To Selma H. Levenberg, of the Ford Hall Forum [Letter 473]

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October 23, 1960


Selma H. Levenberg


The Ford Hall Forum is a nonpartisan assembly in Boston, presenting nationally distinguished speakers from a variety of fields.

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October 23, 1960

Miss Selma H. Lovenberg
The Ford Hall Forum
80 Boylston Street
Boston 16, Mass.

Dear Miss Levenberg:

Thank you for your letter of October 10. I am pleased to accept March 26, 1961 as the date of my appearance on The Ford Hall Forum.

The topic I should like to discuss is: “The Intellectual Bankruptcy of Our Age” (an analysis of the basic premises, the development and the present state of Western culture, and of the need for a new type of intellectual leadership). This would be based on a forthcoming book of mine, FOR THE NEW INTELLECTUAL: THE PHILOSOPHY OF AYN RAND, to be published in the spring of 1961.

Since I am not a professional lecturer, I do not have a selection of speeches on hand. However, if you have some specific topic in mind, I may be able to prepare it for the occasion. I hesitate to offer you the lecture on “Faith and Force, the Destroyers of the Modern World,” which I delivered at Yale University (also at Columbia University and Brooklyn College), because it has been widely reprinted.

I shall ask my publishers, Random House, to send you the photographs and other material which you requested.

Looking forward to our meeting,

Sincerely yours,


Ayn Rand



AR gave nineteen “Ford Hall” talks between 1961 and 1981, regularly attended by overflow audiences. On April 10, 1977, the Forum held a luncheon in her honor.