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2019 EVENTS

Ninth Annual Conference

Friday, November 1, 2019 

Details: TBA

August Seminar with Robert Bartlett on Aristotle

Monday, August 19th, 2019 to Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Details: TBA

June Reunion Weekend Breakfast Discussion

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Details: TBA

May Reunion Weekend Breakfast Discussion

Saturday, May 25, 2019 

Details: TBA

Hit Me With Your Best Shot: The Top Attacks on Conservatism

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Dr. Steven Hayward

Left-leaning criticisms of conservatism range from traditional egalitarianism (such as Marx, Rawls, or Rorty), to postmodernism (Foucault and his followers), to the purely political critiques that conservatism is no more than a cloak for racism and reaction (Nancy MacLean, Corey Robin, and Dominic Losurdo).  This lecture will take stock of these critiques and offer rebuttals.

Fifth Annual Disinvitation Dinner

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Featuring Dr. Henry Kissinger

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An Elephant and Its Trump: Thoughts on Conservatism and Populism

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Dr. Steven Hayward

Conservatism would seem to stand in opposition to populism on principle, yet many of the most popular and successful conservative political figures—especially Ronald Reagan—had a strong populist element to their politics. The success of Donald Trump and similar figures and parties overseas have ripped wide open tensions and difficulties within conservatism. Conservative perspectives from Albert Jay Nock to Steve Bannon will be assembled and diagnosed.

Conversation with Judge Ken Starr

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Details TBA 

Spring Break Seminar with Bruce Caldwell on The Life, Times, and Ideas of Friedrich A. Hayek

Monday, March 11, 2019 to Wednesday, March 13, 2019

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 apply here

How "Progressive" Is Progressivism?

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Dr. Steven Hayward

Slowly over the last generation “progressivism” has become the left’s preferred term in place of either liberalism or radicalism. How did liberalism become—or return to—progressivism? How do today’s progressives compare to the original progressives of the “Progressive Era” a century ago? What effects has progressivism had on politics and political institutions?

Talk with Jonah Goldberg

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Liberalism vs. "Neoliberalism": Why Is Socialism Popular Again?

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Dr. Steven Hayward

4:30pm in WLH 116 (100 Wall St) 

Free and open to the public

Nearly all conservatives are strong supporters of a free market economy, with minimal government regulation or planning. But modern conservative enthusiasm for free markets has evolved well beyond the framework of Adam Smith’s “invisible hand” that maximizes wealth creation, and today incorporates epistemological understandings of economic activity. Leading thinkers include Joseph Schumpeter, F.A. Hayek, Milton Friedman, James Buchanan, Thomas Sowell, Ayn Rand, and Deirdre McCloskey. With the revival of the enthusiasm for socialism and the popularity of critiques of “neoliberalism,” it is time to revisit first principles of political economy.

Second Annual Ideas Forum

Saturday, January 26, 2019

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Spring Semester Seminar with Dr. Steven Hayward 

This not-for-credit seminar will include five sessions of two hours over the course of the spring semester. The seminar is open to Yale undergraduates and graduate students.Admission to the seminar is by application. Upon successful completion, students will receive a $150 stipend.

Please apply here

The Endless Quest for Social Equality

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Dr. Steven Hayward

4:30pm in WLH 116 (100 Wall St) 

Free and open to the public

Conservatives tend to be skeptical of social science, yet there are a number of consequential conservative social scientists in recent decades, including Robert Nisbet, Peter Berger (one of the originators of the popular leftist idea about the “social construction of reality”), Edward Banfield, James Q. Wilson, Samuel Huntington, and Charles Murray. In addition, both social psychology and evolutionary biology report new findings that are at odds with egalitarian orthodoxy.

January Seminar with Catherine Zuckert

Thursday January 10, 2019 to Saturday January 12, 2019

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.