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William F. Buckley, Jr.
Regarded by some as the patriarch of America's conservative movement, William F. Buckley, Jr. addressed the Carleton College community on Wednesday, March 29, at 8 p.m. in Skinner Memorial Chapel. Buckley's talk was titled "Reflections on Current Conditions." The event was free and open to the public.
Over the past 50 years, Buckley has established himself as a leader in the conservative movement. He is founder of the conservative journal National Review, and has written a syndicated column, "On the Right," since 1962. He recently retired from his television show, "Firing Line,"and remains a close friend and confidant of former presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush.
Buckley is the author of several books, including his most recent, Nearer My God: An Autobiography of Faith. He once ran for mayor of New York City and has been a presidential appointee to the U.S. Information Agency, the United Nations, and the National Security Council. In addition, Buckley is an avid adventurer who has made several transoceanic sailing voyages, has traveled to Antarctica, and has explored the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean to view the ruins of the Titantic.
Buckley's visit to Carleton was made possible by the Carleton Conservative Union (CCU), a student organization that provides an outlet for students with moderate to conservative political views. Additional sponsors of the event are the Young America's Foundation, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and Carleton's political science department.