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Liberty + Leadership News: November 3


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Books on The Podcast: New Publications from TFAS Alumna, Trustee and Regent Emeritus

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) is pleased to present a selection of book publications released this fall by Alexandra Hudson, Novak ’19, TFAS Board of Trustees member, Chris Ullman and TFAS regent emeritus, Tom Morrison. Whether seeking career advice, aspiring to live a fulfilling life or simply craving a good laugh, these authors offer exactly what readers need.

TFAS President Roger Ream ’76 recently sat down with these alumni and board members on the Liberty + Leadership Podcast.

Read more about book publications released this fall here. 

Dr. Anne Bradley joins the Voice of Freedom Podcast

TFAS Vice President of Academic Affairs and George and Sally Mayer Fellow Dr. Anne Bradley joined the Bradley Foundation’s podcast, Voices of Freedom, where she spoke with the President and CEO of the Bradley Foundation Rick Graber.

They discussed finding the economic angle in everything from income inequality to the political economy of terrorism, teaching economic concepts in a relatable and accessible way, the link between markets and morality, why the free-market system is the most humane economic system, the myth that economic freedom creates and exacerbates income inequality and more.

Listen to the Voice of Freedom’s podcast episode featuring Dr. Anne Bradley here.

From the Capitol to Campus: TFAS Alumnae on Their D.C. Summer Adventure

Join Roger Ream ’76 in this week’s Liberty + Leadership Podcast as he speaks with three 2023 TFAS alumnae: Tiffany Parasca ’23, Deniza Toma ’23 and Lyrah Panarigan ’23, during the 2023 TFAS Leadership Summit in Park City, Utah.

Tiffany, Deniza and Lyrah each discuss their respective paths leading to TFAS as well as the powerful impact the TFAS Academic Internship Program had on them. They explore their eventful summer in Washington, D.C., the meaningful friendships they forged, and the lessons learned that they are now applying in both their academic and professional lives.

Post of the Week

Last month, TFAS supporters, alumni, and friends gathered in Park City, Utah, for the 2023 TFAS Leadership Summit, where they heard about the alarming trends of creeping socialism, abuses of power and censorship that pose a threat to the rule of law and individual freedoms.

Kurt Couchman ’02, PPF ’07, was one of the summit’s speakers, addressing how to improve state and federal fiscal policy. During the event, he was awarded the 2023 Kevin Burket Alumni Service Award, which he announced on Twitter. Congratulations, Kurt! 


 TFAS Faculty, Alumni, Supporters in the News

Tim Carney, Novak ’03, will publish his latest book, “Family Unfriendly: How Our Culture Made Raising Kids Much Harder Than It Needs to Be,” in March 2024. 

Haley Britzky ’16 writes for CNN about a drone attack on a coalition base in Syria that caused a minor injury to a U.S. partner force service member. 

TFAS Senior Scholar Dr. Donald Devine wrote an op-ed for The American Spectator about the Washington Post/ABC poll, which predicts Joe Biden will not be the Democratic nominee for president.

Michael Brendan Dougherty, Novak ’09, writes for National Review on why there aren’t any pro-Hamas demonstrations in Hungary after the attack on Israel.

Naomi Schaefer Riley, Novak ’01, wrote an opinion piece for Deseret News about how churches can make a difference in the lives of children who need foster care.

Madeleine Kearns, Novak ’22, wrote an article for National Review on why the British police force is tearing down pictures of Hamas hostages.

Matthew Continetti, Novak ’08, writes for Time Magazine that Mike Johnson’s win as Speaker of the House indicates the end of Reagan’s GOP.

McKenzie Romero ’12 will join States Newsroom, where she will lead a new news outlet in Utah covering government, policy and the issues that primarily affect the lives of Utahns.

TFAS Senior Scholar Dr. Donald J. Boudreaux wrote a piece for AIER about why he believes that emoting is easier than thinking dispassionately.

Alexandra Hudson, Novak ’19, spoke on The Final 5 to discuss her new book, “The Soul of Civility: Timeless Principles to Heal Society.”

Congressman David Kustoff ’89 of Tennessee introduced a bipartisan resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives condemning anti-Semitism on college campuses.

Blake Swango ’02, ’04 appeared on the cover of the Trade Show Executive magazine for November 2023.

Joseph Simonson, Novak ’22, was interviewed by current Novak Fellow Charles Fain Lehman on the Manhattan Institute’s podcast, Manhattan Insights, discussing “indigenous knowledge” and its serious role in federal policymaking.

Joseph Simonson, Novak ’22,  a reporter for The Washington Free Beacon, was honored as a finalist for the inaugural Dao Prize, which recognizes excellence in investigative journalism.

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