Through the Gates discusses Buckley legacy with Al Felzenberg

The Media School Report • Nov. 15, 2017

Through the Gates: IU This Week talks to Al Felzenberg, author of a new biography on legendary political writer and activist William F. Buckley Jr.

The biography, A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley Jr., discusses how Buckley used different communications platforms to promote the conservative movement. Buckley hosted the interview show Firing Line for 33 years, and he founded the conservative magazine The National Review in 1955.

Felzenberg is a political expert who served in two presidential administrations, was principal spokesman for the 9/11 Commission and served on several Congressional committees. He visited Bloomington on Nov. 10 to discuss “The Future of Bill Buckley’s Conservatism in the Age of Donald Trump.” The talk explored whether “Trumpism” and “Buckleyan conservatism” can work together.

Through the Gates is a joint project from The Media School, the IU Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President, and IU Newsroom. Media School dean James Shanahan is one of the hosts of the series.