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An Evening with Ayn Rand: Exclusive Q&A

ARI Members are invited to listen to an exclusive 1979 Q&A with Ayn Rand.

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In 1979, Ayn Rand welcomed a number of guests to her home for an informal Q&A, and an audio recording of that discussion is today housed at the Ayn Rand Archives. The majority of that nearly two-hour conversation has never been aired publicly. On December 10, 2022, ARI Members will have a unique opportunity to listen to this rare recording.

The Q&A was moderated by Leonard Peikoff, and the questions ranged widely. For example: 

  • How does Howard Roark remain untouched psychologically by his struggle? 
  • How do you judge if a person takes ideas seriously?
  • Is a principle valid if it can’t be applied in every conceivable situation? 

A portion of this exclusive Q&A, about a third of the total, was premiered at the Objectivist summer conference in 2021. We’ll be sharing a great deal more of it at this special, extended Roundtable.

The event will take place on Saturday, December 10, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time / 10:00 a.m. Pacific time on Zoom. The breakout rooms for informal chat will be hosted by ARI staff and scholars.

Invitations have already been sent to current ARI Members.

If you want to attend this special ARI Member Roundtable as well as other events in the future, consider becoming a member.


If you value the ideas presented here, please become an ARI Member today.

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Elan Journo

Elan Journo is a senior fellow and vice president of content at the Ayn Rand Institute. His books include Illuminating Ayn Rand (2022), Failing to Confront Islamic Totalitarianism: What Went Wrong After 9/11 (2021) and What Justice Demands: America and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (2018). Elan is a senior editor of New Ideal.

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