Nashua

2:30pm EDT

Crushing Atlas: the Takedown of UnitedHealth Group’s Bill McGuire

Dominating the Wall Street Journal’s backdated options scandal was its takedown of UnitedHealth Group’s Bill McGuire. Of the 18 stories the Journal submitted to the Pulitzer committee, four were devoted to McGuire’s destruction. The Journal did not describe McGuire’s astounding career as a doctor, or his drastic pay cut to pursue the highly abstract task of economically delivering medical care. Instead, it stoked envy of his high compensation, deceptively denounced the means that had made him wealthy, magnified the minutiae of his mistakes, and then warned his friends and colleagues against any attempt to stand by him. In the end, McGuire simply shrugged, and walked away. Roger Donway will critically examine this tragic story. 




Speakers
avatar for Roger Donway

Roger Donway

Roger Donway is a freelance writer and editor whose work focuses on philosophy, economics, and history. In addition to heading up the Business Rights Center, Donway is assisting author Robert Bradley, Jr. with his forthcoming book "Enron and Ken Lay: An American Tragedy," the third... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Amphitheater Crowne Plaza Nashua

2:30pm EDT

“Selling” Rand's Ideas

In the decade and a half since the publication of What Art Is: The Esthetic Theory of Ayn Rand (Open Court, 2000), Louis Torres and Michelle Kamhi have been actively engaged in promoting the basic principles of Rand’s theory of art in the often-hostile world beyond that of her admirers. This session will explore the lessons learned from that experience, lessons that can be applied to other areas of her thought. 




Speakers
avatar for Michelle Kamhi

Michelle Kamhi

Independent scholar and critic on the arts
Independent scholar and critic Michelle Marder Kamhi is the author of Who Says That’s Art? A Commonsense View of the Visual Arts (Pro Arte Books, 2014) and co-author of What Art Is: The Esthetic Theory of Ayn Rand (Open Court, 2000). She co-edits Aristos (An Online Review of the... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 2:30pm - 3:45pm EDT
Trafalgar Room Crown Plaza Nashua

4:00pm EDT

Common Core: What Are Its Roots?

The Common Core is being adopted in state after state: it is a de-facto national K-12 curriculum. Is it improving public education or worsening it? Who funded the Common Core project? What businesses profit from it? Is it state-led? Does it nationalize education? What about testing? Who controls and has access to the data? Lawrence Borland will address these questions.


Speakers
avatar for Lawrence Borland

Lawrence Borland

Lawrence M Borland has been a university professor his entire career.  Recently retired, he was a clinician, researcher, and educator. He is currently an elected school board officer in a public school district in Pennsylvania, where he is the school board president. He has spent... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Trafalgar Room Crown Plaza Nashua

4:00pm EDT

Wealth Disparity in America

Wealth disparity in America is a growing concern and promises to be a highlight of the near-future political debates. But is it really something we should be concerned about? At present, our leaders seem to find it necessary to measure the gap between the poor and the wealthy; however, as Kathy Prellwitz will demonstrate, that is not the gap that should be measured. Wealth disparity is only a problem if those with wealth buy political favors to further that wealth, in which case, the disparity is a symptom of governmental economic interference. Prellwitz will argue that highlighting income and wealth disparity really is only a mechanism to rile jealousy in the poor, inciting a belief that they “deserve” more and are being “robbed.” Such rhetoric in politics today is largely based on appeasing the jealous and punishing the producers.  




Speakers
avatar for Kathy Prellwitz

Kathy Prellwitz

Lecturer in English and Philosophy, Ridewater Communicty College
Kathy Prellwitz earned her Master’s degree from the University of Chicago. She currently teaches English and Philosophy classes at Ridgewater Community College in Hutchinson, MN.In addition, she recently ventured into the world of retail property ownership, renovation, and man... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Ballroom C/D Crowne Plaza Nashua

4:00pm EDT

Workshop in Story Plotting

Symposium on Romanticist Narratives

This is a highly interactive, intensely busy workshop. Participants, divided into very small groups (of two or three), interact within their group to attempt to come up with a new, one-page, story outline in just two hours. Prepare to be astonished—by how far you get in such little time, after literally starting with a blank sheet of paper.

Novelist and screenwriter Vinay Kolhatkar will lead the workshop.


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 publishe... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Hunt Club Crowne Plaza Nashua

5:15pm EDT

Participant/Sponsored Session: Did Ayn Rand misunderstand her own morality?
Participant-sponsored sesion:

Join John Yokela for a provocative challenge to the Objectivist Ethics, two decades in the making.
Objectivists sometimes disagree, but all agree in principle with the Objectivist Ethics as delineated by Ayn Rand.  

But there's a problem that has long gone unrecognized. Rand's Objectivist Ethics is in conflict with her morality, one example being the role of personal desires in morality.

What's the difference between ethics and morality?  Briefly, ethics is the theory, and morality is the practice. Her ethics is what she consciously knows only, while morality adds interactions with the subconscious, including “sense of life,” “psycho-teleology,” “emotional abstractions,” and “moral intuitions,” or “conscience.” 

She explained her ethics in her non-fiction, while her morality is largely dramatized in her fiction.  Interestingly enough, her morality is superior.  What's the big deal?  This constitutes one of the most important issues for Objectivism because it has consequences for every branch of philosophy, and for its practical application.Rand said that “Happiness is man's highest moral purpose.” One's decisions, career, relationship, are all at stake.  Also, there are huge implications for politics, art culture.  Finally, Objectivism's influence will be determined in part by the resolution of this problem.  

John Yokela (johnyokela@yahoo.com) is an independent philosopher who may have spent more time than anyone investigating, researching, and resolving this conflict.

If you think you know the Objectivist Ethics, come to this session for an intellectually electric discussion on that will make you “think twice.” 

Speakers
avatar for John Yokela

John Yokela

John has a Masters in Systems Management and has been a software QA engineer in Silicon Valley for thirty years to support his real passion: philosophy. Introduced to Rand in 1987, he spent a year analyzing the “Objectivist Ethics,” and has been working on a new meta-ethics and... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 5:15pm - 6:15pm EDT
Amphitheater Crowne Plaza Nashua

5:15pm EDT

Participant/Sponsored Session: NOAA’s Temper Tantrum against Mother Nature!
As an energy consultant, Mike Brakey has been implementing energy efficiency improvements over the past six years to help transform a very inefficient lake lodge in New Gloucester, Maine into one of the most energy efficient homes in the United States.  He has access to unfiltered temperature data going back to 1893, from the Lewiston, Maine area. In 2013 and 2015, he compared this to NOAA’s climate data for Maine’s southern interior region; He discovered that NOAA had rewritten local climate history to lower historic temperatures, on average about 2.20F/year since 1895 (2540F over 119 years).  

When challenged on this, NOAA wrote on May 6, 2015: “…improvements in the dataset, and brings our value much more in line with what was observed at the time.  The new method used stations in neighboring Canada to inform estimates for data-sparse areas within Maine (a great improvement).” 

Are we experiencing warming or cooling locally?  It depends on whose historical climate data we are examining!  Mother Nature’s raw data shows a cooling trend since 1999 for Lewiston. Continually revised NOAA data for the southern interior region of Maine was manufactured to show a warming trend since the early 1900’s and that our southern region is colder than Maine as a whole!  

Has NOAA replaced common-sense facts with senseless computer algorithms?  Are decisions worth trillions of dollars being made based on fraudulent climate data?  Mike will present his evidence and explain what he believes NOAA has been doing in recent years to possibly defraud the world of trillions of dollars in public funding.

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... Read More →


Saturday June 20, 2015 5:15pm - 6:15pm EDT
Ballroom C/D Crowne Plaza Nashua

5:15pm EDT

Participant/Sponsored Session: The 603 Alliance of Grassroots Voters Can Protect Your Future

The citizens of New Hampshire and of the United States of America realize that our liberties are in jeopardy. The members of the 603 Alliance understand the challenges facing the voters in the next election, grasping how crucial this is to our survival and our future.

This newly-formed organization, the 603 Alliance, launched its initiative on April 19th and is dedicated to the task of ensuring that the voters of N.H. elect a true conservative candidate in the N.H. First-in-the-Nation Primary in 2016. 

The Mission Statement of the 603 Alliance:

  • “The 603 Alliance exists to restore Constitutional principles in all levels of our government by championing the principles of free people and free markets and uniting like-minded citizens in support of candidates who will further these principles.”

The principles of the 603 Alliance are belief in the founding principles of our country, the natural Rights of all, a constitutionally limited government, free markets, and personal responsibility.

We seek to educate and inform the voters of N.H. of the crises we face and to encourage them to participate in the solution that we plan to implement.


Speakers
DB

Diane Bitter

Managing Director, 603 Alliance
Co-founder of the 603 Alliance. Long-time support of The Atlas Society. Co-founder of the Conservative Business League of New Hampshire.


Saturday June 20, 2015 5:15pm - 6:15pm EDT
Trafalgar Room Crown Plaza Nashua

5:15pm EDT

Atlas Society Sponsors’ Reception (By Invitation Only)

This special reception is The Atlas Society’s way of saying “thanks” to our most generous supporters. The reception is open to invitees only, including all our Sponsor-level and above donors. The Atlas Society’s leadership will share insight on the direction and planning of the organization. This reception replaces the long-standing, traditional “Sponsors’ Dinner.”


Saturday June 20, 2015 5:15pm - 6:30pm EDT
Library Crowne Plaza Nashua

6:45pm EDT

Dinner Event: The 2015 Atlas Shrugged Crony Awards

Join us for a special night as we unveil the first annual Atlas Shrugged Crony Awards.

In today's mixed economy, few can engage in business without using some pull or enjoying some subsidies. But there’s a difference between those who aim to create goods or services and succeed through market competition, for whom the struggle to navigate the shoals of regulations and permissions is a sideline; and those for whom deals with politicians and bureaucrats are the essence of what they do. The Atlas Shrugged Crony Awards are intended to spotlight the clearest and most egregious cases of these “political” entrepreneurs.

Crony-fighter par excellance Nick Sorrentino will be the keynote speaker, offering an inside-the-Beltway assessment of the crony culture that is corrupting our society. 

Be there as we highlight the bloodsuckers who play our corrupt system for all its worth. Celebrate with us as we applaud the activists who take on the crony pseudo-capitalists. 


Speakers
avatar for Aaron Day

Aaron Day

Chief Executive Officer, The Atlas Society
Aaron Day is the Chair of the Stark360 PAC and serves on the board of directors. Day is listed byThe Boston Globe as one of the key activists whose endorsement is needed to win the 2016 Presidential primary in New Hampshire. Day Chairs the Republican Liberty Caucus Convention Co... 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... Read More →
avatar for Nick Sorrentino

Nick Sorrentino

Nick Sorrentino is the co-founder and editor of AgainstCronyCapitalism.org, and the CEO of Exelorix Consultants. A political and communications advisor with clients spanning the political spectrum and the business world, his work has been featured in many publications and across the... Read More →



Saturday June 20, 2015 6:45pm - 9:00pm EDT
Ballroom A/B Crowne Plaza Nashua

9:00pm EDT

Dance Party
Come dance.This is an informal dance party. Ballroom dancing is likely to be emphasized, but all kinds of music can be played. Bring your own music.

Saturday June 20, 2015 9:00pm - 11:00pm EDT
Hunt Club Crowne Plaza Nashua

9:00pm EDT

Common Room
The common room is the Atlas Society bar and hang-out each evening of the conference. Enjoy conversation with and getting to know the wonderful mix of people you'll find at the Atlas Summit. 

Saturday June 20, 2015 9:00pm - 11:30pm EDT
Library Crowne Plaza Nashua
 
Sunday, June 21
 

9:30am EDT

The Application of Objectivism in Substance Abuse Treatment

At the heart of Objectivism is the claim that this philosophy is more than a theory. This philosophy is a way of life—a successful life. In his current job, Nathaniel Branch has been applying the principles of Objectivism successfully in the substance abuse treatment field, changing lives through counseling and education. He has found that the most successful tools are those that embody classic Objectivist principles and ideas. In this talk, he will show how these tools are working to help others find their own sense of value and identity. Simply put: this philosophy works.



Speakers
avatar for Nathaniel Branch

Nathaniel Branch

Nathaniel Branch is an Associate Addiction Counselor at Rosecrance Health Network, Rockford, IL. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rockford University and is currently completing his Master’s degree in philosophy at Northern Illinois University where his focus is... Read More →


Sunday June 21, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
Amphitheater Crowne Plaza Nashua

9:30am EDT

The Origins of the American Industrial Revolution in New England

The early industrialization of America provides many inspiring examples of invention and innovation. This process began here in New England with the mass production of fabrics starting soon after the formation of the United States. Robert W. Hayden will share this history with you and give you leads to the many historical sites and museums that preserve this history, many of which are nearby. For people committed to life on earth, such real stories of creativity and achievement can be more compelling than tales of knights in shining armor.

Robert W. Hayden has created the website http://statland.org/Atlas/sites.html to provide a guide to some nearby historical sites connected with this talk. Participants are free to visit these on their own. But note that there may be an informal group visiting one of them the afternoon of June 21 after the conference closing. Those interested in enjoying a group tour should contact bob@statland.org or gather at the talk or at the conference closing lunch thereafter.



Speakers
avatar for Robert Hayden

Robert Hayden

After a few years in industry, Robert W. Hayden taught mathematics at colleges and universities for 32 years and statistics for 20 years. In 2005 he retired from full-time classroom work. He now teaches statistics online at statistics.com and works with high school teachers of Advanced... Read More →


Sunday June 21, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
Ballroom C/D Crowne Plaza Nashua

10:45am EDT

Rights and the Constitution 2

What are “rights,” properly speaking? And what is the nature of our constitutional rights—specifically, what rights are protected by the Constitution of the United States? In this two-part talk, David Mayer will discuss the nature of constitutional rights, both generally and specifically. Part II will examine the true meaning and scope of most of the particular rights protected by the Constitution, both the enumerated rights and the most significant unenumerated rights. Part II will conclude with a summary of the Supreme Court’s record of ineffectual protection of individual rights.




Speakers
avatar for David Mayer

David Mayer

David N. Mayer is Professor of Law and History, emeritus, at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, where he taught courses in English and American legal and constitutional history, among other subjects. Professor Mayer is the author of the books The Constitutional Thought of Tho... Read More →


Sunday June 21, 2015 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Amphitheater Crowne Plaza Nashua

10:45am EDT

Good Judgment

Judgment is the cognitive task of taking account of a wide range of considerations, giving each its proper weight, separating what is essential from what is not, and arriving at a sound conclusion or decision. It includes moral judgment but also applies in other areas, from business decisions to evaluating works of art. Good judgment is a complex skill, involving subconscious integration as well as conscious thought. Judgment is subject to many errors and biases that have been studied by cognitive psychologists. David Kelley will discuss what the Objectivist epistemology can tell us about this cognitive task and how Objectivism can help us improve our ability to make good judgments.




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... Read More →


Sunday June 21, 2015 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Ballroom C/D Crowne Plaza Nashua

12:00pm EDT

Luncheon Event and Conference Closing: State of the Culture: Ripe for Revolution?

The contradictions of the welfare state and the collectivist, irrationalist morality on which it is based have polarized society and eroded the optimism that so defines the American sense of life. Many Millennials now face a future of economic stagnation with few opportunities to realize their personal dreams. But many are now waking up, and not only to the political and moral fraud of the Obama administration. What they are groping to understand is that the war is not only between statist and individual liberty policies. It is between a morality of achievement, personal responsibility, individual autonomy, and the pursuit of personal happiness versus a morality of failure, dependence, servility, and frustration. Just as the country is ripe for a political revolution, so the culture is ripe for a moral revolution. 

This luncheon event is the final event of the Atlas Summit 2015 program.  




Speakers
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... Read More →


Sunday June 21, 2015 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Ballroom A/B Crowne Plaza Nashua