Saturday, October 6, 2007
Marriott Renaissance Hotel
999 Ninth Street NW 
Washington, D.C.

We've just received word that the producers and director of the Atlas Shrugged movie will be joining us at our October 6, 2007 50th anniversary celebration of the publication of Ayn Rand's epic novel. These will include Michael Burns, a longtime admirer of Rand and the vice chairman of Lionsgate studio, which is producing the film. With him will be producers Howard and Karen Baldwin, the team that gave us the Oscar-winning film Ray, as well as executive producer and Atlas Society trustee John Aglialoro. Also expected is Vadim Perelman, the director of House of Sand and Fog, who is being tapped to direct the film of Rand's novel that's still a best seller after half a century. Their remarks will be during the lunch or dinner portions of the program. Details will be posted on The Atlas Society's website. 

At this celebration you'll also hear leading scholars, experts and achievers discuss the literary, philosophical, moral, economic and political aspects of Atlas Shrugged and its impact on our world-- past, present and future. Our keynote speakers are John Stossel of ABC's 20/20 show and Charles Murray, libertarian scholar. And we have as panel moderators Nigel Ashford of the Institute for Humane Studies; Douglas Rasmussen of St. John's University; Robert Bidinotto, the award-winning editor of our magazine The New Individualist; and John Fund of the Wall Street Journal. (See full schedule below.) 

Celebrate with others who love the book. Don't miss the excitement! If your life and thinking were changed by Atlas Shrugged, this is a day you won't want to miss! 

When : Saturday, October 6, 2007, 8:00am- 9:00pm. 

Conference and banquet location Marriott Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth Street NW, Washington, D.C.20001. Afternoon Reception: The Cato Institute, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.20001

Here's the The Program:  

8:00-9:00am -- Registration


9:00am -- Welcoming Remarks

*Edward Hudgins, executive director, The Atlas Society

9:15-10:30am -- Panel One

*Chair: Nigel Ashford,  Institute for Humane Studies 

*Anne Heller, author of an upcoming biography on Ayn Rand

-- Atlas and Rand's Life

*Mimi Gladstein, author of Atlas Shrugged: A Reader's Companion

-- Atlas and Rand the Writer

*David Kelley, founder and senior fellow, The Atlas Society

-- Atlas in Academia

10:30-11:00am -- Coffee Break

11:00am-12:15pm -- Panel Two

*Chair: Douglas Rasmussen, St. John's University

 *Tibor Machan, professor, Chapman University, philosopher and author

-- Atlas and Ethics

*William Thomas, director of programs, The Atlas Society

-- Atlas and Loving Life

*David Mayer, professor of law and history, Capital University

-- Atlas and the American Revolution

12:30-1:45pm -- Luncheon speaker

Charles Murray -- Atlas and Achievement

2:00-3:15pm -- Panel Three

*Chair: Robert Bidinotto:The New Individualist

 *Edward Younkins, professor of economics, Wheeling Jesuit University

-- Atlas and Economics

*Ed Snider, chairman, Comcast Spectacor

-- Atlas and the Entrepreneur

*Rob Bradley, president, Institute for Energy Research

-- Atlas and Business Ethics

3:15-3:30pm -- Coffee Break

3:30-4:45pm -- Panel Four

*Chair: John Fund, The Wall Street Journal

 *Fred Smith, president, Competitive Enterprise Institute

-- Atlas and Politics

*Edward Crane, president, The Cato Institute

-- Atlas and the Fight for Freedom

*Edward Hudgins, executive director, The Atlas Society

-- Atlas & the Future of Objectivism

5:00-6:15pm -- Reception at the Cato Institute

                          1001 Massachusetts Ave, NW

                          Washington, D.C. 20001


 *Reflections on Atlas Shrugged by Nathaniel Branden and Barbara Branden





6:30-9:00 -- Gala Banquet


*Keynote: John Stossel

Atlas Film Panel:

*John Aglialoro, executive producer

*Howard & Karen Baldwin, producers

*Vadim Perelman, director

*Michael Burns, vice chairman, Lionsgate


*Final Remarks: David Kelley

We will have other exciting guests and surprises for your enlightenment and for just plain fun as we celebrate Atlas Shrugged and all that it has done for the world!