Since 1955, National Review magazine has defined the modern conservative movement and enjoyed the broadest allegiance of American conservatives. National Review Institute was founded by William F. Buckley Jr. as a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization in 1991. NRI advances the conservative principles which Buckley advocated throughout his life, in his National Review writings, books, speeches, and the lively debates in which he engaged—in print, on television, and elsewhere. NRI’s mission is to preserve and promote the Buckley legacy, complement the mission of the magazine, and support NR’s best talent. In 1966, Buckley took his conservative message beyond the pages of National Review and directly to the American public. Through Firing Line, for over three decades he influenced the millions of Americans who tuned in weekly for intelligent discussion—of key events, of core principles, and of leading policy makers—between powerful voices on the Left and Right.

In the spring, NRI, in partnership with the Hoover Institution Library and Archives, celebrated the 50th anniversary of Firing Line and the Buckley legacy in three cities: Dallas, New York, and Washington, D.C. Our kickoff partnership event was held here, at Harlan Crow’s new Debate Chamber on the Old Parkland campus. His vision for the campus is to “be a place where there are conversations, there’s sharing of ideas, and there are thought leaders.” The Debate Chamber was created specifically to fulfill this vision.

True to Buckley’s legacy, this series of events provides a forum for civilized debate and discussion—lessons that important legacy still teaches us today. We are pleased to continue our partnership with Old Parkland.

Please click here to watch our Firing Line @ 50 Debate Celebration.

Please click here to watch our debate on Free Trade or listen to the audio here.