Buckley Institute for Civil Discourse Alicia Saribalis

Buckley Institute for

Civil Discourse

Alicia Saribalis

Forensic Scholarship

We are excited to announce the launch of a new campaign to fund establishing and sustaining The Buckley Institute for Civil Discourse.

It is impossible to overestimate the need for an Institute devoted to improving the American dialogue. Such improvement is the result of having better ideas, better ability to express those ideas, and better manners.

While this kind of institute is in part, like a university, essentially a collection of ideas, that collection needs a place to reside. The Buckley School Foundation will establish a unique venue for exploring and expanding the uniquely American dialogue. Through the Buckley Institute for Civil Discourse, the Foundation will host seminars and colloquia in a setting conducive to reflection, thought and communication.

The Buckley Institute for Civil Discourse will become a national center of civil discourse.

Click the button below to see how you can help to preserve our unique American patrimony ... and extend its influence to future generations.

On March 13, 2015 Alicia Saribalis passed away after a year-long battle with brain cancer. Alicia was the personification of grace and all who knew and loved her admired her strength, intelligence and wisdom.

Alicia's passion for language, debate and writing never faltered-she graduated from the Buckley School of Public Speaking, returning to the school in her later years as an advocate, fundraiser and board member. Those of us on the Board of the Foundation will sorely miss her wit, gracious good nature, and her keen insights.

A scholarship to the Buckley School of Public Speaking has been established in her name: The Alicia Saribalis Forensic Scholarship.

Click here to apply for the Alicia Saribalis Forensic Scholarship to begin your journey to excellence.


Quote of the Week

"Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for."

- Socrates (469 B.C.)

Upcoming Events

May 24          - Pentecost

May 25          - Memorial Day

June 21         - Fathers' Day

July 4         - Independence Day (observed Friday, July 3)

September 7   - Labor Day

October 12      - Columbus Day

November 26    - Thanksgiving Day

Buckley School for Public Speaking


  • July
    • 21 (morning) - Executive Etiquette
    • 21 (afternoon) - Writing to Make your Point
    • 22 (morning) - Organization of Materials Workshop
    • 22 (afternoon) - 24 - Executive Seminar
  • September
    • 22 (morning) - Executive Etiquette
    • 22 (afternoon) - Writing to Make your Point
    • 23 (morning) - Organization of Materials Workshop
    • 23 (afternoon) - 25 - Executive Seminar
  • November
    • 10 (morning) - Executive Etiquette
    • 10 (afternoon) - Writing to Make your Point
    • 11 (morning) - Organization of Materials Workshop
    • 11 (afternoon) - 13 - Executive Seminar

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

― Theodore Roosevelt

What's New

A new feature makes its debut this month: Ruminations.  A page dedicated to the written works of the members of our board of directors as well as other friends and supporters of the Buckley School Foundation and the Buckley School for Public Speaking.  Check it out!

Also ... remember to join in our efforts to bring civility to discourse - The Buckley Institute for Civil Discourse.

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