Individualism in an Age of Tribalism

Ayn Rand Student Conference Europe 2019 | Cevro Institute, Prague | February 15–17 | Everyone is welcome, students and non-students alike!

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“It was a true learning experience, with in-depth analysis and real-life examples of how Objectivism applies in our daily life.”

Gjergji Toromani, College of Europe, Natolin campus

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 students@aynrand.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.

“Every person I met was so full of passion and purpose. It was inspirational to see people from all around the world who take an active interest in liberty and capitalism.”

Aleksandra Skica, Brooklyn College

Speakers & Schedule

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“I thoroughly enjoyed the conference; it exposed me to different ideas that I never considered and challenged my own beliefs, which I thought was very refreshing and intellectually stimulating.”

Giana Castelli, Rutgers University

Hotel & Travel

Ayn Rand Student Conference 2019 will take place at the Cevro Institute at Jungmannova 28/17, 110 00 Nové Město, Prague. All attendees are responsible for making their own travel arrangements, including hotel reservations.

The following accommodations are within walking distance:

Getting There

Attendees are responsible for making their own travel arrangements.

Travel Support

Student attendees receiving a scholarship will be reimbursed up to $250 for travel expenses. Further details will be provided when a scholarship is awarded.

“It was a wonderful experience from start to finish. I love how engaging the event was, and especially how accessible the speakers were.”

Krystal Grey, University of Manitoba

Frequently Asked Questions

Getting the Most Out of AynRandCon Europe

Can I still enjoy AynRandCon Europe if I’m new to Ayn Rand’s ideas?

Absolutely! The content is balanced so those at all levels of familiarity with Rand — from beginners to advanced students — benefit. Every year there are dozens of first-time attendees.

How can I get to know other attendees before AynRandCon Europe?

The main way to interact with attendees before the conference is to join the AynRandCon Europe 2019 Facebook Group. There, you can chat with other attendees about their plans for the conference. You can also search the #AynRandConEurope hashtag on Twitter to see what’s being said about our AynRandCon in Prague.

Will I have opportunities to interact with speakers outside the sessions?

Yes! In addition to taking questions during their sessions, AynRandCon speakers are happy to make themselves available for discussion whenever there is a break in the conference programming. We encourage you to interact with speakers during breaks, receptions, and meals.

Conference Basics

What is your Cancellation/Refund Policy?

The registration fee will be refunded for cancellations made by January 18, 2019. Please contact us at students@aynrand.org if you are no longer available to attend the conference.

How can I find a roommate?

Post a message on the AynRandCon Europe 2019 Facebook Group to connect with other attendees concerning rooms, travel, etc. If you’ve done this and are still having difficulty finding a roommate, email us at students@aynrand.org and we can assign you a roommate.

Is there a dress code?

The conference will be photographed and filmed and has a “smart” or “smart casual” dress code, which means casual but presentable and neat. See the links for more information, and if you have questions contact us at students@aynrand.org.

What is your recording policy?

No private audio or video recording is allowed. ARI records conference events and makes them available later through our YouTube Channel, eStore and other outlets. However, you are encouraged to take photos and tweet (#AynRandConEurope)! We only ask that you refrain from using flash photography during talks so as not to disturb the speakers and other attendees.

Do you have a question we have not covered?

Email students@aynrand.org.

About the Conference Organizers

Where can I learn more about Ayn Rand’s ideas?

Visit the Ayn Rand Institute’s main website, AynRand.org, and explore a wealth of resources related to Ayn Rand and her philosophy, Objectivism. A selection of past conference talks and courses is available at at ARI’s YouTube Channel and eStore, and ARI Campus offers a large selection of free online courses. The Students section of our website covers a range of educational programs and resources available to students through ARI.

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Register

Expand the following registration options to see which one is right for you:

Students ($50)

All students in a degree program, an apprenticeship program, or the Objectivist Academic Center who are at least fifteen years of age by February 15, 2019, are eligible to attend Ayn Rand Student Conference 2019. Those who have graduated from or who will begin such a program within six months of the start of the conference are also eligible. (Exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis.) Note that a student under 18 years of age should attend with a parent.

  • Those under 15 years of age attend for free with a parent; register only if you are older than 15.
  • Are you a 15-17 -year old who would like to attend without a parent? Contact us at students@aynrand.org.
  • If you have difficulties paying for your travel or registration, please email ARI at students@aynrand.org.

The student application deadline is January 18, 2019.

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.

If your conference application is denied or if you cancel before January 18, the fee will be refunded. After January 18, refunds will only be given to anyone whose application is denied after January 18"

Sponsors ($250+ for Conference pass or $500+ for Sponsor pass)

ARI is inviting non-students to attend AynRandCon Europe. Besides attending, you can choose to support the conference as a Sponsor. Your support will allow students to attend AynRandConEurope and learn about Objectivism.

As a Sponsor of at least $500, you will be given recognition in conference materials (with an opt-out option), and you will be sent exclusive pre- and post-conference reports and additional sponsor perks. A portion of your Sponsor registration, $250, is a tax-deductible donation to the Ayn Rand Institute and will support AynRandCon Europe 2019. See different sponsorship levels on the registration page.

If you would like to contribute without attending AynRandCon Europe, please contact contributions@aynrand.org.