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Liberty + Leadership News: April 22


We hope you enjoy these news stories about TFAS activities, alumni and events this week. Sign up to receive TFAS updates, and visit us on social media for additional up-to-the-moment TFAS news!

Incoming Student Recognized for Receiving TFAS Summer Scholarship

Anna Pittman, a sophomore marketing major from Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Mississippi College sophomore Anna Pittman is one of the many outstanding and bright young leaders who will have the opportunity to live, learn and intern in the nation’s capital with TFAS this summer.

Hailing from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Pittman has dreamed of returning to Washington to work since her first trip to the District in third grade. This summer she will have the opportunity to make her dreams a reality as the sole representative from Mississippi College while participating in the comprehensive eight-week program and interning in the office of Mississippi Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith.

“You can’t put a price on the experiences that will be offered to me,” Pittman told Mississippi College University News. “I’m 100 percent committed to taking full advantage of this opportunity. Even if I don’t work on Capitol Hill one day, I’ll get a special appreciation for all the things the people who run our political system do on a daily basis. I think it’s a good opportunity to get my foot in the door in Washington, D.C.”

TFAS is looking forward to welcoming Pittman and the entire 2022 summer cohort of D.C. Academic Internship Program participants for another incredible summer in Washington in just six short weeks.

Read more about Pittman in this press release from Mississippi College.

Alumni Give Back at the Spring 2022 Student-Alumni Roundtable

TFAS students and alumni gathered over dinner in March to share stories, network and give Capital Semester participants the opportunity to envision life as a working professional in Washington, D.C. The Student-Alumni Networking Roundtable event is a favorite among the students. It’s not hard to understand why when one considers the outstanding cohort of TFAS alumni who volunteer their time and expertise to empower the next generation.

A particular highlight of this year’s event was the collection of advice that alumni shared with the group of students. The room listened with rapt attention as alumni shared their advice. Joel Troutman ’13, a consultant at Deloitte, took this time to remind students that “kindness goes a long way in this city,” and he encouraged them to practice kindness and care amidst an often cutthroat environment. Other pieces of advice ranged from “don’t sell yourself short” to “be willing to do the grunt work,” each bringing its own flavor of encouragement and practical wisdom.

TFAS would like to say a special thank you to the alumni who attended this year’s networking roundtable. Alumni volunteers bring immeasurable value to these programs, which would not be possible without their support.

Find out who else volunteered their time at the Alumni Roundtable event at TFAS.org/Roundtable22.

Pick Up a New Book by a TFAS Alumnus this World Book Day

Happy World Book Day! This is an excellent day to celebrate the merits of reading, continuing education, personal growth and imagination. The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) believes in the power of the written word and the responsibility of authors and journalists to convey the truth.

Pick up a book by a TFAS alumnus this World Book Day!

TFAS programs – including undergraduate journalism programs and professional journalism fellowships – provide the critical tools young journalists need to seek and promote the truth through diligent research and objective reporting. The products of past fellows and alumni provide all the evidence needed to show just how important and effective this education is.

TFAS alumni have published more than 200 books, with even more forthcoming. From politics to politeness, from business to beliefs, these works cover a broad range of topics. Yet they all have something in common – the author’s desire to uncover the truth.

This World Book Day, pick up a book written by a TFAS alumnus and start reading!

Recent Publications

Matthew Continetti, Novak ’08“The Right: The Hundred Year War for American Conservatism”
Christine Emba, Novak ’18“Rethinking Sex: A Provocation”
Nicole Jain ’08“Our Mom, Our Superhero: A Mental Health Journey”

Find more alumni authors at TFAS.org/BookDay22.

Post of the Week

As students receive their acceptance letters to TFAS D.C. Academic Internship Programs for this summer, they share their excitement to begin living, learning, interning and connecting in Washington. Hayley Steinmetz, a Clemson University student, will join TFAS on the Public Policy + Economics track this summer. TFAS can’t wait to welcome her and the rest of the participants in just a few weeks!


TFAS Regent Emeritus Lee Edwards writes about the myth of Scandinavian socialism for the Heritage Foundation.

Emma Freire, Novak ’21, shares lessons on inflation from Brazil for The American Conservative.

Mike Torounian, PPF ’19, is starting a new position as the congressional account executive at Bloomberg Government.

Allan Rogers ’13 is featured in an alumni profile by his high school about his journey in direct service and advocacy nonprofit work.

Ladan Nowrasteh ’09 shares advice on how to find a mentor for the Network of Enlightened Women blog.

Kristin Tate, Novak ’19, commemorates tax day by writing about hidden taxes for Independent Women’s Forum.

Christine Emba, Novak ’18, discusses her new book, “Rethinking Sex: A Provocation,” on The Dispatch podcast.

Ken Rosen, Novak ’18, explains how to use block scheduling to increase productivity in an article for Wired.

Kylee Zempel ’17, PPF ’19, writes about the current inflation rates in the U.S. and the economics behind it in The Federalist.

Kristin Tate, Novak ’19, argues that student loan forgiveness is welfare for the middle and upper classes in a piece for The Hill.

Leslie Corbly ’14 is a privacy policy analyst at the Libertas Institute and a contributor for Young Voices. Her latest op-ed covers individual privacy and civil rights violations of Utah citizens for The Center Square.

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