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 August 7–10 for an intense, challenging, and life-changing examination of the principles and practices on which freedom and flourishing depend.
High school, college, or Praxis
Age 29 and under
Sponsors low pricing for young people
* 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 10, 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 early-bird price (available through March 4) from $2320 to $1740 (and later the regular price from $2900 to $2175) 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.)
Speakers & Performers
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 the editor of The Objective Standard and author of Loving Life: The Morality of Self-Interest and the Facts that Support It; 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.
Alex Epstein is the author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels and founder of the Center for Industrial Progress. Named “most original thinker of 2014” by political commentator John McLaughlin, Epstein advocates a philosophy that is “anti-pollution but pro-development,” and challenges many popular ideas about energy, industry, and the environment. His latest venture, the Human Flourishing Project, launched in 2018. His latest book, The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels 2.0, will be released in 2019.
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 is the associate editor of The Objective Standard and a contributing editor for Cityview magazine. Previously, he was a recording engineer in Nashville and toured the United States and Canada with several bands, running sound and stage managing.
Bryan Larsen is an American figurative painter specializing in themes of beauty, achievement, innovation, and aspiration with an emphasis on narrative and an optimistic view of the future. After briefly studying illustration at Utah State University and then Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah, Bryan made the switch to painting full time in 2001. Born in 1975, Bryan lives and works in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife Sara and their three children Asher, Pascale, and Esme.
Mark is widely known for his roles as Paul Bennett in Dexter, Jacob in Lost, Lucifer in Supernatural, Bishop in Being Human, Giff in Bad Turn Worse, Jack Winship in The Returned, Clayton Haas in Quantico, and many other roles. But he’s also an intellectual activist, an Objectivist, and a cofounder of the American Capitalist Party (ACP).Photo by Gage Skidmore
Richard M. Salsman
Richard M. Salsman (PhD, Duke University) is president of InterMarket Forecasting, Inc. and a visiting assistant professor of political economy at Duke. He’s a contributing editor at The Objective Standard and author of numerous articles and books, including most recently The Political Economy of Public Debt: Three Centuries of Theory and Evidence.
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.
Tal Tsfany is the president and CEO of the Ayn Rand Institute. Mr. Tsfany has been an entrepreneur, investor and executive in the software world. He has built and grown successful teams and businesses in Israel and the United States. Mr. Tsfany is a co-founder of the Ayn Rand Center Israel.
More speakers will be announced soon
Speakers and performers are subject to change
TOS-Con 2019 will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton, where TOS-Con’s group rates on guest rooms start at $139 per night.* The supply is limited, so please book your room early using the code "GHA" to receive your discount. You can reserve online (https://bit.ly/2ILf9kH) or by calling (855) 537-5305.
If you’d like to find a roommate, please post a note on TOS-Con 2019’s Facebook page, which is a great place to meet other attendees and make plans in general.
* Rooms are $129/night + $10/night resort fee.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
A great way to meet other attendees is to join TOS-Con 2019 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 Park City, Utah.
The conference will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, where TOS-Con’s group rates on guest rooms start at $139 per night ($129/night + $10/night resort fee). We recommend staying at the DoubleTree, 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 (based on availability) as well, so if you’d like to arrive early or stay in Park City for a few additional days, you can do so on the cheap.
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 2019’s Facebook page, where others will be looking for roomates as well.
The hotel is approximately 35 minutes by car from Salt Lake City 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 2019’s Facebook page, where others will be looking for shared rides, too. The DoubleTree’s address is 1800 Park Ave, Park City, UT 84060.
The DoubleTree offers free parking for hotel guests.
Dress comfortably! We recommend casual attire for the opening banquet and daily lectures, and cocktail attire for the closing banquet and dance.
Tickets for the opening and closing banquets (Wednesday and Saturday nights) can be purchased through TOS-Con’s registration page. For other meals, a variety of restaurants are within a few blocks of the DoubleTree, and two are inside the hotel. Starbucks is just a 4-minute walk from the hotel. And the hotel provides free 5-minute shuttle rides to Park City’s historic Main Street area, which has many additional dining options.
Internet access for conference attendees is free.
Information about livestreams will be posted at a later date.
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.
Registration will remain open until the conference sells out. We encourage you to register and book your hotel room early, as space is limited.
If you need to cancel your registration, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 10, 2019, 90% of registration fee will be refunded;
– between June 10 and July 10, 2019, 75% of registration fee will be refunded;
– between July 10 and August 7, 2019, 50% of registration fee will be refunded;
– on or after August 7, 2019, 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.