Outstanding speakers, stimulating conversations, and a world-class hotel—Reason Weekend 2011 is already shaping up to be an exciting weekend, and you will want to be there! A preliminary schedule is available here.
Please join us April 14-17 at the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel, CA, one of the world’s most sought-after travel destinations. You’ll enjoy some of the libertarian community’s most interesting speakers, and hear from Reason’s analysts and journalists on important policy issues.
On Saturday, April 16, Reason is partnering with our friends at The Strike Productions to offer an exclusive screening of the film version of Atlas Shrugged, which is scheduled for nationwide release during Reason Weekend. You’ll also have the chance to talk with some of the filmmakers and artists who have helped bring Rand’s masterpiece to the screen. To see the trailer and find out more about this exciting new film, visit the movie’s official website at http://www.AtlasShruggedPart1.com.
In addition to screening Atlas Shrugged, you’ll also hear from a terrific lineup of outstanding guest speakers, including:
- First Amendment attorney Robert Corn-Revere, who successfully petitioned for a pardon for comedian Lenny Bruce, and fought the FCC’s fine for the 2004 Super Bowl show featuring Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake.
- Neuroeconomist Paul Zak, whose research on oxytocin and its impact on brain chemistry is transforming the way we think about trust and confidence.
- Nobel laureate Vernon Smith and his team from Chapman University, whose hands-on experimental economics workshops are creating a more nuanced understanding of incentives and human behavior.
Reason’s own Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch will talk about their new book about the changing American political landscape, The Declaration of Independents: Why everything you think you know about politics, culture, & economics is all wrong. And why it’s gonna be all right. This exciting book, which will be published on Independence Day, will make sense of trends like the decline in party affiliation and the splintering of mass audiences into smaller and smaller niches. Nick and Matt posit that these shifts are a positive expression of a new-found freedom to innovate, experiment, and try out new ways of being in the world. And at Reason Weekend, you’ll get the inside scoop on the book before Nick and Matt hit the talk show circuit.
There’s so much going on at Reason this year, and Reason Weekend is your opportunity to hear from folks who are in the trenches, changing minds and changing public policy:
- The New York Times calls him “the chief theorist for private solutions to gridlock,” and now that the battle over highway funding is in full swing, Bob Poole is leading the fight to improve mobility by harnessing the power of the free market.
- When California policymakers needed help to figure out how public-private partnerships could save the state millions in road construction, Adrian Moore had the answers. He’ll be on hand to talk about his work to cut costs and reduce government.
- Reason’s new vice president for research, Julian Morris, is an internationally recognized economist known for his work on climate change, global poverty, and international trade. Hear from him about the future of the climate change discussion and upcoming Reason work on the issue.
- Decentralizing school finance is a radical idea—but over the last few years, Lisa Snell has given districts in Louisiana, Indiana, Utah, California, and Nevada the tools they need to focus on student achievement. You’ll hear how her efforts are making a difference for millions of children nationwide.
Reason Weekend is an annual event open to members of Reason’s exclusive Torchbearer Society. To find out how your support of free minds and free minds can qualify you for membership, please visit www.reason.org/donate.