Return to Reason:
Galt’s Gulch 2.0

Days
The Madison Hotel
Washington, D.C.
07/24 - 07/26

Embark on a transformational experience at
Galt's Gulch 2.0 - Return to Reason  -
a thought-provoking and immersive three-day
conference designed for both students and adults.

The Atlas Society is bringing together the foremost luminaries of Objectivism and the liberty movement at large for three days of intellectual exploration, networking, and fun in our nation’s capital.

Mark your calendars for July 24-26, and rendezvous with us for our educational conference at The Madison Hotel and our gala dinner the evening of July 25, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Schedule

**Schedule is subject to change**

WEDNESDAY 07/24/24
  • 6:00 – 8:00 PM: REGISTRATION, OPENING REMARKS, & COCKTAIL RECEPTION

THURSDAY 07/25/24
  • 8:00 AM: BREAKFAST & EVENT REGISTRATION

  • 9:00 AM: Who Is The Atlas Society? - Jennifer Grossman

  • 9:15 AM: Are We Doomed—Or On The Edge of a New Golden Age? - Stephen Hicks, Ph.D., Richard M. Salsman, Ph.D., Robert Tracinski

  • A look at the state of our culture across multiple fronts, including our national economy, new developments in ‘right’ & ‘left’ politics, the threat of world war, and the impending sense of doom felt by many Americans today.

  • 10:15 AM: SESSION BREAK

  • 10:25 AM: The Rise of “Woke”: From Postmodernism and Critical Theory To Identity Politics - Stephen Hicks, Ph.D.

  • Race, Class, and Sex debates dominate our public discussion: Critical Race Theory, the 1619 Project, Black Lives Matter, Privilege, Victim versions of Feminism, Non-binary, Trans, etc. All are applied issues, but a common intellectual framework informs them all. How are abstract themes from Postmodernism and Critical Theory, developed in the last generation, being mobilized (and even weaponized) in this generation?

  • 11:10 AM: SESSION BREAK

  • 11:20 AM: BREAKOUT SESSIONS

  • Breakout # 1:  Who Is Ayn Rand? - Rob Tracinski
    This introductory session will explore Ayn Rand’s historical and cultural background and her life experiences—such as escaping from Soviet Russia only to come to America during the Red Decade—and how they are addressed in her novels and philosophy.

  • Breakout #2:  The Need For Selfish Philanthropy - Richard M. Salsman, Ph.D.
    Philanthropy means love of humanity, which warrants not charity and duty but generosity and gratitude. Humans, at their best, are rationally selfish. That ethic should guide gift-giving as much as wealth-making.

  • 12:05 PM: LUNCH

  • 1:05 PM: BREAKOUT SESSIONS

  • Breakout #3: What Is Objectivism? - David Kelley, Ph.D., & Jennifer Grossman

  • Breakout #4:  20th Century Moral Philosophers vs Ayn Rand - Stephen Hicks, Ph.D.
    Rand is famous (or notorious) for rejecting mainstream philosophy, and mainstream philosophers often returned the favor by dismissing Rand. But what was the state of moral philosophy in the 1950s and 1960s, the decades in which Rand published Atlas Shrugged and “The Objectivist Ethics”? Was the antagonism only political and/or academic insiders versus outsiders sniping at each other–or was the gulf in moral philosophy real and unbridgeable?

  • 1:50 PM: SESSION BREAK

  • 2:00 PM: Is Atlas Shrugged Coming True? - Stephen Moore

  • 2:45 PM: SESSION BREAK

  • 2:55 PM: Capitalism Under Siege: Top 5 Assaults & How To Smash Them - Richard Salsman, Ph.D.

  • What is capitalism, precisely—and why do so many people lie or apologize about it? Here, Professor Salsman addresses and refutes five common notions: that capitalism is 1) unjust because it breeds inequality, 2) prone to “cronyism” and replacing democracy with plutocracy, 3) in its “late stage” phase of frequent financial crises, 4) bent on perpetual imperialism and war, and 5) unsustainable because ruinous to the planet. Professor Salsman also fields and refutes critiques presented by the audience.

  • 4:05 PM: Meet & Greet + Book Signing w/ Atlas Society Scholars

  • 5:15 PM: SESSION BREAK

  • 6:30 PM: Cocktail Reception & Gala Dinner at The National Museum For Women In The Arts - Honoree - Gina Rinehart, Keynote - TBA

  • Eligible for All-Access Pass & Student/Young Adult Ticket Holders. Please contact Ana Freund at ana@atlassoceity.org for more details about the dinner program.

FRIDAY 07/26/24
  • 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM: BREAKFAST

  • 8:45 AM: Meet & Greet + Book Signing with Atlas Society Scholars

  • 9:30 AM: How Ayn Rand Won The Culture War - Rob Tracinski

  • A look at Today’s so-called “culture war” seems to focus on everything except actually creating culture—which is the only way to win it. This talk will present Ayn Rand’s view of art, its role in human life, and how it precedes and supersedes politics.

  • 10:15 AM: SESSION BREAK

  • 10:25 AM: Populism vs Principles Debate - Richard Salsman, Ph.D., Antonella Marty, and Grover Norquist

  • Javier Milei, Donald Trump, Jair Bolsonaro, etc.—political figures from across the globe have been praised and criticized as “populists” despite representing vastly different political platforms. So, what is Populism? And how do we evaluate world leaders based on objective principles, separating the “popular” from the “populist”?

  • 11:25 AM: SESSION BREAK

  • 11:35 AM: MAINSTAGE SESSION TBA

  • 12:20 PM: LUNCH

  • 1:20 PM: BREAKOUT SESSIONS

  • Breakout Session #1: Date The Atlas, Not The Shrug:  - Jennifer Grossman

  • Breakout Session #2: 7 Habits Of Highly Objective People - David Kelley, Ph.D., & Stephen Hicks, Ph.D.
    Objectivity is both a virtue and a skill. It’s a virtue because it is a chosen commitment to both truth and reason, and a skill because the methods of thinking must be learned. We learn the basics of reasoning in school, but learning is life-long as we enter careers, form relationships, deal with obstacles, etc. And we remain vulnerable to cognitive biases that we must choose to overcome.

  • 2:05 PM: SESSION BREAK

  • 2:15 PM: MAINSTAGE SESSION TBA

  • 3:00 PM: SESSION BREAK

  • 3:15 PM: MAINSTAGE SESSION TBA

  • 4:00 PM: CLOSING REMARKS - Jennifer Grossman

  • 4:20 PM: SESSION BREAK

  • 5:30 PM: RECEPTION

  • 6:00 PM: CLOSING DINNER

  • 8:00 PM: KARAOKE

• All conference attendees have access to meals on Thursday & Friday
• Student & young adult tickets include access to conference programming, welcome reception
• Sponsors and All-Access Pass holders will have access to full event schedule, including the conference and the gala dinner
• Students can apply for a travel stipend HERE

** Students & Young Adults Save 50% by purchasing your ticket BEFORE May 1**
**Adults save $100 by purchasing your ticket BEFORE May 1**
Student / Young Adult Tickets
Student (18-25)
Early Bird (Jan 1 - Apr 30) $25
Regular price (May 1 - Jul 23) $50
Young Adult (26-30)
Early Bird (Jan 1 - Apr 30) $75
Regular price (May 1 - Jul 23) $150
Adult Tickets
Early Bird
Regular Price
Conference Only
(Mar 1 - Apr 30) $600 Extra Early Bird
(May 1 - Jul 23) $700 - Early Bird
Gala Dinner Only
(Mar 1 - Apr 30) $500 - Extra Early Bird
(May 1 - Jul 23) $600 - Early Bird
All-Access Pass (conference and gala dinner access)
(Mar 1 - Apr 30) $900 - Extra Early Bird
(May 1 - Jul 23) $1,000 - Early Bird

スピーカー

This Year’s Sponsors Include

Sponsorships
All sponsors will be recognized in program, signage, and on stage by CEO
Galt's Gulch Sponsor
$3,000
Access to conference and formal dinner for 2 adults
フランシスコ・ダンコニア パトロン
$5,000
Access to conference and formal dinner for 4 adults
ハンク・ラーデン パートナー
$10,000
Access to conference and formal dinner for 8 adults
Dagny Taggart スポンサー
$25,000
Priority reserved seating at donor dinner, conference access for 10 adults, and half-page color ad in printed program
John Galt Champion
$50,000
Priority reserved seating at donor dinner, conference access for 16 adults, and full-page color ad in printed program
Ayn Rand Platinum Partner
$100,000
Invitation to exclusive brunch hosted by board chairman, with other trustees and Atlas Society scholar faculty. Priority reserved seating at donor dinner, conference access for 24 adults, and full-page color ad in printed program
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