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Liberty + Leadership News: March 18


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Carine Hajjar Selected as 2022 Joseph Rago Memorial Fellow for Excellence in Journalism

Carine Hajjar is the 2022 Joseph Rago Memorial Fellow for Excellence in Journalism

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) and The Wall Street Journal Editorial Page are pleased to announce Carine Hajjar as the 2022 recipient of the Joseph Rago Memorial Fellowship for Excellence in Journalism.

Hajjar grew up in Milton, Massachusetts, and went to high school at Ursuline Academy in Dedham. She graduated from Harvard College in May 2021, earning a degree in government with a focus in data science and a minor in economics.

Joe Rago was an exceptional writer with the rare ability to fuse wit, humor, and thoughtful commentary. I am humbled to accept a position in his memory.”– Carine Hajjar, Rago ’22

At Harvard, Hajjar was a member of The Harvard Crimson’s editorial board. Frustrated by ideological homogeneity on campus, she penned a column for the Crimson called “Always at Odds.” Hajjar shared her experience as a conservative student at Harvard and became a vocal advocate for free speech and ideological diversity, co-founding the Harvard Institute of Politics’ Conservative Coalition.

As a Rago Fellow, Hajjar will work with the Opinion section of The Wall Street Journal through a nine-month internship beginning this fall. This Fellowship is named in honor of Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial writer Joseph Rago, who was a rising star at The Wall Street Journal and a key member of its editorial page team before he passed away at the age of 34 in 2017.

Learn more about the 2022 Fellow and this prestigious Fellowship at TFAS.org/RagoFellow22.

The Power of Perseverance: From Hungary to Washington

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) continually searches for ways to offer programming to students and future leaders from around the globe. One way TFAS accomplishes this is through partnerships with organizations like the Hungary Foundation. Their Széll Kálmán Public Policy Fellowship gives young Hungarian student leaders the chance to participate in a TFAS D.C. Academic Internship Program in the summer or fall.

Verkmann, Savanya and Hajas convene at TFAS headquarters.

The prestigious scholarship is awarded to only the best and brightest. Selected students read supplementary material prior to the program and engage in additional discussions on Hungarian-American relations during the TFAS program. This provides greater depth of knowledge on topics like democracy, freedom, liberty and leadership.

Three Hungarian students received the Széll Kálmán fellowship for the Fall 2021 Capital Semester on Leadership + the American Presidency: Boldizsár Hajas, Csenge Savanya and Zsombor Verkmann. The three intelligent, courageous, liberty-minded young leaders enjoyed their semester in the U.S. because it provided each of them new insight and direction for their future.

Read more about these outstanding young leaders and the fellowship at TFAS.org/HungaryJourney.

Post of the Week

Last week, TFAS alumnus Jacek Spendel brought leaders from his organization, Project Arizona, to TFAS for a lesson from TFAS VP of Academic Affairs Dr. Anne Bradley on “How Free Markets Free the World.”


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

TFAS Grewcock Senior Scholar Dr. Donald Devine writes about the similarities of Ukrainian and Irish independence for St. Patrick’s Day in The American Spectator.

Antonia Colibasanu ’03, ’07 is interviewed about Russia’s attempt to put economic sanctions against the West.

Christopher White, Novak ’13, writes for National Catholic Reporter on the Vatican’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Viktorya Muradyan ’19 writes about Armenia being a safe haven for those from Ukraine fleeing the war and for those from Russia and Belarus fleeing their respective dictatorships for EVN Report.

Hrishabh Sandilya ’06, ’10 writes about how Europe can include Ukrainian refugees in society for Project Syndicate.

Katie Barlow ’10 interviewed a Ukrainian student in D.C. and GMU law professor, Ilya Somin, about how we should let in Ukrainian and Russian refugees on Fox 5 DC.

More News

Katerina Dimitratos ’08 was interviewed about entrepreneurship and women in business.

TFAS Regent Chris Ullman writes on how Billy Joel’s music helped teach him to pray for his enemies for The Federalist.

As part of his Novak Fellowship project on urban republicans, Oliver Wiseman, Novak ’21, writes for City Journal on voting patterns of Miami residents.

Curt Mills, Novak ’19, writes about the Oklahoma senatorial special election for The American Conservative.

Robert Sekuloski ’15, ’16 will join Goldman Sachs as a Wealth Management Professional in the Miami office.

Naomi Schaefer Riley, Novak ’01, writes on the tragic deaths of New York’s abused and neglected children for New York Daily News.

Carrie Sheffield ’06, Novak ’06, writes on the new $1.5 trillion federal spending bill for Independent Women’s Forum.

Robby Soave, Novak ’19, reports on the TSA mask mandate extension for Reason.

Ryan Lovelace, Novak ’17, reports on the CIA calling on academia for research support for The Washington Times.

Sarah Westwood, Novak ’15, writes for Washington Examiner on Biden and Trump’s foreign policy similarities.

Bill Wirtz ’19 writes for The American Conservative on the European Union’s Green Deal policies and challenges.

Haley Britzky ’16 writes for Task and Purpose on the 100 women who have now graduated US Army Ranger School.

Sara Yasin ’08 was named as managing editor of the Los Angeles Times.

Amanda Shoopman ’18 is now a staff assistant for Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas.

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