My friend Kelly had a great idea--that if we couldn't go to OCON, we should have our own Objectivist Independence Day weekend! And so it shall be done! She has been working tirelessly, day-in and day-out, relentlessly and ruthlessly to organize this event. :o)
Here's the official announcement, from the AOS website:
JULY 2-5, 2010This summer the Atlanta Objectivist Society is throwing its first summer conference. A few of us were very sad that we couldn’t make OCON in Las Vegas this year, so we decided that we should have our own small conference here for those in the Southeast who couldn’t get to OCON. The conference will run from Friday evening, July 2 until Monday afternoon, July 5. Anyone who is seriously interested in Objectivism is welcome to join us for any or all of the fun.
Here is a tentative schedule:
- Friday evening: Meet and greet at a local restaurant
- Saturday during the day: lectures and discussions and an opportunity to socialize with other Objectivists
- Saturday evening: Party!!
- Sunday morning: a few more lectures or discussions
- Sunday afternoon: a 4th of July BBQ and pool party
- Monday in the late morning: Shooting at a local gun range (local gun owners will be glad to let you use their guns and will teach any newbies who want to learn)
The lectures and discussions will be led by members of our group who want to share things they know with others. So far, we have at least one session on rational parenting, a talk about the Founding Fathers, a paleo cooking demonstration and tasting, a guided Crossfit workout, a round table discussion on blogging, a poetry appreciation talk, and a talk and discussion about intellectual property. More sessions and more details about the sessions listed above will be added later.
The costs for the weekend will be minimal, just what it takes for the AOS to cover our costs. More information will be posted soon about reduced rates at a nearby hotel, and there are a few locals who would be willing to let out-of-towners stay with them to make the trip even less expensive.
As the planning continues, we will post more details. If you have any questions or suggestions, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kelly and I are planning at least one mini-lecture (goes with the whole MINI-CON theme) on parenting, maybe even two. I'm especially excited to do this, because we'll get to use some of the tools and techniques we learned in our Positive Discipline Parenting Workshop. And I'm going to be hosting the blogging round table, where we'll be learning about lots of ways to increase traffic and readership.
So if you can't make it to Vegas, consider Atlanta!