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Ayn Rand at the Ford Hall Forum
From 1961 to 1981, Ayn Rand gave nineteen public lectures at Boston’s Form Hall Forum, offering her analysis of and insights on the major cultural and political trends of her day. In this live, six-part webinar, Onkar Ghate, Aaron Smith, and Ben Bayer will discuss highlights and major themes from those historic lectures, and the applicability of those themes to our world today. Each webinar in the series will include a Q&A period.

You are encouraged to listen to the recording of Rand’s speech (or, when possible, read the transcript) in advance of the webinar, as we will presuppose basic familiarity with it in our discussion.

Aug 8: “Apollo and Dionysus” and “The Anti-Industrial Revolution” (Aaron Smith and Onkar Ghate)

Aug 13: “Of Living Death” (Onkar Ghate and Ben Bayer)

Aug 15: “Global Balkanization” (Ben Bayer and Aaron Smith)

Aug 20: “Our Cultural Value Deprivation” (Aaron Smith and Onkar Ghate)

Aug 22: “A Nation’s Unity” (Onkar Ghate and Ben Bayer)

Aug 29: “Censorship: Local and Express” (Ben Bayer and Aaron Smith)

Recordings of the lectures are available at
Aug 29, 2018 10:00 AM
Time shows in Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Onkar Ghate
Senior Fellow and Chief Content Officer @Ayn Rand Institute
Onkar Ghate, Ph.D. in philosophy, is a senior fellow and chief content officer at the Ayn Rand Institute. A contributing author to many books on Rand’s ideas and philosophy, he is a senior editor of New Ideal.
Ben Bayer
Fellow @Ayn Rand Institute
Ben Bayer, Ph.D. in philosophy and formerly a professor, is a fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute.
Aaron Smith
Instructor @Ayn Rand Institute
Aaron Smith, Ph.D. in philosophy, is an instructor at the Ayn Rand Institute where he lectures and develops educational content for the Institute’s intellectual training and outreach programs.