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Liberty + Leadership News: March 25


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Roger Ream Joins Daily Signal Podcast to Discuss TFAS Impact

Roger Ream ’76, president of TFAS, joined The Daily Signal’s Robert Bluey to discuss the past, present and future of TFAS. In the interview, Ream and Bluey touched on several programs TFAS offers and how they help develop courageous leaders for a free society.

Ream explained that the mission of TFAS has not changed since its inception in 1967 – to educate leaders who support American values and free-market economics. The only thing that has changed is the addition of one word: courageous. Courageous leaders are vital in today’s contentious climate.

“We hope through our programs, which combine the academic components, plus the internship and practical experience, we can offer students an opportunity for a great environment for learning and for developing courageous leaders,” Ream said.

Through summer programs for high school and college students; semester-long programs for university students; fellowships for aspiring lawyers, journalists and public policy professionals; and international programs for young freedom-minded leaders throughout the world, TFAS continues to educate the next generation of courageous leaders for liberty just as it has done for the past 55 years.

To learn more about TFAS’s work and Ream’s outlook on the future, listen to the full interview at The Daily Signal podcast page.

National Review: An Email from a Bomb Shelter Teaches Lessons on Freedom

TFAS President Roger Ream ’76 penned an article this week for National Review on the “role freedom plays in inspiring and galvanizing a nation” and the tenacity Ukrainians are showing in light of the current war with Russia.

“Freedom is a simple word; one common definition is ‘the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint,’” Ream writes. “Since declaring independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Ukrainians have largely enjoyed the freedom to chart their own course over the last 30 years. This freedom has permeated their souls, and it shows in how they are standing up to unfathomable Russian aggression.”

He goes on to explain the many ways freedom can play out in a technologically advanced society and how those innovations allow Ukrainians to communicate and gain access to new opportunities. To highlight this, he shares how a Ukrainian student recently inquired about the TFAS program in Prague this summer.

“The student noted that she was unable to finish her application because she is ‘in a bomb shelter in Kharkiv’ and wondered if the application deadline could be extended. She also noted in a beautifully understated way that ‘the current situation has affected the application process.’”

TFAS was inspired by the young woman’s dedication to freedom. She displays the exact characteristics of a courageous leader that TFAS hopes to cultivate within the students who attend our programs.

Read more of Ream’s thoughts on the agency and opportunity freedom can bring and how TFAS is teaching these principles in the National Review article.

TFAS Outreach Fellow Jorge Galicia Live on Newsmax TV

During the segment, Chris Salcedo mentions a recent letter to the editor written by TFAS alumnus Martin Rodriguez ’15, ’15. Read the letter in this week’s Quick Links.

After fleeing Venezuela in 2017 following the country’s political collapse, outreach fellow for The Fund for American Studies Jorge Galicia began sharing his story across the country to inspire college students with a message of the value of freedom.

This week, Galicia took his message of liberty and the need for protection of the rights and freedoms of the American people to Newsmax. Interviewed live by Chris Salcedo, Galicia shared insights into what could come from the Biden administration talks with the government of Nicolás Maduro over easing oil sanctions.

“It is extremely disappointing to see the U.S. possibly cutting a new deal with the Maduro administration to do anything, you know?” Galicia shared. “We’re seeing how the White House might be functioning as a new research supply for the Maduro regime, and it is extremely heartbreaking for people like me who needed to flee that country.”

Click here to watch the full segment, or click the video below to watch Galicia’s segment.

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

Polish Permanent Representative to the UN Krzysztof Szczerski ’96 spoke at the UN General Assembly Emergency Special Session on Ukraine. His remarks begin at the 1 hour, 33 minute time mark.

Jakub Kulhanek ’07, ambassador of the Czech Republic to the UN, also spoke at the assembly. His remarks begin at the 1 hour, 53 minute time mark.

Daniel McVicar ’19 writes for Global Risk Insights about how the West can effectively implement sanctions against Russia to target the state without hurting its people.

Sarah Dawn Petrin ’95 coauthors a piece for the Atlantic Council on the different ways that NATO can help Ukraine.

TFAS professor Ibrahim Al-Marashi ’01 shares the need to talk with the generation born after the collapse of the Soviet Union to get a better understanding of the war in Ukraine in a piece for The New Arab.

Maria Shagina ’09 is quoted in this Wall Street Journal piece about Russia’s failing “self-sufficient” economy.

Karabekir Akkoyunlu ’03 is quoted in this piece for Al Jazeera about how the war may affect global food supply and prices.

Atif Choudhury ’10 writes about the stranger aspects of diplomacy in an article for The Diplomat. For example, Lithuania is canceling donations of COVID-19 vaccines because of their UN vote on Ukraine.

More News

Incoming student Anna Pittman from Mississippi College was featured in her university newspaper, The Clinton Courier, for earning a scholarship to participate in a TFAS D.C. Academic Internship Program this summer.

Firas Maksad ’01 has an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal about the crisis in U.S.-Middle East relations.

Lindsey Curnutte ’16 is taking a position as press secretary for the Gov. Ron DeSantis re-election campaign.

Trevor Carlsen, PPF ’19, had his first piece published in the The Washington Post. In the article he explains why election integrity is a bipartisan issue.

Kenneth Luu ’10, the director of business operations at Instawork, was featured in an employee spotlight by his company.

Stephanie Slade, Novak ’16, writes for Reason on the tensions between different brands of libertarianism.

Jeff Guittard ’13 is now the senior communications manager for the Beer Institute.

Martin Rodriguez ’15, ’15 wrote a letter to the editor on the current oil talks between the Biden and Maduro administrations, which was published in The Wall Street Journal.

Carrie Sheffield ’06, Novak ’06, explains the impact of inflation on small businesses in an article for International Women’s Forum.

Elliot Kaufman, Rago ’18, is included in this conversation with City Journal about the future of the conservative movement.

Armen Grigoryan ’11 is mentioned in this article for ArmenPress sharing news of a U.S.-Armenia agreement on the continuation of strategic dialogue between the two countries.

Tom Sileo, Novak ’10, pens an article in celebration of World Down Syndrome Day (March 21) and his experience as the parent of a child with Down syndrome for The Stream.

Law Fellowship Board of Visitors member Ilya Shapiro responds to the Hastings Law School students who shouted him down during an event on campus in an article for The Wall Street Journal.

Jen Hale ’99 shares her family’s history of heart disease and her own health crisis in an interview with the American Heart Association.

Sarah Westwood, Novak ’15, writes about inflation, gas prices and pipeline battles in an article for the Washington Examiner.

Law Fellowship Board of Visitors member Josh Holdenreid, PPF ’18, analyzes Bill Barr’s latest book, which posits that religious liberty is “the most pressing civil rights issue of our time” in an article for First Things.

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