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Objectivism at the Ford Hall Forum

In 1961, Ayn Rand received a speaking invitation from the Ford Hall Forum, a group that sponsors free public lectures on social and political issues. She spoke there almost every year until her death. Leonard Peikoff continued the tradition until 2003, although with less frequency in later years. In more recent years, Yaron Brook of the Ayn Rand Institute has spoken occasionally at the Forum.

Ayn Rand's Speeches

Ayn Rand at the Ford Hall Forum
Speech Title Date Presented Publication Info
The Intellectual Bankruptcy of Our AgeMarch 26, 1961Pamphlet (May 1962)
The Voice of Reason
America's Persecuted Minority: Big BusinessDecember 17, 1961Pamphlet (April 1962)
Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal
The Fascist New FrontierDecember 16, 1962)Pamphlet (May 1963)
The Ayn Rand Column
Is Atlas Shrugging?April 19, 1964The Objectivist Newsletter (August 1964)
Pamphlet (December 1964)
Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal
The New Fascism: Rule by ConsensusApril 18, 1965The Objectivist Newsletter (May-June 1965)
Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal
Our Cultural Value-DeprivationApril 10, 1966The Objectivist (April-May 1966)
The Wreckage of the ConsensusApril 16, 1967The Objectivist (April-May 1967)
Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal
Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal (published versions use the title "What is Capitalism?")November 19, 1967The Objectivist Newsletter (November-December 1965)
Pamphlet (January 1966)
Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal
Of Living DeathDecember 8, 1968The Objectivist (September-November 1968)
Pamphlet (January 1969)
The Voice of Reason
Apollo and DionysusNovember 9, 1969The Objectivist (December 1969-January 1970)
The New Left
Return of the Primitive
The Anti-Industrial RevolutionNovember 1, 1970The Objectivist (January-February 1971)
The New Left
Return of the Primitive
The Moratorium on Brains November 14, 1971The Ayn Rand Letter (October 25-November8, 1971)
A Nation's Unity October 22, 1972The Ayn Rand Letter (October 9-November 6, 1972)
Censorship: Local and ExpressOctober 21, 1973The Ayn Rand Letter (August 13-September 10, 1973)
Philosophy: Who Needs It
Egalitarianism and Inflation October 20, 1974The Ayn Rand Letter (June 3-July1, 1974)
Philosophy: Who Needs It
The Moral FactorApril 11, 1976Pamphlet (1976)
Global BalkanizationApril 10, 1977Pamphlet (1977)
The Voice of Reason
Return of the Primitive
Cultural UpdateApril 16, 1978Pamphlet (1978)
The Age of MediocrityApril 26, 1981The Objectivist Forum (June 1981)

Leonard Peikoff's Speeches

Leonard Peikoff at the Ford Hall Forum
Speech Title Date Presented Publication Info
The Sanction of the Victims (written by Ayn Rand and delivered by Peikoff after her death)April 25, 1982The Objectivist Forum (April 1982)
The Voice of Reason
Assault from the Ivory Tower: The Professors' War on AmericaApril 24, 1983The Objectivist Forum (October-December 1983)
Pamphlet
The Voice of Reason
The American School: Why Johnny Can't ThinkApril 15, 1984The Objectivist Forum (October-December 1984)
Pamphlet
The Voice of Reason
Medicine: Death of a ProfessionApril 14, 1985The Objectivist Forum (April-June 1985)
Pamphlet
The Voice of Reason
Religion vs. AmericaApril 20, 1986The Objectivist Forum (June 1986)
Pamphlet (1997)
The Voice of Reason
My 30 Years with Ayn Rand: An Intellectual MemoirApril 26, 1987The Objectivist Forum (June 1987)
Pamphlet
The Voice of Reason
Why Should One Act On Principle?April 24, 1988The Intellectual Activist (February 27, 1989)
Certainty and Happiness: Achieving Success in Thought and ActionApril 23, 1989 
Philosophy and the Real World Out ThereDecember 2, 1990The Intellectual Activist (March-May 1992)
Some Notes About TomorrowApril 26, 1992The Intellectual Activist (July-September 1992)
Modernism and Madness (published version uses the title "Madness and Modernism")November 7, 1993The Intellectual Activist (November 1994)
What to Do About CrimeApril 23, 1995The Intellectual Activist (September 1995)
Pamphlet (1996)
A Philosopher Looks at the O.J. VerdictApril 21, 1996The Intellectual Activist (July 1996)
A Picture is Not an ArgumentNovember 22, 1998The Intellectual Activist (February 1999)
The One In the ManyApril 9, 2001 
America vs. AmericansApril 6, 2003 

Yaron Brook's Speeches

Yaron Brook at the Ford Hall Forum
Speech Title Date Presented Publication Info
Democracy vs. Victory: Why the 'Forward Strategy of Freedom' Had To FailOctober 22, 2006 
Woodstock's Legacy: The Rise of Environmentalism and the Religious RightMay 8, 2008 

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