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Liberty + Leadership News: August 25


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Remembering Mary Kay Ream, First Lady of TFAS

It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of Mary Kay Ream, wife of TFAS President Roger Ream. Mary Kay passed away in her home in Herndon, Virginia, after a long battle with PSP (progressive supranuclear palsy) on August 20, 2023. Her legacy lives on through the lives she touched and the memories she created.

Mary Kay was a friendly and familiar face at TFAS activities, regularly attending student events, leadership conferences, awards dinners and overseas trips. She shared her kindness and warmth with board members, donors, students and staff.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 26 at 2 p.m. with a reception to follow at Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park St NE, Vienna, Virginia.

Read more about Mary Kay Ream’s life and legacy here.

Hungarian Students Complete TFAS Summer Program Through Hungary Foundation Partnership

2023 Széll Kálmán Fellows (l.-r.): Barna Péterfi ’23, Annamária Wettstein ’23 and Márton Nagy ’23.

Three young courageous leaders from Hungary participated in the 8-week-long TFAS Summer Program in Washington, D.C. Márton Nagy ’23, Barna Péterfi ’23 and Annamária Wettstein ’23 lived, learned, interned and built their professional network in Washington, D.C., this summer.

Through a special partnership with the Hungary Foundation, these three outstanding students were named the 2023 Széll Kálmán Fellows, and received scholarships to attend the TFAS program.

Barna Péterfi ’23 participated in the Business + Government Relations program track and interned with American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA).

“I am confident that the profound knowledge and professional experience acquired throughout these incredible two months will play an unquestionable role in my academic journey and future endeavors,” he said. “I’m looking forward to taking this knowledge back to Hungary with the hope of further strengthening the relations of Hungarian businesses and the government along with introducing the Hungarian community to the American way of thinking.”

To learn more about their summer experience with TFAS, please visit the Hungary Foundation’s website.

Post of the Week

Do you know a young leader interested in participating in a TFAS International program? Encourage them to apply to join TFAS from January 6-20 for TFAS Santiago 2024. Participants will study economics, political philosophy and the foundations of the rule of law and government while exploring Chile.

The early admissions deadline for TFAS Santiago is August 30, 2023. Encourage young leaders to apply at TFASinternational.org/Santiago.

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 TFAS Faculty, Alumni, Supporters in the News

Carrie Sheffield ’06, Novak ’06, wrote a piece for the Independent Women’s Forum about ways to reduce healthcare inflation.

Dr. Samuel Gregg reviews “Tyranny, Inc.: How Private Power Crushed American Liberty–and What to Do About It,” by Sohrab Ahmari for The Washington Free Beacon.

Naomi Schaefer Riley, Novak ’01, wrote a piece for Deseret News about “Earth Mama,” a recently released film about foster care produced by first-time director Savanah Leaf.

Brad Polumbo, Novak ’22, wrote an opinion piece for Based Politics about how police raided a small Kansas newspaper called the “Marion-County Ledger” in an attack on free speech.

TFAS Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Anne Bradley was interviewed about her lecture at Acton University on “Cronyism, Corporate Welfare, and Inequality” on an episode of the Acton Line podcast.

Cody Ray Milner ’18 started a new role as a judicial law clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Sara Spears ’18, ’21 started a new role as an assistant attorney general at the Florida Attorney General’s Office.

Bill Wirtz ’17 writes about the European Commission announcing plans to loosen regulations on gene-edited plants for Real Clear Markets.

Haley Britzky ’16 wrote a piece for CNN about a new study that claims women serving in the US Army’s elite Special Operations Forces face significant discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexism.

Former TFAS Trustee Arnold Steinberg wrote an article for National Review about James L. Buckley’s legacy.

Brad Polumbo, Novak ’22, opines for Newsweek that President Biden’s ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ is a failure one year after Biden announced it.

Carrie Sheffield ’06, Novak ’06, wrote an article explaining how the Inflation Reduction Act raised Americans’ debt load for the Independent Women’s Forum.

Robby Soave, Novak ’17, wrote an article for Reason about a new study that claims to track the spread of COVID-19 misinformation during the pandemic and largely blames 52 specific doctors for allegedly incorrect claims about the virus, masks and vaccines.

Leah Libresco Sargeant, Novak ’18, discusses how the government is failing citizens in the digital age for Deseret News.

Jennifer Kabbany, Novak ’02, wrote a piece for The College Fix about the Cornell Free Speech Alliance’s publication of a 100-page study pushing for broad free-speech policy changes on campus.

Joy Pullmann, Novak ’13, writes on schools that teach the classics rather than Marxism experiencing exponential growth for The Federalist.

TFAS Senior Scholar Dr. Donald J. Boudreaux wrote a piece for AIER stating that countless critics of the industrial revolution deny that Britain’s stupendous economic growth beginning in the mid-18th century produced benefits for ordinary people who lived through those early years of growth.

Jack Butler, Novak ’22, shared about the passing of James L. Buckley at the age of 100 and provided links to additional National Review tributes.

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