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30 Years of Global Exchange: TFAS International Programs Continue in Prague


TFAS is ecstatic to celebrate 30 years of TFAS International Programs this year as the week-long European Journalism Institute (EJI) program and the three-week TFAS Prague program kick off in July.

Eighty-five students from more than 25 countries are expected to take part in the three-week TFAS Prague program this July. Students will explore core concepts of political philosophy, political economy and conflict resolution at Charles University while earning college credit.

Esteemed professors Dr. Ibrahim Al-Marashi ’01, Dr. Adam Martin and Dr. Nikolai Wenzel will collaborate to give students a well-rounded perspective on these concepts.

Over the course of three weeks, students will engage in dialogue with a diverse group of classmates, faculty and guest lecturers to gain a better understanding of one another during the much-anticipated cultural presentations.

Students explore the city of Prague.

Dr. Al-Marashi will lead the annual Conflict Management Simulation at the Senate Parliament of Czech Republic. Students will apply the knowledge gained from class in a mock debate and deliberation on a real international issue.

Students will also learn from outstanding alumni and other leaders through an interactive guest lecture series. Esteemed speakers include:

  • Ms. Barbora Maranokova, global partners engagement at NATO
  • Arizona Supreme Court Justice, Clint Bolick ’78
  • Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the United Nations, Jakub Kulhánek ’07
EJI participants during class at Anglo-American University.

In collaboration with The Media Project, the European Journalism Institute (EJI) allows young journalists from around the world to come together to deepen their awareness of religion in public life, explore fundamental issues related to journalism ethics, and develop their reporting abilities. Thirty participants from more than a dozen countries will engage with industry professionals and gain firsthand knowledge of the significance of addressing religion as a crucial aspect of public life as it promotes individual freedom, human achievement and personal responsibility.

Journalists will earn academic credit by studying conflict and religion reporting, journalism ethics, creating effective leads and photojournalism at Anglo-American University.  TFAS is proud to welcome back Dr. Ibrahim Al-Marashi ’01, Sean Gallup, Paul Glader ’99, ’00 and David Rocks, who will share their expertise and insight with participants about best industry practices.

Journalists enjoy sightseeing throughout Prague.

Guest lecturers at EJI include:

  • Ms. Ladka Mortkowitz Bauerova, reporter at AFP
  • Dr. Paul Marshall II, research professor in the Department of Political Science at Baylor University

During both programs, participants will have the opportunity to explore the picturesque and historic city of Prague, including a walking tour, site excursions at the grounds of the Prague Castle, the statue of St. John of Nepomuk on the Charles Bridge, the Prague Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square and historic Wenceslas Square.

TFAS is grateful to its supporters who have provided generous scholarships to 13 Ukrainian students to participate in the EJI and TFAS Prague programs.

To celebrate 30 years of TFAS International programs, alumni and students will gather on July 28 for a reunion in Prague. To learn more and register, please visit alumni.TFAS.org.


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