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Liberty + Leadership News: August 11


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College Students from North Carolina, Estonia Awarded Prestigious DeJoy-Woś Scholarships

Louis DeJoy and Aldona Woś meet with 2023 scholarship recipients for a dinner at TFAS headquarters.

Louis DeJoy, North Carolina business leader and current U.S. Postmaster General, his wife and former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Estonia Dr. Aldona Woś, and The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) are proud to announce the 2023 recipients of the DeJoy-Woś Family Foundation Scholarship. The students, all of whom have ties to North Carolina or Estonia, were selected from a competitive pool of applicants. Recipients received tuition and housing scholarships to attend TFAS programs in Washington, D.C., this summer.

Read more about this year’s award recipients here.

TFAS Equips Young Leaders to Defend Freedom at Inaugural Future of Freedom Luncheons

Future of Freedom Luncheon Forum participants engage in conversation about how to advance the principles of freedom and the Western rule-of-law tradition.

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) recently completed the first year of the Future of Freedom Luncheon Forum series made possible through the John William Pope Foundation’s Future of Freedom Initiative grant.

This series brings together young leaders from the conservative and libertarian movements for wide-ranging conversations about how to enhance the principles of freedom and the Western rule-of-law tradition. The Future of Freedom Luncheon Forum also serves as the entry-point into TFAS’s Future of Freedom programming, which allows emerging leaders to engage in conversation about philosophy, policy, and politics.

Read more about the Future of Freedom Luncheon Forum here. 

Redefining Normal: TFAS Alumni Share Words of Wisdom at Summer 2023 Closing Ceremony

Alexis Black ’17, ’18 and Justin Black ’18, ’19 pose for a photo with TFAS president Roger Ream after receiving the 2023 Young Alumni Award.

TFAS was proud to present married TFAS alumni Justin ’18, ’19 and Alexis Black ’17, ’18 with the 2023 Young Alumni Award for their outstanding achievements at the Summer 2023 Closing Ceremony on July 27, 2023, at George Mason University. The best-selling authors also served as this year’s keynote speakers.

During their award acceptance and keynote remarks, they challenged new TFAS graduates to forge their own paths, acknowledging that the journey may not always be easy, yet emphasizing that such determination would ultimately benefit their families in the future.

Watch the full D.C. Closing Ceremony here.

 TFAS Faculty, Alumni, Supporters in the News

Brad Polumbo ’22 wrote a piece for Washington Examiner about The Seattle Times firing a staffer, David Josef Volodzko.

Helen Andrews, Novak ’17, reviewed “Hsue-Shen Tsien,” a movie about the Chinese physicist who studied at MIT and Caltech and worked on rocketry for the U.S. Department of Defense until his security clearance was revoked in 1950, for The American Conservative.

Former TFAS Trustee Arnold Steinberg wrote an article for The American Spectator about the 2024 U.S. presidential election.

Micah Meadowcroft, Novak ’21, writes for The American Spectator that “an epidemic of loneliness” is a crucial part of the story of how Hilary Clinton became  unpopular, which led to her being defeated by a first-time candidate in 2016.

TFAS Senior Scholar Dr. Donald Devine argues for a new approach to foreign policy for The American Spectator.

Paul Glader ’99, ’00 wrote a piece for Religion Unplugged about his “survivor’s guilt” after escaping the group profiled in the documentary series “Shiny Happy People.”

TFAS Senior Scholar Dr. Donald J. Boudreaux explains for AIER that supporters of ESG investing want the power to free favored individuals or groups from having to play by market rules.

TFAS Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Anne Bradley reviewed “The Dictatorship of Woke Capital: How Political Correctness Captured Big Business,” by Steve Soukup for Acton Institute.

TFAS Senior Scholar Dr. Donald J. Boudreaux offers a lesson in economic philosophy for Independent Institute’s Catalyst.

Dr. Josh Weed ’00, PPF ’08, was featured in Veteran Ventures Capital’s piece for his efforts in supporting Army special operations veteran and entrepreneur Alex Bertelli in establishing his innovative dual-use security company, Havenlock (“Haven”).

Courtland Culver ’18, ’21 started a new role as a policy analyst at the Nolan Center for Justice. 

Post of the Week

TFAS High School Programs, the Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE), just wrapped up a successful summer on college campuses around the country. Thank you to the university professors, mentor teachers, student administrators, program coordinators and FTE support staff members who worked tirelessly this summer to enable students to learn how to apply an economic way of thinking about national and international issues.


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