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Liberty + Leadership News: March 10


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Liberty and Leadership Podcast – Latest Episodes

During the TFAS Annual Conference in Amelia Island, Florida, last month, TFAS President Roger Ream ’76 sat down with two exceptional guests for the Liberty + Leadership Podcast. Economics professor and director of curriculum for TFAS high school programs, Debbie Henney and TFAS Senior Scholar, Dr. Jim Otteson.

Debbie Henney on Teaching Economics

Roger and Debbie take an in-depth look into how economics is taught, discussing the power of experiential teaching in the classroom, how using the “economic way of thinking” helps us understand that the policy choices we make should result in the policy outcomes we want, and how sometimes economic teachers need a refresher on how to teach economics.

Jim Otteson on Economic Liberalism

Roger and Jim take a deep dive into economic theory, discussing Adam Smith’s seminal book, The Wealth of Nations; the defense of economic liberalism in Robert Nozick’s book Anarchy, State, and Utopia; the juxtaposition between reducing poverty and increasing inequality; and why Jim’s next book will focus on universal concepts of human dignity.

Celebrating Judge Jim Buckley’s 100th Birthday

On March 9, 2023, we celebrated Judge James L Buckley’s 100th birthday. Judge Buckley is part of an “exclusive club” of Americans who have served our country with distinction in all three branches of the federal government. Including his service as a United States senator from New York, as a presidential appointee during the administration of President Ronald Reagan, and as a federal judge.

As a small tribute to Judge Buckley’s remarkable life of public service, TFAS is establishing a James L. Buckley TFAS Law Fellowship. TFAS is delighted that Judge Buckley has agreed to lend his name to this fellowship, which strives to educate a rising generation of young lawyers, giving them the tools to defend the ideals of a free society rooted in individual liberty, limited government, free enterprise, and constitutional originalism.

Read more about the legacy of James L. Buckley here.

Students Learn the Principles of a Free Society During 2023 TFAS Santiago Program

In January, The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) welcomed 51 participants from 17 countries to its two-week program in Chile, TFAS Santiago, in partnership with Universidad de los Andes (UANDES). TFAS and UANDES were thrilled to host the program again after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. Students gathered to study the political theory of constitutional government and Latin American economic and political development while exploring sites around the city and in the neighboring port city of Valparaiso.

The program was structured around daily class sessions held on the university’s campus at the foothills of the Andes Mountains, where UANDES and TFAS faculty engaged with students through lectures, panels, and class activities. Topics included constitutional political economy, the economic and political growth of Latin America with an emphasis on Chile’s outstanding economic achievement as well as the country’s current social and political challenges.

Read more about the 2023 TFAS Santiago program here.

 TFAS Faculty, Alumni, Supporters in the News

Carine Hajjar, Rago ’22, wrote a piece for The Wall Street Journal about her grandfather’s guide to a long and happy life.

Paul Glader ’99, ’00 wrote an article about how tribalism divides and limits us, as well as George Santos’ fraud for Religion Unplugged.

Erica Lizza, PPF ’21, co-wrote an article with Ambassador Sam Brownback for Univision about the Biden administration’s need to confront Nicaragua’s assault on religious freedom.

Cami Mondeaux ’20 wrote an article about the D.C crime law, describing it as a “political nightmare” for Senate Democrats for Washington Examiner.

Melinda Zosh ’09 has been named a finalist for the Virginia Associated Press Award for “best news anchor in a small market” in 2022. The Greenbrier will host the awards ceremony in April.

Carrie Sheffield ’06, Novak ’06, appeared on CNN to discuss her thoughts on the 1619 Project, CRT, and other issues, and she denied that Governor DeStantis is attempting to prohibit African American studies.

Jeremy Harrell ’07, PPF ’10, wrote an article for Power Magazine about why America and the rest of the world needs more nuclear power.

Sandra Sadek ’19 wrote an article about a Ukrainian family who has fled to Texas as a result of the war for Fort Worth Report.

Jeanna Smialek’s ’11 book about the Federal Reserve, “Limitless,” was released on February 28, 2023.

Joshua Gonzalez ’20 started a fellowship at Heritage Congressional Foundation as a press assistant for Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar.

TFAS Senior Scholar Dr. Don Devine wrote an article about Biden’s need to learn from Ronald Reagan, who was able to control runaway inflation for The American Spectator.

Cayden Sparks ’19 was accepted to the Pacific Forum’s Young Leaders Program.

Dora Ziyaeva ’05 has been promoted to partner at Dentons in New York.

Sofia Hamilton ’20 wrote an article for DC Journal about the Height of Buildings Act of 1910 and how it affects housing and prices in DC.

Shannon Hossinger ’10 was interviewed on a podcast about the challenges of electing more women to Congress and her own experience as a woman on Capitol Hill.

Elizabeth Spalding ’86 gave an interview and tour of the Victims of Communism Museum for C-SPAN.

Alexandra Seymour, PPF ’18, wrote an article for The Diplomat in which she suggested that the United States should appoint a special envoy for semiconductors.

Matthew Continetti, Novak ’08, discusses the future of conservatism with  The Carolina Journal.

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