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Liberty + Leadership News: May 31, 2019


We hope you enjoy these top news stories about TFAS activities, alumni and events this week. Please visit us on social media for additional up-to-the-moment TFAS news and information and sign up for our newsletter to receive weekly updates.

TFAS Welcomes Law Fellows to D.C.

The 2019 TFAS Law Fellows begin their summer with a visit to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Sixteen law students, all hailing from top 100 law schools across the nation, began the TFAS Summer Law Fellowship program last week. The students were chosen from a competitive field of applicants to spend nine weeks studying issues of constitutional interpretation, limited government and free enterprise through the immersive TFAS academic and professional experience.

Before diving into their studies and legal internships, the Fellows began their TFAS Journey last Friday, May 24, with an orientation and a TFAS alumni-led panel discussion on how to make the most out of the program and TFAS network.

Frank Garrison, Law ’14, a staff attorney for National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, shared how his TFAS experience and course on originalism helped him discover a passion for constitutional litigation. “My whole path changed when I came to D.C. for a summer with TFAS,” said Garrison. “That’s what you can look forward to if you put in the work and seek out the opportunities afforded to you by this program.”

Learn more about the TFAS Summer Law Fellowship and meet our 2019 Fellows at TFAS.org/LawFellows19.

Dr. Anne Bradely Shares How TFAS Teaches the Economic Way of Thinking

Dr. Anne Bradley discusses the TFAS curriculum during our 2018 Annual Conference in New Orleans.

How do TFAS courses make economics interesting and relatable? How can we look beyond political biases to objectively study economics? In a Q&A with TFAS, Academic Director Dr. Anne Bradley shares how she gets students to not only understand economics, but get excited about how the principles can empower them to approach policy issues and make the world a better place.

“My goal is for them to walk away with a lot of enthusiasm about economics, but also to empower them with an analytical framework that allows them to think about all sorts of issues they care about,” said Bradley. “I understand that they’re not all going to convert their majors to economics, but I want them to realize how economics can make them better at what they want to do.”

Dr. Bradley is the George and Sally Mayer Fellow for Economic Education and TFAS academic director. You can read the full Q&A with Dr. Bradley at TFAS.org/BradleyQA.

Register today for the 2019 TFAS Annual Conference to learn more from Dr. Bradley and other members of the TFAS faculty during our “A Day in the Life of a TFAS Student” breakout sessions.

FTE Trade Activity Earns Silver Award from National Association of Economic Educators

High school teachers negotiate a trade during a demonstration of FTE’s “Tic-Tac-Toe Tariff!” activity.

TFAS high school division, the Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE), has been awarded a silver award from the National Association of Economic Educators for its educational activity “Tic-Tac-Toe Tariff!” In the award-winning simulation, students are citizens in Country X and Country O and trade Dum Dum Pops with one another in a demonstration of gains from trade and the impact of tariffs.

You can learn more about the activity and download the full teacher guide and visual on FTE.org.


Post of the Week

Have you registered yet for the 30th Annual TFAS Scholarship Dinner? The annual event raises vital scholarships for deserving young leaders to attend TFAS programs. This year’s honorees include Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina and Susan Neely, President and CEO of American Council of Life Insurers. Learn more at TFAS.org/ScholarDinner.

Quick Links

Mark Levin ’76 has released a new book, “Unfreedom of the Press.” You can read a synopsis at The Washington Times.

Kari Travis ’12, Novak ’18, was recognized by the N.C. Press Association with a second place award in Investigative Reporting for an article about problems in the North Carolina prison system and a third place award in Beat News Reporting for her articles about the UNC System and Silent Sam. Travis, an associate editor for the Carolina Journal, was awarded a TFAS Novak Fellowship last year for her project, “Not for Sale: Liberty, Responsibility and the Role of Conservatism in the Fight Against Human Trafficking.”

TFAS high school program division, the Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE), profiles mentor teacher Malhaz Jibladze on FTE.org

TFAS staff met with their Santiago, Chile program partners from the University of Andes (UANDES) while they were in D.C. for the NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo. Thank you for stopping by to discuss and reminisce about a wonderful partnership!

Pictured (l.-r.) Roger Ream ’76, Michelle Le ’95, ’96, Rafaela De Grazia Boettinger, Raimundo Cortes Wilckens, Rosario Diaz Dominguez and Alexander Archuleta.

TFAS Senior Scholar Dr. Donald Devine was a featured panelist on “Civil Service in Perspective” during “Who Manages the Managers? A One Year Lookback at President Trump’s Civil Service Reforms” conference hosted by The C. Boyden Gray Center. 

Neil Vigdor ’98 announced on Twitter this week that he will be joining the express desk at the New York Times as a breaking news reporter. Vigdor recently worked as a political reporter for the Hartford Courant where he picked up several awards including a Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists Award in the government category just last week.



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