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Get To Know A Truman: Dr. Sanjay Basu (IL ’01)

Sanjay Basu MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. He received his undergraduate degree from MIT before completing a Rhodes scholarship at Oxford. He received his MD and PhD in epidemiology at Yale and is board certified in internal medicine. Dr. Basu’s research interests focus on global development […]

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10 Questions: Melissa McCafferty (MI ’10)

Question 1.       What got you interested in the Coast Guard? I grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, which is of course surrounded by Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, and Lake Huron. The Coast Guard has an enormous presence in the community, most notably in the Soo locks during ice-breaking season. When I […]

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Meet Jacob Tobia: Your Friendly All-American Boy Next Door In Heels (By Tyler Hatch)

 Also read about Jacob in the following Scholar profile. Jacob Tobia recently took the internet by storm with a powerful op-ed in which gender identity and expression, feminism, masculinity, and professionalism all come together in the perfect storm to express Jacob’s quest to navigate the office space as a gender queer individual. I was able to sit down […]

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Gale: “Why I Keep Coming Back to TSLW”

For years I’ve been honored to come back to Truman Scholars Leadership Week (TSLW) as a Senior Scholar, and inevitably some of the incoming Truman Scholars always ask, “Why do you keep coming back?” Their intent is never to insinuate that I’m crazy; it’s mere, adorable curiosity, and it’s a fair question. Senior Scholars have […]

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Davis: At TSLW, We “Found Our People”

Sitting in Arlington Cemetery on a beautiful Memorial Day Monday surrounded by those whose dedication to service is awe-inspiring, I am struck by the commonality of all those remembered for their service to our country and the Truman Scholars in their dedication to public service. Although none of the 2011 Truman Scholars has given the […]

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A Look Back: Truman Relieves MacArthur

By Westbrook Murphy, General Counsel, Truman Scholarship Foundation Sixty years ago today—April 11, 1951—President Harry Truman relieved General Douglas MacArthur of his commands in Japan and Korea.  Doing so firmly re-established the Constitutional principle of civilian control; of the military.  The back story also shows how Truman took responsibility for his decisions as announced by […]

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Murphy: Advice for Today?

By Westbrook Murphy, General Counsel, Truman Scholarship Foundation In the words of the old Kingston Trio song: “They’re rioting in Africa!”  And in the Middle East.  Tunisia. Egypt. Libya. Yemen. Bahrain. Maybe even Saudi Arabia and Iraq.  What should we (the Untied States) do? September, 1953, Dean Acheson—Truman’s former Secretary of State (both then having […]

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Saul: Question The Current Nonprofit Business Model

By Jason Saul (IL ’89) The primary sources of revenue for nonprofits are all in irreversible decline: The federal government is broke, states are running budget deficits that total $140-billion, the charitable tax deduction is in jeopardy, and giving has seen the deepest declines ever recorded.  The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported in its Philanthropy 400 […]

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Baugh: The Detroit School Busing Case: A Failure of Public Leadership

Nearly 63 years ago, on July 26, 1948, President Harry Truman issued Executive Order 9981, calling for “equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed services without regard to race, color, religion, or national origin.”  He made this important decision in the aftermath of a period of intense racial violence against black […]

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Almeida: President Obama Strengthens ENDA by Rejecting DOMA

Tico Almeida (WI ’98) wrote a guest blog piece, “President Obama Strengthens ENDA by Rejecting DOMA” for The Bilerico Project. Excerpt: “Some advocates within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community have presented a false choice between advocating for marriage equality and the proposed Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would outlaw workplace discrimination based […]

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