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Liberty + Leadership News: February 25, 2021


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 and information and sign up to receive weekly updates.

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Class Re-ZOOMed: TFAS Hosts Transformative Economics Programs for High School Students and Teachers

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) high school division has adapted its programs over the past year to continue delivering its impactful curriculum to students and teachers across the country.

Thanks to generous supporters, the Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE) was able to reach more than 2,300 teachers and 620 high school students through active learning and engaging activities in 2020, despite COVID-19 restrictions. This year, TFAS’s high school division will continue to offer programs both online and in person on college campuses nationwide, teaching a fusion of the importance of free-market economics and leadership development to thousands of young leaders.

Economics for Leaders students participate in an economic simulation at Tufts University in 2017 to learn the “economic way of thinking.”

One student shared that the flagship Economics for Leaders (EFL) program allowed him to learn more about his leadership potential.

“Economics for Leaders was everything I could’ve imagined, and then some,” shared Saahas Gowda. “The lectures from the professors were not only insightful, but interactive and engaging as well. They taught me about the different types of leadership and how I can use my strengths and flexibility to best meet the needs of others.”

In addition to student programs, TFAS also offers several workshops and seminars to help high school teachers become more effective educators. These virtual and in-person programs cover a variety of topics including Environment and the Economy, Economics of Disasters, Economic Demise of the Soviet Union, Issues of International Trade and more.

By reaching teachers with high quality curriculum and dynamic teaching styles, TFAS gets to the source – the initial instruction — to reach thousands of young minds with economic concepts each year.

Learn more about TFAS’s high school division’s transformative high school programs at TFAS.org/FTEPrograms21.

TFAS Welcomes Andrea Browne-Phillips to Board of Regents

TFAS is pleased to announce a new addition to its prestigious Board of Regents, Andrea Browne-Phillips ’04, PPF ’07.

Browne-Phillips currently serves as the manager of the Diversity & Inclusion Branch at the National Guard Bureau and has been involved with TFAS for nearly 17 years.

She first participated in the Public Policy + Economics program track in 2004, where she immediately stood out as an engaged and dedicated student. Browne-Phillips returned to TFAS in 2007 as a member of the inaugural class of TFAS Public Policy Fellows, alongside fellow new Regent Joe Lai ’01, PPF ’07.

After spending so much time in TFAS programs, Browne-Phillips decided to help TFAS in a new capacity as a member of the Alumni Council from 2008 to 2014. She also participated in TFAS’s continuing education programs, including a Curriculum of Liberty Seminar on Liberty and Philanthropy. Vice President of International and Alumni Programs Michelle Le ’95, ’96 shared how Browne-Phillips’ extensive experience in TFAS programs positions her as an invaluable new member of the Board of Regents.

“Andrea has been a member of the TFAS family for more than 15 years – first as a student, then as a part of our continuing education programs, and finally as an alumni volunteer,” Le said. “I know her new colleagues on the Board of Regents will also appreciate her voice, and I know she will continue to advance the TFAS mission in her new role.”

Read more about Browne-Phillips’ involvement with TFAS at TFAS.org/RegentBP.

Economics Lesson of the Week: Yours, Mine, Ours: The Rules of Ownership

TFAS provides resources to help teachers and parents continue the important task of educating our nation’s future leaders. Our “Economics Lesson of The Week” series features new lessons from our high school programming division – the Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE) – each week.

This week’s lesson is “Yours, Mine, Ours: The Rules of Ownership.” In this activity, students will analyze problems that arise over ownership and use of water. Through a series of discussion sessions, they will explore the privileges and limitations of ownership, the definition of property rights, and the transfer of goods and resources.

Visit TFAS.org/FTELessons for a one-stop guide to our available resources.

Post of the Week

Foundation for Teaching Economics alumnus Dhruv Tekumalla shares how the Economics for Leaders program helped him better understand the “economic way of thinking.”


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Melanie Benit ’14, ’15, PPF ’18, co-authors a piece in The South Dakota Standard on government regulation in the sale of homemade food products in South Dakota.

Kristin Tate, Novak ’19, writes about the recent boom of rural America in an op-ed for The Hill.

Laura Vanderkam ’99, Novak ’06, shares tips on making tasks seem less intimidating in her column for Forge.

Sarah Westwood, Novak ’15, rejoins the Washington Examiner as a political and investigative reporter after three years as a White House reporter for CNN.

Alessandra Bocchi, Rago ’21, joins the Uncommon Decency podcast to discuss the Italian malaise amid the formation of a new government in the country.

Yoni Wilkenfeld, Novak ’16, writes in The Algemeiner about Dr. Albert Bourla’s recent interview on his family’s story of survival in wartime Greece.

Glynis Gilio, Law ’19, shares how her experiences in law school and participating in the TFAS Summer Law Fellowship have impacted her interest in constitutional law in an interview with the Ursula D. blog.

Nathaniel Urban, PPF ’20, coauthors a piece on effects of cancelling student debt for the Washington Examiner.

TFAS Trustee Eric Tanenblatt ’87 shares about the Biden administration’s goals for electric, automated freight vehicles in an interview with The Hill.

Ken Rosen, Novak ’18, explores the importance of language and labels when supporting teens and his new book, “Troubled,” in an article for Business Insider.

Helen Andrews, Novak ’17, shares about her new book, “Boomers,” in an interview with American Greatness.

Anthony Elghossain ’07 is a contributing editor for Newlines Magazine.

Abby Smith ’14 reports on the Texas winter storm in the Washington Examiner.

Firas Maksad ’01 discusses how pursuing diplomacy with Iran may not equate to dismissing its “bad behavior” in a piece for NPR.

Giorgi Lomsadze ’08 writes about the resignation of the country of Georgia’s Prime Minister for Eurasianet.

TFAS Regent Emeritus Lee Edwards writes about China’s “soft” war against America in a piece for Law & Liberty.

Stephanie Slade, Novak ’16, joins Jonah Goldberg on The Dispatch’s podcast, “The Remnant,” to discuss the background of fusionism.

Helen Andrews, Novak ’17, discusses conservative values, politics and family in a piece for Daily Caller.

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