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October 25, 2012

NOTE: The lecture is now scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. in the Barbara L. Pearson Banquet Room.

Rescheduled: Blinn College-Bryan Distinguished Lecture Series:

Gary Weiss, author of “Ayn Rand Nation”

Presentation focuses on the late author’s modern relevance

Blinn College’s Bryan campus Distinguished Lecture Series brings author Gary Weiss to Bryan on the topic of the battle to wrest control of “America’s soul.” The lecture is presented free and open to the public Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. in the Barbara L. Pearson Banquet Room (Student Center Bldg. E, map).

Weiss’ “Ayn Rand Nation: The Hidden Struggle for America’s Soul” was published by St. Martin's Press in February.

The book explores the pervasive influence of the Russian-born author of “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead.”

Weiss says Rand’s philosophical creation (objectivism) has been adopted in large measure by a wide swath of America's opinion leaders. Rand provides the ideological underpinnings for the effort to drastically shrink the role of government.

“Rand,” said Weiss, “wrote the recipe for deregulation.”

The presentation is free and open to the public.  To learn more about the author and the book, visit:

The Blinn College Distinguished Lecture Series is sponsored by the divisions of Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. Past topics have included discussions about global higher education, America’s founding fathers, “Generation Me” and others, including a lecture on “David Crocket: Lion of the West,” by Michael Wallis, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated author and voice from the animated movie “Cars.”