R: Lead from behind

Thursday, November 10th beginning at 7:30 pm in the Berkeley Mendenhall Room

Join us for a referendum on President Obama's foreign policy. This resolution asks us to consider broadly the wisdom and success of our president's intentions and actions. The title of the resolution comes from a May article in the New Yorker which characterized the Obama administration's approach to foreign affairs as one of humble strength - explained as the natural response to American relative decline, high levels of distrust in many corners of the world, and current fiscal and military constraints. Is this more nuanced conception of leadership the future of American foreign policy? Speeches will range from general critiques of the President's aims to analysis of his reaction to specific events.


R: Art is faster than the speed of science

Thursday, November 3rd beginning at 7:30 pm in the Morse Gallery

What is the true relationship between Art and Science, and how should this be realized in our world? The debate is fundamentally one about the nature of human progress: to what extent does each discipline advance our understanding of human potential and our journey towards Truth? Is the scientist nothing without the artist? Does the artist first shine the light towards new realms of human possibility and does the scientist only then direct her work towards it? In other instances, is it not science that actually leads art by posing new ethical questions for art to resolve? The awe and terror-inspiring advances that science has introduced, such as cloning or nuclear weapons continually reopen fundamental questions about life. This polyvalent topic will open the floor to discussions of many aspects of the complex interplay of Art and Science.


R: Corporations are people too

Thursday, October 27th beginning at 7:30 pm in the Morse Gallery

Join the Federalist Party this Thursday as we debate the role corporations play in our lives, society, and politics. Among the questions we will consider is the eternal question of whether corporations have a social responsibility beyond making a profit and whether in the past generation, U.S. companies have abandoned their obligations to their emplyees. At the same time, we will consider what can be done to correct a short-termist culture that has seemingly compromised both our governments and corporations. Finally, we will consider the role corporations play in politics, particularly in wake of the Citizens United decision, and tax reform. As always, Yorkside pizza and milkshakes to follow. 


R: This is (Not) a Joke Debate

Thursday, October 20th beginning at 7:30 pm in the Morse Gallery

Join the Federalist Party for its most ambitious search for truth yet. 


Edmund Burke Weekend

The Federalist Party welcomes back its alumni for our annual Edmund Burke Weekend. 

Friday, October 14th beginning at 7:30 pm in the Calhoun Parlor

This year's debate is on the resolution, "Directed Studies is no Grand Strategy," which will feature three themes: a literal discussion of the merits of these two programs in the context of a Yale education; reflections by our recently graduated alumni, many of them D.S. students, on the ways in which their Yale education has and hasn't helped them in ways they least expected; and, finally, a discussion about how future leaders should be educated in a democracy. The weekend concludes with our Edmund Burke Dinner on Saturday, October 15th at Mory's, beginning at 7.30.