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Liberty + Leadership News: February 11


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

Professor Michael Collins on the Individual and the Collective

In last week’s Liberty and Leadership Podcast episode, Roger and Mike discuss their trip to Eastern Europe at the launch of TFAS International in the 90s, how Mike incorporates movies into his curriculum, the tension between the individual vs the collective, the poetry of Irishman Seamus Heaney, the works of South African playwright, Athol Fugard, why William Shakespeare is still relevant and why it’s critical for students to study history.

Professor Nikolai Wenzel on How Free Markets are Universal

In this week’s episode of the Liberty and Leadership Podcast, Roger and Nikolai discuss how he has been able to combine his passion for travel with his joy of teaching economics in multiple countries, and how TFAS is continuing to work toward protecting freedom in the U.S, and around the world.

TFAS Alumni Books to Add to Your 2023 Reading List

Calling all book lovers! The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) is proud to showcase the following accomplished alumni who were recently published. All the books on the list were released in 2022 or are soon-to-be-released in 2023, showcasing the work of TFAS alumni who have made a mark in the literary world with their exceptional writing.

Not only is the list a great way to discover new authors, but it also highlights the success of TFAS alumni. These works offer a diverse range of genres including fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, and more – catering to all types of readers. Whether you’re looking to expand your knowledge on the significance of geoeconomics or need a starting point to have a conversation about mental health with your children, TFAS alumni have you covered.

See the full list here.

TFAS Alumni Spotlight Q&A – Jovan Tripkovic

After studying journalism in Prague with TFAS, Jovan Tripkovic ’19 has traveled the world interviewing Orthodox church leaders and covering unique stories of religion and politics.

Jovan participated in the 2019 European Journalism Institute (EJI). EJI is a week-long journalism training program held in Prague that brings together approximately 25 early to mid-career journalists and upper-level journalism students from around the world. The program is co-hosted by The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) and The Media Project (TMP), with academic credit available through Anglo-American University.

EJI participants, like Jovan, interact with industry professionals through lectures and workshops to broaden their understanding of religion in public life, explore fundamental issues related to journalism ethics, and improve reporting skills.

From Prague to Alaska to Israel, Jovan tells us about his adventures since TFAS in the Q&A linked here.

 TFAS Social

Blake Johnson was one of 51 students who attended TFAS Santiago in January. He posted on LinkedIn about his TFAS experience, sharing the important ideas he learned and connections he built while at the program.

 TFAS Faculty, Alumni, Supporters in the News

Tiffanie Oduber ’20 started a new position as a senior operations associate, Latin America and Caribbean for Chemonics International.

Luis Parrales, PPF ’20, received a Pluralism & Civil Exchange Grant from the Mercatus Center for his study of ways to help Americans consider a different approach toward race and identity.

Jessica Dziechciowska ’17 started a new position as an energy department analyst for Washington Energy Law, LLP.

J. Derek Sparks ’01, senior manager of government relations at the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, was interviewed on the “People of Oklahoma” series.

Sofia Hamilton ’20 wrote an article about how school districts need a lesson on economics for Sun Sentinel.

TFAS Senior Scholar Dr. Don Devine wrote an article about the influence of the conservative Ohio Tafts for the American Spectator.

Kenny Xu, Novak ’21, wrote about the anti-merit, anti-Asian schools in Northern Virginia for Daily Mail.

Sarah Sicard ’13 wrote an article for Navy Times about how troops can watch the NFL Playoffs for free.

TFAS Senior Scholar Donald J. Boudreaux wrote about a job loss as a price for reaping the enormous benefits available in the economy for American Institute for Economic Research.

Clara Piano ’16 wrote a guest piece about spiritual motherhood in the workplace for Catholic Women in Business.

Suzanne Youngblood Lane ’15 started a new position with Nikki Haley’s issue advocacy group, Stand for America.

Learta Hollaj ’11 is the new deputy chief of staff to the President of the Republic of Kosovo.

Stephanie Slade, Novak ’16, wrote about pitchfork populism of the conservative movement for Reason.

Emma Connell ’18 started a new position as a scheduler for Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel at the Republican National Committee.

TFAS Senior Scholar Donald J. Boudreaux wrote a commentary about the daily miracle that makes our lives easier for CNSNews.

TFAS Senior Scholar Dr. Don Devine writes about “Pope Benedict’s Parting Challenge” for Law & Liberty.

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