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Public Leadership for “Next Generation Democracy”

By Jared Duval (VT ’04) Just over five years ago Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, creating a challenge of epic proportions for the public leaders responsible for the rescues, recovery, and rebuilding of New Orleans. I open my forthcoming book, Next Generation Democracy (Nov. 9, Bloomsbury), with the stories of the rescue and recovery […]

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Boteach Kaplan: A “Fair Deal”: From Poverty to Prosperity, An Achievable Goal

by Melissa Boteach Kaplan (MD ’04) In his 1949 state of the union address, Harry Truman laid out the cornerstone of his domestic policy agenda, underscoring that “Every segment of our population, and every individual, has a right to expect from his government a fair deal.” By a Fair Deal, Truman implied that that all […]

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Kleinfeld: A Truman Approach to National Security

When Harry Truman was president, security was a broad concept.  It implied not just a strong military, but also a strong economy, strong morale at home, and strong alliances based on shared threat.  After World War II, President Truman and his able foreign policy corps created a security structure that would buttress world stability for […]

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Henderson: It Takes Only One Homosexual – Echoes of the Past in Current Policy Debates

Contributed by A. Scott Henderson (FL ’82) Regardless of what the philosopher George Santayana said, the past is often doomed to be repeated whether we remember it or not.  This is especially true for policy debates.  Recent discussions concerning the military’s ban against openly gay, lesbian, and bisexual service members underscore this point. Enacted in […]

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Viewpoint: “Can For-Profit Social Enterprises Count as Public Service?”

The Truman Scholar commitment to public service originally focused on government service, and more recently, has focused on the nonprofit sector.  The Truman Scholarship exists, in part, to encourage promising young Americans to follow public-sector careers in lieu of more lucrative private sector options.  But my last year working for Gray Ghost Ventures, an “impact […]

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