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Thursday, June 28
 

7:00pm EDT

Opening Reception

Most Atlas Summit participants will arive Thursday, June 28. You can register at the Atlas Summit office and join us for a light repast of appetizers at the opening reception.

You may also register for the conference, if you haven't already.

After the reception offcially ends, the common room beckons.

Meet, greet, eat, and be merry!


Thursday June 28, 2012 7:00pm - 8:30pm EDT
Renaissance Ballroom Foyer Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC

8:30pm EDT

Student Meeting

This is a meeting for students attending the Atlas Summit. It's a chance to meet other students and faculty, and a chance to get primed for the days of exploration into the world-view of Objectivism. Scholarship students are required to attend.


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 →
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 28, 2012 8:30pm - 9:00pm EDT
Meeting Room 3 Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th ST NW, Washington, DC

8:30pm EDT

Common Room

The Common Room is the center for late-night conviviality during the Summer Seminar. Cash bar, snacks, good ambiance, and great company. Talk it all over and stay up way too late!


Thursday June 28, 2012 8:30pm - Friday June 29, 2012 12:00am EDT
Penn Quarter
 
Friday, June 29
 

9:00am EDT

Atlas Shrugged and the World Today

The contradictions of the mixed economy and its cultural and moral bases have worked themselves out in our collapsing world today. The looters are running out of victims and many victims are waking up and looking for ways to fight back. It's the scenario dramatized by Ayn Rand in Atlas Shrugged. Edward Hudgins will analyze the dynamics of how values, culture, and politics interact. He will argue that a moral revolution is possible and will suggest paths and strategies that can lead to a free society and flourishing individuals.


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 →


Friday June 29, 2012 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Renaissance Ballroom West Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

10:15am EDT

The Experience of Free Will

In this talk on free will, David Kelley will focus, not on the classic issue of how freedom of choice relates to causal determinism, but on the inner experience of freedom. We experience free will in many forms and contexts.To explore this variety, we will discuss three particular modes of experience: self-control of impulse, meditation, and flow. What are the similarities and differences among these experiences? In which of them do we experience free will most clearly? In addressing these questions, Kelley will draw on the Objectivist theory of volition and on the work of psychologists.


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 →


Friday June 29, 2012 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
Renaissance Ballroom West Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

11:30am EDT

I am John Galt: The Dangerous Fight for Freedom Today

In his book I Am John Galt, Donald Luskin argues that Nobel-winning economist and op-ed writer Paul Krugman is the perfect living embodiment of Ellsworth Toohey. The Fountainhead's hero Howard Roark famously said to Toohey, “But I don't think of you.” Roark's strategy was to ignore Toohey--life's too short. Luskin's strategy with Krugman was to engage him publicly, and the result was a smear campaign that nearly destroyed Luskin. He will talk about what happens nowadays when libertarians and Objectivists dare to go public with their views, and take on the powers that be. The personal risks are enormous, and it partly explains why libertarian and Objectivist ideas are discussed so little in public forums. It also explains why only idiots end up running for public office.


Speakers
avatar for Donald Luskin

Donald Luskin

Donald Luskin is the Chief Investment Officer of Trend Macrolytics. Prior to founding Trend Macrolytics with David Gitlitz, Don was Vice Chairman and co-Chief Investment Officer of Barclays Global Investors. He is an active social commentatory, appearing weekly on CNBC's “Kudlow... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 11:30am - 12:30am EDT
Renaissance Ballroom West Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

2:30pm EDT

Plato's Meno

In this talk on Plato’s dialogue, the Meno, Fred Seddon will argue that, despite what many say, Plato never endorsed something called “the theory of recollection” as part of his “epistemology.”


Speakers
avatar for Fred Seddon

Fred Seddon

Fred Seddon received his PhD from Duquesne University. He is the author of three books, including Ayn Rand, Objectivists, and the History of Philosophy, over 140 articles, book reviews and speeches, and a blog covering all the major branches of philosophy. Semi-retired, he holds adjunct... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Renaissance Ballroom East Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

2:30pm EDT

Economic Warfare

This nation was founded on the principle of wealth creation. The government is supposed to promote the creation of an environment conducive to the creation of wealth--not job creation, not bailouts, not subsidies, not expansion of the federal bureaucracy, and not providing lifetime support to those who choose not to take advantage of the innumerable opportunities that exist in this nation for them to create a better, more productive life for themselves. Instead of economic success, today we have economic warfare. If we can turn around the tide at the next Presidential elections, Ziad K. Abdelnour will argue, there is a very bright future ahead of us. If not, we are in for a an even bumpier road.

 

Get Ziad's book: Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation. http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Economic-Warfare-Creating-Regulation/dp/111815


Speakers
avatar for Ziad Abdelnour

Ziad Abdelnour

CEO, Blackhawk Partners, Inc./Financial Policy Council
Ziad K. Abdelnour is a Wall Street investor and financier, author, philanthropist, activist, lobbyist, oil & gas trader and president & CEO of Blackhawk Partners, Inc., a New York-based private-equity “family office” that focuses on management-led buyouts, strategic minority equity... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Renaissance Ballroom West Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

3:45pm EDT

What Cupid can Contribute to a Culture of Liberty

Amanda Hall's epic poem of 600 formal Shakespearean sonnets, The Gift of Life, draws heavily on sacred heart symbolism, as it relates to the themes of Love, Life, and Liberty. Her artistic defense of the free society upholds the love, or Eros, that is at the core of any creative enterprise. Here she will maintain that the heart, rather than the dollar sign, is the proper producer’s symbol, and best weapon against threats to liberty.

 


Speakers
avatar for Amanda Hall

Amanda Hall

Amanda Hall is an independent poet, novelist and cultural critic, whose articles have been featured in The New Individualist. She has authored two novels related to medical ethics and the connection between happiness and health: Endurance Test and The Legend of the Witness Tree... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 3:45pm - 4:45pm EDT
Renaissance Ballroom East Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

3:45pm EDT

Political Capitalism: Warnings and Reality

With the failure of the Bush/Obama stimulus and scandals with “green jobs” (Solyndra, etc.), crony capitalism is on the hot seat. Big Government Republicans and Democrats find themselves on the defensive from the Tea Party on one side and Occupy Wall Street on the other.

In this talk, Robert L. Bradley, Jr. will discuss the thinkers who have warned against the rise of political capitalism. And he will present he contrasting model of free-market capitalism, including John Hood's "heroic enterprise" and Charles Koch's “principled entrepreneurship.” Tough questions will be explored regarding how business should operate in the mixed economy where government favor can set up a clash between profit-maximization and free-market adherence.


Speakers
avatar for Robert Bradley Jr.

Robert Bradley Jr.

CEO and Founder, Institute for Energy Research
Robert L. Bradley, Jr. (www.politicalcapitalism.org) is the CEO & Founder of the Institute for Energy Research. He is the author of seven books, most recently "Edison to Enron: Energy Markets and Political Strategies," and blogs at www.masterresource.org.Bradley's interest has grown... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 3:45pm - 4:45pm EDT
Renaissance Ballroom West Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

5:00pm EDT

Participant-Sponsored Sessions

These evening sessions are for lectures, meetings of special-interest groups, performances, and other participant-run activities. Any attendee may give a participant-sponsored session! If you plan to sponsor a session and would like to have a brief description of it included in the Seminar materials and/or here on sched.org, please send your description to  conference director at atlas society dot org.

Sessions not scheduled in advance can be scheduled during the Seminar by providing a description to the conference director for posting on the Seminar bulletin boards.

 We try to accommodate all reasonable proposals, although you should note that only a limited number of rooms are available. While some equipment may be available in lecture rooms, the Atlas Society does not guarantee that audiovisual aids will be available for these sessions. Additional rooms and equipment may be available through the Renaissance Hotel at additional cost.


Friday June 29, 2012 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Various

6:00pm EDT

Participant-Sponsored Sessions

These evening sessions are for lectures, meetings of special-interest groups, performances, and other participant-run activities. Any attendee may give a participant-sponsored session! If you plan to sponsor a session and would like to have a brief description of it included in the Seminar materials and/or here on sched.org, please send your description to  conference director at atlas society dot org.

Sessions not scheduled in advance can be scheduled during the Seminar by providing a description to the conference director for posting on the Seminar bulletin boards.

 We try to accommodate all reasonable proposals, although you should note that only a limited number of rooms are available. While some equipment may be available in lecture rooms, the Atlas Society does not guarantee that audiovisual aids will be available for these sessions. Additional rooms and equipment may be available through the Renaissance Hotel at additional cost.


Friday June 29, 2012 6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Various

7:00pm EDT

Celebratory Dinner: “Atlas Shrugged and the Struggle for Liberty”

John Stossel, host of the weekly FoxBusiness show “Stossel,” interviews noted movers and shakers of the Washington political scene. How has Atlas Shrugged inspired today's fighters for economic freedom? Join us for this special dinner and find out.

Grover Norquist, indefatigable head of Americans for Tax Reform and Reason founder Robert Poole, Jr. will sit be interviewed by Stossel, and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson (running for President on the Libertarian ticket) and Rep. Allen West (R-Fla) will share their thoughts on Atlas Shrugged through videos recorded this week and shown for the first time at the dinner.


Speakers
avatar for Grover Norquist

Grover Norquist

Grover G . Norquist, a native of Massachusetts, has been one of most effective issues management strategists in Washington for three decades. Mr. Norquist is president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a taxpayer advocacy group he founded in 1985 at President Reagan’s request... Read More →
avatar for Robert Poole

Robert Poole

Robert Poole co-founded the Reason Foundation with Manny Klausner and Tibor Machan in 1978, and served as its president and CEO from then until the end of 2000. He was a member of the Bush-Cheney transition team in 2000. Over the years, he has advised the Reagan, George H.W. Bush... Read More →
avatar for John Stossel

John Stossel

John Stossel joined Fox Business Network (FBN) in 2009. His show 'Stossel' airs Thursdays at 10 PM ET and midnight. He hosts “Stossel,” a weekly program highlighting current consumer issues with a libertarian viewpoint, which debuted on December 10, 2009. His first shows covered... Read More →
avatar for Allen West

Allen West

Congressman Allen West proudly serves the constituents of Florida's 22nd district, encompassing parts of beautiful Broward and Palm Beach Counties along South Florida's coastline. Born and raised in the inner city of Atlanta, in the same neighborhood where Dr. Martin Luther King... Read More →


Friday June 29, 2012 7:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
Renaissance Ballroom West Renaissance Hotel, Washington, DC

9:00pm EDT

Common Room

The Common Room is the center for late-night conviviality during the Summer Seminar. Cash bar, snacks, good ambiance, and great company. Talk it all over and stay up way too late!


Friday June 29, 2012 9:00pm - Saturday June 30, 2012 12:00am EDT
Penn Quarter
 
Saturday, June 30
 

9:00am EDT

Self-Acceptance, Self-Improvement, and Dealing with Life as it is

What is true about your life right now? Are you willing to acknowledge and accept what’s true? Without first accepting that what’s true is true right now, you can’t know what you have to do to make things better. Once you know where you stand, it’s easier to make an effective and realistic plan for improvement. Joel Wade will discuss the importance of self-acceptance, some of the ways that people can actually change, and strategies for making long-term improvements in your life.


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 30, 2012 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Renaissance Ballroom East Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

9:00am EDT

Restoring the Constitutional Presidency Part 1

In this two-part talk David Mayer will show how far we have departed from the Founders’ vision of a constitutionally-limited presidency, perhaps realizing during the Twentieth Century the fear, of Thomas Jefferson and others, that the Chief Executive would become essentially an “elective monarch,” with unbounded powers.

Part one looks at the Presidency, as created under Article II of the Constitution, showing the origins of the office (in the Articles of Confederation and the first New York Constitution). Using Thomas Jefferson’s presidency as a model, this first part of the talk also discusses the key limits the Constitution places on presidential powers – or, as Jefferson understood it, how the president is “bound by the chains of the Constitution.”


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 30, 2012 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Renaissance Ballroom West Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

10:15am EDT

Reach for the Stars

In 1960s New York City, Ayn Rand taught Kerry O'Quinn the secrets of life at the Nathaniel Branden Institute. Since those golden days, Kerry has been teaching others how to enjoy the difficult struggles necessary to explore beyond our comfort zones and make distant dreams come true – learning, dreaming, planning and truly relishing the reaching. His ideas are inspiring, motivating and brutally practical.

The material for this talk draws on his forthcoming book, Reach for the Stars, built from his opening editorials in Starlog, magazine of the science fiction universe, which he created and published for more than 20 years.


Speakers
avatar for Kerry O’Quinn

Kerry O’Quinn

CEO, Creative Velocity Productions LLC
A producer of magazines, music, books, videos, commercials, docs, shorts,TV-shows and fan events (STAR TREK 20th at Disneyland, STAR WARS 10th w George Lucas), Kerry O'Quinn has been a judge at Comic-Con San Diego Film Fest, was first recipient of The O'Quinn Award at Big Bear Horror... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2012 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
Renaissance Ballroom East Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

10:15am EDT

Atlas Should Shrug Now

Atlas Society COO Aaron Day will argue that "Atlas Should Shrug Now!" Day, a serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, individual investor, and an advisor to numerous companies and non-profits (including the advisory committee for X-Prize Foundation) will share several real-world stories from his experience in the healthcare, clean technology, and internet technology industries that echo one of the key themes in the second part of Atlas Shrugged–the battle of trade versus power.  Day will share his first hand experience with the effects of Romneycare, Obamacare, the Department of Energy’s stifling of innovation through its EnergyStar program, and the excessive overreach by the Secret Service and the Attorney General in arbitrarily seizing bank accounts without just cause. 


Speakers
avatar for Aaron Day

Aaron Day

Aaron Day is CEO of The Atlas Society. He has eleven years of CEO and start-up experience and personal domain expertise. Day remains chairman and CEO of Tangerine Wellness and was Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Industry Ventures, a technology-focused venture capital firm. He served... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2012 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
Renaissance Ballroom West Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

11:30am EDT

The Problem with “Selfishness”

In her book, The Virtue of Selfishness, Ayn Rand exhorted readers to put the word “selfishness” to its true and proper use: to describe the ethic of rational self-interest. Fifty-one years later, it’s still an uphill battle to get others to accept this use of “selfishness.” Marsha Familaro Enright will examine the semantic, conceptual and cultural problems with following her admonition and suggest alternatives.


Speakers
avatar for Marsha Familaro Enright

Marsha Familaro Enright

Passionate about education, Marsha Familaro Enright, M.A. Psychology, is President of The Reason, Individualism, Freedom Institute, the foundation for The College of the United States. (RIF Institute) In the course of working to open this new college, RIF Institute runs seminars... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2012 11:30am - 12:30am EDT
Renaissance Ballroom East Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

11:30am EDT

Public Policy, Objectivism, and Entrepreneurship

In this talk, Professor Stephen Hicks will present an Objectivist perspective on entrepreneurship and public policy. Objectivism’s ethical philosophy is highly entrepreneurial, emphasizing initiative, self-responsibility, and self-creation. Consequently, Objectivism’s political philosophy is entrepreneurship-friendly, emphasizing the protection of individual rights necessary for entrepreneurs to be able to function and flourish. Beyond that, are there more specific government policies that Objectivism should promote to foster entrepreneurshipe.g., specific tax, immigration, or education policies? Further: given that we live in a sometimes-hostile-to-entrepreneurship culture, are there second-best policies that Objectivism should support to protect and encourage entrepreneurship in a mixed economy?


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 30, 2012 11:30am - 12:30am EDT
Renaissance Ballroom West Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

2:30pm EDT

Values in Atlas Shrugged 1: Career

The heroes of Atlas Shrugged are rational, productive businesspeople. In Ayn Rand's thought, a career represents the central value in one's life, the means by which one supports oneself independently and reshapes the world. In this talk, William R Thomas will discuss the value of a career of productive work in the context of the Objectivist philosophy and the events in the novel. He will consider how Objectivist ethics apply to productive titans Hank Rearden and how they apply to ordinary workers like Eddie Willers.


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 →


Saturday June 30, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Renaissance Ballroom West Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

2:30pm EDT

The History of Capitalism 1

We hear all the time that “capitalism is the system that has shaped our world”. However, the fact that capitalism is a social system that has never existed in its full, perfect, and unregulated form is never mentioned. As Ayn Rand clearly stated, the only time in history in which we came close to a laissez-faire capitalist society was in the 19th century. The seminar explores the history of capitalism
in the last 250 years. How did capitalism function in the past? Does it still exist today? What hope is there for the future? Part 1 covers the growth and flourishing of the ideas of free-market capitalism in the 18th and 19th centuries.


Speakers
avatar for Guillermo Pineda

Guillermo Pineda

Guillermo Pineda is a Double Degree MA Global Studies Candidate at Leipzig University and Roskilde University. He founded the Center for the Study of Capitalism in Guatemala and has studied and promoted Objectivist Philosophy for several years.


Saturday June 30, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Renaissance Ballroom East Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

3:45pm EDT

Special Plenary Session: An Inside Look into Atlas Shrugged Part 2

Atlas Shrugged Part 2, starring Samantha Mathis as Dagny Taggart and Jason Beghe as Hank Rearden, has completed primary filming. Atlas Shrugged Part 2 will be the second in a projected trilogy of movies bringing to life Ayn Rand's nightmare vision of economic and cultural collapse and her heroic vision of the ideals required to fight it.

This special session will be moderated by David Kelley, who was a script consultant for the film. Producers John Aglialoro and Harmon Kaslow, along with co-screenwriter Duncan Scott, will offer early looks at key scenes and possibly behind-the-scenes footage, and they will share insights into the methods and approaches that they have chosen for this landmark motion picture. Stars Jason Beghe and Samantha Mathis will join the others to answer questions from the audience at the end of the session.

[Part of this session may not be broadcast via live streaming.]


Speakers
avatar for John Aglialoro

John Aglialoro

John Aglialoro optioned the film rights to Atlas Shrugged in 1992. After numerous prior efforts to adapt the novel, he produced Atlas Shrugged Part 1 and now Part 2. He is an entrepreneur who has owned and operated a variety of businesses for the past 30 years as chairman and co-founder... Read More →
avatar for Jason Beghe

Jason Beghe

Jason Beghe stars as Hank Rearden in Atlas Shrugged Part 2. He has been active in film and television in leading and supporting roles since 1988. He is also notable for standing up for reason as a critic of Scientology.
avatar for Harmon Kaslow

Harmon Kaslow

Harmon Kaslow is a producer for Atlas Shrugged Part 2 and well as Part 1. A California native, he graduated from the University of California, Davis and received a law degree from the University of Southern California (USC). Originally an entertainment attorney at the international... 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 →
avatar for Samantha Mathis

Samantha Mathis

Samantha Mathis stars as Dagny Taggart in Atlas Shrugged Part 2. She had her first breakthrough role in Pump Up the Volume (1990). She has had an extensive, active career in television and film. She was nominated in 1995 for a Young Artist Award at the Young Artist Awards for Best... Read More →
avatar for Duncan Scott

Duncan Scott

Duncan has filmed throughout the world, from Siberia to Argentina and worked with director Woody Allen, anthropologist Margaret Mead, musician Eric Clapton, actor Michael Caine, and novelist... Read More →


Saturday June 30, 2012 3:45pm - 5:00pm EDT
Renaissance Ballroom West Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

5:30pm EDT

Participant-Sponsored Sessions

These evening sessions are for lectures, meetings of special-interest groups, performances, and other participant-run activities. Any attendee may give a participant-sponsored session! If you plan to sponsor a session and would like to have a brief description of it included in the Seminar materials and/or here on sched.org, please send your description to  conference director at atlas society dot org.

Sessions not scheduled in advance can be scheduled during the Seminar by providing a description to the conference director for posting on the Seminar bulletin boards.

 We try to accommodate all reasonable proposals, although you should note that only a limited number of rooms are available. While some equipment may be available in lecture rooms, the Atlas Society does not guarantee that audiovisual aids will be available for these sessions. Additional rooms and equipment may be available through the Renaissance Hotel at additional cost.


Saturday June 30, 2012 5:30pm - 6:30pm EDT
Various

7:00pm EDT

Atlas Society Sponsors' Dinner

The Sponsors Dinner is an exclusive, invitation-only celebratory banquet for the top donors to The Atlas Society. It is our way of thanking our donors for supporting our fight to build a culture of reason, individualism, achievement, and liberty, one the honors the vision of Ayn Rand and the core values of Objectivism. Site and details remain to be announced.

Atlas Society donors at the "Sponsor" level and above automatically receive an invitation to the Sponsors Dinner. Please support our work!


Saturday June 30, 2012 7:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
Altitude Room, W Hotel Washington

7:30pm EDT

Participant-Sponsored Sessions

These evening sessions are for lectures, meetings of special-interest groups, performances, and other participant-run activities. Any attendee may give a participant-sponsored session! If you plan to sponsor a session and would like to have a brief description of it included in the Seminar materials and/or here on sched.org, please send your description to  conference director at atlas society dot org.

Sessions not scheduled in advance can be scheduled during the Seminar by providing a description to the conference director for posting on the Seminar bulletin boards.

 We try to accommodate all reasonable proposals, although you should note that only a limited number of rooms are available. While some equipment may be available in lecture rooms, the Atlas Society does not guarantee that audiovisual aids will be available for these sessions. Additional rooms and equipment may be available through the Renaissance Hotel at additional cost.


Saturday June 30, 2012 7:30pm - 8:30pm EDT
Various

7:30pm EDT

"Wildflowers": a Showing with the Author

Playwright John Enright will present a video of his recently produced comedy, Wild Flowers. Wildflowers is a comedy about looking for love... and a missing birth certificate. Maggie is surprised to learn that she is not an American and may be deported to Russia. Luckily, she's got a pair of suitors willing to help her get her green card. That's before her Mom arrives, eager to bring Maggie back to the motherland. But Maggie is determined to follow her own compass, and will settle for nothing less than the truth.

[This session will not be broadcast via live streaming.]


Speakers
avatar for John Enright

John Enright

John Enright is a novelist and playwright based in Chicago. His recent theater works include “Post-Mortem” and “Wild Flowers,” both produced in 2011, and “Ready or Not,” produced in 2009.


Saturday June 30, 2012 7:30pm - 9:30pm EDT
Renaissance Ballroom West Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

8:00pm EDT

Common Room

The Common Room is the center for late-night conviviality during the Summer Seminar. Cash bar, snacks, good ambiance, and great company. Talk it all over and stay up way too late!


Saturday June 30, 2012 8:00pm - Sunday July 1, 2012 12:00am EDT
Penn Quarter
 
Sunday, July 1
 

9:00am EDT

Milton Friedman and Liberty

2012 is the centenary of the birth of one of the greatest modern defenders of the free society, Milton Friedman (1912–2006). Bradley will overview Friedman's life and ideas, documenting how this technical economist became more libertarian and “radical” through his long, distinguished career.

While broadly libertarian, Friedman attracted voracious criticism from “Mr. Libertarian” Murray Rothbard and members of the Austrian School of economics, not to mention Objectivists critical of utilitarian ethics. Friedman's trenchant logic within the mainstream of thought, however, opened the door for out-of-the-mainstream intellectuals such as Rothbard, Mises, and Hayek to help foster today's libertarian resurgence.


Speakers
avatar for Robert Bradley Jr.

Robert Bradley Jr.

CEO and Founder, Institute for Energy Research
Robert L. Bradley, Jr. (www.politicalcapitalism.org) is the CEO & Founder of the Institute for Energy Research. He is the author of seven books, most recently "Edison to Enron: Energy Markets and Political Strategies," and blogs at www.masterresource.org.Bradley's interest has grown... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2012 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Renaissance Ballroom East Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

9:00am EDT

Restoring the Constitutional Presidency Part 2

In this two-part talk David Mayer will show how far we have departed from the Founders’ vision of a constitutionally-limited presidency, perhaps realizing during the Twentieth Century the fear, of Thomas Jefferson and others, that the Chief Executive would become essentially an “elective monarch,” with unbounded powers.

Part two discusses how, since the so-called “Progressive era” of the early 20th century, presidents of both major political parties – including the current “occupier” of the White House – have undermined the rule of law, by expanding the powers of the office far beyond the limits imposed by the Constitution. Among the topics to be discussed will be the “war power,” the veto power, executive orders, and the appointment power (including “czars” and “recess appointments”). The talk will conclude with ideas for restoring the constitutional presidency, particularly in this election year.


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 July 1, 2012 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Renaissance Ballroom West Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

10:15am EDT

The Philosophy of Albert Einstein

This lecture will be concerned with the philosophy underlying Albert Einstein's scientific work. Physicist Glenn Fletcher will address the question of which philosophers influenced Einstein and how he influenced philosophy. Fletcher will also show how the philosophy Einstein learned affected the way he did physics. In addition, the evolution of Einstein's philosophy will be analyzed, showing how he changed both his personal philosophy and his philosophy of science as he matured.


Speakers
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Glenn Fletcher

Glenn Fletcher holds a PhD in Physics from Michigan State University and is Lecturer in Physics at Cornell University. He has studied the philosophy of science extensively.


Sunday July 1, 2012 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
Renaissance Ballroom East Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

10:15am EDT

The Backdated Options Rich Hunt: Hysteria and Persecution

Roger Donway will summarize the findings in his new monograph about the backdated-options frenzy of 2005–2011. Specifically, he will discuss the Pulitzer Prize-winning quest by Wall Street Journal reporters to defame and destroy scores of successful business executives; the broader media’s efforts to expand and reinforce the Journal’s hysterical rich-hunt; the governmental effort to fine and even imprison those executives that the media targeted; the heroic attempt of a few pro-business commentators to oppose the journalistic and governmental rich-hunt; and the despicable destruction of Greg Reyes, CEO of Brocade Communications Systems.


Speakers
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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 →


Sunday July 1, 2012 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
Renaissance Ballroom West Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

11:30am EDT

My Testimony

Greg Reyes will speak about his career and how his success led him to become the United States Government's “poster boy” for the media-inflamed stock options backdating frenzy. Greg will talk about how the Sarbanes-Oxley law enacted after Enron changed the physics of how boards of directors discharge their fiduciary duties. He will explain how he was duped into resigning and how his resignation put a target on his back for federal prosecutors.

He will share his seven year Kafkaesque journey that resulted in his indictment, trial, and conviction under a false theory; his appellate victory; his retrial under a new theory; and his ultimate conviction that resulted in him being sentenced to 18 months in a federal prison and a fine of $15,000,000.

Greg will share the lessons that he has learned as a result of his journey. His journey recently ended with his release this past fall from a Federal prison after serving time for a crime that he believes that he is innocent of having committed.

 


Speakers
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Greg Reyes

Greg Reyes is an American entrepreneur, whose most well-known work was as CEO for Brocade Communications. In that capacity, he took a small start-up company and turned it into a Silicon Valley leader, increasing the workforce by 600 percent and raising revenue from $24 million to... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2012 11:30am - 12:30am EDT
Renaissance Ballroom West Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

11:30am EDT

SpaceX and the Future of Private Spaceflight

Steve Davis will discuss the history of SpaceX, the first fully-private company to launch, orbit, re-enter, and recover a spacecraft, a feat only previously accomplished by five governments. He will share how company founder Elon Musk’s entrepreneurial background and management style have enabled SpaceX to dramatically decrease the cost of access to space, a critical step towards the goal of eventually making humanity a multi-planetary species. He will also discuss the general state of the United States space program, and the increasing importance of commercial space for both manned and unmanned missions.

[Part or all of this session will not be broadcast via live-streaming.]


Speakers
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Steve Davis

Steve Davis, PhD, is the Director of Advanced Projects at Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX). He has worked as Chief Engineer on the Falcon-1 guidance, navigation, and control system and as Lead Systems Engineer on the Dragon Spacecraft program. Dragon recently made a flawless... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2012 11:30am - 12:30am EDT
Renaissance Ballroom East Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

2:30pm EDT

Values in Atlas Shrugged 2: Goodwill and Trust

Atlas Shrugged is a paean to rational selfishness. But it also contrasts the social vision of rational, independent cooperation versus collectivism and irrationalism. In this talk, William R Thomas will discuss the social values of goodwill and trust, and show how they are earned and lost in the novel. We will see how Objectivist commitments to reason, achievement, happiness, justice, and liberty contribute to the development of goodwill and trust--and to one's ability to benefit from them.


Speakers
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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... Read More →


Sunday July 1, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Renaissance Ballroom West Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

2:30pm EDT

The History of Capitalism 2

We hear all the time that “capitalism is the system that has shaped our world”. However, the fact that capitalism is a social system that has never existed in its full, perfect, and unregulated form is never mentioned. As Ayn Rand clearly stated, the only time in history in which we came close to a laissez-faire capitalist society was in the 19th century. The seminar explores the history of capitalism
in the last 250 years. How did capitalism function in the past? Does it still exist today? What hope is there for the future? Part 2 looks at the assault against capitalism in the 20th century and considers where we find ourselves today.


Speakers
avatar for Guillermo Pineda

Guillermo Pineda

Guillermo Pineda is a Double Degree MA Global Studies Candidate at Leipzig University and Roskilde University. He founded the Center for the Study of Capitalism in Guatemala and has studied and promoted Objectivist Philosophy for several years.


Sunday July 1, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Renaissance Ballroom East Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

3:45pm EDT

Mastering Happiness: Practical Skills and Ideas for Living Well

Are you making the most of the possibilities in your life? Drawn from research in the field of positive psychology and his three decades of working as a psychotherapist, teacher, and life coach, Joel Wade will demonstrate some of the basic principles for improving the happiness and satisfaction in your lifesuch as living with integrity, optimism, willpower, and gratitude; and he will leave you with clear, tangible skills that you can learn and practice right now to make a happier, more fulfilling life.


Speakers
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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 →


Sunday July 1, 2012 3:45pm - 4:45pm EDT
Renaissance Ballroom West

3:45pm EDT

The Law and Morality of Insider Trading

The federal government has been pursuing insider trading aggressively as a form of “securities fraud,” but is there really any justification for condemning—legally or morally—the practice of trading on the best information one can get about a company? After briefly summarizing the law of insider trading, this talk will examine a variety of arguments against the practice and conclude that it ought to be legal, and that although at least some instances of insider trading are subject to moral criticism with respect to honesty, there is another respect in which insider trading can be morally praiseworthy.


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 →


Sunday July 1, 2012 3:45pm - 4:45pm EDT
Renaissance Ballroom East Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

7:30pm EDT

Closing Reception and Dance Party

It's time for farewells. Join us for a light meal (from 7 to 8:30), the last Common Room, music, dancing, and a party!


Sunday July 1, 2012 7:30pm - 11:30pm EDT
Renaissance Ballroom West Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001