December 6, 2007 – Marsha Enright

December 6, 2007

  • Social interaction
  • Discussion of current issues and events
  • And a lively conversation with our featured speaker

Marsha Familaro Enright
Educator, psychotherapist and writer

Capitalism vs. Authoritarianism
A Novelist of the Far East
on an Inevitable Conflict

Marsha Familaro Enright will introduce us to the writer James Clavell. He was a fabulously successful author of such engrossing and thrilling, blockbuster novels as Tai-Pan and Shogun.

He was one of the few contemporary writers who cast businessmen as heroes.

She’ll tell you about his background, his role in Hollywood, and his connection to Ayn Rand. You’ll learn about his literary style, including his plots and characterization.

Enright wrote about James Clavell in The New Individualist.

The editor of The New Individualist wrote: “Many readers have enjoyed the profiles of authors Tom Wolfe and Cameron Hawley that Marsha Enright has written for past issues of The New Individualist. This time, she introduces us to another of her favorite writers: James Clavell, whose thrilling romantic novels set in the Far East have beguiled millions.

Enright also had an article in The New Individualist about the non-fiction children’s book An Airplane Is Born. The book is by Ilana Dover, a Montessori teacher interested in Objectivism. This is the first in Dover’s planned series of books about heroes for pre-school children.

Enright’s series of articles profiling authors is a result of her love of reading fiction (and her love of art in general), plus psychology and philosophy. She has a strong natural tendency to share beautiful, enjoyable and enlightening works with others. It’s all related to her strong teaching inclination.

She’s always searching for engrossing, dramatic fiction. When she finds a good book, in addition to enjoying the story, she tends to analyze what’s so good about it, esthetically, psychologically and philosophically.

The authors she’s written about particularly intrigued her: Hawley and Clavell because they see that business can be an heroic activity, and Wolfe because he’s in love with the culture of the U.S. He sees it as a result of our individual freedom. He might not put it that way, but Enright thinks it accurately describes the attitude she enjoys in his writing.

Enright lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Articles on other subjects
Among Enright’s articles are “Montessori Often Begins With Ayn Rand,” “The Habit of Hope,” “If Emotions Aren’t Tools of Cognition…What Are They?” “Foundations Study Guide to Montessori Education,” “Why Man Needs Approval,” “On the Evolutionary Neuropsychology of Music” and “The Montessori Way.” You can read these articlesonline.

Creating a Montessori elementary school
Enright, who has an M.A. in psychology, became riveted with the problems of education when she was a child. She found herself in love with learning and school while surrounded by other children who were miserable.

This was a mystery to her. She didn’t want such misery to befall her future children. It led her on a life-long quest for effective and enjoyable education.

During college, she discovered the ideas and methods of Maria Montessori which presented ingenious, psychologically effective means of creating a happy hotbed of learning for young students.

In 1990 she founded Council Oak Montessori Elementary School as a place for her own children to learn.

The school’s first class was 17 students. A few years later the school had 75 students. It continues successfully to this day with about 100 students ages three to fourteen years.

The October 2006 issue of Chicago Magazine named the Council Oak Montessori Elementary School one of the top 25 private elementary schools in Chicago.

Creating the College of the United States
As Marsha’s expertise in education grew, so did her concern and discontent with higher education.

She saw more and more students graduating from college unequipped to think for themselves. They lacked important knowledge and life skills, as well as the most basic understanding of what is necessary for a fully free society.

Frighteningly, these included many students from the “best” universities in the U.S. such as Harvard, the University of Chicago, and Stanford.

She was alarmed at the problems and unhappiness caused by these developments, as well as the threat they pose for civil society.

Marsha had considerable knowledge about effective means of education. She understood the fearful grip collectivism has in all forms of higher education.

She was convinced the country needed a new college, dedicated to reason, individualism and a fully free society. She’s the developed the College and has team members. It’s scheduled to open September 2009.

You can read about the College of the United States and the team members online.

Enright previously spoke at Junto in February 2006, as part of “Ayn Rand 101.”

  • We gather at 7pm on the first Thursday of each month and begin our organized meeting around 7:30.
  • The featured speaker is normally introduced at about 8. The meeting continues until about 10.
  • Please note: Junto is not the usual sort of meeting with a long speech followed by Q & A. Invited speakers give a short presentation, and then are challenged to defend their assertions. Discussions are intense, but polite.

General Society Library
20 West 44th St.
Between 5th & 6th avenues, near Grand Central Terminal

Subway: 4, 5, 6, 7 to Grand Central – 42nd St.,
B, D, F, V to 42nd St. – Sixth Ave., or
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Admission is free, and no reservation is necessary.

Junto focuses on libertarianism, Objectivism — the philosophy of Ayn Rand — and investing.

Our founder and host is Victor Niederhoffer, publisher (with Laurel Kenner) of Daily Speculations.


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