Since its inception in October 2012, Ayn Rand Center Israel (ARCI) has advocated Ayn Rand’s ideas in Israel and the Middle East. As ARCI approaches its six-year anniversary, it’s worth recognizing some of its recent achievements—including the third annual Ayn Rand Atlas Award ceremony at the Israeli stock exchange.
Grace Gumina is a senior, double majoring in French and international relations at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. Gumina explains why she was inspired to study French: “I took French in high school and loved it, so I decided to continue on in college. I think it’s very important to learn another language in today’s increasingly connected world.” She decided to also pursue international relations due to an interest in global politics and history.
ARI celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Anthem essay contest, which launched October 2, 1992. Click to read the winning essay in the 2017 Anthem essay contest, submitted by Elisabeth Schlossel from The Spence School in New York, New York.
Monika Frejlich is a senior majoring in international development at Humber College in Toronto. “I was interested in the different economic developments of rich countries versus poor countries and why that occurred,” says Frejlich, who adds that her studies “drove me away from the school’s ideas and into Ayn Rand’s.” She also enjoys “the relaxing atmosphere after class or work beside Lake Ontario.”
Zach Johnson is a philosophy major at St. John’s University in New York City. Johnson, a senior, says he became a philosophy major because he is “interested in the connection between ethics and metaphysics, conceptions of human beings, free markets, and the thought of Friedrich Nietzsche. I’m also interested in logic, Friedrich Hayek, and education’s role in social change.” He explains that he had “great English teachers, especially in high school,” who inspired him to read even more philosophic texts. “I was stunned by Plato’s Republic, along with Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil and Thus Spoke Zarathustra. I’ve been hooked ever since.”
Sam Weaver, a student at Davidson College in North Carolina and current intern at ARI, recently completed the first year of ARI’s Objectivist Academic Center three-year program. He shares his thoughts on the value of the intellectual training program.