In his lecture at this summer’s Objectivist conference, Yaron Brook, President of the Ayn Rand Institute, reflected on the first 50 years of the Objectivist movement. During that session, Dr. Brook stated that if we are to succeed in changing the culture, “we need more than an Institute: we need a movement.”
We at The Undercurrent wholeheartedly agree, and we think a key part of the Objectivist movement needs to be a student movement. For the upcoming academic year, we’re planning a number of programs designed to spark an Objectivist student movement on college campuses. To make these programs possible, we’re asking for your support.
Foremost among our 2011-2012 programs is an event called “Capitalism Awareness Week.” This week-long event will consist of a series of lectures and discussions at different college campuses across the country. Each lecture will be broadcast live via the Internet so students elsewhere may participate.
We’re proud to announce our program of events for Capitalism Awareness Week. They are:
- Debate between Yaron Brook, President of the Ayn Rand Institute and Dane Smith, President of Growth and Justice
- Lecture from Prof. Eric Daniels, “The Revolutionary Case for Capitalism”
- Q&A from Don Watkins, Analyst at the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights
- Lecture from John Allison, former Chairman and CEO of BB&T, “The Financial Crisis: Causes, Consequences and Cures”
This event follows in the footsteps of last Spring’s virtual campus lecture, “Ideas Matter: Ayn Rand’s Message to Today’s World”, which was broadcast to 20 other campuses live and attained a student audience of just over 600. (If you haven’t seen it, that lecture is available to view here: http://bit.ly/aynrandideas.)
For this and other programs, we’re seeking to raise $40,000 for the upcoming academic year. I hope you can help us as we fight to change the culture.
For more information on our plans for the year, I invite you to browse through our donor package. And if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.