Firing Line Debate on Public Sector Unions

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Featuring Daniel Disalvo and Alexander Hertel-Fernandez

Time: 4:30 PM

Location: WLH 208 (100 Wall Street) 

Free and open to the public 

Lecture by Tom Coburn

Monday, December 3, 2018

Time: 4:30 PM

Drug Pricing and Cost Transparency: Addressing America's Healthcare Crisis

Location: LC 211 (63 High Street) 

Free and open to the public

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn at 100

Friday, November 30, 2018

Featuring Daniel J. Mahoney and Jay Nordlinger


Registration is required. Please sign up here

Conservatism, Equality, and Democracy

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Lecturer: Dr. Steven F. Hayward

Location: WLH 207 (100 Wall Street)

Time: 4:30pm

Free and open to the public 


All forms of conservatism are opposed to radical egalitarianism and socialism, but is conservatism also opposed to the principle of equality in every form? Does the sympathy conservatism have toward social class distinctions make it inherently hostile to democracy? What are conservative perspectives on human rights? This lecture will review the perspectives of the American Founders, Tocqueville, Russell Kirk, Willmoore Kendall, and Harry Jaffa.

Firing Line Debate on China

Monday, November 12, 2018

Featuring Stephen Roach and Gordon Chang

Moderated by Daniel Mattingly

Time: 4:30 PM 

Location: WLH 208 (100 Wall Street) 

Free and open to the public 

Justice Without Hyphens: The Dead End of Post-Modernism

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Lecturer: Dr. Steven F. Hayward

Location: WLH 116 (100 Wall Street)

Time: 4:30 PM

Free and open to the public 


Is “post-modern conservatism” an oxymoron? It depends—on the status of reason, the nature of history, the limits of language, and whether there is an objective basis for subjectivity!

Eighth Annual Conference

Friday November 2, 2018

Registration is required for this event. Register at the conference page listed here:
Full Eighth Annual Conference Page

The conference will examine Russell Kirk and The Conservative Mind Today. 


A block of hotel rooms is available at the Omni Hotel. You can reserve a room by calling 203-772-6664 or clicking here.

Seminar with Peter Wallison

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Open to Buckley Fellows

Varieties of Conservative Experience

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Lecturer: Dr. Steven F. Hayward

Time: 4:30 PM

Location: WLH 207 (100 Wall Street)

Free and open to the public 

Just as William James sought to outline categories of varying religious experience, this lecture looks at the various ways conservatism and conservative ideas come into view. A complete inventory of varying right-of-center expressions reveals considerable diversity—and disagreement!—between libertarians, traditionalists, religious, “neo”-conservatives, populist, and even “postmodern” conservatism. Can they all fit inside one big tent?

Lecture by Dr. Art Laffer

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Trump, Taxes, and Trade 

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: LC 101 (63 High Street) 

Free and open to the public 

This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Irving Brown Lecture Series at Young America's Foundation.

Fall Break Seminar with Colleen Sheehan

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 to Friday, October 19, 2018

"The Mind of Madison" Seminar Page

Taught by Professor Colleen Sheehan, this intensive, not-for-credit, three-day seminar will include two sessions of two hours each day, with one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The Buckley Program will provide lunch daily as well as dinner the first two evenings. 

There will be a moderate amount of reading for the seminar. Students will receive the readings in advance and be expected to complete them prior to each session. The seminar is open to Yale undergraduates and graduate students. Upon successful completion, students will receive a $150 stipend.

Admission to the seminar is by application. 


Please click here to apply and here for the syllabus.

Seminar with Sohrab Ahmari

Monday October 15, 2018

Open to Buckley Fellows

Seminar with Jason Delisle

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Open to Buckley Fellows

Conversation with Ken Langone

Monday, October 1, 2018

Location: LC 211 (63 High Street) 

Time: 4:30 PM


Moderated by Richard West

Edmund Burke, the First Modern Conservative

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Lecturer: Dr. Steven F. Hayward

Time: 4:30 PM

Location: WLH 116 (100 Wall Street)


The British statesman Edmund Burke is considered to be the first “modern” conservative, though in some respects he represents an Enlightenment-era adaptation of the true “first conservative,” Aristotle. Burke’s legacy attaches mostly to his strenuous reaction to the radicalism of the French Revolution, but he had a subtle outlook that, inter alia, supported the American Revolution, opposed slavery, criticized British colonial rule in India, supported the idea of partisan political parties, and had a theory of positive change that demonstrate he should not be thought of as a mere “reactionary” against all change.

Firing Line Debate on Gun Control

Friday, September 21, 2018

Time: 4 PM

Location: WLH 208 (100 Wall Street)

The debate will feature Clark Neily and Joseph Blocher.

Fall Semester Seminar with Dr. Steven Hayward

Friday, September 7, 2018 to Wednesday, November 28, 2018

August Seminar with Joshua Mitchell

Monday, August 20, 2018 to Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Plato's Republic: The Limits of Honor, Wealth, Freedom, and Power



Lecture by Oren Cass

Monday, April 23, 2018



WLH 119

Fourth Annual Disinvitation Dinner featuring Charles Murray

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Firing Line Debate on Net Neutrality

Friday, April 13, 2018

Internet Policy: Whose Rules Should Shape the Internet?

Featuring Mitch Stoltz and Roslyn Layton


WLH 116

Seminar with Jack Goldsmith

Monday, April 9, 2018

Open to Buckley Fellows

Lecture by Governor Jeb Bush

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

"A Conversation with Jeb Bush: Restoring Conservatism in America"




SSS 114

Spring Break Seminar with Paul Rahe

Monday, March 12, 2018 to Wednesday, March 14, 2018

"Montesquieu and the Logic of Liberty"




Open to undergraduates and graduate students by application.

Lecture by Lenore Skenazy

Thursday, March 1, 2018


WLH 119 


"Free-Range Kids: A Solution to Helicopter Parenting"

Seminar with Samuel Abrams

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Open to Buckley Fellows

Free to Disagree Series

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Featuring Ken Stern and Mike Pesca 


4:30pm in WLH 116

Seminar with Erica Komisar

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Open to Buckley Fellows

Talk with Mike Gonzalez

Thursday, February 1, 2018

WLH 116 at 4:30pm 


"American Balkanization: A Failed 40-Year Experiment. We Need to Return to E Pluribus Unum"

The Inaugural William F. Buckley, Jr. Ideas Forum

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Reigster here.

Seminar with Judge Stephen Williams

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Open to Buckley Fellows

January Seminar with Amity Shlaes

Thursday, January 11, 2018 to Saturday, January 13, 2018

Open to undergraduates and graduate students by application. 



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