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Liberty + Leadership News: June 25


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Announcing the 2021 Recipients of the DeJoy-Wos Scholarship

TFAS is pleased to announce this year’s DeJoy-Wos scholarship recipients for our summer 2021 Academic Internship Programs in Washington, D.C.

North Carolina business leader Louis DeJoy and his wife, Dr. Aldona Wos, have provided $100,000 in scholarship funding to enable North Carolina college students and an Estonian student to participate in the competitive and intense program that connects students across the United States with leadership development, internships in D.C. and courses with academic credit provided through George Mason University.

For more than 15 years, DeJoy and Wos have provided scholarship assistance to enable more than 100 North Carolina and 50 Estonian students to participate in TFAS summer programs. DeJoy said he continues to support these outstanding students because he believes in the program’s focus on developing future leaders.

“The Fund for American Studies develops rising leaders who will make a difference in their communities and around the globe,” he said. “The world-class TFAS programs provide these promising young students with experience and insight to today’s most pressing economic issues, while helping them become America’s future leaders.”

To learn more about the scholarship and meet the 2021 recipients, visit TFAS.org/DeJoyWos21.

Week Three of TFAS – Living, Learning and Interning in Washington, D.C.

As they continue their internships across Washington, D.C., TFAS students have had an exciting week of briefings, professional development seminars and guest lectures.

On Saturday, June 19, TFAS students took a tour of President Lincoln’s Cottage in Northwest Washington, D.C.

Week three began with a virtual briefing at the U.S. State Department on Tuesday, June 22, where program participants had the opportunity to hear from department officials on “International Human Rights Initiatives.” On Tuesday night, TFAS alumnae Alana Austin ’10 of Gray TV Washington News Bureau and Colby Hochmuth ’12 of CBS News joined Journalism + Communications students to share career advice and their insights on broadcast journalism in the nation’s capital, while International Affairs students heard from David Jimenez with Prison Fellowship. On Wednesday night, students were joined by Chris Preble of the Atlantic Council, Julie Alsup of International Paper, Ariel Hill-Davis with Solvay, and Kara Adame with MetLife.

This week, students also attended the first installment of the ninth annual TFAS Capitol Hill Lecture Series hosted in partnership with the Office of Senator Rand Paul. Senator Paul shared the importance of free markets and capitalism with students, emphasizing the positive outcomes of the economic system on local communities.

Senator Rand Paul joined interns on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, June 23, for the first lecture of our summer 2021 Capitol Hill Lecture Series.

“If you want to help people, you have to believe in capitalism,” Senator Paul said. “No other economic system helps people the way capitalism does. Capitalism allows excess money to flow back into the community.”

Week three concluded with a professional development seminar on career building by TFAS Regent Chris Ullman and alumna LeAnna Matarazzo Pachter ’14, PPF ’15, and several more career and industry exploration small group discussions. This weekend, students will explore more areas of D.C. with a guided tour of Mount Vernon and walking tours of Capitol Hill, Georgetown, Chinatown and Embassy Row.

To learn more and see up-to-the-moment program updates, please follow @TFASorg on social media.

TFAS to Host Virtual Seminar for 2021 European Journalism Institute

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) and The Media Project will host the European Journalism Institute 2021 Virtual Seminar: A Digital Exploration of Key Themes and New Trends in Journalism from Tuesday, July 6 – Thursday, July 8. An exciting, digital twist on our global journalism program, this three-day seminar will feature successful journalists from top news outlets, nonprofits and universities. Each session will focus on a different aspect of ethical reporting, especially as it pertains to this year’s climate.

Similar to the annual in-person program, this year’s seminar will delve into entrepreneurship, storytelling and religion reporting. Attendees will receive a well-rounded instructional experience that will advance their understanding of journalism in the 21st century.

Over the course of three sessions, participants will hear from experts like David Rocks, senior editor for Bloomberg News and Businessweek; Paul Glader ’99, ’00, Co-founder and CEO of VettNews.com and former reporter for The Wall Street Journal, Associated Press and The Washington Post; and Ibrahim Al-Marashi ’01, contributor to Al Jazeera and associate professor at California State University San Marcos. Speakers will share their real-world experiences related to the topics of “Entrepreneurship in Journalism,” “Storytelling in Journalism,” and “Reporting on Religion.”

For more information on the program, visit TFAS.org/EJI21.

Senator Paul Kicks off 2021 TFAS Capitol Hill Lecture Series

Read about the first 2021 Capitol Hill Lecture featuring Senator Rand Paul in Townhall.

On Wednesday, TFAS hosted Senator Rand Paul as part of the 2021 Capitol Hill Lecture Series. This series is an educational opportunity for interns in Washington, D.C., to hear from prominent speakers who work on Capitol Hill and other areas of politics, on “Free Markets, Individual Liberty and Civil Society.” Paul spoke to a standing-room-only audience of more than 460 interns on the benefits of capitalism, arguments for liberty, and the downfalls of socialism.

Editorial Intern Madeline Leesman covered the event for Townhall.

“Paul began by deep-diving into the benefits of capitalism and the drawbacks of transitioning into a socialistic society,” she wrote. “He emphasized the atrocious outcome of socialism in Venezuela, where citizens have resorted to drastic measures to attain basic necessities, such as eating pets for nutrition.”

Senator Paul spoke to a standing-room-only audience of more than 460 interns on the benefits of capitalism, arguments for liberty, and the downfalls of socialism.

Throughout the speech, Paul continued to share examples of how capitalism is a superior economic system to socialism, noting that the value of hard work lies in both the American and human spirit.

“It’s important to work,” he said. “Work is not punishment. Work is a reward … It’s how you gain self esteem. There’s work of all forms and it’s all rewarding. We should be doing everything we can to get people back to work because we care about them.”

Following the lecture, students and interns in attendance also had the exclusive opportunity to ask the senator questions.

This series is made possible by the generosity and support of The Einhorn Family Foundation. Read more about the event featured on Townhall.com, and learn more about the annual speaker series at TFAS.org/CHLS.

Post of the Week

TFAS Academic Director Dr. Anne Bradley leads a session at a virtual Economics for Leaders program. This summer more than 900 students will learn the “economic way of thinking” regarding national and international issues through an engaging, active-learning curriculum.


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James Freeman highlights Faith Bottum, TFAS’s 2021-22 Rago Fellow, in his Wall Street Journal Best of the Press update.

Elise Amez-Droz, PPF ’19, writes in the Orange County Register about the ramifications of Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s vote to uphold the Affordable Care Act.

Andrew Powaleny ’08 writes an article for The Catalyst blog by PhRMA on biopharmaceutical research and development with policymaking.

In an op-ed for Euractiv, Antonia Colibasanu ’03, ’07 explains the historical background of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and how increased competition against China could strengthen it.

The University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma featured TFAS Regent Kelly Johnston in a press release last month.

Jared Mullendore, Law ’11, has recently joined the Renewable Fuels Association as the director of government affairs.

Matthew Continetti, Novak ’08, shares the greatest lessons he learned from TFAS Trustee Fred Barnes in an article for The Washington Free Beacon.

Katie Barlow ’10 joined FOX 5 DC as a legal analyst.

Rachel Lu, Novak ’15, discusses the political outlook of traditional millennials through the lens of three recently-published books, including “Uprooted: Recovering the Legacy of the Places We’ve Left Behind” by Grace Olmstead, Novak ’15, and “Boomers: The Men and Women Who Promised Freedom and Delivered Disaster” by Helen Andrews, Novak ’17.

Robby Soave, Novak ’17, discusses the human impact of cancel culture in a piece for Reason Magazine.

Carrie Sheffield ’06, Novak ’06, writes about how public policy can incentivize people to return to the workforce in a piece for Independent Women’s Forum.

Peter Suderman, Novak ’10, explains how Biden’s jobs plan could potentially limit the number of jobs in the U.S. in Reason Magazine.

John Lettieri ’03, PPF ’08, is quoted in an article for Forbes on a boom in entrepreneurship during the pandemic.

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