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Liberty + Leadership News: June 16


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A Monumental TFAS Summer is Underway

Students enjoy the 2023 Welcome Ceremony.

Earlier this month, The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) was excited to welcome more than 1,000 students to its D.C. Academic Internship Programs, TFAS Summer Law Fellowship and TFAS High School programs. Students will live, learn, intern and connect in the nation’s capital during this transformative summer.

Students have already started their internships, attended the first Capitol Hill Lecture, met their mentor at the Mentor Breakfast and taken tours of several historical sites.

TFAS will also welcome more than 100 participants from 25+ countries next month to take part in the three-week TFAS Prague program and the weeklong European Journalism Institute (EJI) program held in the Czech Republic.

Students pose for photo at the White House.

TFAS Prague students will explore core concepts of political philosophy, political economy and conflict resolution through Charles University, while EJI participants will study conflict and religion reporting, journalism ethics, creating effective leads and photojournalism at Anglo-American University.

Read more about the TFAS programs here and follow us on social media @TFASorg to watch this summer unfold.

TFAS Announces Recipients of 33rd Annual Congressional and Business Leadership Awards

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) is pleased to announce the esteemed recipients of the Congressional and Business Leadership Awards, who will be honored at the 33rd Annual TFAS Scholarship Dinner.

TFAS will present U.S. Sen. Todd Young of Indiana with the Congressional Leadership Award and Ed Gillespie with the Business Leadership Award at the event on July 12 in Washington, D.C. Both recipients are accomplished in their careers and have contributed much to ensuring the freedom and flourishing of this nation. Sen. Young is an exceptional leader who has made significant contributions to the state of Indiana and our nation as a whole, and Gillespie has worked at the highest levels of politics, government and business.

Visit TFAS.org/AwardRecipients23 to learn more about these courageous leaders and how you can support TFAS students at the 33rd Annual TFAS Scholarship Dinner.

Liberty + Leadership Podcast Survey

Have you listened to the TFAS Liberty + Leadership Podcast? If so, we’d love to hear your feedback. In order to keep making a terrific show, we need your help. Could you respond to this survey with your thoughts? Your input is really important to us and it won’t take more than five minutes to complete.

In case you missed it, we wanted to remind you that TFAS is also modifying the podcast schedule so that a new episode releases every other Wednesday. Stay tuned for this Wednesday, June 21, as we share an exciting new episode.

Learn more and listen to recent episodes at TFAS.org/podcast, and take the survey at TFAS.typeform.com/TFASpodcast.

 TFAS Faculty, Alumni, Supporters in the News

Surath Giri ’10 was awarded the Frédéric Bastiat Fellowship 2023-24, a year-long competitive fellowship, by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

Anthony Elghossain ’07 wrote an article for New Lines Magazine about the important role of the search for “black gold” (pepper) in shaping power dynamics.

Kenny Xu, Novak ’21, will release a new book, “School of Woke: How Critical Race Theory Infiltrated American Schools and Why We Must Reclaim Them,” on August 1, 2023.

Haisam Hassanein ’13 is an adjunct fellow for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Ryan Lovelace, Novak ’17, wrote a piece for The Washington Times about senators proposing a law to force the federal government to explain when it uses artificial intelligence to make decisions affecting the American people.

Matthew Continetti, Novak ’08, wrote a piece about Ronald Reagan’s path for American Renewal for National Review.

Joseph Simonson, Novak ’22, wrote an article for The Liberty Loft explaining why the Biden administration’s nicotine ban could be a boon for drug cartels.

Robby Soave, Novak ’17, wrote a piece for Reason about former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie explaining why neither Joe Biden nor Donald Trump should ever be president again.

James Teague ’07, ’08, ’09 and The New York Stem Cell Foundation’s (NYSCF) team climbed Denali for 22 days in honor of Susan L. Solomon’s (CEO and Co-Founder of The New York Stem Cell Foundation Research Institute) spirit and in recognition of the organization’s dedicated scientists.

Stephanie Slade, Novak ’16, wrote an article for Reason in which she explains that left-wing totalitarianism and right-wing authoritarianism are not our only options.

TFAS Professor Dr. Adam Martin defines socialism as the “prohibition of free entry into markets” in an article for Econlib. 

Irene Benedicto ’18 started a new position as a tech reporter for Forbes.

Douglas Soule ’19 started a new role as a First Amendment reporter for the USA Today Network.

Tim Alberta, Novak ’18, will release a new book, “The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory,” on December 5, 2023.

Post of the Week

TFAS just wrapped up another successful and exciting week of the D.C. Academic Internship Programs. Students had the opportunity to participate in their first Capitol Hill Lecture, The Organization of American States (OAS) briefing, take academic courses at George Mason University, and receive career guidance and insider tips from their mentors during the mentor breakfast. 

TFAS student Clemon White ’23 shared photos from his first week of TFAS, as well as photos of various popular D.C. locations in his Instagram post. 

We hope that all students are having a fantastic TFAS experience so far! 

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