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2019 Annual Conference

June 27—29, 2019

775 12th Street Northwest

Washington, DC 20005, USA


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TFAS alumni and supporters reconnect at the 2018 TFAS Annual Conference. Click here to read about last year’s conference.

Come together to celebrate “The Future of Liberty + Leadership” during the 2019 TFAS Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., this summer. We’ll put you face to face with the change-makers who are leading the fight to protect freedom today and introduce you to the rising young leaders TFAS programs are preparing to carry the torch into the future.

Held during our TFAS D.C. Summer Programs, this year’s conference will show you firsthand how the TFAS Journey is cultivating the critical thinking and leadership skills necessary to create a brighter, more prosperous future for us all. View our full conference schedule below.

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Tickets and Sponsorship Opportunities

You can save 20% or more when you register today and take advantage of our early bird registration specials! 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.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for conference events. These sponsorships include complimentary registration(s), name or logo recognition in conference materials, as well as other benefits and opportunities. Click here or call 202.986.0384 to learn how you can become a 2019 Annual Conference sponsor today!

Accommodations

Marriott Metro Center
775 12th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
202.737.2200

Book your room today: You may make your reservations online or call the Marriott Metro Center at 202.737.2200 and ask for a room with The Fund for American Studies to take advantage of our special room rate of $169 per night for a standard room.

Confirmed Featured Speakers

HELEN ANDREWS

Managing Editor of the Washington Examiner Magazine and 2017 TFAS Novak Fellow

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RICHARD BENEDETTO

Retired White House Correspondent for USA Today and TFAS Professor

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DR. ANNE BRADLEY

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

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GREG CASKEY

Ph.D. Fellow at The Mercatus Center, Creator of HipHoponomics and TFAS High School Program Instructor

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DR. DONALD DEVINE

TFAS Grewcock Senior Scholar and Former Civil Service Director Under President Reagan

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MICHAEL BRENDAN DOUGHERTY

Senior Editor at National Review and 2009 TFAS Novak Fellow

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PETER FELDMAN

Commissioner at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and 2007 Public Policy Fellow

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PAUL GIGOT

Editorial Page Editor and Vice President of The Wall Street Journal

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MICHELLE JEFFRESS LE

Vice President of International and Alumni Programs at TFAS and Alumna of TFAS D.C. Summer and International Programs

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DR. KEN LEONARD

Associate Vice President for Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE) and TFAS High School Program Instructor

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DANIEL MCCARTHY

Director of the TFAS Novak and Rago Journalism Fellowship Programs and Editor of Modern Age

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DR. JOSÉ PIÑERA

Former Chilean Minister of Labor and Social Security and Architect of Chile’s Personal Pension System

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ANDREW PUZDER

Former CEO of CKE Restaurants Holdings and Author of “The Capitalist Comeback”

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ROGER REAM

President of The Fund for American Studies (TFAS)

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TOM ROONEY

Former Illinois State Senator, Illinois High School Teacher and TFAS High School Program Instructor

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KEVIN SEIFERT

Chief Operating Officer of At Ease Advisors and Senior Advisor to Former House Speaker Paul Ryan

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STEPHANIE SLADE

Managing Editor at Reason Magazine, Contributing Writer at America Magazine and 2016 TFAS Novak Fellow

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ROBBY SOAVE

Associate Editor at Reason and 2017 TFAS Novak Fellow

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Schedule of Events

Below is a 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, June 27, 2019

  • 8 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Registration and Check-in
  • Room: London 1
  • 9 – 11 a.m.
  • Board of Trustees Meeting (Members Only)
  • Room: Lincoln II
  • Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Lunch
  • Room: Salons ABC
  • Speaker: Paul Gigot, Editorial Page Editor and Vice President of The Wall Street Journal

  • 3:45 – 4:45 p.m.
  • How TFAS Teaches Freedom Around the Globe
  • Room: Salons DE
  • Moderator: Michelle Le ’95, ’96, Vice President of TFAS International Programs
  • Speakers: Dr. Nikolai Wenzel, V. Hackley Chair for the Study of Capitalism and Free Enterprise and Distinguished Professor of Economics at Fayetteville State University; Dr. Bradley Thompson, BB&T Research Professor at Clemson University and the Executive Director of the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism
  • 6 – 7 p.m.
  • Reception
  • Room: Grand Ballroom Foyer
  • 7 – 9 p.m.
  • Dinner
  • Room: Salons ABC
  • Speaker: José Piñera, Former Chilean Minister of Labor and Social Security

Friday, June 28, 2019

  • 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
  • Breakfast
  • Room: Salons ABC
  • 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
  • TFAS Alumni’s Impact Around the Globe 
  • Hear from TFAS alumni who are leading the fight for free markets and liberty around the globe.
  • Room: Salons DE
  • Speakers: Peter Feldman ’04, PPF ’07, Law ’07, Commissioner at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and Nick Ballasy ’07, Political Correspondent for PJ Media
  • 10:45 a.m. – Noon
  • How TFAS Fellowship Programs Educate Leaders of Tomorrow
  • Learn how TFAS Public Policy Fellowship is educating future policy leaders on the philosophical underpinnings of the American Experiment.
  • Room: Salons DE
  • Speakers: Melanie Benit ’14, ’15, PPF ’18, Activism Associate at the Institute for Justice; Clara Jace ’16, Ph.D. Candidate at George Mason University; and Kevin Seifert ’06, PPF ’11, Senior Advisor to Former House Speaker Paul Ryan and Chief Operating Officer of At Ease Advisors
  • Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Regents Scholarship Lunch and Meeting (Members Only)
  • Room: Capitol Hill
  • 12:15 – 2 p.m.
  • Lunch
  • Room: Salons ABC
  • 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Breakout Session: Importance of High School Programs
  • Join FTE staff to experience the exercises they use every day to teach high school students and teachers about the importance of free-market economics.
  • Room 1: London II
  • Speaker: Dr. Ken Leonard presents “The Job Jungle”
  • Are labor markets different from other markets? This activity examines labor markets and answers that question. Students are either employers or employees (skilled or unskilled) and learn derived demand, marginal product and supply. Variations of this activity included economic fluctuations, public assistance and overqualified workers (the Starbucks effect).
  • Room 2: Salon D
  • Speaker: Tom Rooney presents “Tic-Tac-Toe Tariff … Who Pays the Tariff?”
  • In this interactive simulation students are citizens in Country X and Country O. They are given a random “basket” of Dum Dum Pops and they trade with other students to get a more valuable “basket” by the end of the activity. But, in order to trade with people from Country X, citizens of Country O must pay the Tic-Tac-Toe Tariff which requires the playing of a game of tic-tac-toe and a visit to the customs officer for approval. Through the course of the simulation students experience gains from trade and explore the impact of tariffs.
  • Room 3: Salon E
  • Speaker: Greg Caskey presents “In the Chips”
  • This highly interactive simulation teaches students the concepts of equilibrium price (or Market Clearing Price), supply, demand and competition. Understanding how markets work and the role of prices within markets is an important key to being able to explain and predict economic behavior. In true markets, prices are determined by the interaction of buyers and sellers.

  • 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Breakout Session: A Day in the Life of a TFAS Student
  • Experience economics as TFAS students do, as faculty from our TFAS D.C. Summer Programs teach an abbreviated version of one of their courses.
  • Room 1: London II
  • Speaker: Dr. Anne Bradley, George and Sally Mayer Fellow for Economic Education and TFAS Academic Director
  • Room 2: Salon D
  • Speaker: Richard Benedetto, Retired White House Correspondent for USA Today and TFAS Professor
  • Room 3: Salon E
  • Speaker: Dr. Gary Armstrong, Professor of Political Science at William Jewell College and TFAS Professor
  • 4:30 – 6 p.m.
  • Break
  • 6 – 7 p.m.
  • Reception
  • Room: Grand Ballroom Foyer
  • 7 – 9 p.m.
  • Dinner
  • Room: Salons ABC
  • Speaker: Andrew Puzder, Former CEO of CKE Restaurants Holdings
  • 9 – 11 p.m.
  • After Dinner Reception
  • Room: Grand Ballroom Foyer

Saturday, June 29, 2019

  • 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
  • Breakfast
  • Room: Salons ABC
  • 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
  • Panel Discussion: How TFAS Mentors and Internships Make a Difference
  • Learn why the TFAS mentorship program and internships are an integral part of what makes the TFAS Journey so impactful.
  • Room: Salons ABC
  • Panelists: Brittany Hackett ’07, PPF ’15, Web Communication Manager for the Society for Neuroscience, and Emily Hayes ’17, Development Coordinator for Island Press; Randy DeCleene, Partner at kglobal, and Brianna Bucinell ’11, Account Director at kglobal; Ilya Shapiro, Director of the Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute, and Frank Garrison, Law ’14, Staff Attorney at the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation

  • 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
  • Panel Discussion: The Struggle for the Heart of America Among Social Conservatives, Economic Conservatives and Libertarians
  • Panelists: Dr. Donald Devine, TFAS Grewcock Senior Scholar; Cheryl Miller, Novak ’07, Director of the Hertog Foundation; and Stephanie Slade, Novak ’16, Managing Editor of Reason Magazine
  • Noon – 2 p.m.
  • Lunch: “The Future of Liberty + Leadership” Campaign Update
  • Room: Salons ABC
  • Speaker: Roger Ream, President of The Fund for American Studies (TFAS)
  • 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Optional Afternoon Tours
  • Museum of the Bible Highlights Tour
  • DC Duck Tour
  • 4:30 – 6 p.m.
  • Break
  • 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Outdoor BBQ with TFAS D.C. Summer Programs Students (Casual Dress)
  • George Washington University Yard
  • H Street Between 20th and 21st Streets NW

Sunday, June 30, 2019

  • 8:30 – 11 a.m.
  • Farewell Breakfast Buffet (Optional)
  • Room: Salons ABC

Questions?

For more information, please contact Jane Mack at jmack@TFAS.org or 202.986.0384.

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