Ayn Rand and the Virtue of Integrity by James Valliant
James Valliant, the author of The Passion of Ayn Rand’s Critics, is presenting two new lectures to the Chicago Objectivist Society. For the last twenty years, Ayn Rand has been the victim of attacks on her behavior and psychology inspired by the biographies of Nathaniel Branden and Barbara Branden. Finally, a critical response to the Branden’s allegations has been published, The Passion of Ayn Rand’s Critics, by James S. Valliant.
In this two-part lecture, Mr. Valliant first examines the problems with the Brandens’ accounts. The second part of this lecture is a unique insight into Ayn Rand’s character from the only author who has had access to her private journals.
“Jim Valliant… is one of the few people that knows what he’s talking about when he says something.” — Leonard Peikoff, author of Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand
Part I: Ayn Rand and the Virtue of Integrity
This engaging lecture lays to rest the myths about Ayn Rand’s life and character that have been promulgated by her detractors. It is highlighted by extensive, never-before-published personal journal entries of Ayn Rand. These passages are immensely valuable, not only in revealing the claims of Rand’s critics to be profoundly inaccurate and unjust, but also in showcasing her epochal mind at work resolving complex questions of personal life.
Part II: Working With Ayn Rand’s Journals
Mr. Valliant will discuss the process of writing this book, how and why the Estate of Ayn Rand made Rand’s private journals available to Mr. Valliant – and his surprise at the dramatic confirmation of his hypotheses. Mr. Valliant will describe his experience working with Rand’s Estate, and share his insights about Ayn Rand’s personality – her serenity and rationality, her righteous anger, her careful moral judgment of others, and, above all, her remarkable integrity.
About James Valliant
James Valliant is the author of *The Passion of Ayn Rand’s Critics* and the editor of Ayn Rand’s private journals used during his research. His op-eds have appeared in publications such as The San Francisco Chronicle.
He has been a Deputy District Attorney in the San Diego area for over 16 years. Mr. Valliant is a magna cum laude graduate of New York University with a degree in philosophy. He received his JurisDoctorate from the University of San Diego. With his wife, he created the 1995 television interview show, Ideas in Action, the winner of two prestigious Cinema in Industry (CINDY) Awards.
Mr. Valliant is a regular expert commentator on several news programs in San Diego, California, including Fox 6 and KUSI news programs as a religious, legal, and political analyst. His next book is on the origins of the New Testament, and will be titled, Behind the Cross.
Date: Saturday, April 15th
12:30-1:00 pm: Author Meet and Greet/Reception
1:00-2:40 pm: Part I: Lecture + Author Signing
2:45-4:00 pm: Lunch Break
4:00-6:00 pm: Part II: Lecture + Author Signing
8:00 pm: Dinner with Mr. Valliant
Location: Downtown Chicago at the DePaul University Campus. More specific information will be provided to registrants.
Cost: $44 per person ($34 full time students) before April 3rd
$49 ($39 full time students) after April 3rd
Enrollment: E-mail [email protected] your RSVP.
You can pay with a credit card via the Chicago Objectivist Society’s web page.