Honorable Mention: Buckley High School Essay Contest

By: Zain Anthar The following essay received an honorable mention at the Buckley Program’s spring semester high school essay contest. The topic was “What can we learn from William F. Buckley, Jr. today?”.  In today’s media landscape, political discussions have swayed towards partisanship at the expense of meaningful, probing dialogue. Politicians opt to conduct interviews with their... Continue Reading →

Third Place: Buckley High School Essay Contest

By: Gabrielle Vozzi The following essay was the third-place winner of the Buckley Program’s spring semester high school essay contest. The topic was “What can we learn from William F. Buckley, Jr. today?”.  Today, the United States is a divided nation as political polarization can be seen in every corner of the country. Now, more... Continue Reading →

Second Place: Buckley High School Essay Contest

By: Calla Bai The following essay was the second-place winner of the Buckley Program’s spring semester high school essay contest. The topic was “What can we learn from William F. Buckley, Jr. today?”.  Champion of conservatism and celebrated founder of the National Review, William F. Buckley Jr. was one of the most influential figures in... Continue Reading →

First Place: Buckley High School Essay Contest

By: Emma Weinheimer The following essay was the winner of the Buckley Program’s spring semester high school essay contest. The topic was “What can we learn from William F. Buckley, Jr. today?”.  William F. Buckley, Jr., certainly was a strong, conservative political mind with much to offer to the world. One could meander for hours through his... Continue Reading →

Third Place: Buckley College Essay Contest

By: Sophie Dillon The following essay was the third-place winner of the Buckley Program’s spring semester essay contest. The topic was “What can we learn from William F. Buckley, Jr. today?”.  Last November, America experienced one of its most surprising elections to date, when Donald Trump edged out a win in a presidential race so close... Continue Reading →

Second Place: Buckley College Essay Contest

By: Bernard Stanford The following essay was the second-place winner of the Buckley Program’s spring semester essay contest. The topic was “What can we learn from William F. Buckley, Jr. today?”.  Yale today has a delicate relationship with the concept of “namesakes.” On a university filled nearly to bursting with names (such that poor Messrs. Sterling,... Continue Reading →

First Place: Buckley Program College Essay Contest

By: Zach Young The following essay was the winner of the Buckley Program's spring semester essay contest. The topic was "What can we learn from William F. Buckley, Jr. today?".  “The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.” - William F. Buckley, Jr. Upon exiting the 1787 Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin purportedly encountered an... Continue Reading →

Religious Freedom and the Benedict Option

The following essay drew inspiration from the Buckley Program’s dinner seminar and discussion on religious freedom with Mary Eberstadt on 1.25.17 By: Noah Daponte-Smith The past eight years have been something of a disaster for religious conservatives. President Obama may have campaigned in 2008 on an anti-gay marriage platform, but by the time he left office last week, gay marriage had... Continue Reading →

Reflections on Buckley’s Annual Fall Conference by Paul Han and Andreas Ravichandran

This October, the Buckley Program hosted its sixth annual conference and gala on the future of the American political party system. Below are two brief reflections written by current undergraduate students. Andreas Ravichandran, ES '19 Yale can often be a politically homogenous place, filled with students and faculty that dogmatically espouse a uniformly liberal philosophy that stymies... Continue Reading →

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