The Conservative Party, Yale’s foremost philosophical debating society, is a haven for those who believe that ideas have consequences, and that the best of what has been thought and said by man deserves rigorous exploration.
The members of the Conservative Party are not united by a single strand of the conventional political spectrum, but by a devotion to the production of principled and profound leaders, developed through critical inquiry and loyalty to Truth that so characterize our Western inheritance.
Toward the formation of such individuals, the Party sponsors regular events to rigorously examine every facet of politics, philosophy, and religion. These events culminate in the weekly Caucus held at the Conservative Party Debate Hall, where individuals grow by advancing their own ideas against those of others.
The life of Conservative Party members is further enriched by other events such as the Sir Thomas More Lectures, in which a distinguished professor discusses a subject of interest over lunch each Friday; the Allan Bloom Forum, where eminent scholars reflect on philosophical and cultural questions central to the understanding of Western Civilization; High Table, where Party members, petitioners, and friends have the opportunity to dine together from Monday to Thursday; Chamberlain's Nights, where classic games like Risk, Diplomacy, and chess abound; and Mory's Toasting Sessions, where much tradition ensues.
Graduates of the party are never forgotten. Indeed, not a season passes without special occasions to attend Party events. Undergraduate and alumni members of the Conservative Party and Harvard's John Adams Society reunite each November at the boisterous Yale-Harvard Debate, held on the eve of The Game, and at the opulent Party Tailgate when The Game is played in New Haven. The Party hosts an Alumni Debate each February in New Haven, and an Annual Banquet each Spring at the Yale Club of New York, where Party veterans reaching back to the Thirties reminisce about old times and new. Even in Yale’s quiet months, a Summer Debate rouses New Haven with seersucker, Madras and mint juleps.
While Yale may change, members can trust that the Conservative Party remains steadfast, upholding the best of Her traditions. Principles forged during friendly banter at Mory’s Temple Bar, engaging repartee at High Table, and invigorating Debate Caucus speeches form a uniquely Yale experience, one that transcends centuries where graduates “may be instructed in the Arts and Sciences [and] through the blessing of Almighty God may be fitted for Publick employment both in Church and Civil State.” ―Yale Charter, 1701.
There are two things in particular which members find most irreplaceable about their experience in the Conservative Party: the strength of friendship found in its halls, bound by the trials of moral introspection and philosophical examination; and the depth of worldview which necessarily follows from a shared aspiration to restore statesmanship and honor in public life.