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Liberty + Leadership News: October 30


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A Journey of Leadership: 300 Students Experience Transformative Summer at TFAS

Students pose for photo following acceptance of an Academic Excellence Award during the 2023 Closing Ceremony.

This summer, the nation’s capital surged with excitement as nearly 300 students embarked on an extraordinary adventure through The Fund for American Studies D.C. Academic Internship Program. Thanks to countless supporters, alumni and volunteers, TFAS students experienced a transformative eight-week journey, emerging as bold and courageous leaders in the heart of Washington, D.C.

Students spent the summer gaining real-world experience through internships, received a fresh perspective on economics through courses at George Mason University, and participated in exclusive guest lectures, site briefings, professional development and networking events.

Read more about this transformative summer and watch a video recap here.

TFAS Appoints Randy DeCleene as New Chief Development and Communications Officer

The Fund for American Studies is proud to announce that Randy DeCleene has joined the TFAS team as the new chief development and communications officer.

Randy comes to TFAS with over 25 years of experience working in both the private and government sectors with expertise in communications, writing, media relations, public affairs, public policy, marketing, branding and development. Most recently, he was managing partner at kglobal, a Washington, D.C. based communications firm, for over 12 years.

Randy is a longtime volunteer for TFAS, formerly serving as a mentor, internship host, guest speaker and member of the host committee for TFAS’s scholarship and journalism dinners. He also served on the Board of Visitors for TFAS’s Journalism + Communications Program for over 15 years.

Read more about Randy’s experience here.

Chris Ullman on Finding Your Purpose in Life and Leadership

Join Roger Ream ’76 in last week’s episode of the Liberty + Leadership Podcast as he speaks with communications expert, author and world-champion whistler Chris Ullman. Roger and Chris discuss Chris’ new book, “Four Billionaires and a Parking Attendant,” his time working in communications in Washington and the valuable life lessons he’s learned along the way.

John Hood on the Freedom Conservative Principles

In this week’s Liberty + Leadership Podcast Roger speaks with John Hood, President of the John William Pope Foundation. Roger and John discuss John’s transformation from journalist to think tank president to philanthropist. They explore John’s leadership in rejuvenating the core concepts of American conservatism and the importance of Freedom Conservatism principles and the statement that he was instrumental in formulating. John also shares his insight about the importance of personal responsibility, civility and the critical role of arts and cultural programs in American society.

Post of the Week

This past weekend, The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) hosted the 2023 TFAS Leadership Summit in Park City, Utah. This event brought together TFAS alumni, dedicated supporters and cherished friends. Throughout the weekend, a distinguished lineup of speakers shared their insights on the trends of creeping socialism, abuses of power and censorship, which undermine the rule of law and individual freedoms. Among these esteemed speakers, TFAS was honored to have Senator Dan McConchie ’93, ’95 and senior fellow of fiscal policy at Americans for Prosperity, Kurt Couchman 02, PPF ’07 who delivered a presentation about “Improving State + Federal Fiscal Policy.”

TFAS is grateful to Kurt Couchman and Senator McConchie for to this weekend an enlightening experience. Read McConchie’s remark’s below about this memorable weekend.


 TFAS Faculty, Alumni, Supporters in the News

Haisam Hassanein ’13 wrote about the role Egypt is playing in the crisis in the Middle East in an article for the Washington Examiner.

Joel Troutman ’13 started a new position as director of programs at 1792 Exchange.

Kristen Cambell ’03, ’04, PPF ’09, wrote a piece for The Chronicle of Philanthropy about how grant makers should not focus on partisan politics if they want to help fund a healthy democracy.

TFAS Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Anne Bradley wrote why we should continue to teach and learn from Adam Smith in an article for National Review.

Jennifer Kabbany, Novak ’03, wrote an article for The College Fix about the need for safe spaces on campus for Jewish students.

Matthew Continetti, Novak ’08, writes for The Washington Free Beacon about how the events in Jerusalem and Kyiv are “all one war.”

Madeleine Kearns, Novak ’22, wrote an article for National Review about how Hamas sympathizers have forfeited the ‘Nazi’ charge.

Jack Butler, Novak ’22, wrote about how sports can improve politics in an article for National Review.

Mark Hemingway, Novak ’02, wrote an article for The Federalist about how press should be held accountable for the fake Gaza story.

Samantha-Jo Roth ’13 spoke about the Speaker of the House votes on CNN.

Daniel McVicar ’19 wrote an article for The Jamestown Foundation about Fico’s resurgence in Slovakia.

Luis Parrales, PPF ’20, writes about misinterpretations of the “Latino” for Persuasion.

Michael Lucchese, PPF ’22, wrote an article for the Washington Examiner about Biden’s failing foreign policy.

Cheyenne Hopkins Beach ’01 started a new position as vice president of corporate affairs for Visa.

Elizabeth Rogers ’13, ’14 started a new position as an associate with Stevens & Lee, focusing on corporate restructuring and bankruptcy litigation.

Carter Moxley ’22 started a new position as director of operations and strategy for Texas State Senator Kevin Sparks.

TFAS professor Nikolai Wenzel wrote a book review of “The Spirt of ’76” in Law & Liberty.

Carrie Sheffield’s ’06, Novak ’06, new book “Motorhome Prophecies” is now available for pre-order and will be released on March 12, 2024.

Angela Aristidou ’05 started a new position as a digital fellow at the Digital Economy Lab at Stanford University.

Kimberly Wethal ’16 wrote an article for APG Wisconsin about how pell grants allow inmates another chance to attend college.

TFAS regent emeritus Dr. Lee Edwards wrote about Fusionism and the future of conservatism in an article for The American Spectator.

Brad Polumbo, Novak ’22, wrote an article for Newsweek about how a concerning amount of Gen Z Americans support Hamas.

TFAS Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Anne Bradley discusses Dr. Sam Gregg’s recent piece, “Getting Real About Free Trade.”

Blaise Misztal ’00, PPF ’09, co-authored a piece in The Jerusalem Post about how the Israeli-Saudi normalization process can be salvaged.

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