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Liberty + Leadership News: March 20, 2020


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Economic Lessons for High School Students Available Online

Many lessons contain video demonstrations to help you teach concepts. This one is from the activity, “The Bread Market.”

As the spread of COVID-19 causes high schools across the country to close their doors, TFAS is providing resources to help our teachers and parents continue the important task of educating our nation’s future leaders.

Through our high school programming division – the Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE) – TFAS offers a plethora of online lesson plans, readings, handouts, video demonstrations and hands-on activity guides to teach the “economic way of thinking” in engaging and relatable ways. Visit TFAS.org/FTELessons for a one-stop guide to our available resources.

Students tour West Wing
TFAS Director of Journalism + Communications and U.S. Programs Joe Starrs joins Spring Capital Semester students for a tour of the West Wing.

Capital Semester Students Tour White House West Wing

TFAS is pleased to report that we quickly adapted our Capital Semester program so that every one of our students can complete their TFAS studies remotely by attending courses and lectures online, led by our outstanding faculty and guest speakers.

Earlier this semester these students visited some truly remarkable sites in our nation’s capital, including the top of the Washington Monument and a private tour of the West Wing of the White House.

“I have never felt so close to so many significant places or positions of power at one time, especially while in the Oval Office,” said TFAS student John Mark Haase ’20. “Having the opportunity to stand right outside where some of the most influential individuals make such significant and lasting decisions that affect the world was, to put it mildly, surreal.” Read more at TFAS.org/WestWing20.

TFAS Public Policy Fellows Discuss America’s National Character at Spring Retreat

With growing trends in identity politics, divisiveness and extremism, now is a critical time to dig deep and understand what truly defines and unifies Americans.

Eighteen young public policy professionals convened in Charlottesville, Virginia, for the 2020 TFAS Public Policy Fellows Spring Retreat to further explore questions and topics discussed during the Fellows’ 2019 fall retreat in Gettysburg on the Lincoln-Douglas debates.

As part of the year-long curriculum on “The Experiment in Self Government,” the TFAS Public Policy Fellows convened in Charlottesville, Virginia, last month for a spring retreat to explore “American National Character.”

Abigail Guidera, PPF ’19, a program manager of domestic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), said the conversations and ideas discussed at the retreat were important for young leaders because “we are living in a time where views on identity are constantly changing.”

“Adherence to tradition is too often brushed aside as an inconvenience to ‘progress,’ but the reality is that without tradition, without antiquity, we lose sight of where we came from and put ourselves in danger of greater fragmentation,” she said.

Read full coverage of the retreat at TFAS.org/PPFSpring2020.

TFAS Alumni Cover COVID-19 Concerns

As the spread of COVID-19 dominates the news and minds of people around the world, TFAS alumni and faculty are at the forefront of the discussion – sharing analysis, information and tips.

TFAS alumnus and professor Dr. Ibrahim Al-Marashi ’01 talks ways to avoid the coronavirus in the video below and shares lessons from past outbreaks like the black plague and Spanish flu in a piece for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Dr. Al-Marashi teaches Conflict Management in the TFAS Prague program where one of the course modules is pandemics and conflict.

Sarah Sicard ’13 writes about the possibility of the coronavirus leading to martial law in a piece for Military Times.

John Lettieri ‘03, PPF ‘08, co-authored this piece for the Economic Innovation Group on helping “Main Street” through this crisis.

Kylee Zempel ’17, PPF ’19, shares tips on how to help the elderly during the ongoing coronavirus crisis for The Federalist.

Kari Travis ‘12, Novak ’18, reports for the Carolina Journal on orders to shut down restaurants in North Carolina and shares thoughts from legal experts on the constitutionality of North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s ban on mass gatherings for churches in the state.

Joel Pollak, Novak ’18, analyzes the economic impact of the coronavirus on the food and grocery industry in an article for Breitbart News.

Ben Weingarten, Novak ’19, opines for The Federalist against propagandist claims that the U.S. manufactured the novel coronavirus.

TFAS Senior Scholar Dr. Don Boudreaux co-authors a piece for National Review on federal paid-leave proposals amid the growing coronavirus pandemic.

Michael Brendan Dougherty, Novak ’09, shares his thoughts on the future of COVID-19 in America for National Review.

Ryan Lovelace, Novak ’17, reports for the Washington Times on efforts by leading internet companies to combat the spread of misinformation regarding COVID-19.

Robby Soave, Novak ’17, shares takeaways from the recent Democratic debate amid growing concerns over the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S.

Peter Suderman, Novak ’10, opines for Reason on President Trump’s payroll tax cut proposal for economic stimulus.


Hear TFAS President Roger Ream ’76 and our Venezuelan campus speaker Jorge Galicia join the “Life with Liz” show to discuss TFAS programs – how we’ve grown over the past 53 years – and our campus speaking series that gives college students a firsthand report on the real-life consequences of socialism. (Interview on begins at the 12:09 mark).

Jorge and fellow TFAS campus speaker Andrés Guilarte are also featured in a recent episode of the Daily Citizen TV News for their efforts to combat socialism in America through our campus speaking series project, “Venezuela: My Story … Your Future?”

TFAS alumna Ellie Miller ’19 shares her internship experience with the State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism in an interview for Lewis and Clark College.

TFAS Academic Director Dr. Anne Bradley examines how issues like healthcare, business regulation and public debt impact how Christians view economic policy in a piece for The Stream.

Tim Alberta, Novak ’18, opines for Politico on what Joe Biden’s primary win in Michigan means for the 2020 election.

Kat Timpf, Novak ’12, defends the importance of free political speech in a piece for the National Review.

In this episode of the Financial Survival Network podcast, Daniel McAdams, Novak ’98, shares his thoughts on current events in politics, economics, government, media and more.

Amber Phillips ’07 analyzes what steps Joe Biden needs to take to unify the Democratic party for The Washington Post.

Matthew Walther, Novak ’16, opines for The Week on neoliberal capitalism’s incompatibility with “the common good.”

Matthew Continetti, Novak ’08, opines for National Review on the fight against socialism in America.

Laura Vanderkam ’99, Novak ’06, shares tips on managing productivity in an advice column for Forge.


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