Burke to Buckley 201


National Review Institute is pleased to announce that registration is now open for Burke to Buckley 201!

Burke to Buckley Alumni: want to dive deeper into conservative thought and discuss ways to apply these principles to your life? Join National Review Institute for our NEW Burke to Buckley 201 virtual program.

Every year, Burke to Buckley alumni ask for more such programming. Building on the success of last year’s virtual program, the Institute developed Burke to Buckley 201, open to anyone who has completed 101 in person or online. Daniel Mahoney, NRI trustee and Professor at Assumption University, developed the new syllabus for a dynamic second-level program that is sure to foster substantive dialogue. Readings include selections from The Federalists Papers, Milton Friedman’s Capitalism and Freedom, and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago, Volume II.

Participants will meet via Zoom for a series of six weeknight seminars. These will take place on Tuesdays from May 25th to June 29th from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm ET. Participants are expected to attend all six sessions and complete a 25- to 30-page reading assignment per session, which they will discuss with a leading conservative thinker. Sessions involve spirited conversations around each topic. Discussion leaders are all experts in their fields and consist of popular writers/speakers at National Review, faculty at universities, and leading thinkers at policy groups.

There is a fee of $200 in order to the cost of the program. For an additional $50 contribution (added at checkout), you will receive the benefits of our $250+ general membership, including invitations to our book club and movie club. 1955 Society Members at our Sustainer level or higher ($5,000+) are invited to join us complimentary. Please enter the promo code (sent to all qualified members) on the checkout page. If you cannot find the promo code or did not receive it, please email Amanda Herbert at amanda@nrinstitute.org.


Burke to Buckley 201 Syllabus

Session 1: The Constitution & the Moral Imagination
Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Guest Discussion Leader: William B. Allen, Emeritus Dean and Professor of Political Philosophy at Michigan State University

Readings: The US Constitution and The Bill of Rights, Selections from The Federalist Papers, a selection from Democracy and the Constitution by Walter Berns, and two articles by Dr. William B. Allen.

Session 2: Abraham Lincoln & Frederick Douglass
Date: Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Guest Discussion Leader: Diana Schaub, Professor of Political Science at Loyola University

Readings: Selections from the writings of Abraham Lincoln and from the writings of Frederick Douglass.

Session 3: The Abolition of Character: Identity Politics and Guilt by Race
Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Guest Discussion Leader: Joshua Mitchell, Professor of Political Theory at Georgetown University

Readings: A selection from America Awakening: Identity Politics and Other Afflictions of Our Time by Joshua Mitchell.

Session 4: Communism in Theory & Practice
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Guest Discussion Leader: Daniel J. Mahoney, Professor of Political Science and Augustinian Boulanger Chair at Assumption College

Readings: Selections from The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx, The Gulag Archipelago, Volume II by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, and The Other Solzhenitsyn by Daniel J. Mahoney.

Session 5: The Morality of the Market
Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Guest Discussion Leader: Rev. Robert SiricoPresident of the Acton Institute

Readings: Selections from The Humane Economy by Wilhelm Röepke and Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman.

Session 6: Religious Liberty
Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Guest Discussion Leader: V. Phillip Muñoz, Tocqueville Associate Professor of Religion & Public Life at University of Notre Dame

Readings: Selections from Democracy in America by  Alexis de Tocqueville, “The Founders’ Religious Liberty, Beyond Rakove” by V. Phillip Muñoz, and Religious Liberty in Crisis by Ken Starr.