Linfield professor to present lecture on 1965 Baldwin and Buckley debate

Nick Buccola, political science professorNicholas Buccola, professor of political science at Linfield College, will present “The Radical and the Conservative: James Baldwin and William F. Buckley Jr. at Cambridge” on Wednesday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room in Nicholson Library at Linfield.

Buccola will discuss his current book project that explores the 1965 debate between Baldwin and Buckley. His book examines how these two American public intellectuals ended up squaring off on stage and the significance of this class between a leading voice of radicalism and a leading voice of conservatism in American political thought.

Buccola’s first book, “The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass,” was published by New York University Press and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. He has published scholarly articles, book chapters and op-eds on many topics including same-sex marriage, Friedrich Nietzsche, John Adams, the abolitionist movement, Leo Strauss, Judith Shklar and liberal education. He has three book projects under contract at the moment: a collection of essays on the political thought of Abraham Lincoln, a collection of the essential writings of Frederick Douglass and a collection of essays on the ideological origins of the Tea Party movement. Buccola is the recipient of the Samuel Graf Faculty Achievement Award, the Allen and Pat Kelley Faculty Scholar Award and a National Endowment of the Humanities Enduring Questions grant.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The Linfield College faculty lecture series offers one presentation each month by Linfield faculty. For more information, call 503-883-2409.