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Onkar Ghate to Speak at the Smithsonian

The Smithsonian Institution will host Onkar Ghate during an upcoming event about Ayn Rand.

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The Smithsonian Institution will host Onkar Ghate, senior fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute, in a live Zoom event on August 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Eastern time. Ghate’s presentation will address such questions as: “Why is Ayn Rand so controversial to this day? What widely accepted ideas about the nature of the world and of good and evil does she challenge in the name of individualism? Why does she argue that selfishness, properly conceived, is a virtue and capitalism an unknown ideal? Why does she reject altruism as evil? Why does Rand continue to draw both devoted adherents and impassioned rejection?”

Ghate will also showcase some of the work being done by the Ayn Rand Archives, particularly the recent online exhibit “Blueprints for The Fountainhead: How Ayn Rand Planned Her Classic Novel.

The public can register for this event online at a cost of $20 for Smithsonian members and $25 for non-members. The event is part of the Smithsonian Associates program, described as “the world’s largest museum-based educational program,” designed to “nurture intellectual curiosity through engaging and entertaining learning experiences.”

Image credit:”Smithsonian Institution Building” by AgnosticPreachersKid is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.


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Brandon Lisi

Brandon Lisi, MA in history, is an assistant archivist and researcher at the Ayn Rand Institute.

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