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Each year The Atlas Society holds our annual conference, called The Atlas Summit. This year, The Atlas Summit 2016 will be held in Las Vegas on July 11-13. See the full schedule.

At The Atlas Summit, you will encounter the full breadth of Objectivism, from its most technical foundations to theories of emotions and art. This year’s event features lectures such as “The Man of Reason,” “The Rights of Property and Contract,” and “Love as the Ultimate Trade.” There are also applications of Objectivism to other areas of interest, such as “Three Philosophies of Futurism”, “The Intellectual Battle for Latin America,” and “Austrian Economics.” Take part in Marsha Enright’s Socratic Seminars for a philosophy classroom experience. And join The Atlas Society’s community for banquets and evening social hours to make friends and connections.

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Previous speakers have included:

  • Steve Davis, Director of Advanced Projects at SpaceX
  • Legendary Wall St. trader Victor Sperandeo
  • Constitutional law expert David N. Mayer, author of The Constitutional Thought of Thomas Jefferson 
  • Ground-breaking Objectivist philosopher and best-selling author David Kelley
  • Philosopher Stephen Hicks, founder of the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship
  • Education pioneer Marsha Familaro Enright

Those still learning the fundamentals of Objectivism are encouraged to explore Atlas University. You can also test your knowledge by taking the Basic Understanding of Objectivism Quiz.

Scholarships, waivers, and travel funds

Students can register now for both the Atlas Summit 2016 and Freedom Fest at the discounted rate of $99. 

The Atlas Society has scholarships available for students or for those 25 years old and under. A standard scholarship covers registration and hotel costs during the Summit, from July 11 to July 13. The Atlas Society's scholarship also covers the registration costs for Freedomfest, July 13-16, but does not cover lodging for those dates.

For students traveling long distances, traveling internationally, or with exceptional financial constraints, The Atlas Society offers scholarships to compensate for travel costs up to $600.

The requirements of the scholarship are an application and a 1-page report about the Atlas Summit after attending.

To apply for a scholarship to the Atlas Summit, fill out this form. 

Or, you can email conference director Will Thomas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with the following information: 

  • A picture (This is important!)
  • Name
  • Scholarship request. Whether you are asking for a standard scholarship, or up to $600 in compensation for travel funds, list all that you are applying for and tell us why you need it.
  • Email
  • Phone number
  • Mailing address
  • School
  • Year in school or your age
  • Major, or a description of your priorities at school
  • A short description of your strengths, accomplishments, interests, leadership positions, organizations you’re involved in, plans for your future career, etc. (1-2 paragraphs)
  • A short description of your familiarity with Objectivism (1-3 paragraphs).
  • A list of all books you have read by Ayn Rand and any secondary sources on Objectivism you have read (such as books by David Kelley, Leonard Peikoff, Chris Matthew Sciabarra, etc.)
  • Any courses you've taken on Ayn Rand, including if you have discussed her in classes at your school, and any other events you’ve attend on Ayn Rand, such as meetups or clubs.
  • If you don’t have a lot of familiarity with Ayn Rand or Objectivism, please explain any relevant reading or experience in philosophy, and what about Objectivism piques your interest.
  • Why you want to attend The Atlas Summit (what you hope to learn, which talks appeal to you, etc.) Students with a long term plan to incorporate Objectivism into their careers will be given special consideration.

Applications are due by June 1.

The sooner you submit an application, the more likely you are to receive a scholarship. Applications are due June 1. Don't apply after June 1. If you have applied, and you need to know about your scholarship status before June 1, indicate that in your application. 

Atlas Summit student scholarships are supported by the Frank W. Bubb III Memorial Fund. The Atlas Society welcomes support for students.


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