Dear Friends and Supporters



Dear Friends and Supporters
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Since its rejuvenation almost three years ago, National Review Institute has
expanded the reach and influence of the National Review mission. The Institute
supports policy fellows, sends NR’s best talent across the country, and keeps
William F. Buckley Jr.’s powerful conservative legacy alive on college campuses.
NRI has developed an impressive array of educational programs that bring together
conservative leaders to help strengthen the broader movement and educate our
fellow citizens regarding key conservative ideas. We are excited about our mission
and the direction of the Institute. We hope that you’ll share in our excitement.
This mid-year newsletter includes updates on:
❖ Our new college outreach program called NRI On Campus
❖ The latest high-profile work of the NRI Fellows
❖ Our commemorative events for the 50th anniversary of Firing Line, Bill Buckley’s award-winning
television program, held in partnership with the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.
Also, please mark your calendars: On September 22, 2016, NRI will hold its third annual William F.
Buckley Jr. Prize Dinner, this year in San Francisco. We are proud to recognize The Hon. George P. Shultz
and Mr. Michael Grebe (President and CEO of The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation) at this year’s gala,
and hope that you will be able to join us for this signature event.
This fall will mark NRI’s first year of programming in San Francisco, as we expand the Regional Fellows
program (currently held in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Dallas) to the Bay Area. This important
program cultivates mid-career professionals working outside the realm of politics and public policy by
introducing them to conservatism’s most important writings, thinkers, and institutions through an eightsession dinner seminar series on the foundations of conservative thought.
We are working tirelessly to cast National Review’s net wide, from coast to coast, bringing together likeminded individuals for meaningful conversation and debate. The year 2016 is off to a roaring start—with a
new college program, new intellectual-thought centers, and celebratory events marking the 50th anniversary of
an iconic, lasting piece of Buckley’s legacy—Firing Line.
While we are very pleased with our impact thus far, we know that we can’t rest. Like Buckley, we are always
looking forward. And, also like him, we seek innovative ways to strengthen our cause, improve our programs,
and support National Review’s editorial mission. In short, there is much to do.
Thank you for your generous support and commitment to National Review Institute. Together, we will
continue to advance conservatism.
Lindsay Craig, President
William F. Buckley Jr. began his career as a public intellectual
by writing God and Man at Yale (1951), a scathing critique
of his alma mater and its growing bias towards secular
collectivism. Buckley understood how vitally important
young people are to the future of our country, and he
frequently spoke on college campuses throughout his
illustrious career to promote the principles of classical
liberalism and limited government. It was Buckley’s
unyielding dedication to the principles of ordered liberty that
launched conservatism back into the political mainstream.
In this spirit, National Review Institute is bringing the
National Review mission to college campuses through its new
NRI On Campus program, which provides opportunities for
college students to learn about the principles and ideas of a
free society, and empowers them to “stand athwart history.”
Through events, social media, and disseminating National
Review magazine, NRI reaches today’s college students with
timeless conservative ideas rooted in Buckley’s own powerful
campus legacy.
Most of today’s college students were in middle school when
Buckley passed away in 2008. And, let’s be honest: How
many of today’s college professors encourage their students to
learn about Buckley’s career as a public intellectual? NRI On
Campus fills this gap by educating students on the principles
that Buckley championed throughout his life, and explains
how these principles remain vital today to keep America
strong and free.
In its inaugural year, NRI On Campus hosted 21 events
on 19 different campuses, where NR talent discussed with
students and faculty ideas such as free speech, federalism, and
the relationship between libertarians and conservatives. We’ve
partnered with student groups like College Republicans,
College Democrats, Young Americans for Freedom (YAF),
Young Americans for Liberty, the Network of enlightened
Women (NeW), the Charles Carroll Program at the College
of the Holy Cross, and the Government Relations Council at
Utah State University.
We are excited to announce our recent partnership with the
Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) to bring NR’s best talent,
like Jonah Goldberg, Kevin D. Williamson, Andrew C.
McCarthy, and Jay Nordlinger, to even more college campuses
around the country. Together, this spring we launched a Texas
campus tour with Kevin, who spoke on issues of free speech
at the University of Texas at Austin (his alma mater), Texas
Christian University, and the University of Dallas.
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In order to extend our reach beyond campus visits, NRI On
Campus has an active Facebook page that engages students
across the country. During its first year, NRI On Campus
has gained over 7,000 fans and reached over 500,000
people through Facebook alone.
We are also proud to announce that through our efforts,
students in all 50 states are reading National Review. NRI
currently provides over 7,000 print subscriptions to
student clubs, libraries, and Greek organizations at over 600
universities across the country. This represents only part of
our campus outreach, however, as we also provide digital NR
subscriptions free of cost to all college students. Today, over
2,000 students actively read NR through this initiative, and
the number continues to grow.
NRI On Campus also engaged with hundreds of students
interested in conservative principles through an exhibit at
at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)
that provided students with free digital subscriptions to NR,
books by NRI policy fellows, and terrific NRI swag. As a
result, we ended up with one of the five busiest booths at
the entire conference.
At CPAC 2016 meeting 3,000 students
By par tnering with NRI On Campus, we
brought speakers such as Charles C. W.
Cooke and Jay Nordlinger to our campus
to discuss ideas that aren’t always taught
by college professors.
College of the Holy Cross
Southern Methodist University
New York University
Yale University
University of Colorado–Boulder
University of Michigan
Assumption College
Florida Atlantic University
Florida International University
Princeton University
University of Pennsylvania
University of Dallas
Texas Christian University
University of Texas at Austin
University of Virginia
Utah State University
Grove City College
College of the Holy Cross
Arizona Christian University
Williams College
the Thomas L. Rhodes
Journalism Fellow
NRI has been privileged the past two years to
have IAN TUTTLE as a William F. Buckley
Jr. Fellow in Political Journalism. He writes an
op-ed column several days each week on NRO,
contributes regularly to NR editorials on a
variety of issues, and often appears on FOX
News and TheBlaze to discuss his reporting.
We are excited to announce that Ian has
been selected to be the Thomas L. Rhodes
Journalism Fellow, keeping him in the
National Review family.
Since 2011, The Lynde and Harry Bradley
Foundation has graciously and generously
underwritten the Thomas L. Rhodes Journalism
Fellowship, created to honor “Dusty” Rhodes, a
dynamic and beloved conservative leader who
served as the president of National Review and
the chairman of Bradley’s board of directors. Past
fellows include Jillian Melchior and Andrew Stiles.
The Rhodes Fellow will spend part of his time
writing about economic and tax policy, but is also
expected to write about politics, cultural matters,
conservative principles, and other areas of
interest. His work will be published on National
Review Online and in National Review magazine.
The NRI Fellows make up a distinguished group of writers and
journalists who share responsibilities between the magazine and
the Institute. The fellows have been busy this past year, and are
off to a fast-paced start in 2016.
National Review senior editor JONAH GOLDBERG continues
his dominant media presence. His nationally syndicated column
appears in more than 100 newspapers around the country,
and he serves as a weekly columnist for the Los Angeles Times, a
member of USA Today’s board of contributors, and a contributor
to FOX News. In addition to performing emcee duties for the
2015 William F. Buckley Jr. Prize Dinner in Dallas, Texas, Jonah
was the keynote speaker at two gala dinners this spring held by
NRI partner organizations, the James Madison Institute and the
Pacific Research Institute. NRI is currently supporting Jonah as
he works on his next book through the fall.
Director of NRI’s Center for Religion, Culture, and Civil
Society, KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ works tirelessly to bring
national attention to the genocide of Christians and other
religious minorities in the Middle East. Along with a number
of allies, she successfully pressured the U.S. State Department
into officially recognizing the genocide. In April, Kathryn
was awarded the CQ Roll Call Award for Outstanding
Periodical Journalist at the 3rd Annual Washington Women in
Journalism Awards, where Roll Call editor Melinda Henneberger
acknowledged the importance of Kathryn’s writings on religious
persecution and the genocide of Christians in the Middle East.
While continuing his national tour for his critically acclaimed
book Children of Monsters: An Inquiry into the Sons and
Daughters of Dictators (Encounter Books), NRI book fellow JAY
NORDLINGER visited the George W. Bush Presidential Center
to interview the former President about his work to promote
human rights and fight AIDS in Africa. After publishing a
feature article on the topic in the March 14 issue of National
Review magazine, Jay expanded the piece into a five-part “blowout” on National Review Online.
Working on behalf of the
tradition of liberty
is what the Buckley
Fellowship is all about.
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NRI On Campus partnered with the Intercollegiate Studies
Institute to bring KEVIN D. WILLIAMSON, Director
of NRI’s William F. Buckley Jr. Fellowship in Political
Journalism program, to college campuses in Texas this spring
to speak to students about defending free speech. In fall
2015, he participated in a panel on freedom of speech at the
William F. Buckley Jr. Program at Yale, which inspired one of
his, and NRO’s, most popular articles this year—“Yale’s Idiot
Children.” This spring, he was interviewed at the Heritage
Foundation’s Resource Bank by Neal Freeman, in an event
entitled “A ‘Firing Line at 50’ Conversation: Worth Fighting
For—Conservative Ideals in a Political Year.”
Winner of the Leadership in Political Thought Award at the
2015 William F. Buckley Jr. Prize Dinner in Dallas, Texas,
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON provides invaluable commentary
and insight on a wide range of issues. A distinguished military
historian, classical scholar, and popular analysis columnist,
he has contributed nearly 100 articles to NRO this past
year, including incisive analysis of the current presidential
administration and the refugee crisis in Europe. In the fall of
2015, Victor taught a course on “Leadership, Ancient and
Modern” in the history department at Hillsdale College, as
the Wayne & Marcia Buske Distinguished Fellow in History.
Victor also leads NRI’s new Center for the Defense of
Western Civilization with NRI fellow ANDREW C.
MCCARTHY, continuing to bring attention to the most
important issues threatening our western political and
cultural heritage. In November 2015, Andy testified
before Congress on “The War on Police: How the
Federal Government Undermines State and Local Law
Enforcement.” Additionally, he advised Sen. Ted Cruz on his
bill entitled the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation
Act of 2015 (introduced November 3). In February
2016, Andy spoke at Hillsdale College’s Kirby Center in
Washington, D.C. on “Islam—Facts or Dreams?” His speech
was published, and can be found in the February 2016 issue
of Imprimis. That month, NRI partnered with the Alabama
Policy Institute to bring Andy to Montgomery, Ala., where
he delivered a talk on radical Islam and terrorist threats at
home and abroad. He spoke to an audience of over 100 that
included the state attorney general, members of the solicitor
general’s office, a number of state legislators, as well as
members of our 1955 Society.
Last fall, JOHN O’SULLIVAN was honored by Australian
Prime Minister Tony Abbott at a dinner in Canberra,
Australia. Earlier this year, he gave an address on the E.U.
at the Steamboat Institute Summit on Foreign Policy and
Global Security. He also recently spoke at The Hoover
Institution’s Tribute to Robert Conquest at Stanford
University, where he provided insight into Conquest’s
influence on Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
REIHAN SALAM contributes to NRI’s mission through his
incredibly diverse skillset and travels around the country to
promote his vital work. A regular guest on NBC’s Face the
Nation, Reihan was also a Resident Fellow at the University
of Chicago this past fall. His expert moderating and
presenting skills continue to be in high demand. Recently,
he interviewed AEI President Arthur Brooks at the National
Constitution Center, while this past February, he moderated
Policy Exchange’s (UK) discussion and Q&A on “The
Politics of Immigration, the Republican Party and America’s
Demographic Future.” NRI and the Illinois Policy Institute
(IPI) co-sponsored an event in Chicago where Reihan
discussed how the free-market movement must evolve in
order to expand its base in a conversation with IPI President
John Tillman. In June, NRI partnered with the Wisconsin
Policy Research Institute to sponsor Reihan’s talk with radio
host Charlie Sykes on “The Future of Conservatism” in
Madison, Wisconsin. Both events drew a large audience,
which allowed NRI to meet many area supporters, and also
be introduced to many new friends.
In April 1966, William F. Buckley Jr. took his conservative
message beyond the pages of National Review magazine, and
directly to the American public, through Firing Line. This
iconic television program was at the vanguard of the new
media of his time, as Buckley challenged liberal opponents in
spirited debate over their disparate ideological principles. As
historian Lee Edwards notes, “Out of the 1,500 programs and
the several thousand guests during the three decades of Firing
Line, three central themes emerged: Communism, capitalism,
and faith—the themes that mattered most to Buckley
throughout his life.”
The Hoover Institution Library & Archives, which houses
an extensive array of documents, transcripts, photographs,
and film footage in its Firing Line collection, works to make
Buckley’s episodes broadly accessible, digitally and in public
settings. This year the Hoover Institution Library & Archives
celebrates the legacy of Buckley’s show with its exhibition
Civil Discourse: William F. Buckley Jr.’s Firing Line, 1966-
1999, which will run from April 19 to August 20, 2016. As
part of NRI’s mission to preserve and promote the legacy of
WFB Jr., in 2015 it launched The Buckley Legacy Project,
designed to make Buckley’s work on crucial, relevant topics
accessible to our supporters, friends, and allies within the
conservative movement.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Buckley’s Emmy
Award-winning program—the longest-running publicaffairs show in television history with a single host—NRI
partnered with the Hoover Institution Library & Archives
(the archival home of Firing Line) to host a series of events
this spring in Dallas, New York City, and Washington, D.C.
True to Buckley’s legacy, the format for these events was
centered on civilized debate and a discussion of topics such as
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immigration, the current state of political discourse, and, of
course, the lessons that Bill Buckley can still teach us today.
Each program opened with remarks by those who knew and
worked with Buckley personally. In Dallas, this was NRI
fellow Jonah Goldberg; in New York City, L. Brent Bozell
III and Richard Brookhiser; and in Washington, D.C., L.
Brent Bozell III, Lee Edwards, and NR’s Ramesh Ponnuru.
Each spoke of Buckley’s profound legacy and the tremendous
impact of Firing Line, discussing their thoughts on what
made Firing Line great, and whether its magic could be
replicated today.
In Dallas and New York City, the second part was a classic
debate in an homage to the Firing Line legacy of discourse
and debate. The Dallas event was hosted at the newly
constructed Old Parkland Debate Chambers, and featured
NR editor Rich Lowry and NR senior editor and NRI fellow
Reihan Salam in debate with Linda Chavez and Timothy
Kane on immigration policy. In the New York City debate,
Lowry and Salam again faced off against Kane, who was
joined by Jason Riley. Each team member provided opening
remarks, followed by cross-examination by a member of the
opposing team. Moderators William McGurn of the Wall
Street Journal and Professor Christopher Wolfe, University of
Dallas, expertly guided the spirited discussion.
The Washington, D.C. program featured a conversation
between Margaret Hoover, Senator James Talent, and Michael
Franc, Hoover’s D.C.-based Director of Programs, on
American political discourse and Buckley’s legacy.
Through Firing Line, Bill Buckley 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. While it is
inevitably true that the number of those who knew Buckley
personally will dwindle, it is our goal, through this event
series and similar projects (as part of NRI’s Buckley Legacy
Project), to expand the circle of those touched by his spirit
and inspired by the principles he championed.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
San Francisco City Hall
For his entire life, Bill Buckley sought to preserve and buttress the foundations of our free society. To
honor his achievement and inspire others, National Review Institute’s Board of Trustees has created the
William F. Buckley Jr. Prizes for Leadership in Political Thought and Leadership in Supporting Liberty.
Please join us as we recognize
HON. GEORGE SHULTZ (Leadership in Political Thought)
MR. MICHAEL GREBE of The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation (Leadership in Supporting Liberty)
For additional information, please contact Alexandra Zimmern, Events Officer, NRI at [email protected]
To learn more about NRI’s annual prize dinner, please visit
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