This fall, we invite anyone with an interest in these ideas to join a series of distinguished Objectivist philosophers, estheticians, artists, and performing musicians on the beautiful campus of Converse University in Spartanburg, South Carolina, for a highly focused series of lectures, presentations, and discussions devoted to intellectual analyses of the visual arts and musicas well as live performances of Romantic opera and instrumental works.
We will also reach into the past to honor pianist and composer Sergei Rachmaninoff (pictured at left) and the author William Sydney Porter (who wrote under the pseudonym O. Henry) (pictured at right), two artists who famously brought Romantic ideals into the early twentieth centurycourageously and defiantly countering the trends of their era. We will see that a true Romantic Resurrection will not only demand artists committed to a resurgence of Romantic ideals, but the acceptance of a rational philosophy which defines and defends those ideals.
(NOTE: Although all the speakers at Resurrecting Romanticism are supporters of Ayn
Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism, this conference is not affiliated with the Ayn Rand
Institute nor any other organization that advocates her ideas.)
Most events will occur in the elegant and spacious Daniel Hall in Converse's Petrie School of Music (pictured at left), including opera and chamber music performed by highly trained, professional musicians. Accommodations have also been reserved at the beautiful Four Points by Sheraton (pictured at right) at a special discounted Conference rate. Full details can be found here.