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The BB&T Chair for the Study of Objectivism

The BB&T Chair for the Study of Objectivism was created in 2008 to support research and teaching related to the philosophy of Ayn Rand.

The chairholder is Tara Smith, who has been teaching in the Philosophy Department at UT since the fall of 1989.

The Chair sponsors a variety of activities involving students, faculty, and other researchers from various institutions, as well as the wider community. It sponsors essay contests, lectures, symposia, conferences, workshops, and its series of panel discussions dedicated to exploring the contentious aspects of free speech, Free Speech Dialogues.