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Liberty + Leadership News: March 11


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TFAS is Returning to Prague

2019 TFAS Prague students in Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí), Prague’s center of many social and historical events including democratic demonstrations and celebrations.

After a two-year hiatus, The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) is thrilled to return to the Czech Republic with two programs this July: TFAS Prague and the European Journalism Institute (EJI). Prague is the location of TFAS’s flagship international program, the first of which occurred nearly 30 years ago in 1993.

The TFAS International team is working hard to ensure safe and engaging experiences for the participants. By participating in a TFAS International program, students gain an expanded network of global contacts; an understanding of the ideas most conducive to individual freedom, human achievement and personal responsibility; and an international experience to advance their educational and professional development.

I have heard too many times the term ‘life-changing experience,’ but only after TFAS Prague was it clear for me. The program was extremely enriching in all regards…”– Giorgi Eliozashvili ’19

Learn more about the two TFAS programs taking place in Prague this summer at TFAS.org/ReturntoPrague.

Post of the Week

TFAS Alumni Engagement team is committed to meeting the ever-evolving needs of TFAS alumni. To ensure TFAS alumni programming is personalized and relevant, the team has created an Alumni Engagement Survey. Alumni can weigh in on future events, communication and continuing education opportunities at TFAS.org/AlumniSurvey.


TFAS alumni, faculty and friends continue to speak out and report on the conflict in Ukraine

Haley Britzky ’16 discusses Ukraine’s information war with Russia for Task & Purpose.

Sarah Sicard ’13 tracks live updates on the invasion of Ukraine for Air Force Times.

Kylee Zempel, ’17, PPF ’20, shares predictions on the outcome of the Russia-Ukraine crisis in The Federalist.

Joseph Lawler, Novak ’13, writes for the Washington Examiner about the economic consequences of the invasion of Ukraine.

Jovan Tripkovic ’19 published an interview for Religion Unplugged with archimandrite of the Russian Orthodox church Cyril Hovorun, on Ukraine, Russia and Schism.

TFAS Trustee Paula Dobriansky writes for Barron’s that Russia’s attack is a wakeup call to the west.

Nina Trentmann ’08 covers economic effects of the invasion of Ukraine for The Wall Street Journal.

Ivana Lucía Jelenszky Díaz ’18 writes an opinion piece for La Prensa about the consequences of the invasion of Ukraine.

Former TFAS professor Gary Armstrong ’84 was interviewed about the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Krista Viksnins ’15, program assistant for the Transatlantic Defense and Security Program at CEPA, writes about Baltic concerns about the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Former TFAS Trustee Arnold Steinberg reflects on Putin’s invasion of Ukraine for The American Spectator.

Matthew Continetti, Novak ’08, writes that “hope” is not a strategy, especially in the context of Ukraine for The Patriot Post.

Garrett Boorojian ’09 was interviewed by Fox News about the latest developments in the war of aggression against Ukraine.

More News

Erika Poitevien ’16 is now a congressional affairs specialist for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Katherine Mangu-Ward, Novak ’05, writes for Reason about the politicized financial decisions regarding infrastructure.

TFAS Professor Glenn Nye shares commentary on how to restore American democracy for ArcaMax.

Oliver Wiseman, Novak ’21, discusses the meaning of Biden’s Supreme Court nominee for The Spectator World.

Haley Britzky ’16 shares the story for Task & Purpose of the only woman to ever win the Medal of Honor, Mary Edwards Walker.

Kamron Kompani, PPF ’19, will join the Goldwater Institute as the legal programs manager.

Amb. Aldona Wos, TFAS friend and supporter, has been appointed as Interim President of IWP.

Katie Barlow ’10 has been named chief legal correspondent for Fox’s WTTG Washington.

Kent Keirsey ’02 filed last week to run for North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District.

Brianna (Broad) Bucinell ’11 is now the senior communications manager at Capital One.

William Dumais ’16 will join the public affairs and engagement team of the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Sarah Dawn Petrin ’95 has started a new position as the senior advisor for partnerships at the Truman Center for National Policy.

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