Archive for the 'Live Speaking' Category

SoCal Objectivist Lecture

by Jason Stotts

For anyone who is in the Southern California area and who wants to hear me speak, I’ll be giving a live lecture in two weeks, on Saturday February 11th, in Riverside California.  Details can be found at www.SoCalObjectivists.com.

Chicago Minicon

by Jason Stotts

I want to thank everyone who attended my lecture over the weekend at COSCon.  I hope that everyone found it interesting and engaging.  If you’re interested in further readings, I recommend starting with the following:

1. “Of Living Death,” The Objectivist.  Especially 530-531. (Or: The Voice of Reason, 46-63.)

2. “Francisco’s Sex Speech,” from Atlas Shrugged, 453-455 (Or: For The New Intellectual, 98-101.)

3. Playboy Interview (Pamphlet).

4. “Philosophy and Sense of Life,” The Romantic Manifesto.

I also want to thank those of you who helped to fund my trip to Chicago.  For everyone else, there’s still plenty of time to donate!  I’m offering a copy of the extended version of the speech I read for anyone who donates at least $10 (more is appreciated, since travel isn’t free and the speaking was unpaid).  The extended version is about 25 pages, so there is a lot of material that you will find new, even if you took the class.  If you want to donate you can do so via PayPal by sending a payment to Jason(at)JasonStotts.com (inserting the obvious symbol), this can be done with PayPal or any credit card, or you can write me for other options.

Anyone who was at the conference and would like to ask follow-up questions, or who had questions that they didn’t get to ask, can also e-mail me and I’ll still answer your questions.  I answer all questions anonymously, so you don’t have to worry about your name being used.

Announcement: Live Speaking

by Jason Stotts

After having such a good time speaking at ATLOSCon, I’ve decided that I’m going to start doing more live speaking engagements!  Honestly, I need some more work to be a really great public speaker in terms of my presentation and speaking skills, but the content is already there and I have no problem with Q&A, even with hard or unique questions.  I’m open to speaking for Objectivist clubs or regional Objectivist societies, including conferences and the like.  I’d be open to other groups as well, on a case by case basis.

I can deliver lectures I’ve already written, in which case I wouldn’t need more advance notice than enough time to book travel arrangements.  I can also write a new speech on any topic within my expertise (right now I’m going to limit this to sexuality, sexual ethics, emotions, relationships, sexual attraction, or closely related subjects).  If I write a brand new speech, I need 6-8 weeks to make sure I can have something good enough to present in time.

The best part of this?  For now, I’m going to be speaking for free!  That’s right, zero speaker’s fees for now.  The only thing I’m going to ask for is help with travel expenses to get to the lecture.  Don’t worry, I’m doing this completely selfishly: I want to expand readership for Erosophia, I want to get my ideas out there, and build up a market for my forthcoming book Eros and Ethos. This is a limited time offer as once I become rich and famous, I’ll definitely be charging for speeches.  So don’t miss your chance to see me speak live for very little cost!

For more details or to set up a live speaking engagement near you, contact me at Jason(at)JasonStotts.com.

ATLOSCon Speech

by Jason Stotts

I want to thank everyone who attended my lecture this morning.  I hope that everyone found it interesting and engaging.  If you’re interested in further readings, I recommend starting with the following:

1. “Of Living Death,” The Objectivist.  Especially 530-531. (Or: The Voice of Reason, 46-63.)

2. “Francisco’s Sex Speech,” from Atlas Shrugged, 453-455 (Or: For The New Intellectual, 98-101.)

3. Playboy Interview (Pamphlet).

4. “Philosophy and Sense of Life,” The Romantic Manifesto.

I also want to thank those of you who helped to sponsor my trip to Atlanta by pre-ordering a copy of my speech.  I’ll be e-mailing, or mailing (as the case may), the copies out to those who prepaid shortly.

For anyone else who wants a copy of the speech, it will be available  in a couple of days.   This extended version will be significantly longer than the version I read, which was about 13 pages.   Right now, the extended version is about 25 pages, so there is a lot of material that you will find new, even if you took the class.  There are two options to get a copy of the speech:

$12.50 for a PDF version.

$23.50 for a signed hard copy mailed to you.

Anyone who actually attended the class can take 10% off the price.

The speech should be completely done in just a couple of days, so feel free to order your copy now and I’ll send it out as soon as it’s done.  It’d be done already, but I’m being rather perfectionist about it and just can’t quite let it go yet.  The easiest way to order is via PayPal, by sending a payment to Jason(at)JasonStotts.com.  For other options, just e-mail me at the same address.

Additionally, anyone who was at the conference and would like to ask follow-up questions, or who had questions that they didn’t get to ask, can also e-mail me and I’ll still answer your questions.

ATLOSCon 2011

by Jason Stotts

Kelly Elmore has a very kind piece up on her blog Reepicheep’s Coracle about my talk at ATLOSCon, called “Sex at ATLOSCon.”  Now, before you get the wrong idea, I’m not going to be having sex with anyone at ATLOSCon (they’re not paying me enough for that!).  The piece contains some very nice things people have said about Erosophia and my writings and I’m honored to see such nice things said by good people.

I look forward to meeting some of my readers at ATLOSCon and I welcome you to come up and say hi if you see me there.

ATLOSCon Flyer

by Jason Stotts

So, as many of you know, I’m going to be speaking this summer at ATLOSCon.  I’m supposed to make a flyer to help promote my blog there and I definitely want to do that to help bring in new readers.  The problem is that I’m not that into designing and I don’t have any standard images for Erosophia or logos.  So, in making a flyer, I had a hard time trying to figure out what to put on it.  I’ve made a first draft flyer and I’d like to solicit feedback on it.  I need the feedback quickly, as I need to get this flyer done and back to the organizers so they can get ready for the conference.

ATLOSCon Flyer 1-2

(Note: I did this in Word, then converted to PDF, but I have no idea how to make it an image file from there to show correctly here. Advice appreciated.)

Update:

Here’s a new version of the flyer:  ATLOSCon Flyer 3

ATLOSCon Registration Live

by Jason Stotts

ATLOSCon registration has gone live!  If you want to see me speak live, and really, who doesn’t?, you’d better hurry over and sign up for my class before its registration fills.

The Atlanta Objectivist Society is thrilled to announce that it’s time to register for our second annual conference, ATLOSCon!  The conference will be held on Memorial Day weekend, May 26-30, 2011. We have many different classes to choose from, ranging from Objectivist epistemology to swing dancing, including business, philosophy, art, exercise, sex, parenting, and science.  We also have a large variety of social events planned, including hiking, eating, partying, and working out together. Many of the classes have limits on the number of attendees, so if you are coming (and we hope you are!), we recommend that you sign up as soon as possible. We can house a limited number of out-of-towners, so if the cost of lodging would keep you from coming, please email Kelly Elmore for more information.  If you are under the age of 25, we have a 20% discount available.  Email Kelly Elmore for more details about how to get the young ‘uns discount (before you register).

For more information, see the conference schedule, class descriptions, and speakers at http://www.atlantaobjectivists.com/atloscon-schedule/.  The registration page can be found at http://www.rsvpbook.com/event.php?403563.

 

Atlanta is also a really cool city to spend some time in and the conference promises to have a lot of good courses at it, so I recommend coming if you can.

On that note, there’s still time to help me get to ATLOSCon.  So far, people have donated $105 of the $310 (over 1/3 now!) I need for my plane ticket (Southern California and Atlanta aren’t very close).  I really appreciate all the donations and if you’re interested in donating, check out this page for more info.

ATLOSCon or Bust (Update)

by Jason Stotts

I put up a call for readers to donate and help me pay for my plane ticket to speak at ATLOSCon this summer and so far the response has been great.  After only 10 days or so, I’ve already had people donate or commit to donating $95!  Since the ticket is $310, that means I’m at roughly 30% and only $215 to go.  I want to thank everyone who has already donated and remind people that there’s still lots of time to donate if you want to help me get to Atlanta.

As an extra incentive to donate, I’m offering copies of the lecture.  If you donate at least $10, I’ll send you a PDF version of my talk after I give it.  If you donate at least $20, I’ll mail you a signed hard copy after the lecture.  If you’re actually going to be at ATLOSCon, I’ll give you the signed hard copy for only $10.  Donations can be made through PayPal by sending money to my e-mail address Jason(at)JasonStotts.com or arrangements can be made to send a check if you e-mail me. So, if you have money to spare, and who doesn’t!, and you want to help me out, I’d appreciate it.  Really, any amount is helpful, even if it’s only $2.

A really big “Thank You!” to those who have already contributed!

T.O. – $50

W.G. – $20

K.V. – $25

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Update: Another donor has stepped forward and donated $10, so now I’m up to $105, which is more than a third now!  I’m super excited we’ve got this far and I hope we can make it the rest of the way and get this trip funded for me.

J.J. – $10