Sharpen your mind.
Fuel your soul.
Excel in life.
Fight for liberty.

Freedom and flourishing are not givens. They are consequences of certain ideas that were developed over thousands of years and are still being refined today.

TOS-Con is for people who want to understand and act on these ideas, to thrive in their ventures and relationships, and to support liberty on solid ground. If these are your goals, this conference is for you.

Join us July 29—August 1 for an intense, challenging, and life-changing examination of the principles and practices on which freedom and flourishing depend.

In the meantime, check out the soul-fueling presentations from last year to get a taste of what's in store!


Scholarships for Students & Young Adults


Details regarding scholarships for TOS-Con 2020 will be announced soon. Sign up to receive updates.


Pricing

Register Now—Early Bird Pricing Ends March 20!


Student*

High school, college, or Praxis

 $90 
$45
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Young Adult*

Age 29 and under

 $190 
$95
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Adult*

Age 30+

 $790 
$632
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Atlas**

Sponsors low pricing for young people

 $2900 
$2,330
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* Student, Young Adult, and Adult registration include access to all lectures, workshops, and performances. (Children younger than 13 attend free with a parent.) Tickets to the opening and closing banquets are offered separately.

** Atlas registration includes access to all lectures, workshops, and performances—as well as the opening and closing banquets. Atlases are also invited to a special luncheon with Craig Biddle and other TOS-Con speakers on Saturday, August 1 to discuss ideas for advancing rational philosophy in the culture. If you are unable to attend the conference, you can register as a non-attending Atlas. To select this option, proceed through registration as an Atlas and enter the code JohnGalt in the “Non-Attending Atlas” field. The code will reduce the price from $2,900 to $2,330 and register you as a non-attending Atlas. (Please note: All Atlases, attending and non-attending, will be listed and thanked on TOS-Con’s website unless anonymity is requested.)

Program

Details about the program and schedule will be announced soon. Sign up to receive updates.


Program: Breakout Sessions

How to Launch an Intellectual Career or Side Gig

Jon Hersey

How can you turn your passion for promoting ideas into paying work? In this talk, Jon Hersey will share the path he’s taken; the advice he’s gotten from intellectuals, writers, and editors; and the principles he’s come to regard as crucial to success. Whether you want to pursue an intellectual career or simply promote ideas in your spare time, this talk will provide you with actionable advice for getting started. You’ll learn how to develop skills, find mentors, leverage feedback, and more.

Finding Joy and Inspiration in Visual Art

Linda Cordair

Art is fuel for the soul–a fundamental ingredient for a happy, productive, flourishing life. By the nature of the scenes and figures they depict, visual arts such as paintings and sculptures can ignite our imaginations, reveal possibilities, and inspire us to reach greater heights. Linda Cordair, co-owner of Quent Cordair Fine Art, specializes in helping people discover and acquire such life-affirming art. Join her for a discussion about finding artworks that will provide you and your loved ones with a perpetual source of spiritual fuel.

Direct Primary Care: What It Is, Why It's Good, How to Find and Use It

Josh Umbehr

Costs for health care in America are astronomical—and rising—while, in significant respects, quality of care is declining.

To what extent can we avoid bank-draining premiums and still get the care we need? In this breakout session, family practice doctor Josh Umbehr will discuss direct primary care, which he describes as “the free market applied to health care.” He will discuss how these plans work, what their virtues are, and how they can help you receive good medical care and avoid the ills of typical medical insurance.

If you want to stop being fleeced for medical care and, instead, step into the future of medicine, don’t miss Dr. Umbehr’s illuminating discussion.

Parenting With the Principle of Volition

Sarah Biddle and Craig Biddle

As parents or future parents, we want our children to live wonderful, purposeful, happy lives. As philosophically astute parents, we know that our child’s mind is his basic means of living and loving life. We also know that his mind works by means of choice. Hence the difficulty of parenting. In order to learn how to use his mind, a child must be free to make choices and to experience the consequences of his choices—both positive and negative.

How can we most effectively foster independent thinking and rational decision making? What about when our child makes choices that we know are not in his best interest? How should we deal with such circumstances? Where should draw the line? What principles govern these matters?

Craig and Sarah Biddle will discuss their thoughts on and experiences in raising a child with freedom to make her own choices about everything. (Recommended reading in advance of the discussion: “How To Raise a Life-Loving Child” and “Objectivism and Parenting.”)

Hollywood Kickstart

Patrick Reasonover

In this interactive session, participants will work in groups as mini studios, following the Hollywood development process to generate film concepts on themes relating to freedom and flourishing. With guidance from LA-based producer Patrick Reasonover, participants will learn how to generate a clear theme and begin developing a compelling story.

The session will focus on integrating theme and narrative at the earliest stages of an idea. Group leaders will have the opportunity to stand up and pitch their ideas to the room. This training is a taste of a full content generation and distribution consulting program that Patrick developed and has run at more than seventy liberty-promoting organizations around the world. Come and learn how to leverage film in advancing your values!

Reception, Banquets, and Dance

Opening Reception & Banquet (evening of 7/29)

The opening reception and banquet will be a blast. Meet other attendees, catch up with friends, and enjoy the first evening of the most life-enhancing conference of the year.

Closing Banquet & Dance (evening of 8/1)

Celebrate new friendships, brainstorm new ventures, have fun on the dance floor, and enjoy the final hours of TOS-Con with fellow lovers of life and liberty.

Speakers & Performers

Rajshree Agarwal is the Rudolph Lamone Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy at the University of Maryland and director of the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets. Professor Agarwal conducts research on the evolution of industries, firms, and individual careers, as fostered by the twin engines of innovation and enterprise.

Rajshree Agarwal

Rajshree Agarwal is the Rudolph Lamone Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy at the University of Maryland and the Director of the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets. Professor Agarwal conducts research on the evolution of industries, firms and individual careers, as fostered by the twin engines of innovation and enterprise.

Andrew Bernstein holds a PhD in philosophy from the Graduate School of the City University of New York and taught philosophy for many years at SUNY Purchase. He is the author of (most recently) Capitalism Unbound: The Incontestable Moral Case for Individual Rights (2010) and Capitalist Solutions (2011). His book in progress is “Heroes and Hero Worship.”

Andrew Bernstein

Andrew Bernstein holds a PhD in philosophy from the Graduate School of the City University of New York and taught philosophy for many years at SUNY Purchase. He is the author of (most recently) Capitalism Unbound: The Incontestable Moral Case for Individual Rights (2010) and Capitalist Solutions (2011). His book in progress is “Heroes and Hero Worship.”

Craig Biddle is editor-in-chief of The Objective Standard and executive director of Prometheus Foundation. His books include Loving Life: The Morality of Self-Interest and the Facts that Support It; Rational Egoism: The Morality for Human Flourishing; and the forthcoming Forbidden Fruit for Teens: Moral Truths Your Parents, Preachers, and Teachers Don’t Want You to Know. His book in progress is “Thinking in Principles.”

Craig Biddle

Craig Biddle is editor-in-chief of The Objective Standard and executive director of Prometheus Foundation. His books include Loving Life: The Morality of Self-Interest and the Facts that Support It; Rational Egoism: The Morality for Human Flourishing; and the forthcoming Forbidden Fruit for Teens: Moral Truths Your Parents, Preachers, and Teachers Don’t Want You to Know. His book in progress is “Thinking in Principles.”

David Crawford has been dancing Lindy Hop for seventeen years. He has danced and competed at events around the world, and has taught dance in New York City. He also plays jazz trumpet and works as a software engineer in San Francisco.

David Crawford

David Crawford has been dancing Lindy Hop for seventeen years. He has danced and competed at events around the world, and has taught dance in New York City. He also plays jazz trumpet and works as a software engineer in San Francisco.

Jason is the author of The Roots of Progress and the co-founder and former CEO of Fieldbook, a hybrid spreadsheet-database. He also has worked as an engineering manager at Flexport, Amazon and Groupon, and helped build a biotech supercomputer for D.E. Shaw Research.

Jason Crawford

Jason is the author of The Roots of Progress and the co-founder and former CEO of Fieldbook, a hybrid spreadsheet-database. He also has worked as an engineering manager at Flexport, Amazon and Groupon, and helped build a biotech supercomputer for D.E. Shaw Research.

Robin Field is an entertainer, singer, actor, composer, and lyricist. Field toured in his philosophical one-man show Reason in Rhyme; wrote, directed, and starred in Broadway: A Hundred Years Ago; and served as creator and host of the New York radio series Broadway Time Capsule. He was also editor and publisher of Revival, a magazine devoted to theatrical history.

Robin Field

Robin Field is an entertainer, singer, actor, composer, and lyricist. Field toured in his philosophical one-man show Reason in Rhyme; wrote, directed, and starred in Broadway: A Hundred Years Ago; and served as creator and host of the New York radio series Broadway Time Capsule. He was also editor and publisher of Revival, a magazine devoted to theatrical history.

Jon Hersey is associate editor of The Objective Standard. His work focuses on intellectual history, specifically, the ideas on which freedom and flourishing depend. He’s published in-depth articles on John Locke, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Stark, William Wilberforce, Rosa Parks, and more.

Jon Hersey

Jon Hersey is associate editor of The Objective Standard. His work focuses on intellectual history, specifically, the ideas on which freedom and flourishing depend. He’s published in-depth articles on John Locke, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Stark, William Wilberforce, Rosa Parks, and more.

Isaac Morehouse is the CEO of Crash, the career launch platform, and the founder of Praxis, a startup apprenticeship program. He’s the author of several books, including 11 Lessons from Bootstrapping a Non-Tech Startup and Forward Tilt: An Almanac for Personal Growth. He also hosts (or co-hosts) several podcasts, including Career Crashers, Office Hours, and Forward Tilt. Isaac is dedicated to the relentless pursuit of freedom, and is always experimenting with self-directed living and learning.

Isaac Morehouse

Isaac Morehouse is the CEO of Crash, the career launch platform, and the founder of Praxis, a startup apprenticeship program. He’s the author of several books, including 11 Lessons from Bootstrapping a Non-Tech Startup and Forward Tilt: An Almanac for Personal Growth. He also hosts (or co-hosts) several podcasts, including Career Crashers, Office Hours, and Forward Tilt. Isaac is dedicated to the relentless pursuit of freedom, and is always experimenting with self-directed living and learning.

Timothy Sandefur holds the Duncan Chair in Constitutional Government at the Goldwater Institute, and is the author of several books including The Right to Earn a Living: Economic Freedom and the Law (2010), The Conscience of The Constitution (2014), The Permission Society (2016), and Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man (2018). He is completing a biography of Jacob Bronowski.

Timothy Sandefur

Timothy Sandefur holds the Duncan Chair in Constitutional Government at the Goldwater Institute, and is the author of several books including The Right to Earn a Living: Economic Freedom and the Law (2010), The Conscience of The Constitution (2014), The Permission Society (2016), and Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man (2018). He is completing a biography of Jacob Bronowski.

C. Bradley Thompson is the BB&T Research Professor in the Department of Political Science at Clemson University and the Executive Director of the Clemson Institute for the Study Capitalism. He received his Ph.D. at Brown University, and he has also been a visiting scholar at Princeton and Harvard universities and at the University of London.

C. Bradley Thompson

C. Bradley Thompson is the BB&T Research Professor in the Department of Political Science at Clemson University and the Executive Director of the Clemson Institute for the Study Capitalism. He received his Ph.D. at Brown University, and he has also been a visiting scholar at Princeton and Harvard universities and at the University of London.

Lisa VanDamme is the founder of VanDamme Academy, a private K–8 school where she teaches literature to junior high students. After decades inspiring children with a love of reading, she recently embarked on a project to do the same for adults, creating a book club app called “Read With Me” that is dedicated to helping readers connect emotionally with the classics.

Lisa VanDamme

Lisa VanDamme is the founder of VanDamme Academy, a private K–8 school where she teaches literature to junior high students. After decades inspiring children with a love of reading, she recently embarked on a project to do the same for adults, creating a book club app called “Read With Me” that is dedicated to helping readers connect emotionally with the classics.

Lisa VanDamme is the founder of VanDamme Academy, a private K–8 school where she teaches literature to junior high students. After decades inspiring children with a love of reading, she recently embarked on a project to do the same for adults, creating a book club app called “Read With Me” that is dedicated to helping readers connect emotionally with the classics.

Lisa VanDamme

Lisa VanDamme is the founder of VanDamme Academy, a private K–8 school where she teaches literature to junior high students. After decades inspiring children with a love of reading, she recently embarked on a project to do the same for adults, creating a book club app called “Read With Me” that is dedicated to helping readers connect emotionally with the classics.

Speakers and performers are subject to change.

Schedule

The schedule will be posted soon—please sign up for email updates to be notified when it's ready.



2:00–6:00 PM

Welcome and Check-In

6:30–9:00 PM

Opening Reception and Banquet

9:00–9:15 AM

Opening Remarks & Announcements

9:15–10:15 AM

Intellectual Independence: Your Basic Means of Thriving (Biddle)

10:15–10:30 AM

Break

10:30–11:30 AM

Enrich Your Life with Poetry (VanDamme)

11:30–1:15 PM

Lunch (on your own—great restaurants in hotel & area)

1:15–2:15 PM

"Democratic Socialism": The Whitewashing of Evil (Salsman)

2:15-2:30 PM

Break

2:30–3:30 PM

Cinema for the Soul (Reasonover)

3:30–4:00 PM

Break

4:00–5:00 PM

The Trader Principle and the Harmony of Rational Values (Bernstein)

5:00–7:30 PM

Dinner (on your own—great restaurants in hotel & area)

7:30–9:00 PM

How Music Conveys Meaning (Field - Lecture & Performance)

9:00–9:15 AM

Opening Remarks/Announcements

9:15–10:15 AM

How to Create a Career that Makes You Come Alive (Morehouse)

10:15–10:30 AM

Break

10:30–11:30 AM

Optimism in Visual Art (Larsen)

11:30–1:15 PM

Lunch (on your own)

1:15–2:15 PM

Basic Principles and Pitfalls of Fitness Training (Morris)

2:15-2:30 PM

Break

2:30–3:30 PM

The Morality of More: How Advertising Inspires Us to Be More Productive, Make More Money, and Achieve More Happiness (Chermak)

3:30–4:00 PM

Break

4:00–5:00 PM

Breakout Sessions

5:00–7:30 PM

Dinner (on your own)

7:30–9:00 PM

Lindy Hop Workshop (Crawford)

9:00–9:15 AM

Opening Remarks/Announcements

9:15–10:15 AM

The Human-Flourishing Framework: A Powerful Tool for Clear Thinking (Epstein)

10:15–10:30 AM

Break

10:30–11:30 AM

How to Lead an Enlightenment Life in an Anti-Enlightenment World (Sandefur)

11:30–1:15 PM

Lunch (on your own)

1:15–2:15 PM

John Locke: The Father of Liberalism (Hersey)

2:15-2:30 PM

Break

2:30–3:30 PM

Turning Philosophy into Technology (Tsfany)

3:30–4:00 PM

Break

4:00–5:00 PM

Purpose X: Understanding Objectivism and Using It to Thrive (Biddle)

5:00–6:30 PM

Break

6:30–10:00 PM

Closing Banquet and Dance

Hotel & Area

TOS-Con 2020 will be held at the Boston Marriott in Newton, Massachusetts, where TOS-Con’s group rates on guest rooms start at $149 per night. The supply is limited, so please book your room soon using this special TOS-Con page or by calling 617-969-1000. Please let us know if you have any trouble—we’re here to help!

If you’d like to find a roommate, please post a note on TOS-Con 2020’s Facebook page, which is a great place to meet other attendees and make plans in general.

Boston Marriott Newton

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is TOS-Con for?

TOS-Con is for anyone who wants to live free and flourish. The theme of the conference—the thread connecting all of the lectures—is that freedom and flourishing are consequences of certain ideas that were developed over thousands of years and are still being refined today. The conference will help you to better understand and act on these ideas, to thrive in your ventures and relationships, and to support liberty on solid ground. If those are your goals, this conference is for you.

How can I meet other attendees before TOS-Con?

A great way to meet other attendees is to join TOS-Con 2020 on Facebook. Simply click “Join,” say hi, and enjoy a warm welcome. You can meet other attendees, find roommates, ask questions, post suggestions, and discover fun things to do in the Boston area.

Where should I stay?

The conference will be held at the Boston Marriott Newton, where TOS-Con’s group rates on guest rooms start at $149 per night. We recommend staying at the Marriott, as that’s where all the action will be. The number of discounted rooms is limited, so book your room early. TOS-Con’s discounted rates apply for three days before and after the conference as well (based on availability), so if you’d like to arrive early or stay in the area for a few additional days, you can do so on the cheap.

Can I share a hotel room and split the cost?

Absolutely! Attendees are welcome to share rooms and split costs. If you’d like to find a roommate, we recommend posting a note on TOS-Con 2020’s Facebook page, where others will be looking for roomates as well.

How do I get to the hotel?

The hotel is approximately 15 miles from Boston Logan International Airport. Shuttles are available from the airport to the hotel, and both Uber and Lyft provide transportation as well. If you’d like to share a ride with other conference attendees, post a note on TOS-Con 2020’s Facebook page, where others will be looking for shared rides, too. The hotel’s address is 2345 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton Massachusetts, 02466.

What are the parking options?

Information about parking options at and near the hotel will be posted soon.

What’s the dress code at TOS-Con?

Dress comfortably! We recommend casual attire for the opening banquet and daily lectures, and cocktail attire for the closing banquet and dance.

What are the dining options?

Tickets for the opening and closing banquets (Wednesday and Saturday nights) can be purchased through TOS-Con’s registration page. There is a bar, a restaurant, and a Starbucks in the hotel, as well as several great places to eat within walking distance.

Is there a charge for Internet access at the conference hotel?

Internet access for conference attendees is free throughout the hotel.

Will TOS-Con lectures be livestreamed?

Information about livestreams will be posted at a later date.

What is TOS-Con’s recording policy?

Lectures at TOS-Con will be professionally recorded and made available at a later date. No other audio or video recording of the lectures or performances is permitted. You are welcome to take photographs, but please refrain from using a flash during lectures and performances.

When is the registration deadline?

Registration will remain open until the conference sells out. We encourage you to register and book your hotel room early, as space is limited.

What is the cancellation policy?

If you need to cancel your registration, please send an email to [email protected] with the subject line “Cancel TOS-Con Registration.” Registration fees will be refunded in accordance with the following schedule. If you cancel—

– on or before June 1, 90% of registration fee will be refunded;
– between June 1 and July 1, 75% of registration fee will be refunded;
– between July 1 and July 29, 50% of registration fee will be refunded;
– on or after July 29, no refund will be available.

By registering, you agree to TOS-Con’s Terms and Conditions. TOS-Con reserves the right to modify these terms at any time.