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. 


R: This House Prefers Tolkien to Lewis

Thursday, October 6th beginning at 7:30 pm in the Calhoun Parlor

Join the Federalist Party this Thursday as we debate two of the most popular English authors, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, their contributions to literature, and the religious symbolism that are the foundation of their monumental works.


R: It's a Woman's World

Thursday, September 29th beginning at 7:30 pm in the Calhoun Parlor

Join the Federalist Party this Thursday as we debate the state of women in power; the successes and challenges facing women in business, politics, and the sciences; whether women make better leaders; changing relationship dynamics in dating and marriage; why women are enrolling in college at higher rates than men; the special joys and burdens of black womanhood; why the "perpetual adolescence" of men has become accepted by our culture; and international perspectives on women's equality relative to the United States. As always, there will be delicious Yorkside pizza and milkshakes after the debate.


R: Beauty is Objective

Tuesday, September 20th beginning at 7:30 pm in the Calhoun Parlor

In our party's first philosophical debate of the year, join us as we compete to define the meaning of beauty. Does beauty, as David Hume posits, exist "in the mind which contemplates them" or can it be reduced to science? 


R: End Big Pharma

Thursday, September 15th beginning at 7:30 pm in the Calhoun Parlor

This week, the Federalist Party will debate the value of modern healthcare in our society. Is the pharmaceutical industry truly advancing society's well-being or are they more focused on creating "conditions" to keep their cash flow high? Should more be done about the use of "neuroenhancing" drugs on college campuses? Is enough being done to eradicate disease in developing nations? And is House still relevant after seven seasons? Join us this week for an enlightening debate and afterwards for pizza and milkshakes at Yorkside.