Ayn Rand's Anthem


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Book Discussion Series

A free book discussion series for students, open to all.

A perfect primer for those entering the

Anthem essay contest!

Grand Prize: $2,000; Enter by April 30

The live discussions have concluded, but you can access all recordings on YouTube.

In this limited, 5-episode series, teachers from the Ayn Rand Institute led discussions on Ayn Rand's Anthem, covering background material on Rand and the book; an overview of the story; an analysis of the characters, themes and plot; comparisons to other works; and how the novel relates to the era in which it was written and to today. (Note: A similar series is available on The Fountainhead.)

This series is aimed at high school students but open to all, and would be especially beneficial to those entering the Anthem essay contest.

  • How did Ayn Rand think of the idea for Anthem?
  • What is most important about the characters Equality 7-2521 and Liberty 5-3000?
  • What ideas led to the dismal world depicted in Anthem?
  • Why does Rand consider the word “ego” to be sacred?

These discussions took place March 27 - April 24, 2020.

Friday, March 27 | A Spoiler-Free Introduction to Anthem

Friday, April 3 | Individualism vs Collectivism in Anthem

Friday, April 10 | Anthem as Ayn Rand's Hymn to Man's Ego 

Friday, April 17 | The Continuing Relevance of Anthem Today

Friday, April 24 | Bonus Session! General Q&A

Spoiler Warning: Except for the first webinar, all webinars assume attendees have read Anthem.

Discussion Sessions

Aaron Smith

Fellow and Instructor


Meet the Teachers

Ben Bayer

Fellow and Instructor


Keith Lockitch

Senior Fellow and Instructor


Agustina Vergara Cid

Junior Fellow


Onkar Ghate

Chief Philosophy Officer and Senior Fellow


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