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Liberty + Leadership News: September 8


We hope you enjoy these news stories about TFAS activities, alumni and events this week. Sign up to receive TFAS updates, and visit us on social media for additional up-to-the-moment TFAS news!

Randal Teague on the History of TFAS

Join Roger Ream ’76 in this week’s Liberty + Leadership Podcast as he speaks with Randal Teague, chairman of The Fund for American Studies.

Roger and Randy talk about his career journey in law and politics, while covering history, economics, international trade, and civil society. They discuss the need for a fresh approach to journalism and how America’s polarization can be countered with courageous student leaders. Randy and Roger also talk about the significance of teaching American history in high schools, his work with the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation & Museum and his pride in his four children.

TFAS Mourns the Passing of Long-Time Board Member and Gov. Don Sundquist

Don Sundquist and wife Martha celebrated TFAS’s 50th Anniversary with James and Leanne Boland at the National Building Museum in 2017.

It is with deep sorrow that we share the passing of former The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) board member, Congressman and Governor of Tennessee, Don Sundquist. He died this past weekend at the age of 87 in Memphis, Tennessee, surrounded by his loved ones.

Don devoted much of his life to advancing the principles of liberty and was an integral part of TFAS. During his time on the board, he was instrumental in securing corporate support for our Business + Government Relations program and hosted annual briefings for students on the floor of the House of Representatives, which has remained a cherished TFAS tradition ever since.

Read more about the life and legacy of Don here.

30th Annual TFAS Journalism Awards Dinner to Honor Brian C. Anderson and Benjamin Hall

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) is proud to present Brian C. Anderson of City Journal with the Thomas L. Phillips Career Achievement Award and Benjamin Hall of Fox News with the Kenneth Y. Tomlinson Award for Courageous Journalism at the 30th Annual TFAS Journalism Awards Dinner.

TFAS will host supporters, friends, and prominent figures in the journalism community for the event on November 14, 2023. Held at the Metropolitan Club in New York City, the evening will celebrate the next generation of outstanding journalists through TFAS’s Novak and Rago Fellowship Programs while also honoring today’s leaders who are paving the way.

Read more about these exceptional leaders here.

Post of the Week

This fall, TFAS will launch the 2023 TFAS Young Alumni Reading Groups, a new initiative for TFAS alumni to continue their education with TFAS and explore ideas related to free enterprise, free markets and civil society. Recent alumna Sana Askari ’23 participated in the TFAS Public Policy + Economics track as part of the D.C. Academic Internship Programs this summer. She shared with her network on LinkedIn that she was honored to have been selected to participate in the 2023 TFAS Young Alumni Reading Group.

“This opportunity allows me to build upon my knowledge of economic problems and public policies I acquired during my summer class at George Mason University,” she wrote.


 TFAS Faculty, Alumni, Supporters in the News

Kimberly Meltzer ’96 is now a professor and chair of the Department of Communication at George Mason University.

TFAS Senior Scholar Dr. Donald Devine reviewed a new book, “The Thales Way,” by Robert L. Luddy about education for The American Spectator.

Diana Marrero ’99, Novak ’04, was interviewed on the “Women on the Move Podcast,” where she discussed her Cuban-American heritage and how it influenced her career path and her work at the magazine educating readers on the geopolitical landscape and expanding the offerings across channels.

Paul Glader, ’99, ’00 was interviewed by Talking Biz News about his recent move to CNN Business.

Carrie Sheffield ’06, Novak ’06, wrote a piece for the Independent Women’s Forum about the study that discovered ChatGPT is politically biased to the left.

Jason Willick, Novak ’17, addresses two challenges that contributed to Republican populism in the 2020 presidential campaign for The Washington Post.

John Foulkes ’17 started a new role as a principal regulatory compliance analyst at Northrup Grumman.

Luke Bunting ’20 started a new role as an election integrity counsel at the Republican National Committee.

Bruno Atieh ’07, ’07, PPF ’09, started a new position as UN representative for humanitarian affairs and senior policy and external engagement advisor at World Vision.

Rachel Lu, Novak ’15, wrote a piece for Law & Liberty about the Free Con vs. Nat Con debate and the need for fusionism.

Alec Mena ’19 started a new role as a state government affairs associate at Citizens Against Government Waste.

Benjamin Dierker, PPF ’18, co-wrote an article about protecting critical underground infrastructure for The Hill.

Stephanie Slade, Novak ’16, wrote a piece for Reason stating that the Supreme Court’s ruling in the 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis case was a defeat for compelled speech.

Bill Wirtz ’17 wrote an opinion piece about why agriculture isn’t brought up in presidential debates for the Washington Examiner.

Naomi Schaefer Riley, Novak ’01, wrote an opinion piece for Deseret News on why critics of adoption are drawn to Michael Oher’s story.

Anthony Hennen, Novak ’23, joined the Cardinal Institute for WV Policy to discuss how presidential election candidates can address rural American issues.

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