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Liberty + Leadership News: August 18


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History, Humanity and Happiness: David Bahnsen Delivers Annual Neal B. Freeman Lecture

Students receive a copy of Bahnsen’s book, “There’s No Free Lunch” following the lecture.

Last month, The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) held the annual Neal B. Freeman All-Student Lecture with featured speaker David Bahnsen, managing partner and chief investment officer of The Bahnsen Group, author and commentator.

For nearly a decade, the Freeman Lecture series has brought in accomplished and engaging speakers to address the principles of a free society, free markets, personal responsibility and virtue.

Bahnsen’s remarks certainly gave students the opportunity to reflect on free markets as they relate to humanity and happiness. Throughout his presentation, he used historical examples to demonstrate which ideas created the optimal outcome when it comes to free markets.

Read more about this year’s Neal B. Freeman Lecture here.

James L. Buckley, in Memoriam

TFAS President Roger Ream, Buckley and TFAS Chairman Randall Teague at the 2019 TFAS Law Fellows Luncheon

TFAS is saddened to share the news of the passing of our friend, Judge James L. Buckley.

President Roger Ream remembers Buckley in a tribute for National Review.

“He was the definition of an honorable leader,” Ream wrote. “Honesty, dignity, humility, and integrity were values that he epitomized.”

Ream goes on to share about the Buckley’s impact, including his contributions to the success of TFAS,

Judge Buckley sharing advice and expertise with the 2019 TFAS Law Fellows.

“A more dramatic example of the generous spirit of Senator Buckley was his willingness to sign a fundraising letter for the Fund for American Studies (TFAS) in its early years, when David Jones was seeking desperately to financially stabilize the organization,” he wrote.

“The letter ended up in the mailbox of a businessman in Baltimore by the name of John Engalitcheff. Engalitcheff visited the offices of TFAS with the letter in hand, seeking to learn more. Jones arranged for Engalitcheff to meet Senator Buckley, and he became a regular donor. When he died, Engalitcheff left TFAS an estate gift of $13 million ($28 million in 2023 dollars).”

Learn more about Buckley’s life and legacy in Ream’s tribute, and read memorials from other friends on National Review here.


Highlights from the 33rd Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner

This week’s special episode of the Liberty + Leadership Podcast highlights TFAS’s 33rd Annual Scholarship Dinner in Washington, D.C. On July 12, supporters, alumni and guests honored today’s congressional and business leaders and supported our future leaders – the 2023 TFAS students.

Post of the Week

TFAS International turned 30 this year! TFAS held three international programs in 2023: TFAS Santiago, a two-week program hosted in Santiago, Chile, in January, and two programs held in Prague in July 2023, the three-week-long TFAS Prague and the week-long European Journalism Institute (EJI) held in Prague, Czech Republic last month.

The TFAS International team shared a special Instagram reel featuring highlights from all three international programs in 2023.

Applications for TFAS Santiago 2024 are still open. Please encourage young leaders to apply by August 30, 2023, at TFASinternational.org/Santiago!

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 TFAS Faculty, Alumni, Supporters in the News

Rebecca Lind ’18 discusses her experience traveling to Taiwan as a participant in the MOSAIC Fellowship Program for US-Taiwan Business Council.

Alexandra Hudson, Novak ’19, writes about the life and writings of Jewish-German-American storyteller and philosopher Hannah Arendt for Profectus Magazine.

Sofia Hamilton ’20 opines for The Orange County Register that proposed FDA tobacco bans will push more people to buy cigarettes by the carton, benefiting cartels.

TFAS intern host Patricia Rausch shares advice alongside TFAS students who interned at the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors in her “Patti’s Pearls of Wisdom” column for the Network of Enlightened Women.

Megan Walker ’02 started a new role as a chief of staff for Goodwill Industries International.

Paul Glader ’99, ’00 writes about the “Bible Buttons,” or areas that help hold together the fabric of religion, in Sweden for Religion Unplugged.

Steff Thomas ’13 wrote a piece for The Hill about Republican presidential candidate and former Vice President Mike Pence speaking to fairgoers and discussing his strategy at the Iowa State Fair.

Sarah Sicard ’13 opines for Military Times on why the Army’s hovercraft platform failed in the 1950s.

Matthew Continetti, Novak ’08, recommended six books that every young journalist should read, including “The Prince of Darkness,” by Robert D. Novak, for The Washington Free Beacon.

Kate Bachelder Odell, Novak ’22, opines for The Wall Street Journal about Governor of Virginia Glenn Youngkin’s chances of flipping the state Senate this November.

Robby Soave, Novak ’17, wrote a piece for Reason about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York criticizing the FDA’s harmful overregulation of sunscreen.

John McCormack, Novak ’11, writes about lessons from Ohio’s ‘Issue 1’ election for National Review.

Naomi Schaefer Riley, Novak ’01, discusses the pressure parents put on children to take a dozen AP classes, participate in sports and pursue extracurricular activities in order to get into college for Commentary Magazine.

Ryan Lovelace, Novak ’17, wrote a piece for The Washington Times on Federal Trade Commission chairwoman Lina Khan rallying support for the Biden administration’s plan for tougher policing of business mergers.

Adnan Muminovic ’08 is now an economic specialist for the U.S. Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

TFAS supporter Thomas C. Morrison will release a new book, “Send In The Tort Lawyer$-A Legal Farce,” on September 15, 2023.

Joy Pullman, Novak ’13, writes about six takeaways from the Biden administration’s court quest to maintain online censorship of Americans for The Federalist.

Joseph Simonson, Novak ’22, discusses Biden’s nearly $1 billion migrant housing plan for The Washington Free Beacon.


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