Discussions, debates, and discovery.

Learn about our upcoming events featuring thoughtful discussions, Firing Line debates, in-depth seminars, and much more. Recordings of past events are also available.

Speaker Series

Throughout the academic year, the Buckley Institute produces a lecture series, free and open to the public, that brings to the Yale campus notable intellectual leaders, politicians, and professionals from across the disciplines.

Upcoming Speakers

If You Think It's Bad Today, It's Been Worse Before with Karl Rove

On Monday, February 26, the Buckley Institute is pleased to welcome Karl Rove, former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush ’68.

“I saw these Buckley Program speakers coming through and they clearly represent a totally different worldview. I would just go to these talks and I would meet these incredibly thoughtful people who would be able to defend positions that I had never heard really defended properly before.”

— Alex Hu ’23

“The Buckley Program has allowed me to be intellectually challenged, and has offered incredible opportunities to hear from, meet, and be inspired by speakers who voice political opinions that all-too-often go unheard in other settings at Yale.”

— Tasha Dambacher ’25

“I think the biggest reason why Buckley’s so important is the speakers that it brings in… Some of the things that they’re talking about are things that you never hear in your classes at Yale, you never hear your professors say, and we’re just engaging with it right there on Yale’s campus.”

— Julia Zrihen ’24

Past Speakers