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Liberty + Leadership News: September 15


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Committed to Giving Back: An Interview with 2023 TFAS Service Award Winner, Kurt Couchman

Kurt Couchman ’02, PPF ’07, during the TFAS Alumni Roundtable Dinner in 2017.

Kurt Couchman ’02, PPF ’07, winner of the 2023 Alumni Service Award, spoke with TFAS staff this month about his journey with TFAS and passion for giving back.

The TFAS Kevin Burket Alumni Service Award is given to an alumnus who has volunteered a considerable amount of their time to TFAS by recruiting students, serving in the alumni mentoring program, speaking to students, providing internships or serving on various programmatic committees.

TFAS will formally honor Kurt with the Kevin Burket Alumni Service Award in October during the TFAS Leadership Summit in Park City, Utah.

Read the full interview here.

Highlights from TFAS International Programs in Prague: Celebrating 30 Years of Global Impact

TFAS Prague class of 2023 in front of classroom building, along Vlatava River.

Celebrating 30 years of academic programs abroad, The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) returned to the Czech Republic for its summer programs: the three-week-long TFAS Prague program and the week-long European Journalism Institute (EJI).

TFAS Prague and EJI brought together a combined 88 enthusiastic young leaders from 30 different countries. Participants in TFAS International Programs not only earned college credit but also gained an extended network of worldwide contacts and international experience to advance their educational and professional pursuits.

Read more about the highlights from TFAS International Programs in Prague here.

Post of the Week

Are you ready to be a part of the solution to America’s freer future? Join TFAS in Park City, Utah, from October 20th to the 22nd for the 2023 TFAS Leadership Summit, where we will address the issues of creeping socialism, abuses of power, and censorship – all of which threaten our individual freedoms. TFAS is excited to announce Congressman Burgess Owens of Utah’s Fourth Congressional District as one of the featured speakers at the 2023 TFAS Leadership Summit. To see the full list of speakers and learn more about the summit, visit TFAS.org/LS23.

Don’t miss out on this chance to be part of the solution! Register now on Evenbrite to ensure that our nation remains a shining beacon of freedom and opportunity for generations to come!

 TFAS Faculty, Alumni, Supporters in the News

Nathaniel Urban, PPF ’20, wrote a piece about the tragedy of despair for The Imaginative Conservative.

Zahra Hankir’s ’06 new book, “Eyeliner: A Cultural History,” which will be released on November 14, 2023, was featured as one of Town & Country Magazine’s must-read books for fall 2023.

Alexandra Hudson, Novak ’19, writes in USA Today about making friends as an adult and her new book, “The Soul of Civility: Timeless Principles to Heal Society and Ourselves,” which will be released on October 10, 2023. She also spoke with Tylen Cowen about her book on “Civic Renaissance with Alexandra Hudson.”

Alex Whitaker ’78 was interviewed on the “After the JAG Corps: Navigating Your Career Progression” podcast about his career change from JAG to being a university president.

Sona Muzikarova ’07 wrote a piece about the upcoming election in Slovakia for the Financial Times.

Price St. Clair, PPF ’22, started a new role as a research assistant in science policy at the American Enterprise Institute.

Engy Ibrahim ’08 will be a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs this year.

Daniel Di Martino, Novak ’23, spoke with Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas on “The Dissident Project,” about Venezuela, Iran and what the Dissident Project is doing to educate Americans about the significance of freedom.

Kenny Xu, Novak ’21, announced his candidacy for Congress in North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district on Fox News.

Jovan Tripkovic ’19 interviewed a 9/11 firefighter about “loss, healing and faith” for Religion Unplugged.

Caitlin Emma ’11 joined C-SPAN’s Washington Journal to discuss the federal budget deadline.

Mara Cooper ’23 was featured in High Point University’s article on receiving the DeJoy-Woś Family Foundation Scholarship and her time participating in TFAS D.C. Academic Internship Programs this summer.

Daniel De Martino, Novak ’23, joined Fox News to talk about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and her trip to Latin America to support socialist governments.

Paul Glader ’99, ’00 wrote a piece for CNN discussing four key takeaways from Walter Isaacson’s biography of Elon Musk.

Brad Polumbo, Novak ’22, opines for the Washington Examiner, claiming that Tucker Carlson abandons journalistic ethics by spreading conspiracy theories about Barack Obama.

Maxwell McCarty ’23 was featured in an article by the Times-News on receiving the DeJoy-Woś Family Foundation Scholarship and participating in TFAS D.C. Academic Internship Programs this summer.

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