Buckley will deliver Farber lecture April 3 Television personality and newspaper columnist William F. Buckley, Jr., will deliver the third annual W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership lecture at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 3 at The University of South Dakota's Slagle Hall Auditorium.
Buckley's speech, free and open to the public, will be co-sponsored by the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership at USD and the Young America's Foundation.
"As we make the transition from one millennium to another, Buckley is well-suited to comment upon the highs and lows of 20th Century political and moral leadership," said William D. Richardson, director of the Farber Center and chair of the USD Department of Political Science.
During his career, Buckley has worn many hats including that of an author, advisor, columnist, politician, adventurer, editor, philosopher, television personality and lecturer. In 1955, Buckley founded the conservative journal National Review before he began his syndicated newspaper column, "On the Right," in 1962. The column appears three times a week in over 3000 newspapers in the U.S. and abroad. In 1967, he was named Best Columnist of the Year, and he is a winner of the Distinguished Achievement Award in Journalism.
In 1966, Buckley began hosting his weekly television show Firing Line. By 1971 the program was carried coast to coast on the Public Broadcasting System, and until it was retired in 1999 it reigned as the longest running television program in the U.S. that featured the same host. Virtually every political and intellectual leader throughout the world has been a guest on Firing Line, including U.S. Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George Bush; British Prime Ministers Harold Wilson, Margaret Thatcher, and Edward Heath, as well as personalities ranging from Groucho Marx to James Michener. He has won an Emmy Award for program achievement and the TV Guide Award for the Best Television Interviewer.
Buckley ran for mayor of New York City in 1965, and he has been a presidential appointee to the U.S. Information Agency, the United Nations, and the National Security Council. He remains a close confident and friend of Presidents Reagan and Bush.
As an author, he has written on a multitude of topics. He has made four transoceanic voyages, journeyed to the South Pole and written such bestsellers as Atlantic High and Airborne, which he based on his travel experiences. He has written philosophically in God and Man at Yale, Up from Liberalism, and Right Reason. He is autobiographical in Overdrive and The Unmaking of a Mayor. Buckley's fictional works include 10 Blackford Oakes spy tales (one of them won the American Book Award). He has written a children's story, titled The Temptation of Wilfred Malachey, and a play, which was produced at the Theatre of Louisville. His most recent books are Brothers No More (1995) and Buckley: The Right Word (1996). A new book, Nearer My God: An Autobiography of Faith, is due this fall.