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Liberty + Leadership News: February 4


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TFAS Welcomes New Capital Semester Cohort to Washington for First Program of 2022

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) recently welcomed a new cohort of bright students to Washington, D.C., for the Capital Semester Spring program. TFAS selected this ambitious and studious group of college students to spend their semester learning about international affairs, public policy, economic freedom, individual liberty and personal responsibility.

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The 2022 Capital Semester Spring class gathers at TFAS headquarters for a welcome ceremony and orientation.

TFAS programs prepare the next generation to become courageous leaders who stand up for democracy and freedom. This semester’s class of 12 young leaders includes ten students from the United States and two from Australia, each of whom is ready to accept the challenge to become a courageous leader and live, learn, intern and connect in the nation’s capital.

The group also heard from a special guest speaker, alumna Emma Connell ’18. As a TFAS student in 2018, Connell participated in the International Affairs program track and interned at the Middle East Media Research Institute. Later she interned in the office of Sen. Chuck Grassley, where she works full time today. Now the intern coordinator for Sen. Grassley’s office, she has hosted several TFAS interns over the years. She motivated the class by sharing that interns are vital to the behind the scenes processes of many D.C. offices and organizations. Connell also shared that the characteristics she values the most in her interns are a positive attitude and a willingness to learn.

As interns, you’ll get to dig in and get to know everyone in your office. Make the most of your time here. Make connections. This city is a wonderful place to be. You’re so lucky to be a part of TFAS, and I’m sure it will be a great semester.” – Emma Connell ’18

“As interns, you’ll get to dig in and get to know everyone in your office,” she said. “Make the most of your time here. Make connections. This city is a wonderful place to be. You’re so lucky to be a part of TFAS, and I’m sure it will be a great semester.”

Read about what’s in store for the cohort over the next several months in D.C. at TFAS.org/CSspring22.

Arizona TFAS Alumni Are Making The Difference for Freedom

More than 60 TFAS alumni, supporters and friends gathered in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Jan. 25 to hear about the transformational impact of TFAS programs firsthand from outstanding local alumni.

Clint Bolick ’78 shared how TFAS has had a long-term effect on his career with supporters, alumni and friends.

Arizona Supreme Court Justice Clint Bolick ’78 and Grand Canyon University Graduate Assistant Emma Blair ’21 shared their TFAS testimonies, unique memories and important lessons from their student experiences. The pair discussed the impact of the program and said TFAS has set them on the path toward courageous leadership.

Bolick recounted memories from the phenomenal guest lectures and firsthand experiences he had in Washington, and he commended TFAS for its immense growth and program expansion over the years.

At the time that I attended, TFAS was just this one program for maybe about 140 students,” he explained. “Now it’s a worldwide program where they teach students in countries all over the world, including countries that were formerly behind the Iron Curtain. They have expanded to high schools to young journalists, to law students to other fields as well, impacting thousands and thousands of students.”

Read a full recap of the event at TFAS.org/Arizona22.

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TFAS alumnus Nika Iosava ’21 shared his TFAS testimony in a Q&A with TFAS International! Iosava participated in the 2021 TFAS Croatia program and said, “TFAS helped me to meet amazing people from all over the world.”


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Logan Harderson ’21 shares how his summer with TFAS reinforced his passion for politics and law in an interview with the University of the Ozarks.

Mollie Hemingway, Novak ’04, has been named editor-in-chief at The Federalist.

Mene Ukueberuwa, Novak ’19, discusses the negative cultural and economic impact of the “Great Resignation” in The Wall Street Journal.

TFAS Grewcock Senior Scholar Dr. Don Devine opines for The American Conservative on the necessity of understanding conservatism’s past in order to define its future.

Curt Mills, Novak ’18, opines for The American Conservative on efforts to promote “America First” foreign policy efforts in U.S. Congress.

Kristin Tate, Novak ’19, is a spring 2022 fellow with the Independent Women’s Forum.

Yasmin Kayali ’01 discusses the need for protecting Syrian refugees in Lebanon in The New Humanitarian.

Oliver Wiseman, Novak ’21, writes about how parents can influence politics in American school systems in a piece for UnHerd.

Paul Glader ’99, ’00 shares how TFAS and The Media Project’s joint European Journalism Institute is helping equip young journalists with the tools to deliver accurate and insightful reporting on religion in Religion Unplugged.

Suzanne Kianpour ’09 has a new series on BBC called “Women Building Peace,” where she gives women in conflict zones the platform to share their message with a global community.

Dmitri Simes, Novak ’20, writes about Russia’s missteps under Boris Yelstin’s leadership in a piece for The American Conservative.

Marianne March ’16, ’16 is the digital marketing and communications strategist for the Institute for Justice.

Kevin Daley, Novak ’21, writes about the latest developments in the Harvard and University of North Carolina affirmative action cases in the Washington Free Beacon.

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