Category Archives: Ayn Rand Centennial

What is the Nature of Ayn Rand’s Appeal?

Writing for the Ayn Rand Institute, Onkar Ghate has published an op-ed titled “The Appeal of Ayn Rand” that examines the eternal appeal of Rand’s ideas, particularly among students. From the article:

The key to Rand’s popularity is that she appeals to the idealism of youth. She wrote in 1969: “There is a fundamental conviction which some people never acquire, some hold only in their youth, and a few hold to the end of their days–the conviction that ideas matter.” The nature of this conviction? “That ideas matter means that knowledge matters, that truth matters, that one’s mind matters. And the radiance of that certainty, in the process of growing up, is the best aspect of youth.”

See the full article for additional elucidtation.

Ayn Rand Centenary in The OC Register

I just had a long and pleasant chat with Orange County Register Staff Writer Valerie Takahama, who is writing an article about the Ayn Rand Centenary for publication in the next couple weeks. Keep your eyes open for that if you read the Register. We’ll post an announcement here on the meta-blog as well, as soon as we receive notice of its publication.

Ayn Rand Centennial Celebration in NYC (Feb 2nd)

Forwarded to us by Atlasphere member Don Hauptman:

[Note: the information below is now superceded by the information on their web site.]

Party Like It’s 1905!

Join Us in New York City for a Gala Celebration of Ayn Rand’s 100th Birthday

Dear Ayn Rand Admirer,

Happy New Year. But the festivities aren’t over yet!

This is the start of “The Year of Ayn Rand.” One month from today, on the night of Wednesday, February 2, 2005, the date of Ayn Rand’s 100th birthday, a festive Centennial Celebration will be held here in New York City.

If you’re in another part of the world, this is a great time to visit New York. The holiday tourists are gone, hotel rates are lower, and many otherwise sold-out shows have seats available. (Contact me if you need NYC hotel or entertainment recommendations.)

But the most important event on February 2 will be our Centennial Celebration. The venue is Porters, a restaurant in Manhattan’s newly trendy Chelsea neighborhood. It will close to the public, so we will have the entire main floor from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Porters is a classy place with great food and warm, inviting decor. Reviewers use such words as “stylish,” “stunning,” and “ocean liner Deco.” For a 360-degree panoramic tour, plus reviews and other information, go to

Here are highlights of what’s included in our Ayn Rand Centennial Celebration:

  • Gourmet hors d’oeuvres served by uniformed strolling waiters.
  • A selection of premium-quality red and white wines and a variety of soft drinks. (For those who prefer beer or hard liquor, there will be a cash bar.)
  • An artistically decorated birthday cake, accompanied by coffee and teas.
  • Socializing and camaraderie with Objectivist friends, both old and new.
  • A souvenir brochure of little-known, unpublished fun facts about Rand and Objectivism. Exclusively for those who attend this event.
  • A tribute to Ayn Rand, some important news … plus a few surprises!

What will it all cost? Catered events in Manhattan are wildly expensive. But the staff of Porters has worked with us enthusiastically and heroically to keep the price reasonable — while delivering a high-quality experience that you will enjoy and long remember.

Admission is $55 per person, including gratuities and tax. We’re not aiming to make a profit (not that there’s anything wrong with that!), just to cover our costs.

Don’t delay. The word is spreading, interest is already strong, the restaurant’s capacity is limited, and we expect to sell out quickly.

See below for how to reserve, deadlines, and other details. And remember: If you procrastinate, you may miss out — and you’ll have to wait another 100 years for Ayn Rand’s Bicentennial!


Don Hauptman
Unofficial Event Host


Our friends at Laissez Faire Books have benevolently agreed to process reservations and payments for us. You have three convenient ways to reserve and pay:

TO CHARGE BY PHONE: Call toll-free 1-800-326-0996 (or 501-975-3650), Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. Major credit cards honored — please have your card number ready.

TO PAY BY CHECK VIA SNAIL MAIL: Send a check payable to Laissez Faire Books for $55 per person. In the “For” or “Memo” line, write: Rand Centennial. Include your name and names of your guests. Mail to: Laissez Faire Books, 7123 Interstate 30, #42, Little Rock, AR 72209. If you want a confirmation, please include an e-mail address.


Time and place: Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Porters Restaurant, 216 Seventh Ave. (between 22nd and 23rd Streets), Chelsea, New York City. Conveniently located near subways, buses, parking.

Dress code: As befits the occasion, the following is recommended: jackets and ties for men, cocktail attire or dressy casual for women.

Reservation deadline: Laissez Faire Books must receive your reservation and payment no later than close of business, Friday, Jan. 21. But the restaurant’s capacity is limited and we expect to sell out quickly. To ensure that you’re not disappointed, don’t wait — make your reservations today. Absolutely no unreserved admissions at the door.

Cancellations and Refunds: If you reserve and pay and then must cancel, you will receive a full refund if you inform Laissez Faire Books by close of business, Wednesday, Jan. 26, which is one week before the event. No refunds after that date because we owe the restaurant, regardless.

Disclaimers: Particulars subject to change. Our apologies if you receive multiple copies of this announcement — we are e-mailing several lists and it is impractical to eliminate duplications.

See you at Porters on Ayn Rand’s 100th Birthday, February 2!

UPDATE [Jan 14] – An update from Don Hauptman:

Still time to sign up for the Ayn Rand Centennial Celebration in NYC on Feb. 2 — but move fast!

Don Hauptman, Objectivist party animal, announces, “We’re close to selling out. As of today, Friday, Jan. 14, 2005, we have paid reservations equal to about 3/4 of the restaurant’s capacity. I may have stop accepting new reservations soon — or run the risk of violating the (governmentally imposed) fire laws! Flash: Guest speaker Erika Holzer, Ayn Rand’s friend and one of her lawyers, will share memories and anecdotes. Don’t delay. If you miss out, you’ll have to wait until the year 3005 for another event like this! Call LFB after 9 a.m. Central time, weekdays only: 1-800-326-0996. See you at the party.”

For complete details about the event, go here.

Centennial Editions of Ayn Rand’s Novels

An announcement via the Ayn Rand Bookstore:

Marking the 100th anniversary of Ayn Rand’s birth, the publisher of her works has issued centennial editions of Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead and Anthem, featuring newly designed cover illustrations. The covers of the centennial trade paperbacks (softcovers) are slightly modified replicas of the original artwork from the first editions of each book, and will be printed on high quality paper with rough edges. The covers of the standard paperbacks are the work of the publisher’s staff designers.

Availability: Expected shipment date from the publisher is January 2005.

Ayn Rand Centenary Events

The Ayn Rand Institute and Objectivist Conferences are commemorating Ayn Rand’s centenary in two weekend events in Irvine, California (February 2-6, 2005) and in New York City (April 23-24, 2005).

Below is a summary of the events. For more details, pricing and registration information, visit the Objectivist Conferences Web site.

Centenary Event Schedule in 2005

Irvine, California

February 2: Ayn Rand Institute 20th Anniversary Reception
February 4: FREE Lecture by Peter Schwartz: The Virtue of Selfishness: Why Achieving Your Happiness Is Your Highest Moral Purpose
February 5: Four Lectures: A Celebration of Ayn Rand’s Life
February 5: Celebration Dinner With Leonard Peikoff and Mary Ann Sures
February 6: Breakfast With Yaron Brook: ARI and the Future of Objectivism

New York City

April 23: Four Lectures: A Celebration of Ayn Rand’s Life
April 23: Celebration Dinner With Mary Ann Sures
April 24: Presentation: Guide to Ayn Rand Sites in Manhattan, With Q & A
April 24: FREE Lecture by Yaron Brook: ARI and the Future of Objectivism