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Liberty + Leadership News: June 17


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TFAS Collegiate Programs Kick Off in the Nation’s Capital

TFAS Summer 2022 students gather for a group photo on the national mall.

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) D.C. Academic Internship Programs are well underway in Washington. Nearly 300 students hail from 170 colleges and universities, representing 27 countries. The summer 2022 TFAS students moved into their residence halls on Saturday, June 4, and have already had an exciting schedule of living, learning and interning in the nation’s capital. Two hundred seventy-eight students ventured to Washington for an in-person experience, and 13 students are participating in the online program track.

Learn more about the students first two week’s in Washington, and watch a video highlight reel at TFAS.org/summer22welcome.

Liberty + Leadership Podcast – Karen Czarnecki ’88

This week’s special guest on the Liberty + Leadership podcast is Vice President for Outreach for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, Karen Czarnecki ’88. Karen is not only a TFAS alumna, she is also a professor at TFAS, where she teaches the internship seminar on public policy and international affairs – an interactive seminar that examines the practical side of the workplace. In this week’s episode, Roger and Karen discuss how her TFAS experience helped her get a job in the White House, the inner workings of the Department of Labor, her time as Chief of Staff to a member of Congress, and the importance of listening to constructive criticism.

Learn more, watch the video and find the full podcast transcript at TFAS.org/podcastS2E3. Find past episodes at TFAS.org/podcast.

Jorge Galicia on the Federalist Radio Hour Podcast

TFAS Outreach Fellow Jorge Galicia joins Federalist Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to discuss how socialism under Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro ravaged Galicia’s home country and explain how President Joe Biden has emboldened Maduro’s regime.

Video of the Week

This week, TFAS kicked off the summer 2022 Capitol Hill Lecture Series with Sen. Rand Paul. Sen. Paul made the case for less government and more liberty to a packed house of more than 400 interns.

This annual series on “Free Markets, Individual Liberty and Civil Society” is a free educational opportunity for Washington, D.C., interns to hear firsthand from today’s leaders in liberty. The annual series is held in partnership with the Office of Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky. The Capitol Hill Lecture Series is generously sponsored by the Einhorn Family Foundation.

2022 Capitol Hill Lecture Series

The Capitol Hill Lecture series is a one-of-a-kind event open to all interns – not only TFAS students – and attracts 1,500 young leaders each year, putting young people face to face with prominent leaders advancing the cause for freedom. This annual series on “Free Markets, Individual Liberty and Civil Society” is a free educational opportunity for Washington, D.C., interns to hear firsthand from today’s leaders in liberty.

Posted by Senator Rand Paul on Thursday, June 9, 2022


Rasha Faek ’08 writes about applying lessons learned from the Syrian refugee crisis to better serve Ukrainians and other refugee populations in an article for World Education News + Reviews.

NPR names Juana Summers ’08 as the cohost of ‘All Things Considered.’

Jakub Kulhánek ’07 spoke at the UN General Assembly meeting on the DPRK missile and nuclear program. Watch his remarks on LinkedIn.

Matthew Continetti, Novak ’08, writes for The Washington Free Beacon on the new Iran crisis.

Carrie Sheffield ’06, Novak ’06, shares key points on protecting lending services for Americans without access to banks or living wages in an article for Independent Women’s Forum.

UTA signed award winning writer, director and producer Andre Gaines ’99.

After her Joseph Rago Memorial Fellowship for Excellence in Journalism ended at The Wall Street Journal, Faith Bottum, Rago ’21, accepted a full time role as an assistant editorial features writer for The Journal.

Ugo Stornaiolo ’20 participated in the Rothbard Graduate Seminar at the Mises Institute last week.

Dimitri Simes, Novak ’20, questions the efficacy of sanction on Russia in a piece for The American Conservative.

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