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Beth Sorensen
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EXPERT ON PHILOSOPHY OF AYN RAND TO SPEAK AT REED

Ronald Merrill, the author of The Ideas of Ayn Rand (Open Court, 1991), will speak on "The Radicalism of Objectivism" at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, in Reed's Vollum Lecture Hall. He will discuss the unique philosophy of reason, individualism, and liberty first identified by novelist Ayn Rand. The lecture, which is sponsored by the Reason, Egoism, And Liberty Forum, a student-run group, is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Reed events line at 503/777-7755.

One of the most stimulating and innovative objectivist thinkers of the post-Rand era is Ronald Merrill. Merrill was a leader of student groups during the explosive objectivist movement of the sixties. In addition to The Ideas of Ayn Rand, he is the author of numerous articles in Reason, Liberty, and Objectivity.

After attending Willamette University, Merrill received his B.S. in chemistry from M.I.T. and his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. In his career as a scientist and entrepreneur he has been founder and CEO of Reaction Design Corporation, and later director of research at Cyclo Products, a small pharmaceutical company. Currently he lives in Los Angeles and divides his time between writing and operating a small database development and consulting company. He is co-author of two books on small business, The New Venture Handbook (Amacom, 1993, top-rated by Inc. magazine as a "small business bible") and Raising Money (Amacom, 1990). Merrill was a founder of the Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum, which counsels small technology businesses, and remains a popular speaker at their programs.