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Liberty + Leadership News: August 27


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

TFAS to Honor U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan and U.S. Chamber CEO Suzanne Clark at 31st Annual Scholarship Dinner

TFAS is pleased to announce the 2021 Congressional and Business Leadership Award recipients to be honored at our 31st Annual TFAS Scholarship Dinner on Sept. 14.

United States Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska will receive the 2021 Congressional Leadership Award and United States Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Suzanne Clark will receive the 2021 Business Leadership Award during a celebration at The Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C. The evening will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and remarks by our honorees at 7 p.m.

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The 2021 award recipients are U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan (left) and U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Suzanne Clark (right).

Funds raised by the TFAS Scholarship Dinner support scholarships for highly qualified, ambitious student leaders to attend our transformational TFAS D.C. Summer Programs track on Business + Government Relations. This comprehensive program includes courses on economics and government relations for transferable credit; guaranteed internships with government affairs offices of notable corporations, trade associations and lobbying firms in the D.C. area; and unparalleled access to networking and professional development opportunities including special guest lectures, site briefings, a mentorship program and more.

Business + Government Relations student Maanasa Muppavarapu ’21 shared that her summer with TFAS helped her explore new subjects and industries she had never previously considered. After taking an economics class with TFAS Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Anne Bradley and interning with the Semiconductor Industry Association, Muppavarapu said her career path changed.

“I am so thankful for TFAS giving me an opportunity to learn about and explore all these new interests,” Muppavarapu said. “This summer has been super impactful… you all changed my life.”

Learn more about the dinner at TFAS.org/ScholarDinner21.

TFAS Capitol Hill Lecture Series: Transforming Young Leaders with the Principles of a Free Society

TFAS programs aim to create the next generation of leaders by teaching the principles essential to a free society. Through economics courses, internships and guest lectures, TFAS students are exposed to these important values and are able to apply them to future experiences.

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Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky joined a standing-room-only crowd of more than 460 interns to kick off the 2021 Capitol Hill Lecture Series.

The TFAS Capitol Hill Lecture Series provides all summer interns in Washington, D.C., the opportunity to hear insights from today’s leaders in the liberty movement. Each summer, several notable speakers take the stage to discuss topics related to “Free Markets, Individual Liberty and Civil Society.” For the ninth year, this exclusive series, hosted in partnership with the Office of U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, is generously sponsored by the Einhorn Family Foundation.

This summer’s series included three events featuring Senator Rand Paul, Professor Jonathan Turley of George Washington University Law School and Professor Randy Barnett of Georgetown University Law Center. The speakers shared their thoughts on topics like capitalism, the rise of the “shadow state” and constitutional originalism.

Visit TFAS.org/CHLSRecap21 to listen to their full remarks.

Summer Law Fellow Gains ‘Enlightening’ Experience with TFAS

2021 Law Fellow Anthony Papageorgiou had an “enlightening” experience with TFAS during the nine-week Fellowship in Washington, D.C., this summer. Now a second year law student at Rutgers Law School in Camden, New Jersey, Papageorgiou is one of the youngest people in the world to hold a doctoral degree in criminal justice. He made a great addition to the exceptional cohort of Law Fellows this summer.

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In an interview with Rutgers-Camden News Now, Anthony Papageorgiou, Law ’21,

In an interview with Rutgers-Camden News Now, Papageorgiou shared some key takeaways from the Fellowship. Of the many seminars, guest lectures and professional development discussions, he felt especially grateful for the opportunity to hear from various judges and legal professionals throughout the summer.

“To understand the thought process of judges when they dissect statutes and constitutional provisions is a valuable skill that transfers well into both law school and professional environments,” Papageorgiou told Rutgers-Camden News Now.

Another aspect of the program that Papageorgiou highlighted was the in-person programming. After a fully virtual first year of law school, he was excited to have the chance to be face-to-face with leaders in law.

“The connections I have gained from this experience are invaluable when it comes to career development and overall job prospects,” he shared.

Read the full article online at Rutgers-Camden News Now.

Post of the Week

Read about TFAS D.C. Summer Program student Jolisse Gray’s ’21 experience in Washington, D.C., this summer in the Notre Dame University of Maryland News.


TFAS professor Donald Boudreaux writes for Citizens Journal about his experience teaching an introductory economics course and why he believes that principles of microeconomics is the most important class his students will take in college.

Michael Goldfarb, Novak ‘07, hosted an episode covering the past and present history of Afghanistan in his First Rough Draft of History (FRDH) podcast.

Alexandra Jaffe ’09 describes the urgency of Vice President Harris’ upcoming trip to Asia based on the recent events in Afghanistan in an AP News article.

Carrie Sheffield ‘06, Novak ‘06, joins Larry Kudlow on Fox Business to discuss the current situation in Afghanistan and fears of rising terrorism.

RealClearPolicy interviewed former TFAS faculty member Steven Hayward about progressivism’s effect on science and other subjects.

Caroline Baxter ’03 was sworn in as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Education and Training earlier this month.

Audrey Townend ’16, ’18 was hired as a senior analyst at Patomak Global Partners and is a 2021-22 Don Lavoie Fellow at the George Mason University Mercatus Center.

Armen Grigoryan ’11, who has been serving as interim foreign minister of Armenia, has been reappointed to his former post as the secretary of the Security Council.

Carrie Sheffield ’06, Novak ’06, warns readers about the dangers of a proposed inflationary multi-trillion dollar human infrastructure bill in Broad + Liberty.

WECT News 6 reports on Rep. David Rouzer ’93, ’94 visiting Brunswick Community College in North Carolina to deliver a certificate to the school, which was recently voted the country’s best community college.

In an article for Deseret News, Naomi Schaefer Riley, Novak ’01, explains the expensive mistake schools are making by investing in new technology, which has major shortcomings in classroom instruction.

Frederico Bartels, PPF ’18, shares his thoughts in the Washington Examiner on how Congress should interact with President Biden regarding the U.S. defense budget.

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