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Liberty + Leadership News: November 19, 2020


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TFAS Celebrates The Best in American Journalism at 27th Annual Journalism Awards Dinner

On November 18th, TFAS supporters and friends gathered in person and joined online for the 27th Annual TFAS Journalism Awards Dinner.

TFAS awarded Maria Bartiromo, Fox News anchor of “Mornings with Maria,” the Thomas Phillips Career Achievement Award for her lifelong dedication to outstanding journalism.

The TFAS Journalism Awards Dinner normally takes place in New York City, but due to COVID restrictions, we instead hosted an intimate gathering in Washington, D.C. and broadcast remarks live from the National Press Club,

For more than a quarter-century, TFAS has fostered the careers of outstanding journalists, including Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters, editors of national magazines, and authors of bestselling books.

This year has shown how critically our country needs exceptional journalists. We’ve seen how fake news, half-truths, twisted facts, and severely edited videos can shape public perception of the critical issues that surround us.

The incredible individuals honored at the dinner have the proven integrity that will shape the news in our country for decades to come. Read a recap of the dinner + see who was honored at TFAS.org/JournoDinner20.

What’s Ahead For 2021: TFAS Finds New Opportunities To Teach Liberty + Leadership To Students Amid Covid Challenges

While 2020 certainly brought more than its fair share of challenges, The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) welcomed our new reality with open arms and an open mind. After spending the first half of the year reimagining our programs to give young leaders across the globe an equally exceptional virtual experience as they would have had in person, TFAS developed new and innovative ways to teach the ideals of liberty, limited government and free markets.

Fall 2020 Capital Semester students were able to take an in-person tour of the White House in October.

When the status of our 2020 D.C. Internships and TFAS International programs became uncertain, TFAS staff brainstormed new ways to create both virtual and hybrid programs to promote our mission of teaching and building up the world’s future leaders.

After a successful 2020 TFAS Virtual Summer and the Fall Capital Semester hybrid program, TFAS feels ready to tackle the upcoming year and provide even more students the opportunity to safely engage in our programs in whichever format they feel most comfortable. There will be two options for students participating in TFAS Summer 2021 D.C. Programs: virtual and hybrid. Students participating in the hybrid model will have access to on-campus housing and in-person experiences in Washington, D.C., in addition to virtual programming.

July will be a busy month for TFAS International programs, which have faced a different set of challenges with restrictions on international travel. All international programs–TFAS Santiago, TFAS Prague, TFAS Asia, and the European Journalism Institute–will take place in July 2021.

For more information on the upcoming programs, including program dates and application deadlines, visit TFAS.org/Programs2021.

Economics Lesson of The Week: The Oklahoma Land Rush – Property Rights on the American Frontier

TFAS provides resources to help teachers and parents continue the important task of educating our nation’s future leaders. Our “Economics Lesson of The Week” series features new lessons from our high school programming division – the Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE) – each week.

This week’s lesson is “The Oklahoma Land Rush – Property Rights on the American Frontier.” In this 45-minute activity, students will work in family groups of four while simulating the rationing of land in American history on a “first-come, first-served” basis, as it was rationed during the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1893. As student “Boomers” engage in the chaos and excitement of racing for land, they participate in a common experience they can analyze and evaluate afterwards. This helps them sort through the historical experience, highlighting the exorbitant and unrecognized costs of rationing property rights in the American West.

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.

Post of the Week

TFAS Santiago 2021 will be held this summer along with TFAS Prague, TFAS Asia and the European Journalism Institute. Hear about TFAS alumna Allie Dunbaugh’s ’20 experience exploring the ideals of a free society with TFAS in Santiago, Chile, earlier this year in this Instagram video by TFAS International.


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Haley Britzky ’16 will be on Dateline NBC to discuss the Vanessa Guillen investigation.

Kristin Tate, Novak ’19, opines for The Hill on why policies associated with “Trumpism” may be long-lasting.

Kaitlin Durbin ’11 shares perspectives from teachers during the coronavirus pandemic in a piece for The Blade.

TFAS alumni Alexis Black ’17, ’19 and Justin Black ’18, ’19 have recently published a book together titled “Redefining Normal,” which so far has received over 120 reviews averaging 4.9 stars and #1 bestseller in three categories.

Sarah Sicard ’13 shares personal accounts from service members across the country on why they chose to join the military in a special Veterans Day piece for Military Times.

TFAS alumnus Congressman David Rouzer ’93, ’94 was reelected to the U.S. House of Representatives for North Carolina.

TFAS Regent Emeritus Dr. Lee Edwards opines for The Heritage Foundation on China’s history of human rights violations.

Marcela Tropia ’20 was recently elected a councilwoman in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Gary Emerling, Novak ’09, writes for the US News & World Report on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the mental health of children.

Anna Chorniy ’07, ’08 discusses how economics can be used to improve healthcare outcomes in a video by Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.

Suzanne Kianpour ’09 was interviewed about covering the U.S. presidential election in her hometown of Atlanta as part of the BBC “From Our Correspondent” series.

Talking Biz News has announced that John Heltman ’02 has been named as editor in chief of American Banker magazine.

Mike Moroney ’08, PPF ’12 shared on LinkedIn that he is now the group head for the new corporate reputation practice at FleishmanHillard.

TFAS Trustee Emeritus Mitch Daniels discusses how Purdue University has adjusted to life during the coronavirus pandemic in an interview with the Full Steam Ahead podcast.

TFAS Public Policy Fellowship professor Colleen Sheehan recorded a podcast episode with National Review on James Madison’s “Notes on Government.”

Calvin Blaylock, PPF ’20, shared about his participation in the fall Public Policy Fellowship retreat on LinkedIn.

Director of TFAS Journalism Fellowships Dan McCarthy spoke at a webinar on America’s post-election landscape for the Center for the National Interest.

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