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Liberty + Leadership News: April 21


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Elizabeth Spalding on the Evils of Communism

Get ready for a thought-provoking episode of the Liberty + Leadership Podcast that will leave you both educated and inspired! Roger and TFAS alumna Dr. Elizabeth Edwards Spalding ’86 delve into her captivating journey, from her childhood in the heart of Washington, D.C., to becoming a life-long student and a leading expert on the history and horrors of communism. You’ll learn why studying Truman is crucial to understanding the complexities of the Cold War and how Elizabeth’s work at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is shaping the future.

Join Elizabeth as she shares her personal experiences and tells us about the emotional impact of the Witness Project at the Victims of Communism Museum. As the founding director of the museum and chairman of the memorial foundation, Elizabeth is a powerhouse of knowledge and insight. With an impressive academic background, including a Ph.D. in international politics and political theory from the University of Virginia, she brings a wealth of knowledge to the conversation.

Don Boudreaux on the Foundations of Economics

Dive into the exciting world of economics on this week’s episode of the Liberty + Leadership Podcast!

Our guest is the brilliant TFAS professor Dr. Don Boudreaux, senior fellow of the F.A. Hayek Program at George Mason University and renowned author of several influential books.

Dr. Boudreaux shares his insights on the foundational principles of economics, including public choice theory and the tradeoffs that come with every decision. Roger and Don also discuss the comparative advantage of free trade and why good journalism doesn’t always equate to good economics.

 TFAS Faculty, Alumni, Supporters in the News

Blake Mauro ’22 was elected as the new editor-in-chief of Clemson University’s student newspaper, “The Tiger.” She also accepted a summer internship with Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle in New York City.

Joseph Gabriel Simonson, Novak ’22, wrote an opinion piece for The Liberty Loft on how George Soros’ millions fueled Democrats’ court victory in Wisconsin.

Robby Soave, Novak ’17, wrote an article for Reason about the professional relationship between Elon Musk and independent journalist Matt Taibbi.

Firas Maksad ’01 was interviewed on CNN about the latest conflict between Hezbollah and Israel.

Haley Britzky ’16 co-wrote a piece for CNN about how investigations into leaked Pentagon papers take form while the DOJ investigates the source of the leak.

Cheryl Chumley, Novak ’08, wrote an opinion piece about Tennessee lawmakers for The Washington Times.

Robby Soave, Novak ’17, writes for Reason about how the United States and its allies are suffering over the leak of 100 intelligence documents related to Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Joseph Gabriel Simonson, Novak ’22, wrote an opinion article for The Liberty Loft on why the TikTok ban may never come.

Sarah Westwood, Novak ’15, wrote a piece for Washington Examiner about how things will change now that Biden has declared the COVID-19 national emergency over.

Natalie Friend ’19 started a new position as international program coordinator at The University of Kansas.

Bryce Mitchell ’14 started a new position in Strategy, Business Development, and Mission Operations at Labrys.

Joseph Lawler, Novak ’13, wrote an article for Washington Examiner about why the March inflation drop isn’t nearly the ‘success’ that Biden claims.

Ryan Lovelace, Novak ’17, wrote an article about the United States’ efforts to end the cyberwar with China by reaching out to global digital defenders for The Washington Times.

Michael Brendan Dougherty, Novak ’09, wrote an article for National Review about how we are still a long way from another party-shaping presidential election.

Caleb Swanson ’22 was selected as a Truman Scholar. The University of South Dakota shared the news in an emotional video announcement. (USD announced two students named Caleb received the honor, and Swanson is the first “Caleb” to appear in the video).

Michael Lucchese, PPF ’22, wrote a piece for Law & Liberty on Shakespeare and the Western tradition of liberty.

Ecaterina Locoman ’07 wrote an article for Foreign Policy Research Institute about Moldova’s challenges in facing Russian aggression in Ukraine.

Valentina Morales ’23 launched a new Spanish podcast called “El Buena Economista / The Good Economist.”

Senator Chris Coons issued a statement on the Senate floor recognizing his senior advisor Jeff Sanchez ’13,who is leaving the Hill for a new position as PhRMA’s federal chief of staff.

Kurt Couchman ’02, PPF ’07, wrote an article for The Hill about how outdated practices are to blame for another budget season gone wrong.

TFAS Trustee Emeritus Mitch Daniels wrote an opinion piece for The Washington Post about another pandemic raging that is targeting the young and online.

TFAS Senior Scholar Dr. Donald J. Boudreaux co-wrote an opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal about the 1984 film “Air” that he discusses as a cautionary tale about ESG, but it also informs that ESG environmental, social and governance investing is a trap.

Carter Woolly ’17 is joining the Institute for Humane Studies’ development team as a donor relations specialist.

Marisa Burleson ’17 is now the director of operations and members services for Rep. Kevin Hern of Oklahoma.

Post of the Week

TFAS vice president of academic affairs Dr. Anne Bradley shared an update for her spring TFAS classroom. TFAS professor Dr. Chris Coyne visited to speak to the students about economics and geopolitics of humanitarian aid. TFAS appreciates our outstanding faculty like Anne and Chris who bring economics to life in the TFAS classroom.


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