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AynRandCon Europe: Individualism in an Age of Tribalism
February 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CET
Cevro Institute, Prague will host the Ayn Rand Student Conference Europe 2019, February 15–17.
Join the Ayn Rand Institute at their first ever European conference AynRandCon Europe, February 15 to 17 in Prague, the Czech Republic. Yaron Brook will give opening remarks with Tal Tsfany (emcee) and Lars Seier Christensen.
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Individualism in an Age of Tribalism
Increasingly, our culture pushes us to view ourselves as passive members of one group or another. What matter, we’re told, are not the choices we make or the actions we take as individuals, but our ethnicity, our gender, our inherited “privilege” or lack thereof.
In politics, people care less and less about ideas and principles, and more and more about exhibiting uncritical loyalty to the party and defending “our side” while attacking “the other.”
Philosophers and psychologists tell us that free will is a myth and that we should look to biology, neuroscience, and evolutionary psychology for the deterministic causes of our behavior.
In her novel The Fountainhead (and in her other writings), Ayn Rand challenges the doctrines of collectivism and introduces a radically new conception of individualism. She rejects the tribal mindset at its deepest roots and offers a vision of human existence in which we are not interchangeable members of some collective, but sovereign, independent individuals, whose true interests align.
Join the Ayn Rand Institute at our first ever European conference AynRandCon Europe, February 15 to 17 in Prague, the Czech Republic. At AynRandCon Europe, we will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the publication of Ayn Rand’s novel The Fountainhead and its timeless, crucial theme of “individualism versus collectivism, not in politics, but in man’s soul.”
At AynRandCon Europe, you’ll hear leading experts on Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism and other notable intellectuals present an in-depth exploration of her philosophy of individualism as the antidote to our era’s increasing tribalism. You’ll also meet other students who love Rand’s novels and are eager to explore her ideas. In addition, you’ll have the chance to network with speakers, students, and professionals from various fields.
Speakers include Ben Bayer, Yaron Brook, Lars Seier Christensen, Onkar Ghate, Douglas Murray, Flemming Rose, Gregory Salmieri, Nikos Sotirakopoulos and Tal Tsfany.
The conference is brought to you by the Ayn Rand Institute (aynrand.org) and it is made possible by the generous support of our donors and sponsors. (Please see the Registration section if you are interested in becoming a Sponsor.)
Everyone is welcome, students and non-students alike!
Students are eligible to apply for a scholarship to support travel costs. If you have difficulties paying for your travel or registration, please email ARI at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All students interested in attending the conference must apply to do so and be accepted. This is what you should do: (1) Register for the conference. (2) Write down your conference registration number. You will need to include it when you complete the scholarship application. (3) Create an account at aynrand.org (or verify your existing account). (4) Use the scholarship application at apply.aynrand.org to apply for a scholarship. Include your conference registration number in your scholarship application.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until January 18, 2019. However, as funds may be exhausted before then, you are strongly encouraged to complete the scholarship application as soon after registering as possible. Those accepted receive a scholarship to cover all or part of their travel and lodging expenses. Applicants may decline all or some of this scholarship to make more funds available to other applicants.
Scholarship applications will be accepted until January 18, 2019 see http://aynrandcon.org/europe/ for more details.