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Liberty + Leadership News: January 21, 2021


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TFAS alumni, staff and faculty continue to make headlines. Read news, analysis and updates by visiting this week’s “Quick Links.”

Play That Again: TFAS Alumni Panel Discusses Reinvigorating Civic Life in America

In a time when America seems to be more at odds than ever – with opposing views on everything from politics to the pandemic to patriotism – TFAS continues to educate leaders on the United States’ most important principles and promote civil discussion and open dialogue.

Alexandra Hudson, Novak ’19, proposes a return to civil engagement to promote civic reinvigoration.

In November 2020, two TFAS experts led an exclusive webinar for TFAS alumni on reinvigorating civic life in the United States to discuss how civil society can return to its roots of community connections and mutual respect. The panel featured Alexandra Hudson, Novak ’19, longtime TFAS professor Richard Boyd, and TFAS president Roger Ream ’76.

Hudson began the discussion on civic renewal by remembering Marcus Aurelius, one of “history’s greatest advocates for human freedom and flourishing,” and the ancient discussions on civic life in which he participated. Hudson believes that maintaining civility is the key to human flourishing.

“The capacity for true freedom and flourishing is within each of us and can be realized when each of us choose to distinguish between what we can control and what we can’t,” she said.

Read more about the event at TFAS.org/NovPanel.

TFAS Offers Exclusive Free Resources on Liberty + Leadership in New Online Library

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) is dedicated to its mission of changing the world by developing leaders for a free society. Each summer and semester, TFAS offers academic programs, fellowships, seminars and online resources to equip rising generations with the understanding of the values of America’s founding principles.

Now, TFAS is taking it a step further to offer supporters and friends an array of free resources authored by TFAS professors, speakers, supporters and alumni, so more audiences can experience a TFAS education firsthand.

TFAS is excited to share these free resources, now available on our newly-launched TeachingFreedom.org. Experience this new online library, which will equip you with information to help you become an even more courageous champion of liberty and free enterprise, just as our students do through our programs. Today, more than 26,000 people have already accessed resources on topics of liberty, democracy, and free-market economies through this website.

Find out more about these resources at TFAS.org/TFannouncement.

Economics Lesson of The Week: When Disasters Strike, What Can Markets Do?

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 “When Disasters Strike, What Can Markets Do?” In this lesson, students examine the institutional tools available to societies and nations to deal with the blows that nature occasionally deals us. By looking back on historical and recent examples of disasters, students will determine what markets can – and can not – do in the event of a disaster.

TFAS offers a plethora of online lesson plans, readings, handouts, video demonstrations, and hands-on activity guides to teach the “economic way of thinking” in engaging and relatable ways.

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

Post of the Week

On Monday, January 18, we remembered the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose commitment to justice has made a lasting impact on our nation.

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Foundation for Teaching Economics Executive Director Ted Tucker joined the Dan Proft Show to share how TFAS’s high school division is shaping young leaders and reaching high school educators through our summer high school economics programs.

Darko Blazevski ’97 is the new head of the off-site supervision department at the Insurance Supervision Agency.

Justin Black ’18, ’19 is the new part-time communications assistant at the National Association of Counsel for Children.

Nikole Killion ’97 has been named a congressional correspondent for CBS News.

Robert Bellafiore, PPF ’19, started a new position as an analyst at Baron.

Danyale Kellog ’18, ’19 has been accepted for a presentation at the 2021 Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science Conference hosted by Emory University for her research on “An Even Longer Shot?: Re-Examining Vaccines for National Defense in the 21st Century.”

Elise Amez-Droz, PPF ’19, shares updates from the healthcare industry in her “A Healthy Dose of Healthcare News” newsletter on Medium.

Tom Sileo, Novak ’10, was featured on the TODAY Show for his new book “Three Wise Men,” which came out on Jan. 12.

Joshua Gonzalez ’20 shares what Congresswoman Maria Salazar’s election means to Hispanic immigrants in a piece for El American. Joshua is interning for the American Enterprise Institute this spring.

Emily Lovison ’02 is the new executive director of the Indianapolis Public Transportation Foundation.

Oriana Pawlyk ’10 reports for Military.com on the U.S. Department of the Air Force’s decision to host the U.S. Space Command in Huntsville, Alabama.

Laura Vanderkam ’99, Novak ’06, shares weekly planning tips in a piece for Forge.

Megan Basham, Novak ’04, co-authors a piece for World Magazine on free speech concerns in social media companies.

Sarah Sicard ’13 reports for Military Times on efforts by local D.C. pizza shop to feed National Guard members stationed at the Capitol following the Jan. 6 riots.

Robby Soave, Novak ’17, shares how the 2020 presidential election highlighted the unpopularity of socialism amongst both Republican and Democrat voters in a piece for Reason.

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