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Liberty + Leadership News: August 4


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TFAS Mourns the Passing of Former Trustee William “Bill” Tucker

Tucker speaking to TFAS students at the Cultural Presentations Dinner in Prague in 1997.

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of former TFAS Trustee William “Bill” Tucker. Bill served on the TFAS Board of Trustees from 1975-1999. For much of that time he served as board secretary. Among his many contributions to TFAS was his work in helping establish a successful international program in Prague in 1993.

TFAS President Roger Ream commented that “among other reasons, we will always be grateful for Bill’s role in our bringing about our first international program in Prague, then securing leaders from Slovakia, Poland, Hungary and other countries as speakers at the closing ceremony there. Bill let very little stand in his way when it came to providing opportunities for young people to learn.”

Read more about Tucker’s life and legacy here.

TFAS Announces Recipients of 2023-24 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) is pleased to announce the 2023-24 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship recipients. The Fellows are Diana Glebova of The Daily Caller, Fiona Harrigan of Reason, Anthony Hennen of The Center Square, Charles Fain Lehman of City Journal, Daniel Di Martino of the Manhattan Institute, Jimmy Quinn of National Review, and Isaac Schorr of Mediaite. These seven journalists will spend one year researching and providing in-depth reporting on their chosen topics surrounding the principles of a free society.

This year’s cohort of outstanding journalists will dive into serious reporting on today’s most pressing issues. Fellows will explore several topics including the legalization of drugs, lessons from Venezuela’s destruction by socialism, effective immigration policy proposals, rural America’s survival, the Chinese Communist Party’s influence, and Americans who serve in the war in Ukraine.

Read more about the 2023-24 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship recipients here.

Freedom Conservatism: A Statement of Principles

Members of The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) staff signed a statement to hold the timeless principles of liberty to address the challenges of the 21st century for Freedom Conservatism. In order to ensure that America’s best days are ahead, the statement affirms the following principles: liberty, the pursuit of happiness, the foundation of prosperity, full faith and credit, a nation of laws, not men, Americans by choice, out of many, one, America’s promissory note, the shining city on a hill, and freedom of conscience.

Read more about these principles in depth here.

Stephen Einhorn on Climate Change and What They Rarely Teach In College

Join Roger Ream ’76 in this week’s Liberty + Leadership Podcast as he speaks with venture capitalist, scientist, and author, Stephen Einhorn.

Roger and Stephen discuss his most recent book, “Climate Change: What They Rarely Teach In College.” They also cover recent trends in the climate discussion, including how global temperatures are measured and how efforts to combat climate change can enrich the powerful, with very little benefit to the poor.

Video of the Week

TFAS just wrapped up the 2023 TFAS D.C. Academic Internship Programs! Hundreds of students traveled to Washington, D.C., to spend 8 weeks with TFAS while taking academic classes at George Mason University, interning with various D.C.-based companies and organizations, participating in briefings and guest lectures, networking with professionals, forming lifelong friendships and exploring the D.C. area.

Watch the highlights from the 2023 TFAS Academic Internship Programs in Washington, D.C., below!

 TFAS Faculty, Alumni, Supporters in the News

Hailey Britzky ’16 wrote an article for CNN about a U.S. soldier in Hawaii receiving the military’s highest award for noncombat bravery for saving a woman’s life.

Guy Denton, PPF ’22, reviewed “The Constitution’s Penman,” a book about Gouveneur Morris for Law & Liberty.

Darrielle Fair ’20 started a new position as a political reporter at WKOW 27 News.

TFAS Trustee Emeritus Mitch Daniels wrote an opinion piece for The Washington Post stating that colleges fail at giving students the work ethic needed for the workplace.

Melinda Zosh ’09 started a new role as a weekday morning co-anchor and reporter at WJHG-TV.

Sofia Hamilton ’20 wrote her debut opinion piece for the Washington Examiner, writing about why retailers refuse to mail pepper spray to residents in Washington, D.C.

Janay Reece ’16 is starting a new position as a general assignment reporter at WJZ in Baltimore this month.

Scott Famer ’96 is the new chief operating officer at Push Digital Group.

Ali Melad ’22 is now an MA Fellow at the Mercatus Center. He will also begin his MS program in economics at George Mason University.

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