The Buckley Program’s recent guest speaker, Christina Hoff Sommers, gave a lecture on her vision for “freedom” feminism, and sparked an important conversation around campus about feminism and women’s rights. In the hopes of providing a small snapshot of this reaction, The Beacon features both an opinion piece of a current Buckley fellow, Karina Kovalcik, and an official statement issued by the Yale Women’s Center. It is our hope that these two responses foster additional discussion and reflection.
Opinion Piece by Karina Kovalcik
On Thursday night, Christina Hoff Sommers came to Yale’s campus and gave a talk on modern-day feminism. Since Yale is a breeding ground for motivated, driven, and strong, independent women, a feminist coming to give a talk doesn’t seem that out of place. However, this event was not a typical talk on feminism, and Christina Hoff Sommers is not your typical feminist (on the surface anyway).
Continue reading “Reflections on Christina Hoff Sommers”
This year’s theme is James Burnham’s Suicide of the West. Entrants should write approximately 700–900 words on one of the following prompts:
Continue reading “Buckley Program Essay Contest – Fall 2014”
Donald Kagan, Sterling Professor of Classics at Yale and a member of the Buckley Program’s Board, recently penned an editorial in the Wall Street Journal. In his piece, Prof. Kagan explains the importance of instilling civic values through school curricula. His argument comes in the wake of multiple protests by students and faculty in Colorado opposing changes in a school district’s history curriculum that would promote citizenship, patriotism and respect for authority. Prof. Kagan underscores the need for “justified and informed patriotism” through a historical analysis of ideas about education.
The civic sense that America needs can come only from a common educational effort. In telling the story of the American political experience, we must insist on the honest search for truth; we must permit no comfortable self-deception or evasion, no seeking of scapegoats. The story of this country’s vision of a free, democratic republic and of its struggle to achieve it need not fear the most thorough examination and can proudly stand comparison with that of any other land.
This week has been a long one for members of the Buckley Program. Here are a few links to some of the Program’s media coverage, as the lecture with Ayaan Hirsi Ali nears:
First there’s Rich Lizardo’s op-ed in the Yale Daily News, as well as the National Review‘s editorial on the subject. Additionally, Megyn Kelly’s show on FOX News, The Kelly File, featured the Buckley Program on Friday night’s show. See here.
Some other articles that may be of interest:
Today, the Yale Daily News published a story on the Buckley Program’s latest efforts. The piece includes descriptions of some of our fall programming, as well as quotes from our Executive Director and several of our board members. It also discusses the origins of the Buckley Program, and the mission that continues to guide our work to this day. We encourage you to check it out!
Editors’ note: This week, following President Obama’s recent “We don’t have a strategy yet” gaffe, we turn to WFB’s take on the foreign policy of a different president. As part of his syndicated column called On the Right, Buckley wrote the following piece with the title “Now Do You Understand?” and with a bit of his usual wit. Originally published on August 22, 1980, this piece criticizes President Carter for trying to resolve the hostage crisis in Iran by appealing to the Ayatollah through none other than Muammar Qaddafi.
We’ve added in some links for a few other figures as well. Take a look. Continue reading “TWIB: Failed Foreign Policy in the Middle East”
Editors’ note: Every week, the Editors will select an article by or a video of Bill Buckley as part of our “This Week in Buckley” series, or TWIB for short. We hope you enjoy!
In all his years of writing, Bill Buckley had a penchant for using big words, and this style of his did not go without criticism. In fact, an editor once wrote to him, saying that he assumed that Buckley used big words because “(1) you like to show off, and (2) you take delight in irritating people.” In response to these charges and others, Buckley defended his vast vocabulary in a noteworthy op-ed in The New York Times from 1986. Continue reading “TWIB: Bill Buckley and Big Words”