The goal of NRI’s Burke to Buckley (formerly Regional Fellowship) program is to introduce succeeding generations to the conservative movement’s most important thinkers, institutions, and writings, and to build a network of talented, like-minded individuals who can assist one another professionally and personally for years to come. Each class meets for a series of eight weeknight dinner seminars. The Burke to Buckley program follows a syllabus that fosters a rigorous examination of conservative principles and how they apply to the issues of the day. Incorporating readings from Burke to Buckley, the syllabus focuses on the foundations of conservative thought.
Originally known as the NRI “Washington Fellows,” the program began in Washington, DC in 2009. In February 2014, with a new curriculum and new focus on mid-career professionals, the renamed Regional Fellows program expanded to New York City. In September 2014, NRI launched a chapter in Dallas. The program then expanded to San Francisco in 2016, Philadelphia in 2018, and, most recently, Chicago in 2019. In the spring of 2020, the program was renamed Burke to Buckley.
The Buckley Legacy Project is designed to make Buckley’s writings on crucial, relevant topics accessible to NRI supporters, our friends and allies within the conservative movement, and, importantly, a new generation of citizens and intellectual leaders. As part of an archival project, NRI will amass Buckley’s writings in specific subject areas based on editorial priorities and produce booklets of these writings. The material, also sorted by historical anniversary and topic, will be promoted via social media. In this way, Buckley’s legacy will impact an even greater range of American citizens.
NRI sponsors National Review’s popular Books, Arts & Manners section—an explicitly nonpolitical section of the magazine. Since its founding, National Review has made coverage of and commentary on the culture an integral part of its mission. Bill Buckley had a deep understanding of the essential role of culture in realizing a life well-lived. NRI has embraced this aspect of his legacy, hosting and supporting a variety of cultural events.
NRI has collaborated with National Review to form National Review Capital Matters, an initiative which includes a new section on NationalReview.com featuring daily commentary and analysis on business, finance, and economics with a distinctly NR sensibility and complementary NRI-sponsored events, webinars, forums, and conference calls.
To house the important work being doing by the NRI fellows on a variety of topics, National Review Institute has created three thought centers based on the writings and work of William F. Buckley Jr.: the Center for Religion, Culture, and Civil Society, the Center for the Defense of Western Civilization, and the Center for Unalienable Rights.