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Dr. John Lewis Speaking to NTOS on Friday, April 17, 2009

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Ayn Rand on American Culture

Dr. John David Lewis

For the North Texas Objectivist Society

Synopsis

After the publication of Atlas Shrugged in 1957, Ayn Rand turned full time to writing non-fiction. She most enjoyed writing “middle level” articles—articles about a particular person, issue or event, considered in terms of the philosophical meaning. These timeless essays remain relevant to the challenges facing Americans today. How can a reader best approach this wide-ranging, philosophically challenging material? What issues are common to the various essays, and how does her non-fiction relate to her magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged? This talk is based on material to appear in a forthcoming volume Ayn Rand: A Companion to Her Works and Thought, edited by Allan Gotthelf and Greg Salmieri.

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About the Speaker

Dr. John Lewis is visiting associate professor of political science, Duke University. He has been senior research scholar in history and classics at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center, Bowling Green State University. Formerly associate professor of history at Ashland University, he holds a PhD in Classics from the University of Cambridge, a BA in History from the University of Rhode Island, and an Anthem Fellowship for Objectivist Scholarship. He has taught at the University of London, and was a visiting scholar at Rice University and the Social Philosophy and Policy Center.

Dr. Lewis has published in journals such as Social Philosophy and Policy, Polis, The Journal of Business Ethics and Dike;. He is consulting editor of The Objective Standard, and has written for Capitalism Magazine. He is the author of Solon the Thinker: Political Thought in Archaic Athens (Duckworth, 2006), and Early Greek Lawgivers (Bristol Classical Press, 2007). His book Nothing Less Than Victory: The Will to Fight and the Lessons of History, is in press with Princeton University Press.

Dr. Lewis's website is: www.classicalideals.com

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About the North Texas Objectivist Society

http://aynrand.meetup.com/71/about/

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FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2009

Program*

7:00 pm - 7:30 pm - Arrival, signing-in, and seating

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Lecture followed by question period

* Refreshments only. Business casual.

* The speaker reserves all copyright. Note-taking is permitted, but by participation each audience member agrees not to publish any lecture notes.

* NTOS requests everyone to avoid Rand/Branden, Peikoff/Kelley, and ARI/TAS issues at our speaker and related events, which topics may be more appropriately and freely discussed at other NTOS events.

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Admission Pricing

$35/person or $15/new guest*

*A “new guest” means a person who: a] is accompanied as a personal guest of a member; b] has never been a member; and c] has never been to an NTOS speaker event.

The member is expected to be the link between his guests and the other members of NTOS. For example, the member should help introduce his guests to Objectivism and to our other members.

We have very friendly and welcoming events. As always, all participation is expected to be respectful of a speaker and our society. For more information about NTOS, please see our “About” page at http://AynRand.Meetup.com/71

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Location

North Dallas area, TBD. The location information will be sent via e-mail to those who register.

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Advance Registration Requested

We request advance registration for limited seating, to build membership in NTOS, for our security, and to avoid the management of payments at the door.

Please register as follows:

(1) Visit our event listing at: http://aynrand.meetup.com/71/calendar/list/

.. a] RSVP for yourself plus any welcome guests you may wish to bring.

.. b] Pay the applicable event fee(s) via the payment link provided.

(2) "Contact Organizer" via http://aynrand.meetup.com/71/suggestion/

to send an e-mail with the following information:

.. a] Your name;

.. b] The name(s) of your guest(s), if any;

.. c] Your e-mail address;

.. d] Your mailing address;

.. e] Your telephone number(s).

We will not give out, publish, or sell your contact information.

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Related Event

If you attend this lecture to NTOS, please also join us and the speaker for:

Social Reception with Dr. John Lewis @ "the Ranch"

Saturday, April 18, 2009, 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

See our NTOS calendar for the details regarding the separate social reception!

http://www.meetup.com/Objectivist-Society/calendar/9659094/

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Questions

If you have any questions, need any special accommodation, or have any difficulties regarding making online registration, please contact us via the "Contact Organizer" feature on Meetup at: http://aynrand.meetup.com/71/suggestion/

We hope you can join us!

"Old Toad", Organizer

North Texas Objectivist Society

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