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Liberty + Leadership News: June 23


We hope you enjoy these news stories about TFAS activities, alumni and events this week. Sign up to receive TFAS updates, and visit us on social media for additional up-to-the-moment TFAS news!

How to Disrupt Media Groupthink: Train the Next Generation of Conservative Journalists

Billy Binion, Novak ’22, accepts his Novak award from Ryan Wolfe, at the 2022 TFAS Journalism Awards Dinner.

TFAS recently launched the new Center for Excellence in Journalism, a strategic effort to promote objectivity and fairness in the media.

Ryan Wolfe, TFAS’s director of the new center, sat down with Rob Bluey on the Daily Signal Podcast this week to discuss the center and TFAS’s mission to invest in journalism and future journalists.

During the conversation, Ryan highlights TFAS’s proven track record of successful programs, internships and fellowships that have propelled TFAS alumni journalists to make positive contributions across the media landscape. They also discuss a key component of the center, the launch of the Student Journalism Association, which aims to support right-of-center, independent, alternative student publications and foster a culture of objective reporting on college campuses.

He also shares his own personal career journey in journalism and why he believes in the importance of objectivity and fairness in the media. To learn more about the CEJ and its efforts, listen to the full conversation on the Daily Signal Podcast.

Rachel Ferguson on Black Liberation Through the Marketplace

In this week’s episode of the Liberty + Leadership Podcast, TFAS President Roger Ream ’76 and Dr. Rachel Ferguson, scholar and author discuss her book “Black Liberation Through the Marketplace: Hope, Heartbreak, and the Promise of America,” the fundamentals of classical liberalism, and the power of social capital. They also explore the harsh reality of government programs’ unintended and often intractable consequences.

At Concordia University Chicago, Dr. Rachel Ferguson is the director of the Free Enterprise Center, assistant dean of the College of Business, and professor of Business Ethics. She is also an affiliate scholar with the Acton Institute and was a visiting fellow at the Eudaimonia Institute. Rachel’s writing has been featured in “Discourse Magazine,” “Law and Liberty,” “EconLib,” the Acton Power Blog, and “The Journal of Markets and Morality.” In her hometown of St. Louis, Rachel is actively involved in community building and empowering marginalized entrepreneurs through LOVEtheLOU and Gateway 2 Flourishing. She is a graduate of Lindenwood University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. She received her Ph.D. in philosophy with a focus on political and economic philosophy from Saint Louis University.

 TFAS Faculty, Alumni, Supporters in the News

William Turton ’16, PPF ’20, started a new position as a professional staff member for the House Committee on Homeland Security.

Current TFAS student Max Mallhi ’23 wrote an opinion piece for Washington Examiner about Matt Taibbi’s lecture on the Twitter Files during the first TFAS and Senator Rand Paul Capitol Hill Lecture of 2023. Listen to the full lecture on YouTube.

TFAS Professor Nikolai Wenzel wrote an article for Law & Liberty about the heroic Jimmy Lai, who is currently in prison serving out a sentence for charges related to his pro-democracy activism.

Kyle Peterson, Novak ’14, wrote an opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal about former Vice President Mike Pence disagrees with former President Donald Trump on key issues.

Faith Bottum, Rago ’21, wrote an opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal in which she suggested that the Biden administration is committed to destroying four dams in Washington state.

Artemis Papatheodorou ’05 was selected as an Early Career Fellow in Hellenic Studies at Harvard University.

Kirt Conrad ’93 was featured in an article in Crain’s Cleveland Business on how he led his country to become a leader in the usage of hydrogen fuel cells for transportation.

Sona Muzikarova ’07 was selected as a 2023 Eastern Europe Eisenhower Fellow.

Michael Lucchese, PPF ’22, reviews Paul Gottfried’s “A Paleoconservative Anthology: New Voices for an Old Tradition,” in which he explores contemporary paleoconservatism’s common impulses and telos for Law & Liberty.

TFAS Trustee Emeritus Mitch Daniels wrote an opinion piece for The Washington Post in response to the Treasury Department’s announcement last week that the national debt crossed the $32 trillion mark for the first time.

Dr. Elizabeth Spalding ’86 wrote an article for The American Spectator in which she explains the cure to communism is truth tellers, in honor of The Victims of Communism Museum’s first anniversary.

Kimberly Wethal ’16 wrote an article on the Wisconsin Technical College system opposing legislation that would reduce property tax income for The Journal Times.

TFAS Senior Scholar Dr. Donald Devine wrote about government bureaucracy in an op-ed for National Review.

Luis Parrales, PPF ’20, reviews “Of Boys and Men” by Richard Reeves.

Gheed Moayad ’22 wrote about 10 things people should know before meeting Yazidis for Religion Unplugged.

Stephanie Slade, Novak ’16, discussed Patrick Deneen’s latest book about the post-liberal political right on Jonah Goldberg’s podcast “The Remnant.”

Post of the Week


The TFAS International team is preparing to travel to Prague in less than two weeks for the TFAS Prague and European Journalism Institute programs. This year, our students will hear from several prominent leaders including Arizona Supreme Court Justice and TFAS alumnus Clint Bolick ’78, who will discuss the importance of courageous leadership in law as he shares his years of experience advocating against the oppression of the state.

We are looking forward to connecting with the TFAS Prague class of 2023, as well as alumni, faculty, staff, supporters and friends next month!


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