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Liberty + Leadership News: September 9


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TFAS Launches Future of Freedom Initiative to Revitalize Curriculum on Fusionism

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) is pleased to announce the reinvigoration and revitalization of curriculum for its Continuing Education Programs through its new Future of Freedom Initiative.

In conjunction with a grant from the John William Pope Foundation, TFAS will engage current and emerging leaders in broad and thoughtful discussion and collaboration about how to advance the principles of freedom and the Western rule-of-law tradition.

The John William Pope Foundation supports nonprofit public policy work that defends the American tradition of a free-market economy under the rule of law. The Foundation’s Future of Freedom Initiative, established this year, is a targeted program that seeks to refresh, rebuild and revitalize American conservatism with grants that invest in projects and institutions exhibiting inclusion, integrity, innovation and influence.

Leading this initiative for TFAS is Senior Scholar Dr. Donald Devine, a prominent scholar of the philosophy known as fusionism and author of 10 books, including his most recent, “The Enduring Tension: Capitalism and the Moral Order.” Fusionism is a political philosophy of synthesis, blending both freedom and tradition in a complementary manner to achieve a free, prosperous and good society.

To learn more about these revitalized programs and initiatives, please visit TFAS.org/FutureofFreedom.

Liberty + Leadership Podcast

Nicholas Ballasy ’07

Nicholas Ballasy is a broadcast journalist and senior correspondent for Just the News who for well over a decade has been questioning political leaders, news makers, and some of Hollywood’s elite including, Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump, Denzel Washington, Matt Damon, and Samuel L. Jackson.

In this week’s episode of the Liberty and Leadership Podcast, Roger and Nicholas discuss how he started his journalism journey in college, his knack for grabbing impromptu news-making interviews with power-players from Washington and Hollywood, and how his TFAS experience helped propel his career.

Nicole Jain ’08

Nicole Jain has dedicated her career to public service and leadership, specifically in the realm of K-12 public education policy and management. Most recently, Nicole co-authored “Our Mom, Our Superhero – A Mental Health Journey,” a children’s book that provides young children with early education and tools to understand, identify, destigmatize, and manage mental health struggles from a young age. Nicole is also on the board of directors of the Pad Project, a non-profit organization focused on worldwide reproductive health.

In last week’s episode of the Liberty and Leadership Podcast, Roger and Nicole discuss her TFAS experience, the power of philanthropy, the future of education in America, and the story behind her book.

Mark Stansberry ’76

TFAS Regent Mark Stansberry is an accomplished entrepreneur, oil and gas executive, award-winning film and music producer, author and talk show host. He is an international negotiator, a corporate advisor to several boards and c-suites, and has served as an adjunct professor and and advisory board member for several academic institutions.

In this Liberty + Leadership Podcast episode, Roger and Mark discuss how TFAS kickstarted his career, the volatility of the oil and gas industry, the power of mentorship, and how he became an Emmy award-winning producer.

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This summer, 75 young leaders from more than 30 countries participated in TFAS Prague where they studied political philosophy, political economy and conflict management.


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Elizabeth Smith ’22 shares her TFAS experience with UNC Charlotte’s newspaper Niner Times.

Francisco Zupanovich ’22 shares TFAS Prague experience.

Haley Britzky ’16 writes an article for Task and Purpose on how veterans of Afghanistan struggle to move on with the rest of the world.

Cheryl Chumley, Novak ’08, writes an article for The Washington Times about how we’re closer to a cashless society.

Resita Cox ’15 will have her directorial debut at her alma mater, UNC-Chapel Hill at the 2022 Diaspora Film Festival.

Aubree Weaver ’11, PPF ’16, was promoted to legislative services editor at Politico Pro.

Brad Polumbo, Novak ’22, writes an article for Newsweek about student loan forgiveness being a bribe for young voters.

David Gust ’22 shares his TFAS experience with The Hinsdalean.

Martin Rodriguez ’15, PPF ’15, writes an article for Newsweek about Chile citizens voting against the newly drafted constitution.

Marshall Bellando ’21 started a new position as a regulatory associate at Stateside.

Tony Mecia ’92, ’93, Novak ’01, shares his insight on the Charlotte business and industry while giving advice with the a In the Loop podcast.

Melinda Zosh ’09 started a new position as an adjunct professor, teaching sports across the media at Bluefield University.

Virginia Lam Abrams ’97 shares her experience in media, public relations, public service and being a company founder in an interview with Authority Magazine.

Elliot Kaufman Rago ’18 writes a book review for Criminal (In) Justice for The Wall Street Journal.

Carrie Sheffield ’06, Novak ’06 writes about Biden’s decision on student loan debt for Daily Caller.

Leslie Corbly ’14 writes an article for KSL on location data opening police cases but at the cost of privacy.

Maria Shagina ’09 writes an article for Foreign Policy about the use of technology controls to “strangle” Russia.

Emma Freire, Novak ’21, writes an article for City Journal about Baltimore residents using security cameras to catch thieves.

Andrew Regalado ’17 has been named partner at CORSolutions, a political consulting and public affairs firm.

Chloe Overstreet ’21 is pursuing a legal degree at Antonin Scalia Law School – George Mason University.

Caleb Ashley ’18, PPF ’21 started law school at the University of Michigan.


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