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Liberty + Leadership News: June 2


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TFAS Prepares for Monumental Summer

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) is preparing for a summer of developing courageous leaders and teaching freedom to more than 1,770 students and teachers through its D.C. Academic Internship Program, TFAS International and TFAS High School programs.

This summer, TFAS is thrilled to welcome a new cohort of 282 students to its eight-week D.C. Academic Internship Programs. During this transformative summer, these young passionate leaders representing 40 states and 17 countries will live, learn, intern and connect in the nation’s capital.

Learn more about all the TFAS summer programs at TFAS.org/Welcome23.

Liberty + Leadership Podcast Survey

Have you listened to the TFAS Liberty + Leadership Podcast? We’re excited to celebrate our 50th episode with a special surprise guest this July! But, we need your help to continue producing a fantastic show. Can you share your thoughts in this survey? It won’t take more than five minutes, and your feedback is crucial.

This summer, we’re also modifying the podcast schedule so that a new episode drops every other Wednesday. Mark your calendars for next Wednesday, June 7, as we share an exciting new conversation with TFAS Novak Fellow alumna and Reason Editor-in-Chief Katherine Mangu-Ward.

Learn more and listen to recent episodes at TFAS.org/podcast.

 TFAS Faculty, Alumni, Supporters in the News

Colleen Harmon, PPF ’20, started a new position as deputy director of scheduling for the Office of the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy.

Leslie Corbly ’14 started a new position as a program officer, campus rights advocacy at the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression.

Bill Wirtz ’17 wrote an opinion piece for Boston Herald in which he discusses agriculture as the next hot political issue.

Cheryl Chumley, Novak ’08, wrote an opinion piece for The Washington Times about the credibility of Joe Biden’s impeachment articles.

Samantha-Jo Roth ’13 spoke on Fox News on DeSantis’ presidency announcement.

Cogan Rooney ’13 graduated from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. She also started a new role as a clerk for Chief Justice Matthew Fader at the Supreme Court of Maryland.

Allison Huff Isakson ’07, PPF ’10, started a new position as director, leadership communications for The Coca-Cola Company.

Stephanie Slade, Novak ’16, wrote a piece for Reason about the rise of right-progressivism.

Riley McCormick ’19 is starting a new role as legislative correspondent for Rep. Clay Higgins of Louisiana this month. 

Lluvia Castillo ’23 was featured in an article by San Francisco State University on her time at TFAS and interning with the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute.

Yasmin Kayali ’01, ’03 was featured in a piece by Harvard Kennedy School about her work in philanthropy and aid for refugees.

Christendom College published a piece about recent graduates who moved to Washington, D.C., including Alice Seeley, who is the new program coordinator for Continuing Education at TFAS.

Robby Soave, Novak ’17, was selected as a 2023 inaugural inductee of America’s Future’s The 1995 Society, focused on the “best, brightest, and bravest rising stars in the liberty movement.”

TFAS Regent Joseph Lai, ’01, PPF ’07, wrote a piece for RealClearPolicy about the need for the GOP to improve their outreach to Asian-American voters.

Rachel George ’08 wrote an article for The National Interest about America’s “summit syndrome.”

TFAS Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Anne Bradley wrote a piece for Acton Institute about the Federal Reserve’s attempts to regulate inflation.

Townsend Teague ’04 writes “A Love Letter to Theater and Perseverance,” about his career path, the difficulties of the Covid years for theater, and his successes.

Billy Binion, Novak ’22, wrote an article for Reason about the Supreme Court’s decision to side with Geraldine Tyler, who lost her home and equity due to past taxes. 

TFAS Senior Scholar Dr. Donald Devine wrote an op-ed for The American Spectator in which he analyzed how the left, right, and center all agree that big government doesn’t work.

Tara Isabella Burton, Novak ’20, will release her new book “Self-Made: Creating Our Identities from Da Vinci to the Kardashians” on June 27.

Joseph Simonson, Novak ’22, wrote an article for The Liberty Loft about the debt ceiling agreement.

Brad Polumbo, Novak ’22, wrote an article for National Review about how the student debt ‘crisis’ doesn’t actually exist. 

Post of the Week

TFAS International is excited to launch the applications for TFAS Santiago 2024! Participants from across the Americas will gather at the Universidad de los Andes (UANDES) on January 6-20, 2024, to learn about the foundations of Chile’s progress and the political and economic necessities of a free society. TFAS Santiago is a great opportunity for college students and recent graduates to escape the winter and get a remarkable cultural exchange experience.

For a short video highlighting the program and to apply, visit www.TFASinternational.org/Santiago.


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