Ayn Rand University: ARI’s Expanded Educational Program

In this episode of New Ideal Live, Aaron Smith, Ben Bayer and Keith Lockitch discuss ARI’s ambitious plans to develop Ayn Rand University, an alternative educational institution encompassing the existing undergraduate programs of the Objectivist Academic Center as well as new course offerings graduate studies.

Among the topics covered:

  • Trends towards tribalism and intellectual conformity in culture and especially in academia;
  • The need to disrupt education by creating alternative institutions, particularly in the human sciences;
  • The vital role of philosophy and professional intellectuals in changing the course of a culture;
  • A history of ARI’s efforts to provide intellectual training in objectivism to improve culture;
  • Ayn Rand University as a new educational institution integrating student, undergraduate, graduate and alumni outreach programs;
  • How ARI’s new focus on Ayn Rand University guides choices about its other programs, including the cultural issues it comments on;
  • ARI’s plans to develop the ARU faculty, offerings and student body in the future;
  • How the Objectivist Graduate Center will build on the Objectivist Academic Center offerings for students and listeners;
  • The difference in motivation between university students and students in ARI educational programs;
  • Types of intellectual careers that Ayn Rand University prepares students for.

You can view the ARU course catalog and register for audit courses here. Tal Tsfany’s speech “Spreading Objectivism: A Vision for ARI’s Future”, James McConnell’s interview with Ayn Rand and AynRandCon-Global 2021 speeches are also mentioned in the discussion.

The podcast was recorded on October 6, 2021. Listen to the discussion below. Listen and subscribe from your mobile device to Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or Stitcher. Watch the archived podcasts here.

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