AboutThe Ayn Rand Institute

The Center for the Advancement of Objectivism

ARI offers a variety of educational experiences to promote greater understanding of Ayn Rand’s philosophy and, through the writing and speaking of our experts, advocates her principles of reason, rational self-interest and laissez-faire capitalism. Learn about ways to support us. Reach out to us with your media inquiries.

PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES

Educate

  • Free Books

    To introduce young people to Rand’s writings, we offer free classroom sets of her classic novels to teachers. Every year, as a result, more than 500,000 students encounter her inspiring heroes and thought-provoking ideas. Every year, teachers tell how their students are swept up in the thrilling stories, how the characters ignite passionate debates about putting nothing above the judgment of one’s own mind, how the novels encourage deep thinking about the meaning of individualism. Since 2002, ARI has distributed almost three million novels, and more than 60,000 teachers have used them as part of the curriculum.

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  • Essay Contests

    For more than twenty-five years, ARI has sponsored student essay contests on Rand’s novels. Tens of thousands of high school, college and graduate students from across the United States, Canada and other countries around the world take part every year. The contests invite students to reflect on and analyze the philosophic themes Rand dramatizes in her novels. ARI awards hundreds of prizes in scholarship money for college.

    Many entrants have said that engaging with Rand’s ideas is a life-changing experience. Since the contests began, we’ve received more than 300,000 essays.

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  • Colleges & Universities

    Most people form their basic philosophic outlook on life during college. Rand’s conviction that ideas, truth and one’s life matter resonates powerfully with students. We provide a variety of programs that enable students to learn about Rand’s philosophy and its application to their lives. We offer educational internships, support for student clubs interested in Rand’s philosophy and free copies of her books to students active in free market groups.

    More and more scholars are exploring and teaching Rand’s ideas on campus, and ARI engages them through conferences and provides curriculum resources. We encourage new scholarship on Rand’s thought, and our own experts write and speak on her philosophy.

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  • ARI Campus

    ARI Campus presents interactive multimedia courses on Rand’s life, novels and philosophy. Anyone around the world with an Internet connection can take part in free educational programming featuring Ayn Rand, Leonard Peikoff (today’s foremost authority on Objectivism) and ARI’s writers and speakers. With a continually expanding course catalog, ARI Campus enables students at all levels of knowledge to advance their understanding of Rand’s ideas at their own pace.

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  • Objectivist Academic Center

    ARI’s Objectivist Academic Center (OAC) offers courses, seminars and career training to future Objectivist intellectuals: the scholars, teachers and writers championing Ayn Rand’s philosophy throughout the culture. Limited to ambitious students considering intellectual careers in academia or public policy, the OAC provides advanced training in Objectivism as well as a focus on communication and other professional skills needed in an intellectual career. We provide grants and scholarships to promising advanced students, and run a junior fellowship program for recent graduates considering a policy-oriented intellectual career.

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Empower

  • WRITING

    ARI’s philosophic mission calls for questioning and rethinking the basic premises embedded in our culture. To do that, convincing scholarship and incisive commentary are indispensible. Our experts write about Rand’s philosophic system and apply it to today’s issues — from epistemology to free speech to foreign policy — illustrating the power of her ideas to guide not only the individual toward happiness but also society toward freedom. In their editorials, essays, journal articles and books, ARI’s writers connect with key audiences: scholars, teachers, students, policymakers, think tank analysts, activists and businessmen.

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  • SPEAKING

    Our experts speak about Rand’s philosophy at academic conferences and in corporate boardrooms, at public debates and in university lecture halls, at briefings for congressional staff and in high school classrooms, at Tea Party rallies and in industry seminars. Engaging live audiences and often sharing the stage with other influencers in the field, ARI’s experts discuss such issues as the foundations of morality, the perils of government intrusion in medicine, the bankruptcy of Social Security, the turmoil in the Middle East, the causes of financial crises and the moral case for laissez-faire capitalism.

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  • MEDIA

    ARI’s writers and speakers regularly appear in major media outlets to convey how Rand’s ideas can clarify problems of the day and point us to a brighter, capitalist future. Our opinion pieces have been published in such venues as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Foxnews.com, CNN, Huffington Post, Forbes, Businessweek, Foreign Policy and the Guardian. Top TV and radio broadcast channels, including CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and NPR, have sought commentary from ARI’s experts on both Rand’s philosophy and its application to current affairs.

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On the Horizon

  • DIGITAL MAKEOVER

    In early 2014, ARI’s web and social media presence received a much needed makeover. Our goal is to offer a rich online experience for people of all ages and levels of familiarity to learn who Ayn Rand was, what she wrote, what her ideas can mean to you and how Objectivism can be applied in today’s world. Help us grow our evolving digital community by making a donation. Make a Contribution

  • ARI CAMPUS

    Looking to take your understanding of capitalism to the next level? Want to expand your knowledge of the philosophical foundations of political liberty? Explore the free lectures at ARI Campus, our online learning platform. Lecture topics range from how to improve your communication skills to a look at Rand’s radical approach to morality, politics, and the environmental movement. Enroll today.

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STAY IN TOUCH

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SUPPORT OUR PROGRAMS

Do you remember what you thought or how you felt when you read Atlas Shrugged or The Fountainhead for the first time? Do you want others to have that same experience?

The Ayn Rand Institute makes that happen every day. We encourage young people to read Ayn Rand and become passionate about her ideas through educational programs, articles, talks, blog posts and social media.

Ayn Rand’s philosophy offers a much-needed antidote to the present culture. Your contribution will help us promote her ideas to the widest possible audience.