Partial view of the Atlas Shrugged reading club during their first session at the UFM

Atlas Shrugged, the book that has made a difference in more lives, after the Bible”, according to a survey of The New York Times’ Monthly Reading Club, made in 1991, is object of reading and discussion in Reading Club of the Ludwig von Mises Library, of Universidad Francisco Marroquín.

This activity is framed in the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Atlas Shrugged publication, whose author is the philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand.
The informative session was celebrated last July 19th, and the first reading session will be held next Thursday July 26 of 2007, at 5:30 p.m., at the UFM’s library.

Atlas Shrugged is a song to the spirit and human mind that deserves to be listened by all those that love freedom. When I finished reading it, something extremely significant had taken place in my life: Freedom’s virtue and nobility shined so brilliant that my eyes hurt; it burned my retinas and penetrated into the deepest of my heart. At the same time, I found intolerable and oppressive the malignant darkness of totalitarianism in which we live”, said Fredy Kofman, publisher of the Spanish edition, when refereeing to this book.

On the other hand, Adelaida Loukota, coordinator of the Club, explained that “the idea of making a reading club about this book arose from the deep affection and respect that this work inspires to freedom lovers and to pay a tribute to its author, Ayn Rand, in the 50th anniversary of its publication.  In addition, it is an excellent opportunity to know and to deepen into the ideas it presents, in the company of reading lovers and experts”.

While welcoming the participants, Luis Figueroa, director of UFM Public Relations and professor of Social Philosophy, related that his grandmother gave him that book in 1982 and told him: “This book is very good; the end is a little philosophical, but you are going you to like it very much”.  Since then, that novel and Objetivism, the philosophy it represents – based on freedom and reason- have been a valuable reference in his life. 

The participants during the first session were: Warren Orbaugh, Marta Yolanda Diaz-Durán, Lucrecia Goicolea, Christian Bernhard, Sheny Aldana, Astrid Ortiz, Mayra Ramirez, Luis Godoy Bruce, Aryan Maria Dolores, Edwin Arevalo, Lucia Olivero, Lucrecia Gordillo, Conrado Ducas, Eduardo Lemus, Victoria Valley, Julio Vela, Luis Fernandez, Francisco Estrada, Arturo Andrade, Juan Pablo Chaclán, Silvia Saenz, Erik Swanson, Regina de Sinibaldi, Astrid Ayala, Rossana de Grazioso and Luis Figueroa.

The following sessions will be moderated by professors such as Warren Orbaugh, Marta Yolanda Diaz-Durán, Lucrecia de Goicolea, Karen Cancinos, and others.

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