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GLOCON5: The 5th Annual Great Lakes Objectivists Conference 2017

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Detroit Public Library Main Branch

5201 Woodward Ave.

Detroit, MI 48202

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Limited space for Alden B. Dow Home tour and Detroit Princess Riverboat Dinner Cruise – please purchase ASAP. See below for details.

Join us for GLOCON5, our 5th annual Great Lakes Objectivists conference in Detroit – five days of fun and philosophical presentations, including visits to:

  • Alden B. Dow Home in Midland, MI
  • Historic Detroit Public Library Main Branch
  • Detroit Institute of Arts
  • Wayne State University
  • Detroit Jazz Fest
  • Detroit Princess Riverboat Dinner Cruise
  • Canoe/kayak Trip
  • Talent show, more presentations and festivities in Plymouth, MI
  • An inspirational wrap-up at The Henry Ford (Greenfield Village and the Museum of American Innovation Insider's Tour)
  • ...and presentations from Dr. Andrew Bernstein, author of The Capitalist ManifestoAND Luc Travers, author of Touching the Art.


This year, we'll be holding our Friday-Saturday lectures and activities in the now beautifully revitalized Detroit (Wayne State Campus to Downtown). The new QLINE rail and MoGo Bike stations will provide easy access from the campus to the Detroit Riverwalk. If you're interested in reason, individual rights and capitalism – and want to see the rebirth of a city – we'll be happy to see you there!

Great Lakes Objectivists is a unique dinner and study group established in 2008 focused on friendliness, fun and the value-affirming, self-improving perspectives of Ayn Rand. Suggested donation is $70 ($35 for students, donations optional for speakers, any and all donations gratefully accepted). Donations do not include costs for special/evening activities. Please be sure to reserve hotel and special event tickets (Dow Home and Princess Riverboat) as soon as possible, as space is limited. Feel free to contact us if you need to make any special arrangements.


Schedule as of July 30 – lunch and dinner details coming soon:


Thursday, August 31

Alden B. Dow Home in Midland, MI
Limited tickets available ($15) – purchase them ASAP!
https://www.abdow.org/tours/public-tours

  • 10-12: Travel
  • 12-2: Lunch (TBD)
  • 2-4: Tour
  • 5-7: Travel
  • 7: Dinner (TBD)


Friday, September 1
Detroit Public Library Main Branch, Friends Room (across Woodward from DIA)
http://detroitpubliclibrary.org/branch/main

  • 10-1030: Set up and Welcome
  • 1030-1130: What I Most Like About Ayn Rand – Amy Nasir
  • 1130-12: Introducing one another and what we all like most about Ayn Rand
  • 12-130: Lunch (TBD)
  • 130-230: Library Tour – Detroit Public Library Friends Foundation
  • 230-330: 15 Innovations in Automotive Safety – Mark Coldren
  • 330-415: Marc Emery – Gord Mood
  • 415-545: Villainy: An Examination of the Nature of Evil – Dr. Andrew Bernstein
  • 545: Wrap up and leave before 6pm
  • 6-730: Dinner (TBD)
  • 730: Informal Tour of the DIA with Luc Travers (closes at 10pm) https://www.dia.org/visit ($14 non-resident at the door)
  • 7-130: Detroit Jazz Fest (free, alternate event, but most will attend DIA) http://www.detroitjazzfest.org/2017-lineup


Saturday, September 2
Wayne State University, David Adamany Undergraduate Library (near the Detroit Public Library)
5150 Anthony Wayne, Community Room, 3rd Floor
https://library.wayne.edu/info/maps/ugl.php

  • 9-930: Set up and Welcome
  • 930-1030: Context-Keeping – Robert Nasir
  • 1030-1130: Fixing Things and the DIY Mindset – Neil Roeth
  • 1130-1215: The Morality of Immortality – James Biller
  • 1215-145: Lunch (TBD)
  • 145-230: Samurai Gourment – Luc Travers
  • 230-330: Sex is Good (And Why That Matters) – Jason Stotts
  • 330-445: Rational Self-Interest as the Moral Basis of Benevolence – Dr. Andrew Bernstein
  • 445: Wrap up and leave before 5pm
  • 5: Free time; Detroit Jazz Fest
  • 6-1030pm: Detroit Princess Riverboat Dinner Cruise Limited tickets available ($72) – purchase them ASAP! Use GLOCON5 as the Group Name when purchasing. https://www.detroitprincess.com/cruiseinfo.php?date=2017-9-2&cid=17637


Sunday, September 3

Lake Canoeing/Kayaking (25 minutes west of downtown Detroit)
GLO Member, John E. Hett's House, Plymouth, MI (10 minutes west of Newburgh Lake; 30 west of downtown Detroit)

  • 9-11: Morning Canoeing & Kayaking Field Trip at Newburgh Lake. Cost about $25 collected after trip (please bring cash). Map: http://ow.ly/RC0GX
  • 1130-1245: Lunch (TBD) at John's house (directions to be sent after registration)
  • 1245-2: Talent Show and Jamming
  • 2-245: Art and The Romantic Manifesto – Michelle Tcherniak
  • 245-330: Mural Making 101 – Shannon Gibson
  • 330-415: Bourbon: The SPIRIT of America – Mark Garney
  • 415-5: Salsa Dancing – Cynthia Roeth
  • 5-6: Drawing and Painting Informal Gathering
  • 6: Dinner (TBD)
  • 7: Karaoke, revelry and "bring your swim suit – there's a hot tub outside"!


Monday, September 4
The Henry Ford, Dearborn, MI (15 minutes from downtown Detroit; 25 minutes from Plymouth)

  • 930: The Henry Ford (Greenfield Village and the Museum of American Innovation Insider's Tour), Dearborn, MI (Limited number of free admissions available; small cost for Insider's Tour) https://www.thehenryford.org/


(Please note all times are subject to change. I'll keep everyone updated as much as possible.)


Hotels
See list of recommended hotels below, or please inquire about rooms at our generous GLO members' homes.

Detroit
The Inn on Ferry Street (close to Wayne State and DIA)
84 East Ferry Street
313.871.6000
http://innonferrystreet.com

Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney
One Park Avenue
313-237-1700
http://www.aloftdetroit.com

Hotel St. Regis Detroit
3071 West Grand Blvd.
(855) 408-7738
https://www.hotelstregisdetroit.com

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
400 Renaissance Dr, Renaissance Center
(313) 568-8000
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/dtwdt-detroit-marriott-at-the-renaissance-center

The Inn at 97 Winder
97 Winder Street
888.503.1443 or 313.832.4348
http://theinnat97winder.com

Plymouth
Hilton Garden Inn Plymouth
14600 N. Sheldon Road
734-354-0001 or 1-877-STAY-HGI
http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/michigan/hilton-garden-inn-plymouth-DETPHGI/index.html


Transportation
If traveling from out-of-town, GLO members will be happy to help with transporation. Otherwise, here are resources for getting around Detroit.

QLINE Rail - https://qlinedetroit.com
MoGo Bike Stations - https://mogodetroit.org
Detroit People Mover - http://www.thepeoplemover.com/station-guide


Questions? Contact Amy Nasir 734.735.1319 or amynasir@aol.com

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