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Liberty + the Future: Alumni Lecture

November 17, 2020



Reinvigorating Civic Life in America

Polarizing political differences, national unrest and a global pandemic threaten to sever the ties that bind American citizens, but TFAS believes America can rise above the fray. Through our emphasis on civil dialogue, sound economic principles and individual responsibility, TFAS puts young leaders face to face with the same vital ideas that founded our nation.

Join us virtually the evening of November 17 for an interactive discussion with TFAS alumna Alexandra Hudson, Novak ’19, and TFAS professor Dr. Richard Boyd. The two experts will explore challenges and viable solutions in the struggle for American civic reinvigoration and renewal. Alumni will have the opportunity to pose questions for the speakers via the chat function in our Zoom webinar.



Nov. 17, 2020
7-8 p.m. EST


To join us, please RSVP by 6 p.m. ET on Nov. 17, 2020. A link to join the Zoom meeting will be emailed to you. If you have any questions, contact TFAS Special Events Director Jane Mack at jmack@TFAS.org or 202.986.0384. We look forward to seeing you there!

The event is a part of our quarterly lecture series and networking event exclusively available to TFAS alumni and friends.

The series is made possible through the generosity of the Achelis and Bodman Foundation. Their gift, made in support of our 50th Anniversary Liberty + Leadership Campaign initiative to engage and mobilize the global TFAS alumni network, allows alumni leaders to continue their education in liberty.


Meet Our Panelists

Alexandra Hudson, Novak ’19, is a 2019-20 Novak Fellow, currently living in Indianapolis. She is a nationally recognized expert on civility, civil society and American civic renewal. She earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy at the London School of Economics as a Rotary Scholar, and has served at the local, state and federal levels of government and public policy—recently holding an appointment at the U.S. Department of Education. She currently serves as an adjunct professor at Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy where she teaches a class called Philanthropy and Storytelling.

From Vancouver to Orlando, from Sydney to Paris, and from Stockholm to Tbilisi and Istanbul, Alexandra is an in-demand speaker, frequently engaging audiences both across America and around the world. She has appeared on CBS and Fox News and contributes to The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, TIME Magazine, POLITICO Magazine, Newsweek, and other national and international outlets. Now a full-time writer and speaker, she is currently writing a book on civil discourse for St Martin’s Press.


Dr. Richard Boyd HeadshotDr. Richard Boyd teaches American Political Thought for TFAS U.S. Programs in Washington, D.C.

Boyd is associate professor of government at Georgetown University. His research interests include the intellectual history of liberalism, civil society and pluralism, economic and sociological theory, the theory and practice of immigration and citizenship policies in the United States, and the ethical dimensions of the recent financial crisis.

He is author of “Uncivil Society: The Perils of Pluralism and the Making of Modern Liberalism” (Lexington/ Rowman & Littlefield, 2004) and editor – with Ewa Atanassow – of “Tocqueville and the Frontiers of Democracy” (Cambridge, 2013). He has published more than thirty journal articles and book chapters on such thinkers as Aristotle, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, David Hume, Adam Smith, James Madison, Edmund Burke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, J. S. Mill, Alexis de Tocqueville, Stendhal, Mrs. Frances Trollope, Joseph Mazzini, Michael Oakeshott, F. A. Hayek and Frank H. Knight.

He is currently working on two book-length projects. “Liberalism, Capacities, and Citizenship” is a study of the morality of borders, especially the ways in which liberalism ­– past and present – deals with the question of who deserves to be a member of the political community. The second project – with Richard Avramenko of UW-Madison – is titled “Subprime Virtues: The Moral Dimensions of US Housing and Mortgage Policy” and explores the moral consequences of housing policy in the United States in the wake of the financial crisis.

Before coming to Georgetown in 2007, Boyd taught at the University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Deep Springs College. He is currently the faculty director of the Program in Social and Political Thought.

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