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Liberty + Leadership News: July 26, 2019


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 for our newsletter to receive weekly updates.

TFAS Alumni Dominate National Best-Seller Lists

Three TFAS alumni are in the top ten on this week’s The New York Times best-sellers list.

This summer, TFAS alumni have conquered the best-seller charts. Current Novak Fellow Tim Alberta, Novak ’18, is #2 on the New York Times hardcover nonfiction list for his book “American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump.” Joining Alberta on the list’s top ten are Mark Levin ’76, whose “Unfreedom of the Press” was #5 last week and Mollie Hemingway, Novak ’04, who was right behind him at #6 with her book, “Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court.” Both Levin and Hemingway remain in the top ten this week, losing only one spot as Alberta’s book debuted at #2.

But the New York Times only hints at TFAS’s success. Read more to find out where else TFAS alumni are topping the charts and shaping our national narrative at TFAS.org/AlumniBestSellers19.

TFAS Students Explore Democracy in Hong Kong

Students explore Victoria Harbour and take in the views of the Kowloon skyline during their tour of Hong Kong Island.

This weekend, 65 young leaders from 18 countries will join the 42,000-strong TFAS Alumni Network after completing their final week in the TFAS Hong Kong program.

Over the past month, as tensions and protests in Hong Kong intensified, TFAS students witnessed firsthand the value and human desire for freedom and democracy as they studied the principles of free societies.

“The TFAS program provides a unique environment for constructive dialogue about some of society’s most pressing issues,” said Madeleine Morlino ’19, a rising fourth-year cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy. “Participating in this valuable program provides students the ability to challenge their own beliefs, learn about other perspectives and foster an appreciation for cultural differences.”

Read more about our 2019 TFAS Hong Kong program at TFAS.org/HongKong19.

TFAS Alumna Selected as a 2020 Schwarzman Scholar

TFAS alumna Isabela Christo was accepted into the prestigious Schwarzman Scholars program.

TFAS alumna Isabela Christo ’13, ’15 isn’t afraid to put in hard work in order to achieve her academic and professional goals. At just 27 years old, she is a two-time TFAS alumna who excelled in our programs in both D.C. and Santiago, Chile, a graduate of Georgetown University’s Global Competitiveness Leadership Program and the co-founder and CEO of Soul Kombucha. Soon, she will add Schwarzman Scholar to her long list of accomplishments and accolades.

Christo credits TFAS for helping to set her on the path toward leadership. “I believe TFAS gave me the right tools to be a leader,” she said. “At [TFAS Santiago], I had the chance to hear from different passionate leaders, their story and perspective. I was inspired by how those leaders were able to directly change their community. At Capital Semester, I learned how the government really works from inside and what a true leader can do in order to help its consequences.”

Christo will begin the Schwarzman Scholars program in August 2019. Learn more about her fellowship and how TFAS helped prepare her at TFAS.org/Christo19.

TFAS Announces The Richard G. Lugar Scholarship Fund

Sen. Lugar meets with TFAS students during our 2010 Scholarship Dinner in Washington, D.C.

TFAS is pleased to announce the Richard G. Lugar Scholarship Fund. Established in honor of the late U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, the scholarship will provide financial support for deserving college students with strong leadership potential to attend TFAS academic internship programs in Washington, D.C.

Sen. Lugar, who passed away this April, was a bipartisan powerhouse on foreign policy and a shining example of leadership. We were honored to bestow him with our inaugural Congressional Leadership Award in 1989 and again in 2010 for his dedication to developing future leaders.

Sen. Lugar was a champion of TFAS for three decades and a tireless advocate for engagement and civic leadership at the local, national and international levels for his entire life.”– Susan Hyre, Founding Director of TFAS Business + Government Relations Program

To learn more about the scholarship fund, visit TFAS.org/LugarScholarshipFund.

Post of the Week

TFAS students interning with The Washington Times visited the White House Press Briefing Room this week.

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Anna Smith Lacey ’07, ’08 PPF ’12, and an alumni panel she served on during the TFAS Annual Conference are featured by the Hungary Initiatives Foundation (HIF). Lacey, HIF’s executive director, and her fellow alumni panelist – Peter Feldman ’04, Law ’07, PPF ’07, commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and Nick Ballasy ’07, a reporter for PJ Media – spoke about their work to spread and educate about liberty around the globe.

Herbert W. Stupp ’70 reviews TFAS Chairman Randal Teague’s memoir, “Families: Where We Each Begin,” in the Epoch Times, sharing excerpts and stories from Teague’s life and the people who influenced it.

Sheryl Henderson Blunt, Novak ’09, opines in The Washington Times about President Trump’s promise to support victims of religious persecution.

Ronaq Sahni, a student at South Brunswick High School, is featured by the Tapito South Brunswick paper and the South Brunswick Patch for being selected to participate in the TFAS Economics for Leaders program conducted at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. this week.

Aedan Hickey ’19 is profiled by his alma mater Briar Cliff University for his participation in the TFAS program and internship with Rio Tinto’s business and government relations department.

Following her receipt of the 2019 TFAS Business Leadership Award, Susan K. Neely, president and CEO of American Council of Life Insurers, was inspired to pen an article sharing some of the advice she has for young people on how to be leaders and succeed in their careers.


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