If you’re looking to meet other students interested in Ayn Rand, ARI can connect you with an Objectivist club in your area, or even help you start your own club. We can also help you introduce Rand’s ideas to other types of clubs, such as an economics or philosophy club.
Whether you’re reading Atlas Shrugged for the first time or are a dedicated student of Rand’s philosophy, campus clubs are a great way to deepen your understanding, meet like-minded students and make Objectivism part of the debate on your campus.
So you’re thinking of starting a campus club. . . . Great idea!
Ayn Rand’s writings have always had a special resonance for students. Students have been forming clubs since the 1960s to explore Rand’s controversial ideas and promote discussion of them on college campuses.
Objectivist clubs can be an incredibly rewarding experience, a lot of fun and a source of lifelong friendships. For a club leader, they’re also a way to develop and prove your leadership, organization and communication skills, and they are a stand-out achievement when applying to jobs or graduate school.
The key to being a successful club leader lies in your enthusiasm, commitment to your club and your desire to learn. It’s not about how much you already know about Objectivism or how well you can explain the philosophy. On the contrary, one of the main purposes of starting a club is to provide a forum to explore Rand’s ideas in collaboration with like-minded individuals — not to lecture or teach.
If you’re ready to make the commitment, we’ll walk you through the process of starting and running a club, connect you with other interested students and provide guidance and material resources for your club’s activities. We’re here to do all we can to help you succeed.
Founded as an Objectivist study group in 2014, the club adopted the STRIVE model in 2015, featuring applied workshops on personal development, career and relationships.
Restarted in the fall of 2015, the club obtained 20 signatures at the Student Org Fair using ARI’s recruitment kit and hosted two successful events at which our speakers discussed capitalism.
Since its 2015 inception the club has won a rapidly growing membership that reads Ayn Rand, engages in rigorous philosophical discussion and fosters an individualistic spirit through community outreach.
Organizing a campus talk with an Objectivist speaker can be the highlight of a club’s semester. It involves extensive planning, so contact us as soon as possible if your club is considering bringing a speaker to campus. Our speakers can also connect by videoconference for small events and club Q&As.
Get a free set of Ayn Rand books for your club to use for study and discussion. Selected titles available.
A selection of meeting plans and related resources are available for Objectivist clubs at OClubs.org, a website maintained by The Undercurrent, a national Objectivist student organization. ARI partners with The Undercurrent to support clubs though the two are independent organizations.
ARI employs a number of club associates — former club leaders who work closely with current and aspiring club leaders to help ensure the success of their clubs.
Are you a club officer? The private Objectivist Club Leaders Facebook group connects you with other club leaders and provides a forum for sharing ideas and planning activities with other clubs.
Tabling regularly is a great way to increase the visibility of your club on campus and raise awareness of Ayn Rand’s ideas. ARI’s tabling kits include free books and attention-grabbing marketing materials, and we can help you create and reimburse expenses for a professionally printed sign.
This manual was prepared by former club leaders at the Ayn Rand Institute, and it provides a comprehensive overview of what’s involved in starting and running a campus club.
ARI and The Undercurrent host monthly student-only webinars with Objectivist experts. Campus clubs which organize viewing parties around the webinars are given priority in asking questions.