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Liberty + Leadership News: October 13


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Reporting on Israel

TFAS alumni, scholars, faculty and supporters continue to make significant contributions in the public square concerning the horrific attacks in Israel. They offer insightful reporting and opinions in leading publications. These TFAS alumni are at the forefront of the conversation in the U.S., offering insights, original reporting and well-researched perspectives as Americans and the world come to grips once again with the evil of terrorism.

To read insights from these individuals, please click here.

Alexandra Hudson on The Soul of Civility

Join Roger Ream ’76 in this week’s Liberty + Leadership Podcast as he speaks with author Alexandra Hudson, Novak ’19. Roger and Lexi discuss her new book, “The Soul of Civility,” why society is in dire need of a touch of humanity and how ‘porching’ can bridge the political and cultural divide. Lexi also shares fascinating excerpts from her book and explains why Larry David may be the foremost defender of civilization in today’s world.

Read Lexi’s remarks about her upcoming book, “The Soul of Civility: Timeless Principles to Heal Society and Ourselves” here and preorder your copy today.

Center for Excellence in Journalism: Bringing Journalism Training and Support to College Campuses

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) is excited to introduce a new program, the Center for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ). The program started earlier this fall at select university campuses through its Student Journalism Association. Students who want to improve their writing skills are invited to join in on training sessions and seminars. Participants are supported through grant funding to expand and enhance their presence on campus and with regional conferences.

Ryan Wolfe, the first director of the CEJ shares the goals and how students are supported with this new initiative.

“The reason we’re focusing on these institutions is we want to bring talented young people into the journalism field, and there is so much talent at these schools that deserves to be supported,” said Wolfe. “It’s a learning experience for us to determine how best to help these students pursue a career in journalism, how to help the selected student publications be more successful and to provide professional development for their student journalists.”

To learn more about the CEJ, please visit the Editor and Publisher website.

To Stop American Journalism’s Continued Decline, Start with College Campuses

Last week, National Review published TFAS President Roger Ream’s ’76 op-ed about TFAS’s new initiative, the Center for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ). In the op-ed, Roger Ream examines how colleges are effectively breaking the pipeline between young conservative writers and their future professions in journalism and how this needs to change.

Roger shares that the challenges facing traditional American journalism are significant and that it is up to the next generation to begin changing the way the media operates.

“Between partisanship, censorship, and cancel culture, the headwinds facing traditional American journalism are strong,” said Ream. “It is up to the next generation to begin changing the way the media operate. By finding, training, and empowering these up-and-coming journalists of tomorrow, we can help return facts and truth to their privileged places in American society.”

Read the op-ed by Roger here.

Post of the Week

Last month, TFAS hosted a staff retreat for the TFAS and FTE teams to come together to focus and plan for the next year. During the retreat, several TFAS staff members were recognized for their years of service and contributions to the organization. TFAS Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Anne Bradley was one of the staff members recognized by TFAS President Roger Ream ’76 for 11 years of her dedication to TFAS! She shared a photo of the certificate she received on LinkedIn network.

Congratulations to all TFAS members who were recognized!


 TFAS Faculty, Alumni, Supporters in the News

Reporting on Israel

Isaac Schorr, Novak ’23, wrote a piece for the New York Post stating that the attack on Israel is an attack on the United States.

Matthew Continetti, Novak ’08, reports for The Washington Free Beacon on what the U.S. response should be in light of the atrocities committed in Israel.

Brian Katz ’05 writes for Foreign Affairs Magazine about how to stop Hezbollah from exploiting turmoil in Israel.

Blaise Misztal ’00, PPF ’09, co-wrote an article for the New York Post demanding that president Biden stop appeasing Iran.

Elliot Kaufman, Rago ’18, opines for The Wall Street Journal on what failed regarding the attack on Israel.

Tim Carney, Novak ’03, opines for the Washington Examiner that there is no happy ending to the war in Israel.

Former TFAS Trustee Arnold Steinberg wrote an article for The American Spectator about what we can learn from the attack on Israel.

Jennifer Kabbany, Novak ’03, writes for The College Fix about Harvard student groups signing a statement over the weekend that blames Israel for the recent terrorist attacks against Israel by Hamas.

Michael Brendan Dougherty, Novak ’09, wrote a piece for National Review in defense of the war doctrine of proportionality in regards to the latest attack on Israel.

Carine Hajjar, Rago ’22, writes for The Boston Globe about Harvard University’s response in regards to the terrorist attack on Israel.

Naomi Schaefer Riley, Novak ’01, opines for Deseret News about why Jews can count on American Christians during the war in Israel.

Jennifer Kabbany, Novak ’02, writes for The College Fix about UCLA students being offered extra college credit to attend a pro-Palestinian teach-in after the terrorist attack on Israel.

John McCormack, Novak ’11, writes for National Review about president Biden delivering a speech on Tuesday defending Israel and condemning the atrocities committed by Hamas terrorists.

General Updates

Kurt Couchman ’02, PPF ’07, writes for The Hill that shutdown fights do not get results.

Abigail Lee ’23 was featured in an article by Elon University’s Today at Elon on receiving the DeJoy-Woś Family Foundation Scholarship and participating in TFAS D.C. Academic Internship Programs this summer.

Arizona State University (ASU) announced that David Muir ’93, the award-winning anchor and managing editor of “ABC World News Tonight with David Muir,” will receive the 40th Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism.

Kenny Xu, Novak ’21, writes for Townhall about the reasons why he is running for Congress in North Carolina.

Matthew Continetti, Novak ’08, was interviewed by Gerard Baker on The Wall Street Journal’s podcast, “Free Expression,” where he talked about the state of the GOP, the future of conservatism and why he thinks the populist wing of the party is firmly in the ascendant for the foreseeable future.

TFAS new initiative, the Center for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) was featured in the article by Editor & Publisher. National Review also published an article featuring the CEJ.

Ryan Lovelace, Novak ’17, writes for The Washington Times about the National Security Agency creating an AI center to deal with cyber risks brought on by new technological tools.

Brad Polumbo, Novak ’22, wrote an article for Newsweek stating that university students are abandoning American values.

TFAS Senior Scholar Dr. Donald J. Boudreaux wrote an article for AIER about whether the United States is less able than in the past to economically “absorb” immigrants.

Stephanie Slade, Novak ’16, was interviewed by David French on the New York Times’s podcast “The Ezra Klein Show,” where she talked about the new right, integralism and Christian nationalism.

Wes Siler ’06 was interviewed by Josh Lewis on the “Saving Elephants” podcast, where he talked about Irish statesman, economist, and philosopher Edmund Burke.

TFAS Professor Richard Benedetto wrote an article for RealClearPolitics about how Biden should reconsider running for a second term.

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