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Yaron Brook at Ford Hall Forum - May 8, 2008

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Ford Hall Forum

Apollo and Dionysus Revisited: American Culture since Woodstock


In 1969 Ayn Rand’s Ford Hall Forum talk, “Apollo and Dionysus,” addressed the nearly simultaneous events of Woodstock and the first lunar landing. Employing Greek mythology’s god of the sun and god of wine, she compared the awe-inspiring accomplishments of NASA’s Apollo space program to the famous three-day concert that has come to exemplify the counterculture of the 1960s and the “hippie era.” Almost four decades later, Dr. Yaron Brook, president and executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute, reflects on her words and explores the implications of how American culture since Woodstock has valued individualism relative to collectivism and civilization relative to primitivism.

Thursday, May 8

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Old South Meeting House

310 Washington Street, Boston

The program presented in collaboration with the Old South Meeting House as part of the Partners in Public Dialogue Series.

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