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2018 Annual Conference

September 21—22, 2018

New Orleans



How do we change the world? By educating future leaders! TFAS supporters, alumni, faculty and friends are invited to join us for our 2018 Annual Conference in beautiful New Orleans to learn firsthand how TFAS is creating a brighter, more prosperous future by teaching liberty and leadership to rising generations. Hear from thought-provoking speakers, meet TFAS alumni making waves in their fields and connect with faculty and peers dedicated to bringing the benefits of a free society to life for a new generation of leaders. Then, relax and enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of the Big Easy with your TFAS friends, new and old.


Register today to take advantage of our early bird specials for the 2018 TFAS Annual Conference in New Orleans! Click here to see pricing and register online, or contact Jane Mack at jmack@TFAS.org or 202.986.0384 to discuss other registration options. We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!

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Conference Highlights

  • Meet alumni, representing every stage of the TFAS journey, who are making a difference in their communities and throughout the world by upholding the values essential to the preservation and success of a free society.
  • See firsthand the proven methods TFAS professors use to help young people understand the concepts of liberty during discussions led by our award-winning faculty.
  • Learn about the exciting new initiatives TFAS has set in motion to expand our impact.
  • Experience the beauty, history and culture of New Orleans with our organized, optional activities.
  • Hear from our dynamic lineup of featured speakers.
  • Click here to view our full conference schedule.

Featured Speakers

Dr. Anne Bradley

The George and Sally Mayer Fellow for Economic Education and TFAS Academic Director

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Mark Hemingway (Novak 02)

Senior Writer for the Weekly Standard and an alumnus of the TFAS Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship program

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Mollie Hemingway (Novak 04)

Senior Editor at the online magazine The Federalist, FOX News contributor and an alumna of the TFAS Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship program

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Heather Mac Donald

Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, author of “The War on Cops” and “The Diversity Delusion: How race and gender pandering corrupt the university and undermine our culture”

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Dr. Joshua Mitchell

Professor of Political Theory at Georgetown University, a member of the TFAS faculty, and author of “Tocqueville in Arabia: Dilemmas in the Democratic Age”

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Johan Norberg

Author and Documentary Filmmaker and a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute

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Travel and Accommodations

The conference will take place at the elegant Windsor Court Hotel. Located in the heart of the Central Business District and just steps from the French Quarter, the Windsor Court is the perfect location to explore the history, spirit and hospitality of New Orleans.

Views of the Mississippi River from the Windsor Court Hotel.

Windsor Court Hotel
300 Gravier Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Book your room today: Please call the Windsor Court Hotel at 800-262-2662 and ask for a room with The Fund for American Studies to take advantage of our special room rate of $244 per night. Reserve your accommodations by Aug. 20.

The Windsor Court Hotel is 15 miles from New Orleans International Airport (MSY), 8 miles from the Lakefront Airport and 55 miles from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Optional Activities

To help you enjoy all that the Big Easy has to offer, we’ve organized some optional activities. Please note that the activities below are not included in the conference registration and must be registered for separately. Before booking, please visit the full conference schedule to see if and when these activities fit into your conference schedule.

Swamp Tour

Enjoy a two-hour boat ride down the Honey Island Swamp in the company of an expert captain.

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World War II Museum

New Orleans #1 Attraction –  includes self-guided tour of museum and showing of “Beyond All Boundaries.”

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Mardi Gras World

Learn about the history of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, try on actual carnival costumes and tour the float den.

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Garden District Walking Tour

Take the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar to the Garden District and discover why this historic neighborhood draws tourists and celebrities year after year.

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City Motorcoach Tour

See all that New Orleans has to offer in one single tour as an expert guide takes you to every must-see neighborhood and landmark.

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Walking Tour of French Quarter

Go back in time as you walk the historic streets of the French Quarter and are led through the 300 year history of New Orleans.

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Schedule of Events

Please see below for a tentative schedule of events. Details will be added and updated as they are confirmed. If you have any questions, please contact Jane Mack at jmack@TFAS.org or 202.986.0384.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

  • 4 p.m.
  • Hotel Check-In
  • Windsor Court Hotel
    300 Gravier Street
    New Orleans, LA
  • 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Private Reception for TFAS Trustees, Regents and Alumni Council (by invitation only)


Friday, September 21, 2018

  • 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Swamp Tour (optional activity)
  • $60 per person
  • 10:30 a.m. – Noon
  • Alumni Council Meeting (members only)
  • Windsor Court Hotel – Boardroom
  • 2 – 3 p.m.
  • Board of Trustees Meeting (members only)
  • Windsor Court Hotel – Boardroom
  • 2 – 3 p.m.
  • Board of Regents Meeting (members only)
  • Windsor Court Hotel – Library
  • 3:15 – 5 p.m.
  • Joint Meeting: Board of Trustees and Board of Regents
    (members only)
  • Windsor Court Hotel – Gallery Room
  • 4 p.m.
  • Hotel Check-In
  • Windsor Court Hotel
    300 Gravier Street
    New Orleans, LA
  • 6 – 7 p.m.
  • Reception
  • Windsor Court Hotel – La Chinoiserie A Room
  • 7 – 9 p.m.
  • Dinner
  • Windsor Court Hotel – La Chinoiserie B Room
  • Featured Speaker: Mollie Hemingway (Novak 04), Senior Editor at The Federalist, Fox News Contributor and TFAS Alumna
  • Alumni Awards Presentations

Saturday, September 22, 2018

  • 8 – 8:45 a.m.
  • Breakfast Buffet
  • Windsor Court Hotel – Gallery Foyer
  • 8:45 – 9:30 a.m.
  • New Orleans History: Andrew Higgins (the man who won the war), Jean Laffite and other icons of the Crescent City
  • Windsor Court Hotel – Gallery Room
  • 9:35 – 10:30 a.m.
  • Identity Politics and the Trump Phenomenon
  • Windsor Court Hotel – Gallery Room
  • Featured Speakers: Dr. Joshua Mitchell, Georgetown University
    Mark Hemingway, The Weekly Standard
  • 10:30 – 10:45 a.m.
  • Break
  • 10:45 – 11:15 a.m.
  • Economic Freedom and the Battle of Ideas
  • Windsor Court Hotel – Gallery Room
  • Featured Speaker: Dr. Anne Bradley, George and Sally Mayer Fellow for Economic Education and TFAS Academic Director
  • 11:20 – 11:50 a.m.
  • Measuring Success: The Impact of TFAS & FTE Programs
  • Windsor Court Hotel – Gallery Room
  • Noon – 1:45 p.m.
  • Lunch & Presentation
  • Windsor Court Hotel – La Chinoiserie A Room
  • The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture
  • Featured Speaker: Heather Mac Donald, the Manhattan Institute
  • 5:30 p.m.
  • Shuttle Pick Up
  • Transportation from the Windsor Court Hotel to the evening’s reception and dinner at Antoine’s Restaurant
  • 6 p.m.
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Antoine’s Restaurant, a New Orleans landmark since 1840
    713 St Louis Street
    New Orleans, LA
  • 7 – 9 p.m.
  • Dinner
  • Antoine’s Restaurant
  • Keynote Presentation: Why Sweden Isn’t a Model for America, and Why We Must Fight for Liberty
  • Featured Speaker: Johan Norberg, Author and Documentary Filmmaker
  • 9:15 p.m.
  • Shuttle Pick Up
  • Transportation from Antoine’s Restaurant to the Windsor Court Hotel



For more information, please contact Jane Mack at jmack@TFAS.org or 202-986-0384.

Register Today!

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