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TFAS Capitol Hill Lecture Series: Transforming Young Leaders with the Principles of a Free Society


The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) programs aim to create the next generation of leaders by teaching the principles essential to a free society. Through economics courses, internships and guest lectures, TFAS students are exposed to these important values and are able to apply them to future experiences.

The TFAS Capitol Hill Lecture Series provides all summer interns in Washington, D.C., the opportunity to hear insights from today’s leaders in the liberty movement. Each summer, several notable speakers take the stage to discuss topics related to “Free Markets, Individual Liberty and Civil Society.” The Einhorn Family Foundation generously sponsored this exclusive series, hosted in partnership with the Office of U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, for the ninth consecutive year.

This summer’s series included three events featuring Senator Rand Paul, Professor Jonathan Turley and Professor Randy Barnett. Visit the links below to watch each of their full remarks.


Senator Rand Paul kicked off the 2021 Capitol Hill Lecture Series on Tuesday, June 23, with a discussion on the dangers of socialism and how capitalism can help societies thrive.

Listen to his full lecture to a standing-room-only crowd of more than 460 interns:



TFAS was pleased to host Shapiro Chair for Public Interest Law at George Washington University Law School Professor Jonathan Turley for the second Capitol Hill Lecture of the summer on July 21. His speech on “The Rise of the Shadow State” described how social media companies have become quasi-government entities and the negative impacts of that reality on free speech. Turley also explored key themes and current events in constitutional law.

Listen to Professor Turley’s full remarks below:



On July 28, Patrick Hotung Professor of Constitutional Law at the Georgetown University Law Center Professor Randy Barnett joined interns on Capitol Hill for the final lecture of the series. Professor Barnett shared his thoughts on constitutional originalism and the American Founding with students, citing words from President Lincoln’s Lyceum address on “The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions.”

Listen to the full lecture at the link below:

Visit TFAS.org/CHLS for more information on the Capitol Hill Lecture Series and subscribe on YouTube for more lectures and events.


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