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.

Upcoming Events

Firing Line Debate: The U.S. Should Ban TikTok

On April 4, 2023, at 4:30pm, the Ethics and Public Policy Center's Claire Morell and Reason’s Elizabeth Nolan Brown will debate whether the U.S. should ban TikTok.

Dinner Seminar with Ross Douthat

Ross Douthat joined The New York Times as an Opinion columnist in April 2009. His column appears every Tuesday and Sunday. Previously, he was a senior editor at The Atlantic and a blogg...

The Twitter Files: The Censorship Industrial Complex

Matt Taibbi is the author of 4 New York Times bestsellers, a columnist for Rolling Stone, and one of the lead journalists for The Twitter Files.

Talk with Former NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine

Jim Bridenstine served as NASA’s 13th administrator, represented Oklahoma’s First Congressional District in the House of Representatives, and flew combat missions as a Naval Aviator in...

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— Felse Kyle ’26

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— Julia Zrihen ’24

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— Alex Hu ’23

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Our Events


The Buckley Institute sponsors an annual conference each fall featuring panel discussions and a gala dinner. These events attract hundreds of students, faculty, alumni, and other members of the community.

Disinvitation Dinners

The phenomenon of disinviting a speaker from campus or creating such a ruckus during the speech that someone's speech is effectively quashed is one of the most virulent assaults on free speech on college campuses. In 2015, the Buckley Institute decided to turn that practice on its head and instead invite the disinvited to speak in a place of honor. Our annual Disinvitation Dinner has become a favorite event for Buckley Institute supporters, students, and new friends.

Firing Line Debates

The Firing Line Debate Series seeks to model thoughtful and respectful discourse across political lines by bringing in experts with opposing views to debate a wide variety of policy and political topics.


As part of our effort to promote thoughtful discussion, the Buckley Institute sponsors seminars on a wide range of topics. We offer these seminars throughout the academic year.

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.