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Liberty + Leadership News: October 21


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Students Become Courageous Leaders During TFAS International Programs

Prague 2022 students prior to graduation.

TFAS 2022 Summer International Programs gathered 133 passionate young leaders from around the world. TFAS continues to create a lifelong impact on every participant as each program allows students to live, learn and connect with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. TFAS International programs serve as premier education and leadership training programs for courageous leaders who want to make a difference in their communities and the world.

The three programs held in Europe and Central America provided students the opportunity to earn college credit and participate in several guest lectures, site visits and excursions while also learning about each other’s countries and cultures.

Read more about this past summer’s international programs here.

29th Annual TFAS Journalism Awards Dinner To Honor Courageous Leaders

On November 15, 2022, TFAS will host supporters, friends, and leaders in the journalism community for the 29th Annual TFAS Journalism Awards Dinner. The event, held at the Metropolitan Club in New York City, will celebrate the careers and accomplishments of outstanding journalists in TFAS’s Novak and Rago Fellowship Programs.

At the dinner, TFAS will award William “Bill” McGurn with the 2022 Thomas L. Phillips Career Achievement Award. Jimmy Lai, a pro-democracy activist from Hong Kong will be honored with the 2022 Kenneth Y. Tomlinson Award for Courageous Journalism.

Along with these leaders, TFAS will present the 2022 Novak and Rago Fellowships to an auspicious group of young writers who will surely lead the way in the next generation of responsible journalism.

Learn more about the honorees and dinner here.

Liberty + Leadership Podcast

Season Two Podcast Highlights

This season on the Liberty and Leadership Podcast, TFAS President Roger Ream sits down with outstanding TFAS alumni for exclusive, one-on-one conversations about their unique leadership journeys. From venture capitalists, authors, entrepreneurs, filmmakers, educators, opinion columnists, veterans, lawmakers, and more, these alumni represent just a small sample of the courageous leaders who are making a difference in their communities and throughout the world.

Hear stories from Will Weatherford, Katie Barlow, Nicholas Ballasy, Nicole Jain, Mark Stansberry, Jillian Kay Melchior, Paul Glader, Dan McConchie, Abby Witt, and Clint Bolick, and more on the Liberty and Leadership Podcast.



Stephanie Slade, Novak ’16, is in The New York Times representing “politically homeless” Americans during the midterm election cycle.

TFAS Regent Joe Lai ’01, PPF ’07, writes about the Asian American vote in Nevada’s senate race for Real Clear Politics.

Elliot Kaufman, Rago ’18, writes for The Wall Street Journal about an apology from Stanford University, his alma mater, for the university’s restriction of the admission of Jewish students in the 1950s.

Editor & Publisher writes about The Fund for American Studies honoring Jimmy Lai at 29th Annual Journalism Awards Dinner.

Sean McAllister ’99, PPF ’08, has been promoted to vice president of research at Delve LLC.

Faith Bottum, Rago ’21, writes about the Oregon governor’s race for The Wall Street Journal.

Shant Boyajian, Law ’08, PPF ’13, has been selected by the Armenian Bar Association as one of this year’s recipients of the Rising Stars Award.

Haley Britzky ’16 writes about the Army’s new pre-basic-training boot camp for Task and Purpose.

Ani Chkhikvadze ’11 reflects on her time spent in Kyiv for Spectator World.

Blaise Misztal ’00, PPF ’09, co-authors a piece on Saudi Arabia and the OPEC decision for The Hill.

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