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Liberty + Leadership News: February 25


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TFAS Webinar: Are Reagan and Reaganism Still Relevant in the Age of Trump?

David Boaz provides perspective on political ideology throughout history.

President of the Young America’s Foundation (YAF) Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and David Boaz, executive vice president of the Cato Institute, joined The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) on Feb. 1, 2022, to discuss the relevance of former president Ronald Reagan’s political and economic policies in the Trump era. TFAS places high importance on the value of civic discourse, which the two guest speakers illustrated through their respectful debate.

“What I love about Reagan is that he was a happy warrior,” Walker said. “This is something we like to pass on to the young people we work with today – that you can be strong, and bold, and courageous.”

After sharing their preliminary thoughts, the two debated Reagan’s overall relevance in modern American society and answered insightful questions from the audience.

Watch the webinar recording to hear Boaz and Walker’s full remarks, and learn more about the event at TFAS.org/ReaganWebinar.

Applications Open: TFAS Robert Novak Journalism Fellowships

Katherine Mangu-Ward, Novak ’05, is among the many notable journalists who have received a Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship. In 2021, she received the 2021 Kenneth Y. Tomlinson Award for Outstanding Journalism.

Applications for The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) 2022-23 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowships are now open. Early-career journalists are encouraged to apply by April 14 for the exclusive opportunity.

The year-long Fellowships give writers the opportunity to research and report on a topic of their choosing related to the principles of a free society. Each Fellowship provides $35,000 in grant funding and expense assistance, as well as relevant academic retreats, writing workshops and an extensive mentorship network.

Applicants for the Robert Novak Journalism Fellowships will also be considered for a special honor, the John Farley Alumni Fund Fellowship. The Fellowship was renamed in March 2020 to honor TFAS friend and former colleague, the late John Farley. In the fall of 2020, TFAS welcomed Charles McElwee, Novak ’20, as the inaugural Farley Fellow. Oliver Wiseman, Novak ’21, received the honor in the 2021-22 cohort.

To learn more about the Fellowship, prominent alumni and application deadlines, visit TFAS.org/Novak22App.

Post of the Week

TFAS Capital Semester Spring students from Australia joined interns at the Embassy of Australia in Washington, D.C., to visit Ambassador Arthur Sinodinos, along with the Head of the Australian Embassy’s Congressional Liaison Office Suzanne McCourt, this month.


After the devastating news of P.J. O’Rourke’s passing last week, several TFAS alumni and friends published pieces remembering the great wit and humor of the honored reporter:

Ron Hart ’81 for The Daily Caller  – “HART: RIP To P.J. O’Rourke

Todd Seavey, Novak ’97, for Splice Today – “Comedy is Liberty

Matthew Continetti, Novak ’08, for the Patriot Post – “The Great P.J. O’Rourke

Jonathan V. Last, Novak ’08, for The Bulwark – “Why Writers Loved P.J. O’Rourke

Ilya Shapiro, Law Board of Visitors Member, for the Washington Examiner – “P.J. O’Rourke, 1947-2022

Elliot Kaufman, Rago ’18, was featured on a panel at the Manhattan Institute for a conversation titled “Who’s Right? Millennials, Gen Z, and the Future of American Conservatism.”

Daniel McVicar ’19 is now a director at the White House Writers Group.

TFAS Grewcock Senior Scholar Dr. Donald Devine opines for The American Spectator on the failing welfare state and proposes a conservative plan to assuage the damage.

Elise Amez-Droz, PPF ’19, explains in a Reason article that since COVID-19 is here to stay, it’s time to put an end to “free” tests and vaccines because we simply can’t afford them.

Bill Wirtz ’17 explains how current inflation in the U.S. is impacting consumerism in a piece for My Journal Courier.

Jakub Kulhanek ’07, former Foreign Minister of Czech Republic, is now the Czech Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

James Kirchick, Novak ’09, writes about free speech as the essential liberty in an article for the Washington Examiner.

Watch a quick clip of TFAS Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Anne Bradley discussing why communism requires force. The clip is from a recent episode of Constituting America’s Constitutional Chats Podcast featuring Dr. Bradley.

Giuseppe Riesgo ’18, an active member of Students for Liberty Brazil, was recently elected to the Legislative Assembly of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, at the age of 22.

Four TFAS Santiago alumni — Rafael Rota dal Molin ’16, Giuseppe Riesgo ’18, Marcela Tropia ’20 and Vinicius Albano ’20 — were selected to participate in the 10-week Global Competitiveness Leadership Program at Georgetown University.

At the end of the month, John Latini ’06 will be the new director of federal relations for the University of Alaska.

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